Inside Out Dorset Producer F/T Maternity Cover Fixed term to October 2017 – up to £26,500

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Inside Out Dorset Producer F/T Maternity Cover Fixed term to October 2017 – up to £26,500

Activate produces, promotes and develops dance, theatre and outdoor arts across Dorset, Bournemouth and Poole

We are looking for an imaginative, dynamic and experienced Producer to start at the end of January 2017 to cover Jen Walke-Myles maternity period - working on Inside Out Dorset and its associated programmes, mainly outdoors – bringing extraordinary events to extraordinary places.  This programme of outdoor arts has been enjoyed by thousands of people and we aim for many thousands more to be involved.  It is Activate’s flagship project.

Do you have the skills and enthusiasm to work with us?  If you are passionate about outdoor arts and artists development then we’d love to hear from you.

Closing date for applications: Midday Monday 5th December 2016

Interviews to be held: Friday 9th December 2016

Download full job description here or contact Activate at 01305 260954 / email: info@activateperformingarts.org.uk

Activate is an equal opportunities employer

To Apply

Please supply the following information:

  • Your up-to-date Curriculum Vitae.
  • A letter of application on no more than 2 sides of A4, setting out:
    • why you wish to apply for this job,
    • the knowledge, skills and experience you can offer, set against the person specification requirements. 
    • please refer to actual activities/programmes and projects where possible.
    • when you would be able to commence the role if offered
  • The names and addresses of two referees.  References for shortlisted candidates will be taken up before interview unless you request otherwise.

Please send to:  info@activateperformingarts.org.uk

Closing date for applications: Midday Monday 5 December 2016

Interviews for this post: Friday 9 December 2016

 

Job Description

Inside Out Dorset Producer (Maternity Cover)

Job Purpose: To produce the programme of work in 2017 and the development of the Festival Programme for 2018 in collaboration with the team at Activate.

Reports to: Executive Director, Activate

Line manages: Assistant Producer (PT), Production Manager (freelance) – associated events team such as volunteer co-ordinator when necessary.

Job Duties and Responsibilities

Main Duties

  • Plan and deliver the festival programme for 2018 and signature events in 2017 with the Artistic Directors and Activate Team
  • Plan and support the delivery of the associate programme with the Associate Programme Manager
  • Support the development of the Life Cycles and Landscapes project
  • Facilitate between key festival partners and the team
  • Work closely with the Activate team to fund-raise for the 2018 festival
  • Liaise with the DTPC advisory group
  • Act as an excellent advocate for Activate

Producing

  • Take a lead role in the producing of projects for 2017 and 2018 with the Artistic Directors
  • Nurture partner relationships with multiple venue and programme partners.
  • Work closely with the Artistic Directors to identify project needs
  • Manage day to day relationships with artists
  • Plan the delivery of professional development for the artist CPD aspect of the associate programme in close liaison with the team, especially the Associate Programme Producer, Artistic Directors and Exec Director
  • Work with the team to draw together the overall and individual project budgets

Organisational

  • Facilitate communication between all  programme partners and local event partners
  • Liaison with Inside Out Dorset advisory and partnership Groups in project development and delivery
  • Line manage Assistant Producer and be responsible for freelance Production Manager and staff
  • Identify sub-contractors and suppliers to deliver programming activities where relevant
  • Oversee book keeping, budget management and financial reporting
  • Oversee contracting, license applications, permissions work permits and insurances
  • Oversee booking of accommodation and travel
  • General admin support and event planning work
  • Manage Inside Out Dorset volunteer programme
  • Work closely with the Marketing Manager/Lead on the preparation and planning of artist and audience evaluation
  • Ensure effective and safe working practices at all times in line with Activate core policies, safeguarding children, equal opportunities, health and safety, environmental and diversity policies
  • Report to stakeholders and ensure effective communication within the team including various partnerships
  • Act as an excellent advocate for Activate

Person Specification

ESSENTIAL 

Knowledge/ Skills

Enthusiasm and understanding of outdoor arts, festivals and site specific work

Demonstrable project management skills

Relevant art form knowledge

Impeccable organisational and administrative skills

Personable and confident communicator

Enthusiasm for delivering professional development opportunities

Ability to self-organise and take initiative

Ability to prioritise workload and time manage to multiple deadlines

Remain calm in periods of hectic activity

Flexible and ready to contribute to other jobs as required

Demonstrate strong people management skills and good team working

Ability to liaise with technical staff and artists

Understanding of and demonstrable commitment to the role of the arts in supporting and delivering social and economic agendas.

