PROGRAMME DIRECTOR ROLE - BasildON

JOB OPPORTUNITY

PROGRAMME DIRECTOR

INTRODUCTION: BASILDON CREATIVE PEOPLE & PLACES PROGRAMME

BasildON Creative People and Places is a radical, cultural programme funded by the Arts Council England that places cultural democracy at its very heart. It is committed to creating an accessible and diverse cultural offer for Basildon, ensuring that the community sits at the heart of driving and shaping creative activities across the borough. 

The BasildON Creative People and Places programme was developed by the Basildon Consortium, which brings together key stakeholders in the town, encouraging partnerships across the public, private and this sectors. The consortium consists of representatives for the County Council, Local Authority, Basildon Town Centre Management, South Essex College, business owners, venue owners, cultural organisations and volunteers – all bringing together unique perspectives and skills that will ensure the BasildON Creative People and Places programme is truly diverse and collaborative, making the most of the existing assets already in the borough. 

The BasildON programme consists of 5 core projects:

Open Lab – a curated 6 week programme of pop-up cultural activity in Basildon Town Centre, transforming vacant units into pockets of creativity for the community to enjoy. 

Our Towns is a brand-new street art festival that will mobilise Basildon’s residents toward meaningful local action for both social and environmental issues.

DigiCult will be a vibrant centre of culture, digital technology and creative enterprise, welcoming the entire community through its doors.

NICHE puts co-creation and collaborative learning at the centre, encouraging local people to develop their community ideas 

Connect creates a bridge between commercial businesses and cultural practice, demonstrating the benefits of commissioning cultural activity.

The entirety of the Creative People & Places programme is underpinned by Community Voices, a virtual and physical network that acts as a vehicle by which the community can drive the direction of the CPP programme, shaping the cultural offer of Basildon. This includes but isn’t limited to panel opportunities, steering groups, online polls, think tanks, online discussion forums, volunteering opportunities, local call outs, networking events and cultural trips and excursions (COVID permitting).

We believe that Basildon Creative People and Places is a genuinely innovative and far reaching programme and are recruiting for a self motivated, hard working individual that will relish the challenge of evolving the existing business plan. An adventurous approach to delivering cultural activity is a must, as is an understanding of the challenges that accompany working in areas of low engagement. 

MAIN RESPONSIBILITIES

Community Engagement and Marketing 

Ensure that the programme builds new and strengthens existing audiences through the delivery of engaging and innovative community engagement techniques. 

Ensure that the programme provides ample entry points for community participation, focusing on the identified postcodes within the borough.

With the support of the Lead Applicant and CPP team, deliver a multi-platform marketing campaign that ensures that the programme is reaching a wide and diverse audience.

Budgeting 

Manage the financial resources of the BasildON Creative People and Places programme, monitoring budgets and ensuring maximum efficiency and value for money.

With the support of the Lead Applicant, develop strategies for raising partnership funding from earned income, sponsorship, rates mitigation, crowdfunding and grant applications.

Evaluation and Monitoring 

Demonstrate a thorough understanding of the programme’s KPIs, ensuring that these are met and reported accordingly.

Work with the external evaluators, communicating with them regularly and providing access to the information they require to effectively evaluate the programme. 

Ensure that the programme is responsive to lessons learnt throughout the evaluation process. 

Ensure that required annual and quarterly data is collected and submitted to Arts Council England in the allotted time.

Governance and Strategy 

Implement a robust, transparent and fair decision making framework by which the BasildON Working Group, Basildon Consortium and the local community are able to effectively drive the direction of the programme.

Arrange and administer meetings with the BasildON Working Group on a monthly basis, working together to ensure that the BasildON Creative People and Places programme is delivered successfully and adhering to all governance. 

Lead on the relationship with Basildon Consortium and partners, ensuring the programme plays

an active role in the wider regeneration of Basildon. Attend Basildon Consortium meetings on a quarterly basis to report on the programme and ensure they are actively participating in decision making.  

Management 

Recruit and management of the CPP team, providing clear leadership that encourages creativity and enterprise in all areas.

Work with Julie’s Bicycle to embed environmental sustainability into the programme and oversee and implement robust monitoring procedures.

At all times to deliver the services with due regard to Equal Opportunities, policies and procedures relating to health and safety in the workplace and confidentiality of electronic data inline with the Data Protection Act

PERSON SPECIFICATION:

ESSENTIAL:

Resilient and able to work under pressure, multitask and to meet strict deadlines

Experience of sourcing, contracting and overseeing staff and subcontractors

Experience of commissioning artists and arts organisations

Experience of delivering bold, innovative, commercially viable creative projects and programmes

Ability to develop and manage successful stakeholder relationships and complex partnerships

Ability to demonstrate an understanding of culture led and place-based regeneration and commitment to the belief that art is for everyone

DESIRED CRITERIA:

Understanding of cultural fundraising strategies such as rates mitigation, crowd funding, private sector sponsorship and grant funding

An understanding of the local area (Basildon / wider Essex) and the unique challenges it faces with regards to cultural provision and engagement

Experience and understanding of monitoring and evaluation processes including effective data collection, analysis and reporting

Experience of and understanding of the development of marketing and audience development strategies

TERMS

Responsible to: Things Made Public CIC (accountable body)

Responsible for: BasildON staff and freelancers

Location: Basildon

Salary: £35,000 – £40,000 dependent on experience

Contract: Contract offered by Things Made Public CIC on behalf of the BasildON Creative People and Places programme. Fixed term contract (until November 2023) starting August 2021. Contract may be extended subject to funding for future phases of BasildON Creative People and Places programme.

Notice period: Three months following the successful complete of six month probation period.

Hours of work: Typically 40 hours per week, worked flexibly to fit in with the need of the

programme. This will include work in the evenings and at the weekends.

Annual paid leave: 28 working days paid leave (some public holidays may be required)

Support provided: Role supported both strategically and practically by Things Made Public CIC (Lead Applicant)

APPLICATION PROCESS:

To apply, please send the following to Sarah Walters, Co-Founder, Things Made Public CIC,

(1) A cover letter (no more than 2 sides A4) outlining why you are applying for this role, how your skills and experience meet the job description and person specification and how you would approach this role.

(2) Two employment referees, one being your most recent or current employer.

(3) CV

to Sarah.walters@thingsmadepublic.com

Closing Date: 9th June 2021

First round interview: 15th June 2021

Second round interview: 22nd June 2021

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