MEAA - Director, Musicians Section

Overall purpose:

With the needs of members’ front of mind, the Director, Musicians will have the goal of growing the union to build power at work for musicians across Australia. Positioned as a leading voice for Australia’s musicians, they will direct industrial and communication strategies for all musician members across the industry.


As the officer responsible for SOMA covering the eight Australian professional symphony orchestras, he or she will be responsible for maintaining working relationships with all levels of government, including politicians, bureaucrats and arts agencies, to lobby and advance our members’ interests. He or she will coordinate workplace delegates, consultative committees and collective bargaining negotiations.


As the officer responsible for TOMA, he or she will take responsibility for developing and coordinating our campaigning, industrial and organising work for theatre musicians. He or she will coordinate workplace delegates and lead collective bargaining with independent producers.

Specific roles:

  • Provide industrial and advocacy advice to the SOMA Executive, Player Committees and their elected representatives
  • As required, lead industrial negotiations with the company management on behalf of SOMA Orchestra members
  • Provide administration support as required for SOMA Executive
  • Deliver the biennial SOMA conference
  • Identify and develop successful working relationships with all levels of government, including arts agencies
  • Develop policy positions and submissions to support members interests
  • Provide industrial and advocacy advice to the TOMA Executive, and their elected representatives
  • Lead industrial collective bargaining negotiations for theatre musicians
  • Develop and deliver advocacy and campaign strategies for all musician members
  • Identify and develop industry alliance opportunities to achieve outcomes of mutual benefit.
  • Work within agreed budgets; liaise with Director, Finance on setting budgets.

Performance measures:

  • Campaigns and communications fully leverage opportunities for recruitment and organising
  • Sustained and continued increase in Musician membership
  • A growth and recruitment culture embedded among activists and members
  • Increase in the number of activists in the Musicians section
  • Increase in the number of Musician members engaging in training
  • Increase in rates of pay, improved conditions and a strong sense of collective strength among membership
  • MEAA campaigns coordinated effectively across the union
  • MEAA positioned as the voice of musicians
  • SOMA maintains recognition as a key stakeholder in Arts policy making for the major Arts Companies
  • TOMA successful in establishing collective agreements for musicians with major producers



The Director, Musicians Section will have the skills and initiative to plan campaigns,  coordinate work with other leaders of the organisation to achieve targeted outcomes, negotiate outcomes and manage relations with other stakeholders. The ideal candidate will currently be performing a similar role in a like-minded organisation with the expected high level of enthusiasm and initiative this important role demands. Ideally, they will have experience working in a union and/or the arts sector.

Reports to:

Chief Executive

Internal work contacts:

  • National SOMA/TOMA Committee
  • Director Legal and Policy
  • National Director Campaigns & Education
  • Director, Industrial & Advocacy
  • Financial Controller
  • Director, Equity
  • Director, Entertainment, Crew, and Sport
  • Regional Directors

External Work Contacts:

  • Other unions, the ACTU, international trade union bodies
  • Media, entertainment and arts owners and managers
  • Fair Work Australia
  • Industry stakeholders (eg arts agencies, entertainment industry bodies etc)
  • Media Super

How to apply for this job

Applications should be submitted to Allison Purdy at members@meaa.org no later than 5pm on Friday, 16 March, 2018

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Closing Date

Friday, March 16, 2018

Closing Time

05:00 PM


245 Chalmers St
Redfern, NSW 2041

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Contact Name

Allison Purdy

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