Broad knowledge and understanding of contemporary arts structures and funding.

 

Management

Strong project management experience in the arts

Proven ability to develop practical projects to deliver strategic priorities.

Experience of outdoor arts event management

Experience of or proven ability to line manage freelance contractors.

Experience of successful fundraising from national, regional and local sources.

Experience of managing multiple project partners/partnership working

Financial and budget management experience

Demonstrable commitment to partnership and collaborative working, including within the staff team.

Management - Desirable

Awareness of equal opportunities and diversity good practice.

Knowledge of evaluation principles and techniques.

Experience of working in a voluntary organisation.

General

Dynamic and enthusiastic approach to work.

Ability to work unsocial hours as required.

Computer literate: good working knowledge of work and excel at least.

General - desirable

Understanding the needs of working across an urban and rural locality.

Car owner with a licence.

Understanding of the local area.

Dorset based.

Knowledge/ Skills

Education to degree level or equivalent experience

Experience in delivering a professional development programme for artists.

 

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

Introduction

Activate, the theatre and dance development agency for Dorset, Bournemouth and Poole is seeking a committed, dynamic and experienced Producer for an immediate start. The role will work with the organisation, advisory group and partners on the Inside Out Dorset and associated outdoor arts programme, which includes the development of Life Cycles and Landscapes, Signature Events in 2017 and development for the 2018 Inside Out Dorset festival, and the year-round Associate Programme with the team.

 

Since 2005 Activate has produced the Inside Out Dorset biennial festival presenting high quality, large-scale, outdoor arts events to more than 120,000 people. Inside Out Dorset brings together incredible artistic work from regional, national and international artists and combines it with beautiful, inspiring locations across Dorset, Bournemouth and Poole. We aim to reach a wide demographic audience across the festival and most events are free or subsidised.

 

As well as the festival, Inside Out Dorset has a year-round Associate Programme.  This works with schools and communities prior to our festival to increase the level of engagement of local people and widen our audience base.  Another member of our team works on this, however the Inside Out Dorset Producer supports professional development in the industry, offering talks, residencies and individual support to artists.

 

The Inside Out Dorset programme is managed by Activate Performing Arts and is advised by a group of Dorset wide arts promoters and learning organisations (an extended partnership of the ‘Dorset Theatre Promoters Consortium - DTPC’[1]). It is core funded by Arts Council England as part of Activate’s funding agreement as a National Portfolio Organisation and has had support from the local authorities and many other supportive funders and partners (see our website for more details).  The programme Artistic Directors are Kate Wood (also executive Director of Activate) and Bill Gee.

After a three year period that has seen significant expansion and development in work outdoors across the locality, Activate now requires a Producer for the Inside Out Dorset programme after delivering its festival as a National Portfolio Organisation.

 

Activate is looking for someone with excellent organisational and interpersonal skills, a track record of working in an arts-related field, festival /outdoor event producing , experience of fund-raising and solid financial understanding to help progress the programme whilst Jen Walke-Myles is on maternity leave.  The position will start at the end of January 2017 and some time will be required in December (15th and 16th) for handover meetings.

 

For further background on Activate and the festival see www.insideoutdorset.co.uk / www.activateperformingarts.org.uk

 

Activate exists to initiate, develop and sustain a range of dance, theatre and outdoor celebratory opportunities for the people of Dorset and the South West.

 

Activate is committed to: innovation and creativity; life long learning; access; equal opportunities; quality and diversity.

 

Activate is core funded by Arts Council England, Dorset County Council, Bournemouth Borough Council, and Borough of Poole.

