PROGRAMME MANAGER ROLE - BasildON

JOB OPPORTUNITY: PROGRAMME MANAGER

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 driving forward the programme. 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

Act as a key contact for people enquiring or interested in the BasildON CPP programme such as local stakeholder groups, artists and local people, including managing the BasildON CPP info email.

Support the development of knowledge, skills and capacity of Community Voices as a network of local cultural decision-makers through the organisation of social events, trips and group activities.

Make and document local contacts within local neighbourhoods to build the network of collaboration and participation around the CPP programme

Support the coordination of the audience development strategy including engaging audiences and reaching new audiences through social media platforms, PR and marketing approaches.

Support the development of publicity and branding materials with designers. Manage the distribution of publicity materials including leaflets, posters and other advertising opportunities.

Evaluation and Monitoring

Work with the Evaluation Partner and Programme Director to implement a robust system for the gathering, analysis and distribution of monitoring and evaluation data throughout the programme.

Work with the Programme Director to ensure projects are delivered to the standards of environmental sustainability laid out in the BasildON CPP Environmental Sustainability Action Plan.

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

Management

Play an active role in the planning and delivery of the programme with particular reference to arts delivery, volunteering, digital content, social media, partnership engagement, event logistics, data collection and audience development.

Manage the recruitment and coordination of volunteers developed through the Community Voices programme including legal compliance, preparation of volunteer briefs, rotas and ensuring volunteer experiences are rewarding, valued and offer opportunities for personal development.

Work closely with delivery partners and artists in the creation and delivery of projects to ensure they are managed safely and effectively. This includes troubleshooting any logistical challenges that arise in the delivery of the programme.

Pull ideas and people together to facilitate community-led project proposals

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

Governance and Strategy

Provide project information to the Project Director for inclusion in consortium, steering group and funder reports including contributing to the provision of written materials, budgets, evaluations and other information as necessary to support the programme.

PERSON SPECIFICATION

ESSENTIAL:

A ‘Doer’ – able to get your hands dirty and think on your feet to ensure things are done on time and budget

Energetic – great at face to face communication, able to convey ideas, generate excitement, motivate and encourage people to get involved

Experience of managing complex projects with diverse teams to tight timelines and budgets

Experience of working with local communities or diverse groups in the delivery of community or cultural programmes

DESIRED CRITERIA 

Experience working with artists and cultural organisations

Experience working with the private sector in the delivery of events, public engagement or similar programmes

Experience of co-production and shared-decision making techniques

Experience co-ordinating volunteer groups

TERMS

Responsible to: BasildON CPP Programme Director

Responsible for: BasildON subcontractors and volunteers

Location: Basildon

Salary: 25,000 – £28,000 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 beginning of 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

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