Staff | Recruitment

We are seeking a new dynamic Producer

About ViSiBLE

ViSiBLE is unique on the British theatre scene as the only professional theatre company dedicated to creating new and provocative performance work with and about older people. With almost a quarter of the UK population now aged 60+, we feel it is imperative to see more older people in all their plurality on our stages and screens, as a counter to their predominantly negative epresentation in the mainstream media. The Arts Council has welcomed ViSiBLE as uniquely filling a niche for this under-represented sector in theatre, fulfilling an unmet need for the UK at large.

Our work is aimed at a range of audiences, with particular interest in engaging younger audiences, whom we are keen to inspire with fresh perspectives on later life and living longer.We seek to challenge stereotyped and outdated notions of what it means to be older through quality new writing and dynamic performances by veteran professional actors.  In so doing we aim todevelop a nuanced, richer narrative about older age, encouraging younger people’s curiosity and interest in older age experience, knowledge and potential.

About the role

We are looking to appoint a dynamic producer to work alongside the artistic director to help drive the company forward in its 6thyear by continuing to develop exciting, innovative new work about later life.  A key focus will be producing our next play, working title, Six Characters in Search of a Good Night’s Sleep scheduled for production in 2019,and supporting the development and funding of an ambitious programme of work between 2019 and 2021, including a large scale participatory piece. We are looking for an applicant with a strong track record in fundraising.

This is an exciting opportunity for someone keen to have a very hands-on role in the development  of a pioneering theatre company keen to raise its profile in the context of a largely youth-orientated arts culture.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Work with the Artistic Director to deliver current projects
  • Work with the Artistic Director to support the development of future projects and collaborations
  • Design funding strategies, including Arts Council England and Trusts and Foundations
  • Identify and build relationships with appropriate and relevant Trusts and Foundations, leading on the writing of applications and proposals
  • With the Artistic Director seek co-producers and commissions for all productions and to get the best financial deals for all new work.
  • Ensure productions and projects are delivered to the agreed plan and on budget
  • Manage the effective delivery of productions and projects with technical and artistic teams
  • Create and manage production and project budgets and ensuring effective systems of communication and control
  • Develop and maintain effective stakeholder relationships and partnerships, including funders, commissioners, programmers, festivals and creative collaborators
  • Design and implement show-related marketing and audience development strategies
  • Work with the Artistic Director to ensure inventive, effective, appropriate and timely promotion of the company and projects
  • Ensure productions are appropriately documentedand evaluated

PERSON SPECIFICATION:

Essential Skills/Experience

  • At least 3 years professional experience in theatre producing
  • Excellent working knowledge of the sectorand a good network
  • Good working knowledge of grant funding, both trusts//foundations & statutory funding including local authority and Arts Council
  • Demonstrable experience of writing successful fundraising applications, up to and beyond £50,000
  • Ability to work independently
  • Have a systematic, meticulous and thorough approach to work
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbally and in writing, making great first impressions with artists, programmers, bookers and stakeholders
  • Experience of managing budgets and cash flows
  • Flexibility in working hours and location
  • Proficiency in theMicrosoft suite in particular Word and Excel
  • Proficiency in dropbox and social media platforms

Desirable Skills/Experience

  • A passion for and knowledge of theatre and the arts
  • Marketing and communications experience
  • Experience in website management
  • Understanding of audience development
  • Understanding of and commitment to diversity and inclusion
  • Strong networks across the creative industries and wider cultural/digital sector
  • Experience in community and participatory work
  • Experience in co-productions

TO APPLY

Please submit the following to sonjalinden@visible.org.uk by Monday 26th November, 2018:

    • A cover letter (no longer than 2 pages) stating why you are applying for the position and how you meet the requirements set out in the person specification and job description
    • A current CV (no longer than 2 pages), also detailing two referees (only contacted on the offer of a job) and relevant contact information

Photo: Actors Trevor Allan-Davies, Anne Firbank and Norma Cohen © ViSiBLE & Nadia Otshudi

Position   |   Producer

Reports to   |   Artistic Director 

Contract   |   Part time, freelance position. 9 months with continuation subject to funding

Probation   |   3 months

Hours   |   2 days a week (16 hours), flexible working hours.

Location   |   Visible office in North London for meetings, as well as                                           remote working. 

Salary   |   £1,200 monthly / pro rata £36K [£150 per day]

Start Date   |   January 2019

Application   |   Cover letter and current CV to sonjalinden@visible.org.uk by Monday 26 November, 2018

Interviews   |   December 4, 2018

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