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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.


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.
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