Job Opportunities

VOLUNTEERING OPPORTUNITY

OUTREACH PROGRAMME COORDINATOR

We are looking for a new Outreach Coordinator to take the lead in planning, commissioning, monitoring and evaluating the delivery of Lichfield Arts’ annual outreach programme. This is an exciting opportunity to have a positive impact on an established local arts charity.

You will have a passion for the arts and enthusiasm to take a hands-on role in a successful community arts organisation. You will also need an understanding of the principles, ethics and practices of successful voluntary organisations.

In line with the majority of Lichfield Arts’ roles, the Outreach Coordinator is a voluntary post and so unpaid, although there may be some scope for modest payments.

Community outreach projects are an integral part of Lichfield Arts. Outreach work in recent years has focused mainly on our Fuse, L2F and Blues & Jazz festivals, mainly involving schools.  These projects have been supported by grants from various sources. Other outreach projects in recent years that have turned into established ongoing groups comprise:

  • Wildfire Folk, a young persons’ folk music ensemble.
  • Lichfield Lighthouse Company, a sea shanty singing group.
  • A Blues & Jazz street band ‘Blast Off!’.

We now have a vacancy for a new Outreach Coordinator to work with our outreach trustee and others in pulling together our annual outreach programme, with the opportunity giving scope for the successful applicant to shape the role as they see fit.

 
Key Responsibilities:

  • To work with the Outreach Trustee and our partners in developing a new and exciting outreach programme each year that offers and provides inclusive arts experiences.
  • To thereafter take the lead on commissioning, coordinating, monitoring and evaluating outreach project activity throughout the year.
  • To work with the Outreach Trustee and other Lichfield Arts personnel in seeking funding for the costs of delivering the outreach programme.

Note we do not expect the Outreach Coordinator to directly undertake the outreach project work. Instead they will commission this work from outreach practitioners, although there may be scope for the coordinator to undertake some project work where it makes sense for them to do so.
Reports To:

Our Trustee with responsibility for overseeing our outreach programme.

Works with:
Outreach practitioners that have been commissioned to deliver the outreach activity.
Other Lichfield Arts’ personnel as required, and especially those involved in fundraising.

Remuneration:
This is a non-paid volunteer role, although there may be the potential for a modest performance-related payment or commission, particularly given the potential for project management costs to be written into funding bids.

Location:
Work from home with visits to Lichfield Arts’ office and other locations in and around Lichfield on an as-needed basis.

Hours:
Flexible and will fluctuate throughout the year, with 1 to 1.5 days a week being a realistic average over the year.

Person Requirements:

The ideal applicant will have:

  • Experience of facilitating or managing arts projects within a community setting.
  • Experience of managing both internal and external facilitators.
  • Experience of budgeting arts projects correctly (resources, facilities, facilitators, evaluation etc.).
  • An understanding of external funding for arts projects (both locally and nationally).
  • An understanding of the importance of community arts pedagogy.
  • Experience of working with and directing volunteers.
  • Experience of liaising with partners and stakeholders.
  • Experience of working in the charity/voluntary sector.
  • Enthusiasm for the arts and an understanding of the role played by community based organisations.
  • An understanding of and commitment to equality, diversity and inclusivity.

Next steps
Applicants should submit a CV and a covering letter outlining their relevant skills and experience and giving brief details on their reasons for applying and what they might bring to the role and the organisation.

Applications should be submitted via email to vacancies@lichfieldarts.co.uk by 31st December 2016.
Potential candidates are welcome to contact our outreach trustee John Percival at: john.percival@lichfieldart.org.uk or via the Lichfield Arts’ office phone 01543 262223 initially for an informal discussion about the role.