  •  The extended DTPC members include Artsreach, Activate, Bournemouth Borough Council, Bridport Arts Centre, DepARTure, Dorchester Arts, Dorset County Council, Lighthouse Poole, Marine Theatre, Pavilion Dance South West, Weymouth College, Wave.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Terms of Employment    

 

Post:                                                      Inside Out Dorset Producer

 

Salary:                                                  Up to £26,500

 

Contract:                                             Fixed term maternity cover contract to October 2017.  The post is subject to a two month probationary period.   

 

Hours of work:                                  37 hours per week days to be agreed.   Flexible working will be necessary with some evening and weekend work.  Overtime will not be paid but time off in lieu for work in excess of the stated hours may be taken, with the agreement of the Manager.

 

Holidays:                                             23 days a year pro rata, plus public holidays.  Holidays to be agreed with the Manager in advance. It will usually not be possible to take holiday within the period leading up to the festival and immediately afterwards.

 

Expenses:                                           Expenses in carrying out the work will be reimbursed in line with the agreed project budget and will be agreed in advance of claim. 

 

Notice period:                                  Notice is one month on either side during the probationary period and three months thereafter on either side.

 

Location:                                             Activate Office, Dorchester

 

Equal Opportunities:                     It is expected that the post holder will ensure

that their work operates in accordance with the best equal opportunities and diversity practice, in line with the company policy along with all other Activate policies.

 

 

BRIEF BACKGROUND TO ACTIVATE

Activate is an Arts Council National Portfolio Organisation that produces, promotes and develops theatre, dance and outdoor arts.  Since 2005 Activate has produced the Inside Out Dorset biennial festival presenting high quality, large-scale, outdoor arts events to more than 125,000 people. Inside Out Dorset brings together incredible artistic work from regional, national and international artists and combines it with beautiful, inspiring locations across Dorset, Bournemouth and Poole.  We aim to reach a wide demographic audience across the festival and most events are free or highly subsidised.

As well as the festival, Activate has a year round Outreach Programme for the festival.   This works with schools and communities prior, during and after the festival to increase the level of engagement of local people and widen our audience base. Our Outreach Programme also supports professional development in the industry, offering talks, residencies and individual support to artists.

Activate’s other programme areas include projects for dance and older people, a youth dance company and various professional development programmes for artists.  Activate Chairs a promoters consortium in Dorset and also co-presents small scale contemporary theatre and dance as well as offering small commissioning funds for new work.

Activate works with a number of different partners from different sectors including education, health, environment and heritage.  For more details of our projects, take a look at our website: www.activateperformingarts.org.uk.

Closing date: 
Monday 5th December 2016
Salary/wage: 
Up to £26,500
How to apply: 

To Apply

Please supply the following information:

  • Your up-to-date Curriculum Vitae.
  • A letter of application on no more than 2 sides of A4, setting out:
    • why you wish to apply for this job,
    • the knowledge, skills and experience you can offer, set against the person specification requirements. 
    • please refer to actual activities/programmes and projects where possible.
    • when you would be able to commence the role if offered
  • The names and addresses of two referees.  References for shortlisted candidates will be taken up before interview unless you request otherwise.

Please send to:  info@activateperformingarts.org.uk

Closing date for applications: Midday Monday 5 December 2016

Interviews for this post: Friday 9 December 2016

Contact phone number: 
01305 260954
Opportunity type: 

How to apply

To Apply

Please supply the following information:

  • Your up-to-date Curriculum Vitae.
  • A letter of application on no more than 2 sides of A4, setting out:
    • why you wish to apply for this job,
    • the knowledge, skills and experience you can offer, set against the person specification requirements. 
    • please refer to actual activities/programmes and projects where possible.
    • when you would be able to commence the role if offered
  • The names and addresses of two referees.  References for shortlisted candidates will be taken up before interview unless you request otherwise.

Please send to:  info@activateperformingarts.org.uk

Closing date for applications: Midday Monday 5 December 2016

Interviews for this post: Friday 9 December 2016

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