Full Time Creative Engagement Coordinator Job

Arcola Theatre’s are seeking a coordinator to join their Creative Engagement team, working primarily on developing and delivering our schools and young people's programme (under 18's), but also on community, talent development and special projects.

Open Until:

Posted: 04/11/2016


You will be joining
one of London’s leading Off-West End theatre’s, working at a fast pace across
one or more exciting projects, (with the majority of your effort on schools and
young people’s projects). The ability to manage your time is essential, as is a
can-do attitude, respectful and innovative approach to working with the target
group, and willingness to engage in new challenges.

Reporting to: Creative Engagement Manager.

Responsible for: Freelance Workshop Leaders and Facilitators

Accountabilities and Tasks

To support the Creative Engagement Manager to deliver:

 Programming and Production:

  • To
    support the ongoing development of a thriving creative engagement, youth and
    community theatre programme in line with the artistic vision and community
    ethos of Arcola Theatre.
  • To
    deliver aspects of the programme (under the direction of the Creative
    Engagement Manager), in partnership with Arcola staff, volunteers and external
    providers including delivery of workshops and weekly classes.
  • To
    build and develop links with:

o   local schools and community groups

o   local families, developing and
programming projects that engage with this audience demographic.

o   other arts organisations and theatres
in London and beyond, especially organisations that support BAMER communities.

  • To
    maintain detailed and accurate records of all relationships developed with
    schools, community groups and other bodies at all times.

Strategic Development:

  • To
    work closely with the Creative Engagement Manager on long term strategic
    development of Creative Engagement at Arcola, especially in regards to schools,
    and young people’s projects.

Audience Development:

  • To work closely with the Marketing & Communications Manager and
    Creative Engagement Manager to develop and maintain a comprehensive schools
    contact database.
  • To
    work closely with the Creative Engagement Manager to develop and maintain a comprehensive
    local contacts database.

Finance, Fundraising, Sponsorship and Grant Management

  • To
    work with the Creative Engagement Manager on writing funding applications for
    youth and community projects.
  • To
    maintain records of participation and ensure that freelance practitioners
    report on their activities.
  • To
    complete project monitoring and evaluation forms as required.
  • To
    engage with sponsors and donors, in collaboration with the Creative Engagement


  • To
    monitor and evaluate all strategies developed under the remit of this post
    holder and report on findings to the Senior Management Team.
  • To
    represent Arcola Theatre at external meetings as requested
  • To
    ensure that Arcola remains fully compliant with all legislation and best
    practice associated with working with young people or any individuals at risk,
    including responsibility for ensuring that all Arcola staff, volunteers and
    freelance staff have current DBS (formerly CRB) checks.
  • To
    work closely with the Creative Engagement Manager to ensure solid financial
  • To
    undertake any other duties as may be reasonably required from time to time.

Person Specification


  • Experience
    (2 years+) in a similar field within the arts, education or charitable sectors
  • Considerable
    experience in facilitation, workshop leading or directing for youth and
    community groups (Essential)
  • Experience
    of working with schools, academies and universities (Essential).
  • Experience
    of working in a multi-faceted Arts venue (Desirable).
  • A
    proven track record in of project management in an arts setting (Desirable).
  • A
    proven track record in of writing successful applications to trusts and
    foundations (Desirable).


  • Understanding
    of the youth and community arts, education and wider performing arts sectors in
    the UK (Essential)
  • Excellent
    command of English (Essential)
  • Competent
    IT, numeracy and literacy skills (Essential)
  • Qualification
    in Community/Youth Arts or an Arts related subject (Desirable)
  • Knowledge
    of the local community and demographics of Hackney (Desirable)

Ability and Aptitude

  • Ability
    to multi-task within a fast paced environment with excellent attention to
  • Audience
    focus (especially young people, schools and families)
  • Flexibility
    and willingness to get involved at key times
  • Solutions-focused
  • Confident
    communicator, able to remain calm under pressure
  • Self-motivated
    and effective in planning own time, whilst able to work independently
  • Work
    within all Arcola policies, procedures and budgets, in particular child
    protection and disclosure, health and safety, equal opportunities,
    confidentiality and data protection
  • Be
    informed about, promote and support all of Arcola’s work and be prepared to
    speak about the work of Arcola on a public platform

Terms and Conditions

Contract: Full time contract (1 year fixed-term with
intention to extend)

Start: Immediate

Probation period: 3 months

Hours: 40 hours per week Mon – Sat (including evenings and

Holidays: 28 days per annum including public holidays

Salary: £22,000 p.a.

Access: The theatre is wheelchair accessible

Enhanced DBS: Recruitment to this post is subject to a
satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check – formally CRB
(Criminal Records Bureau)

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