Ends on May 28, 2017
JOB DESCRIPTION
Position: Deputy Director
Salary: £38,000
Hours: Full-time (37.5 hrs per week)
Contract: Permanent
Reporting to: Director

Wysing Arts Centre is a progressive arts organisation that develops new ways to support artists and enable art and ideas to reach a wide range of people in unexpected ways. Through its innovative work, Wysing influences the development of the visual arts sector in the UK, Europe and, increasingly, the wider world.
The Deputy Director works closely with the Director to strategically shape and develop Wysing Arts Centre, leading on all aspects of the day to day operations of the organisation including site and resource management, administration, financial management and compliance, staffing and HR, business development and board engagement. The successful applicant will have at least five years’ experience in a similar senior role, preferably within the arts.
The Deputy Director is a new position that reflects the future ambitions of Wysing Arts Centre in delivering ambitious new activity onsite and within national and international partnerships. The role has been developed following the decision of the current Operations Director to move on from the organisation following eight successful years in post.

Main Duties
Strategic
 To deputise for the Director internally, and externally where appropriate.
 To support the development of Wysing Arts Centre’s Business Plan including policy development, risk management and action plans.
 To play an active role in shaping the future growth and sustainability of Wysing Arts Centre as part of the senior management of team, alongside the Director and Head of Partnerships.
 To take responsibility for delegated areas of the organisation’s activity, including the implementation and monitoring of those areas.
 To contribute to Wysing Arts Centre’s public profile and foster good relations with statutory and voluntary bodies.

Operations
 To oversee the day to day running of Wysing Arts Centre to ensure its smooth operation and efficient use of resources and capacity.
 To line manage the Site and Technical Manager to ensure Wysing Arts Centre’s site and buildings are well maintained and effectively and efficiently managed.
 To provide general office management duties.
 To be responsible for the organisation’s IT and to manage the external IT consultant, with the support of the Site and Technical Manager.
 To support the planning and delivery of programmes and activities and to provide operational support across the organisation.
 To act as Wysing Arts Centre’s Health and Safety Officer, ensuring that the Health and Safety Policy is regularly reviewed and up-dated, that necessary risk assessments are carried out and that all staff and artists are conversant with the policy.

Finance
 To lead on all aspects of financial management of the organisation including line management of the Finance Manager.
 To effectively manage delegated budgets and financial resources in line with organisational priorities and procedures.
 To be responsible for reporting on the overall financial management of the organisation,
ensuring budgets are adhered to and effective cost control mechanisms are in place.
 To co-ordinate monitoring and financial reporting for externally funded programmes.

Resources
 To liaise with Wysing’s onsite tenants, including studio based artists, the café and others, in the preparation of licence agreements and inductions.
 To lead on the recruitment of new staff, employees and volunteers and their inductions.
 To support and develop the role of volunteers within the organisation and take lead
responsibility for volunteers in the delegated operational areas.
 To ensure Staff Handbooks, which include information on Health and Safety as well as Policies, are up-dated and appropriately distributed.
 To keep confidential personnel records on all members of staff and ensure that all staff records are kept up to date, including staff appraisals and sickness and absence records.

Business Development
 To lead on the Space Hire Strategy for the Wysing Arts Centre, to maximise income generation opportunities and develop sustainable income strands in line with the organisation’s identity.
 To drive and manage external bookings of facilities including meeting rooms, the farmhouse and onsite recording studio, alongside the licensing of artist studios.
 To develop edition and record sales, including through Wysing’s online shop, and to ensure stock and sales inventories are maintained and accurate.
 To work closely with the Director and Head of Partnerships in formulating tenders and grants.

Governance
 To support the Director and Board of Trustees through attending Board Meetings of the charity and to take responsibility for Operations, Finance, Risk Management and HR.
 To act as Company Secretary and to attend and service Board meetings for the organisation and sub-committees as appropriate, preparing reports and papers as required.
 To work with the Board, Director and Senior Management Team to devise, monitor and review all organisational policies and procedures.
 To co-ordinate the annual returns for Companies House, Charity Commission and funding
bodies and other legal requirements.

To undertake any other duties related to the role as requested by the Director.
The post-holder will be expected to work in accordance with Wysing Arts Centre’s Equality and Diversity Policy and within the organisation’s Health and Safety Policy.

