Deadline: 28.04.2024

Head of Social & Environmental Impact/

The Sydney Opera House


Job Status: Full Time, Ongoing

Salary: Base salary $177,974 plus 11% superannuation contributions

Position No: SOH3029

Applications Close: 11:59pm, 28th April 2024

Role Enquiries: Hayley at [email protected]


An organisation where diversity of thought & experience is valued, supported & respected.



The Sydney Opera House is Australia’s premier tourist destination and one of the busiest performing arts centres in the world. We are able to achieve this because of our incredibly hardworking and passionate people. Be part of shaping our future where you will be provided with opportunities to grow and develop, while making a positive contribution to our community.


Our ambition is to be Everyone’s House. To find out more please visit our website.



This newly created role is responsible for leading the social and environmental impact function at the Opera House, driving collaboration and embedding sustainable thinking across the organisation, ensuring legislative compliance, and delivering strategic initiatives to inspire and bring about positive change internally, with key stakeholders and the broader community.

This senior leadership position oversees an integrated team working across environment, accessibility, equity and inclusion to collectively implement programs and activities to advance the Opera House’s commitment to the UN Global Goals and its ambition to be Everyone’s House.

Further detailed information about the role and its requirements can be obtained from the role description.



We are looking for:

  • Demonstrated leadership in driving organisational change towards sustainable practices.
  • Proven experience in developing and implementing sustainability/impact (social and/or environmental) strategies in complex environments.
  • Deep understanding of environmental, social and governance (ESG) principles and application.
  • Tertiary qualifications in a relevant discipline (e.g. sustainability, environment, organisational development, or related field).
  • Outstanding interpersonal and communication skills with proven ability to develop relationships across a wide and diverse range of stakeholders.
  • Ability to inspire, motivate and lead passionately through influence, exceptionally resourceful and resilient with strong problem solving/decision-making skills.
  • Demonstrated leadership in providing high-level advice and briefings (oral/written) at Executive and Board levels that are concise, informed and compelling.



The Sydney Opera House gives you access to a fantastic range of benefits including:

  • Flexible working arrangements.
  • 5-week’s annual leave.
  • Complimentary tickets to shows.
  • Access to a range of professional development programs and staff engagement initiatives.
  • Staff community groups like SOH Pride, First Nations Staff Network, Sustainable Environmental Action Leaders (aka ‘SEALs’) and more.
  • Fitness Passport & complimentary wellbeing programs including Pilates, yoga, circuit classes, physiotherapy sessions as well as other wellbeing initiatives.
  • Working for an organisation with a 6 Star Green Star Performance Rating from the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA).
  • Working for an organisation who has committed to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
  • And many more!



We are an inclusive employer who recognises everyone is unique. We welcome you for who you are – as you are, so if you require any adjustments to the recruitment process, please email us at [email protected] so we can discuss this further. Even if you think you’d be a great fit but don’t necessarily tick every box of the role description, please still get in touch.

Read more about our DI&B commitments outlined in our strategy, which works hand in hand with the commitments in our longstanding Reconciliation, Accessibility and Environmental Action plans.

We welcome and encourage applications from First Nations people, recognising the value, unique skills, and knowledge that First Nations employees bring to the workplace. We encourage applications from people of all genders, as well as people from one or more of these underrepresented groups/communities, including but not limited to d/Deaf and Disabled people/people with disability, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and people who identify as LGBTIQ+.



We know flexibility means different things to different people, let us know how we can best support you to be your best.



Applicants will be prompted to submit an up-to-date resume (of no more than five pages), a cover letter, addressing suitability for the role (of no more than one page) and answer the two following targeted questions in the online application platform:

  1. What is the hardest or most complex social and/or environmental sustainability project you have successfully delivered in your career?
  2. What do you believe are the most critical qualities or skills that an effective leader should possess for this role?


Please note, only applicants who apply online and include the requested documentation will be considered for this position, unless otherwise discussed.


To be eligible to apply for this position, applicants must have existing Australian work rights. Any offer of employment will be subject to a satisfactory National Police check and Pre-Employment Health Assessment (PEHA). The PEHA assessment seeks information only relevant to performing the inherent requirements of the job, it remains strictly confidential, and applicants will be informed of the result.

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