Job Title

Events Producer - Sunrise

Job Details
Sydney, Melbourne or Remote
Job Type
Full Time
Job Status
Oct 24, 2023
120k + Super
Job Description

Blackbird is hiring an experienced Events Producer responsible for the delivery and success of Sunrise Aotearoa and Sunrise Australia each year. You will lead both events from end to end and be intimately involved in all aspects of the projects.

Sunrise is our love letter to founders. It is a gift to the startup ecosystem from Blackbird. Our objective is to create energy and momentum for Australia and New Zealand’s startup ecosystem by celebrating what it means to be a founder and to leave a small dent in the world. If we are successful, millions of people from across our countries will choose to join our startup community, and technology and innovation will become critical drivers of cultural change in Australia and New Zealand.

Sunrise has been our flagship event since 2014. We’ve hosted it on islands, piers and disused train yards. Our ambition for Sunrise is massive, and we’re looking for someone who can lead the project and drive a critical strategy in Blackbird’s ecosystem development program.

You will lead all aspects of Sunrise. Here is a brief overview of the role and your responsibilities:

Project management:

  • Work with Blackbird’s Creative Director to execute the events' creative direction and curatorial program.
  • Build and own the Sunrise project plan.
  • Build and manage the Sunrise Budget and be responsible for the overall financial success of Sunrise.
  • Prepare communications and report to Blackbird internal stakeholders, including the Exec, Partnership group and broader Sunrise team.
  • Run post-event evaluation and reporting.

Event management:

  • Manage key stakeholder relationships, including Blackbird’s Event Production Company, The Tides.
  • Lead the project team and direct internal and external resources to ensure the Sunrise team remains on target and works according to the project plan.
  • Manage event staffing and volunteer (onsite) resource management.
  • Lead the ticketing strategy, planning and execution. Manage onsite registration management.

Event experience & programming:

  • Be obsessed with the attendee experience and collaborate with our event producers and Creative Director to ensure Sunrise is a meaningful experience for our audience.
  • Provide support regarding speakers/talent, content and creative in collaboration with Blackbird’s Creative Director and The Tides.
  • Manage Sunrise's event and networking app, Brella.


  • Sponsor strategy and planning
  • Designing sponsor experiences and offerings
  • Securing sponsorships
  • Collaborate with internal and external teams to fulfil sponsor obligations.
  • Managing sponsor relationships

Sales & marketing

  • Lead the Sales and Marketing program, including managing internal resources to deliver results.
  • Step in where required to take on marketing responsibilities in support of the Marketing manager.

We run two Sunrise events annually - one in New Zealand (currently in September) and one in Australia (scheduled for May 2024).

To sum it all up, Sunrise belongs to you. Resourcing will change every year, and it’s up to you to direct your resources, adapt when things change, and, above all, do everything in your power to ensure Sunrise achieves its objectives.


Blackbird's Creative Director and the current lead for Sunrise is hosting an AMA to answer all your questions about the role, Sunrise and working at Blackbird:

Date: November 6th 2023
Time: 12:00 PM AEDT
RSVP: Here

About Sunrise


More Information and Application

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