Person specification

Essential:
At least five years’ experience in a senior management role.
Outstanding organisational skills, the ability to work under pressure and manage multiple priorities.
Strong communicator (both verbal and written).
Excellent interpersonal and problem solving skills.
Relevant experience of service development and developing sustainable funding sources
Experience of managing complex budgets across multiple areas and departments.
Fully financially literate and experienced in the accurate presentation and interrogation of
management and statutory accounts, setting of budgets, budgetary management and control.
Experience of devising, implementation and monitoring of strategic policies and plans.
A high level of computer literacy, including use of Microsoft Word and Excel.
An understanding and empathy with the aims of Wysing Arts Centre.
Willingness to work occasional evenings and weekends as required.

Desirable:
Knowledge of national arts policies, networks and trends
An interest in contemporary visual arts.
Experience of working with artists.


RECRUITMENT PROCESS

The deadline for applications is Sunday 28 May 2017.
Interviews will take place on Tuesday 6 June at Wysing Arts Centre.


Please include:
1. Details of your previous employment and relevant work experience. List each employer and give a short description of your role alongside dates of employment and reason for leaving.

2. What interests you about the post and working at Wysing Arts Centre? Please use this section to articulate why you want to work at Wysing.

3. Information on how your skills, abilities, and experience match the key points in the job description and person specification.

4. Your contact details

5. Contact details for two referees

Wysing’s Director, Donna Lynas, is available to have an informal conversation about the position. Please call 01954 718881 or email donna.lynas@wysingartscentre.org

We will not accept CV’s alone and the application procedure must be adhered to in order to be eligible. 

We are happy to accept applications that have been recorded onto video and uploaded onto Submittable, instead of written applications. If you have any access or other issues that you wish to discuss with us before applying, please contact us on 01954 718881.


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We are thrilled that Women's Beat League will be leading the second study week of our Wysing Polyphonic programme, dedicated to exploring 'many voices'.  

Women’s Beat League is a Portland, Oregon collective dedicated to teaching and co-learning DJing and music production skills. Women’s Beat League hosts workshops, lectures and parties focused on representing female-identified and nonbinary views in electronic music. For this study week, Women's Beat League will share and discuss the skills, theory and politics of DJing through workshops, discussions and "open deck" sessions.  

Throughout the week four representatives of Women's Beat League (Alyssa Beers, Felisha Ledesma, Daniela Karina Serna and Kathleen Hong) will provide a supportive environment for participants to learn the basics of DJing on CDJs and will lead discussions, music-sharing sessions and workshops on resistance through sound, personal histories, DIY organising, and gender in electronic music.  

Participants selected for the retreat will also be invited to DJ with Women's Beat League at a special event at DIY Space for London, on Friday 9th June. 

The Study Week will take place between 5th and 8th June 2017 at Wysing Arts Centre. Participants who decide to take part in the event at DIY Space for London are responsible for their own travel and accommodation. 

Selected participants will be asked to bring a USB with songs for DJing (the more you can bring the better). These should be songs with a strong and identifiable beat, of varying tempos and styles which the participant is familiar with.

 

The deadline for applications is 12 midnight, 25 April 2017 

JOB DESCRIPTION

Position: Children and Young People’s Programme Manager
Salary: £27,500 per annum pro rata (£16,500 per annum plus 3% pension contribution)
Hours: Part time, 3 days a week (22.5 hrs)
Contract: Temporary Contract, initially to 30 September 2017
Reporting to: Director


Wysing Arts Centre recognises every child and young person's creative potential, and their entitlement to access, experience and engage with art, and we approach every child and young person as an early stage artist.

Working with a range of partners including schools, colleges, peer arts organisations and youth organisations, the Children and Young People’s Programme Manager will develop and manage high quality, innovative programmes that support children and young people to develop their creative potential, understanding, critical engagement and enjoyment of art.

The Children and Young People’s Programme Manager will be highly motivated, flexible and driven by an interest in the relevance of the arts to the lives of young people.

Key Responsibilities

 Manage and co-ordinate the delivery of the youth arts programmes.

 Co-ordinate visits to Wysing by schools and further education colleges and organise teachers’ events to support learning and activity related to the National Curriculum.

