Work With Us – Business Manager



The Australian Production Design Guild was established in 2009 as a non-profit organisation that represents designers and their associates in screen, live performance, events and digital production across Australia. The APDG recognise and nurtures excellence in design through awards, mentoring and accreditation; and raises the profile of stage and screen design and facilitate a vibrant design community.


The APDG Business Manager role is a remote and flexible part-time (15 hours per week) position. The business manager oversees all APDG activities and personnel to ensure all activities and communications are aligned to the APDG ethics, goals and values. The business manager manages all day-to-day operations, implements business strategies, evaluates project efficiency and ensures the APDG can meet its financial obligations, including overseeing all APDG events and the running the annual APDG Awards. The National Executive is the governing body of the APDG and the APDG business manager receives instruction and reports to them.


The APDG Business Manager:

  • Builds and maintains communications with members, national executive, sponsors, partners, industry contacts and other stakeholders nationwide.
  • Sets the agenda for National Executive meetings, based on information provided by stakeholders.
  • Sets and modifies the annual calendar to include all APDG programs and activities.
  • Oversees the membership system and maintains the member database.
  • Manages partnerships and sponsorships including sourcing new partners and sponsors as needed.
  • Devises and implements a marketing strategy to increase and maintain membership. (This includes producing the quarterly newsletter, EDMs, monitoring and updating social media, and selecting and producing content the website.)
  • Assess current program and project resources and implement any logistical or financial improvements.
  • Works with Treasurer to implement yearly budgets, cost saving measures and other financial arrangements to strengthen APDG finances.


  1. Experience in relationship management/stakeholder management.
  2. Exceptional written and verbal communication skills.
  3. High level problem solving, decision-making, time management/prioritising/organisation skills and the ability to work autonomously while incorporating input from multiple stakeholders.
  4. Event management experience.
  5. Proven proficiency/experience in Microsoft Office, financial management software, database management software, Mailchimp and WordPress.


  • Experience working with or for a Not-For-Profit or membership-based organisation.
  • Marketing and/or Social Media Experience.
  • Graphic Design Skills.
  • An understanding and appreciation of design in the live performance and screen industries.


  • This is a 15 hour a week position, plus holidays and superannuation
  • Rate: $600 per week
  • Superannuation – 12%
  • Holidays – 4 weeks Annually (60 hours)
  • Business Manager workplace re-imbursement – $1040 annually ($20 p/week) for remote working expenses (phone/internet/etc).
  • Total annual remuneration package $35,984 (Total Package $89,960 per annum pro rata)
  • Additional hours may be required at peak periods. The additional hours may be taken as TOIL or paid at a rate of $40 p/h + super at the approval of the APDG National Executive.


  • The APDG Business Manager is a remote position, communicating with the National Executive and membership via email and telephone.
  • The APDG Business Manager needs to own their own laptop and must be available to attend the monthly evening meetings held on the last Tuesday of every month from 7pm to 9:30pm (except for December).
  • The APDG Business Manager will be required to do minimal travel to the APDG Awards and other meetings as required. All required travel is at APDG expense.


Please submit your CV and an application letter addressing the selection criteria and any other relevant experience. You will also need two phone referees (please include their position, relationship to you, email address and phone number). Email your application letter and CV to:

Applications close on midday Monday April 15, 2024. We encourage people from all backgrounds to apply.