Program & Communications Coordinator - Verge Gallery

Job No: USU1819
Location: Camperdown, Sydney, NSW

  • Rare and exciting opportunity
  • Work alongside a professional team to deliver a rigorous artistic program
  • Convenient and prestigious working location


Who YOU are

You have experience in artistic program development and a sound knowledge of contemporary visual arts practice.  You have a LOVE of arts & culture and are able to sustain healthy stakeholder relationships. You are a focused individual who wants to make a positive impact in the arena of Contemporary art practice.

Who WE are

Verge Gallery at the University of Sydney (USYD) is a public art space dedicated to the presentation of Contemporary art practice. Established in 2009, Verge’s 2019 Artistic Program coincides with the Gallery’s 10th anniversary. 

Verge Gallery’s key focus is to present interdisciplinary exhibitions from leading and emerging arts practitioners while providing the University of Sydney students, academics and visitors an arena for critical dialogue and response. A space without borders, we encourage unique voices and viewpoints. 

Through exhibitions and public programs, Verge acts as a vehicle for learning and skill sharing. In collaboration with the University’s faculties and the greater community, Verge programs give students experiential learning opportunities and mentorships that support their education and development. Situated in the Chippendale-Redfern-Darlington creative hub, Verge expands beyond its university setting to provide exhibitions and events that are relevant to the wider community.  

Verge Gallery’s artistic program showcases artists at the forefront of Australian Contemporary artistic practice showcasing experimental and contemporary projects on point with current cultural, social, scientific and/or artistic discourse.

What you will DO

  • Assist with the development and delivery of a critical and ambitious artistic program at Verge Gallery.
  • Deliver a communications strategy and build audiences.
  • Routinely interact and collaborate with a range of key stakeholders including the USU staff, University staff and students, artistic collaborators and arts audiences.

You will HAVE

  • Tertiary qualifications in the arts or experience working within the Contemporary and/or Visual Arts sector. 
  • Sound knowledge of contemporary visual arts practice nationally and internationally. 
  • Developed ability in the curation of exhibitions and facilitating public programs. 
  • Experience in Artistic Program development, planning and administration.  
  • Proven record of developing audiences through a communications strategy.  
  • Demonstrated ability of developing grant funding applications that have successful outcomes. 
  • Experience supervising Front of House Volunteers and/or staff. 
  • Exceptional time management skills working with competing deadlines and sustaining a keen eye to detail.

HOURS of work

30 hours per week over 4 days. Saturday work included.


$55,000 (pro rata) + Meal Allowance + 9.5% Superannuation

Additional Benefits

The USU prides itself on being able to offer a range of additional benefits to staff which makes the USU a truly unique place to work. For more information on what you will have access to as an employee of the USU, click here.


Closing Date: Friday 5th April 2019 (12:00am)



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Founded in 1874, the USU (University of Sydney Union) is proudly Australia’s oldest and largest not-for-profit student organisation, dedicated to providing students with the best possible university experience. 

Led by a student board elected by our members, the USU provides fun things on campus, such as festivals, events and parties. We also run an amazing array of programs, including INCUBATE, our award-winning launch pad for startups, an active volunteering program and an International Language Exchange, to name a few. In addition, we support over 200 Clubs and Societies as well as operate bars, food and retail outlets across campus, providing great coffee, fresh affordable food, graduation gown hire and official USYD merchandise


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Due to the volume of applications received, shortlisted applicants will be contacted within approximately 4 weeks of the role’s closing date (or 4 weeks from the date of application if there is no specified closing date).


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