Employment & Intern Opportunities


The Centre for Independent Studies (CIS) is looking for an experienced Event Producer. The candidate would ideally have strong project management skills and experience in delivering high level, corporate conferences. This role, based in Sydney, will involve planning and delivering all operational and logistical elements of our flagship conference ensuring the smooth delivery of the event which will be held in Byron Bay, NSW in late August 2019.

The role will not require curation of conference content, topics or sourcing speakers. To be successful you will have extensive experience in the planning, management and delivery of events for a high-profile organisation.

This role would ideal for someone looking for flexible hours on a short-term contract (February– September 2019). You will be supported by the CIS Event Officer.

As this stage we believe the role will require the person to work:

  • 3-4 days a week for the first 3 weeks (Feb)
  • 1 day a week (March-April)
  • 2 days per week (May-June, increasing the number of hours if required)
  • Full-time (July and August before winding down in September).

There may be scope for reengaging in 2020.


  • Maintaining relationships with the conference venue, suppliers and staff.
  • Developing, managing working and within a budget.
  • Planning, managing and organising all logistical parts of the event, including AV, staging, theming, transportation etc.
  • Developing, managing and driving production schedules with the CIS team ensuring activities are kept to deadlines.
  • Managing all aspects of onsite event logistics including bump-in, production and bump-out of the conference.
  • Development and implementation of consistent marketing materials, wording, branding and look, across all aspects of the event.
  • Coordinating and negotiating with suppliers to maximise the delegates experience at events.

You will bring:

  • Proven experience in delivering successful events with 5+ years’ experience in a corporate events environment.
  • Strong communication skills – both written and verbal, with the ability to effectively communicate with all levels of the organisation, stakeholders and conference delegates.
  • High analytical skills with great attention to detail for problem solving, organising, time planning and budgets.
  • Be able to increase the number of hours as outlined above and be able to travel to and attend the conference in Byron Bay, NSW in late August 2019.
  • Knowledge of MS office applications including strong knowledge of excel. Experience with Salesforce would be beneficial, yet not essential.

The hourly rate for the position will be between $40 -$45 per hour depending on experience. The position will be based in our office in Macquarie St, Sydney and is a great opportunity to work in an intellectually stimulating environment where ideas that change Australian public policy are developed.

Applications close January 31st.

Please send cover letter and CV to:
Jenny Lindsay, General Manager



The CIS accepts applications for internships twice a year.

  • Applications will open in April for Winter internships to start work in June/July
  • Applications will open in September for Summer internships to start work in late Jan/Feb

A minimum of 15 days is required for successful completion of the internship. The internships are unpaid and can be worked for a minimum of 2 days a week and up to 5 days a week.  To ensure you get the most out of the experience you must be able to work in our offices in Sydney.

Selected interns will work within one of our research programs – Economics, Education or Culture, Prosperity and Civil Society.  We also offer internships in Media and Events Management.

The CIS intern program would suit people who have an interest in working on research that promotes free choice and individual liberty and defending cultural freedom and the open exchange of ideas.

Summer 2019 internships have closed.