Producer, Activate Performing Arts specialising in Dance and Arts & Health

Producer – specialising in dance, arts and health

P/T 2.5 days a week - up to £26,500 pro-rata

Are you passionate about dance; supporting dance and arts in a health context and work that is made for outdoors?  Can you inspire dance makers and engage the community in our work?

Activate’s mission is to be a national leader in presenting outdoor land-based arts and work with international partners in the development of this art form.  We are guided by social justice and engage socially diverse audiences in this work and our associated work with indoor venues, promoters and also community partners in our participatory programme. 

Activate is looking for an imaginative, dynamic and experienced Producer to work with us and share our passion for dance and its transformational qualities. 


Do you have the skills and enthusiasm to take up the challenge of this position?  If you do then this could be post for you and we’d love to hear from you.


Closing Date For Applications:   Midday Thursday 1st March 2018

Interviews To Be Held:                 Tuesday 6th March 2018

Ideal Start Date:                               April 2018


Or contact Activate at 01305 260954 / email: 

Activate is an equal opportunities employer. 

Job Title:  Producer – specialising in dance and arts & health (Permanent PT 2.5 days per


Job Purpose:  To produce and support dance making and community engagement in dance

with a specialism in health.  To have a strategic role in developing practice for outdoor work.


Reports to:  Executive and Artistic Director

Main Duties:

  1. To work strategically and in partnership to produce and develop the dance sector in and around Dorset, specifically focussing on dance making outdoors and community engagement and health.  
  2. To support land based, outdoor practice, specifically related to the development of Inside Out Dorset, the biennial festival of outdoor arts produced by Activate that presents extraordinary events in extraordinary places.
  3. To support local dance makers and new productions locally and their presentation locally, regionally and nationally by:- commissioning and co-presenting where possible new work; supporting/advising artists/companies.
  4. To co-ordinate Continuing Professional Development opportunities for professional dance practitioners whether performers, directors, teachers, technical staff or others.
  5. To devise and plan imaginative and sustainable participatory, and community dance initiatives, in partnership with relevant arts and non-arts organisations and individuals.
  6. To extend opportunities for audiences to see local, regional, national and international dance by advising venues and promoters/producers on companies and their work, where possible.
  7. To support, extend and contribute actively to the existing communication network for dance locally, regionally and nationally, and co-ordinating opportunities for dance practitioners and other individuals and organisations interested in dance to meet, discuss plans and share practice.
  8. To secure project funding and resources from local, regional and national sources to support the dance programmes initiated and managed by Activate.
  9. To advise and assist where possible other agencies and organisations further the development of dance locally.
  10. To manage project co-ordinators employed to deliver projects in accordance with the business plan.
  11. To manage project budgets as agreed with the Executive/Artistic Director and Board.
  12. To set up and manage effective monitoring and evaluation processes for each project, in consultation with the Executive/Artistic Director.
  13. To keep abreast of dance policy and strategic development regionally, nationally and internationally, to help ensure good practice at Activate.
  14. To work in conjunction with the Executive/Artistic Director and Marketing Manager to implement the company’s communications and marketing strategy in relation to the company and to individual projects.
  15. To work collaboratively with the Executive/Artistic Director and other members of the staff team in order to share skills and expertise, work on joint projects, maximise the benefits of joint funding applications and other initiatives, and avoid unnecessary overlap and duplication of effort.             
  16. Any other duties consistent with the job purpose above as may be reasonably required.
  17. To work with the Executive/Artistic Director in order to ensure the delivery of the above main duties are set within a manageable work load, and agree the priorities for delivery that fulfil the company’s business plan objectives.


This post is expected to be self-supporting in terms of production of letters, reports, funding applications and so on, as will the project co-ordinators the post line manages.  Project co-ordinators are appointed, dependent on securing project funding secured by this post.


Although the Senior Administrator is the first point of contact for the public, all team members are expected to act as ambassadors for the organisation and its full range of activities where necessary, including answering general enquiries from the public.  

Closing date: 
Thursday 1st March 2018
up to £26,500 (pro-rata)
Contact phone number: 
01305 260954
Opportunity type: