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Community Associate, Northampton



Northampton, United Kingdom 

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Arts & Entertainment


€25,500.00 - €27,000.00

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Job Description:

Are you passionate about fostering social inclusion and community engagement? Do you have a proven track record in managing and facilitating participatory projects and a commitment to inclusivity and environmental responsibility?

As our Community Associate, you will play a pivotal role in delivering our artistic vision by integrating the work of the People’s Panel, Youth Panel, and Creative Council into all our activities. You will be responsible for managing relationships and partnerships across the local community to coordinate and deliver a program of creative work.

If you have experience managing community projects within an arts organisation and a strong commitment to representation and inclusion - we would love to hear from you!

Job Purpose

* The Community Associate must have a passion for social inclusion and a track record in facilitating and supporting community engagement with a commitment to inclusivity, relevance, and environmental responsibilities.
* Support the delivery of participatory projects from design to delivery, support fundraising, manage and develop strategic relationships with relevant external agencies, manage freelance staff and practitioners in achieving project objectives, encourage participants to find creative progression routes, and establish pathways for participants and young people.

Key Duties

* Manage relationships and partnerships across the local community to coordinate and deliver a programme of creative work.
* Conceive and deliver innovative community projects with and for local communities and lead the production and facilitation of these projects, including the Actors Company, Community Choir, tours, Beyond The Stage programmes, and festival activities.
* Work with community and producing partners to create work with a local focus relevant to our communities and the organisation's remit, KPIs, and strategy.
* Ensure accurate project and production budgets, cash flows, and financial information management.
* Raise funding for new ideas, community engagement initiatives, and productions, keeping abreast of funding and producing opportunities across the region and beyond.
* Manage show on sales and liaise with marketing and press on the creation of show assets, season launches, and show campaigns.

For the full job description, please see our website.

Essential Skills


* Experience in managing community projects within an arts organisation
* Experience in leading workshops, talks, tours and relevant community-associated events
* Experience in community theatre producing
* Contractual preparation and negotiation
* Experience in applying for and managing publicly or trust-funded projects
* Evidenced and practical relationships with venues, companies, agencies, and organisations within the subsidised sector
* Commitment to regional theatre artists' audiences


* Knowledge of the UK regional theatre sector and current trends
* Familiarity with funding structures and policies
* A good understanding of the processes required to develop new work
* An appreciation of the technical aspects of theatre production
* Appreciation of audience development practices
* A strong commitment to representation and inclusion


* A strong track record of being able to manage a varied workload and deliver work under pressure and an ability to work using initiative
* Proven ability to sustain positive internal and external relationships over a significant period
* Excellent project management skills
* An ability to generate creative ideas
* Excellent organisational and communication skills
* Attention to detail, highly organised, good prioritising skills and a proactive approach to problem-solving
* IT literate (e.g., Word, Excel, databases, Artifax, Tessitura)

Desirable Skills


* Working with UK Theatre, Musicians Union, Equity, and other industry-specific union agreements
* Experience working in a producing theatre, arts centre, or touring company
* Working knowledge of the commissions process and experience in negotiating contracts
* An interest in education, youth theatre and artist development work
* Preparing evaluation reports for funders
* Donor or investor cultivation
* PR and marketing liaison in support of asset creation and promotional campaigns


* Understanding of theatre management
* Networking, marketing, and social media campaigns
* Experience in employing a research-based approach to your work

How To Apply

Please submit a covering letter (no more than 2 sides of A4) stating your relevant experience, knowledge, and skills for this Community Associate role, along with your CV.

Closing Date: Monday 24th June 2024
Interviews: Wednesday 5th & Thursday 6th July 2024

About Company

Royal & Derngate Northampton is the main venue for arts and entertainment in Northamptonshire and one of the major regional producing theatres in the country, with its acclaimed Made in Northampton work touring nationally and internationally.
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