 Co-ordinate the delivery of an annual programme of workshops for children and families in relation to the artistic programme of residencies and exhibitions.

 Support young artists of all ages by delivering Arts Award support sessions and drive recruitment for Arts Award.

 In collaboration with other staff at Wysing, co-ordinate and manage the annual Summer School (funding dependent), for artists aged 18-25 years.

Main Tasks

 Manage and co-ordinate the delivery of the youth arts programme, currently Circuit (delivered in partnership with Kettle’s Yard) supporting the young peoples’ group and delivery of on-site and offsite partnership projects.

 Maintain and develop new partnerships with a wide range of local groups to ensure hard to reach young people have access to programmes.

 Promote artistic programmes and facilitate schools and colleges to use Wysing’s site as a teaching resource by developing and tailoring activity to the national curriculum, programming teacher’s evenings and delivering Arts Award and Arts Award support sessions.

 In collaboration with curatorial staff, organise ongoing activity for children and their families in relation to annual programme themes and exhibitions.

 Contribute to the development of other learning and audience development programmes.

 In collaboration with other staff, co-ordinate the delivery of the Summer School including managing the selection of participants and delivery of the programme including briefing and supporting artists, workshop leaders and mentors.

 Support the delivery of Wysing’s audience development plan, as per the current Business Plan, developing opportunities to provide new access points and increase the reach of Wysing’s programme.

 Provide a safe, relevant and supportive environment for children and young people to access Wysing’s programme.

 Ensure that adequate evaluation for all children and young people’s programmes is in place and used as a resource to provide feedback, reporting and take forward ideas and improvements.

 Prepare risk assessments and participant sign-in information for all activity.

 Be the lead child protection officer for Wysing and review child protection procedures.

 Manage budgets and timeframes effectively.

 Provide documentation, evaluation and reporting of the projects.

 Represent the organisations to stakeholders and funders, attending external meetings as required.

 Provide written content for funding bids and for Wysing’s website and other marketing material.

 Key holding responsibilities.

 Work in accordance with Wysing Arts Centre’s Health & Safety and Equal Opportunities Policies at all times.

Essential knowledge and experience

 A degree in an arts-related subject or equivalent experience.

 Experience of working with children and young people in an arts or community environment.

 Experience of developing peer-led programmes with and for children and young people.

 Understanding of youth services and youth support networks.

 Experience of coordinating a learning programme in a gallery or museums environment.

 Evidence of working directly with artists.

 Experience of monitoring projects, evaluating and report writing for fundraising and funding bodies.

 Experience of marketing and publicity of art events.

Essential skills and qualities

 Excellent project management, communication and advocacy skills.

 Excellent verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills.

 Experience of building effective partnerships.

 Excellent organisational skills and the ability to prioritise and work to deadlines.

 Ability to work be creative and work within budgetary limits.

 Ability to work well with a wide range of people including negotiation skills and the ability to see a situation from all sides.

 Enthusiastic and committed to the arts with knowledge of contemporary visual arts practice.

 A creative and flexible approach and the confidence to develop ideas independently as well as part of a team.

 An understanding and empathy with the aims of Wysing Arts Centre and a commitment to developing new audiences for art.

 Good level of computer literacy.

 Flexible in working arrangements and able to work occasional evenings and weekends.

 Ability to represent the organisation to a wide range of stakeholders.

Desirable experience, skills and qualities

 Experience of updating website content and marketing using social media.

 Full driving license & access to a car for work use.

The post-holder will be subject to an enhanced DBS check.

RECRUITMENT PROCESS

Deadline for applications is Sunday 28 May 2017. Interviews will take place on Monday 5 June at Wysing Arts Centre.

Please include:

1. Details of your previous employment and relevant work experience. List each employer and give a short description of your role alongside dates of employment and reason for leaving.

2. What interests you about the post and working at Wysing Arts Centre? Please use this section to articulate why you want to work at Wysing.

3. Information on how your skills, abilities, and experience match the key points in the job description and person specification.

4. Your contact details.

5. Contact details of two referees.

We will not accept CV’s alone and the application procedure must be adhered to in order to be eligible. 

We are happy to accept applications that have been recorded onto video and uploaded onto Submittable, instead of written applications. If you have any access or other issues that you wish to discuss with us before applying, please contact us on 01954 718881.