Shakespeare Schools Foundation seeks Festival Manager (Schools and Resources)

Closing Date: 10 December 2018

Shakespeare Schools Foundation

Location: London



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Salary: £27k-35k per annum, depending on experience.

Contract: Initial 12 month fixed term contract, full time, with a view to extend.

Reports to: Director of Operations.

Line Manages: Festival Coordinators, Festival Assistants.

Probation: 4 month probationary period.

Hours: 35 hours per week, flexitime. Occasionally additional hours may be necessary.

Leave: 25 days per year, plus bank holidays.

Notice period: 2 months.

Location: This role is based in our central London office. Some travel within the UK will be

About Shakespeare Schools Foundation

We transform lives through the unique power of Shakespeare.
Our work instils curiosity and empathy; aspiration and self-esteem; literacy and teamwork – giving young people the confidence to see that all the world is their stage. Our annual Festival uses a rigorous and supportive process to train teachers and young people in an active and ambitious way of working with Shakespeare.

Months of preparation culminate in exhilarating performance evenings on professional theatre stages – hundreds of nights across the country, every autumn in the world’s largest youth drama festival.

Organisation and culture

Our dynamic, ambitious and energetic people work in four different teams.
• Festival and Creative: responsible for our annual Festival, this team looks after every region and nation of the UK, recruiting schools and taking them through the months of preparation before each performance night. At the heart of our creative offer, this team oversees the content of our workshops, resources and the Festival.
• Income Generation and Communications: this team ensures we reach more young people every year, raising donor income from a wide range of sources, including our ground breaking events. They sell our workshops, look after our brand, raise our profile and make sure the world knows about our transformative work.
• Support: the bedrock of the organisation; the Finance, IT, and HR functions that have kept us running since the year 2000.
• Delivery: the face of SSF, this team devises, develops and delivers our workshops and the Festival. They ensure all our young people and teachers have an ambitious and thrilling experience of Shakespeare.

Our office culture is warm, friendly and ambitious. We provide comprehensive training, including from our excellent artistic associates. We offer yoga and exercise classes and our Social Committee plan activities through the year. We also enjoy a lot of cake!

As a Festival Manager, you will be part of our Festival and Creative Team.

Job Purpose

SSF has two full time Festival Managers. Festival Managers are responsible for ensuring a thrilling and transformative experience for all schools participating in our annual Shakespeare Schools Festival. They manage the Festival Team, who are responsible for our relationships with over 1000 schools, 130 theatres and 100 freelance staff across the country.

The Festival Manager for Schools and Resources will oversee school communications, teacher workshop logistics and school scheduling. SSF is an organisation by teachers, for teachers. The Festival Manager for Schools and Resources will use their experience in the classroom or education system to keep SSF at the forefront of creative education practise. They will help SSF build on our track record as an award winning producer of education resources by creating and commissioning resources including schemes of work.

Main Duties

Festival set up
• manage Festival Team communications to registered schools throughout the year
• analyse our data and ensure high levels of data stewardship throughout the year
• manage and motivate the Festival Team to recruit returning schools to the Festival (retention)
• support with the scheduling and logistics of 60 Teacher Workshops across the UK
• plan and manage the school scheduling process including training the team and liaising with the website manager
• ensure a high quality experience for every registered school including trouble-shooting and complaint handling

• ensure inclusion remains at the heart of Festival planning and logistics including ensuring an excellent experience for our SEN teachers
• create and deliver training opportunities for the Festival team in inclusive practise and SEN
• support on the development of Foundation Projects with a focus on autism and literacy

• oversee our resource strategy to ensure Teacher-Directors have all the resources they need to take part in the Festival including applying teacher feedback and creating new resources
• create resources which integrate our Festival model with the curriculum
• develop and write schemes of work which allow teachers to deliver literacy, English Literature and other subject objectives through the curriculum for primary, secondary and special school settings
• research Shakespeare and literacy curriculums to keep our work current and innovative
• support on the development and delivery of workshops which align with the curriculum
• create and maintain partnerships in the education sector

Impact Evaluation
• work with the management team to develop and implement the organisation’s evaluation plan
• plan and deliver our curriculum resource evaluation pilot
• use data to develop the Festival and resources and to support the marketing of SSF’s work
• develop and manage SSF’s first Youth Panel
• develop and manage SSF’s Teacher Ambassador Panel alongside our Outreach Manager

• recruit, manage and train Festival Coordinators including line management of up to four
• develop and deliver training for the Festival Team including in SEN, the curriculum and Festival processes
• manage the professional development and motivation of Festival Coordinators through the year
• recruit and manage Festival Assistants including our autumn office team

Workshop Facilitation
• deliver workshops to teachers and students as required
• work with the creative team to devise workshops including education and corporate offerings
• support and mentor the Festival Team to develop as facilitators

Person Specification
We are looking for a passionate leader with significant experience in education. Ideally you will be a qualified teacher or have experience in the UK education system. You will combine excellent communication and organisation skills with creativity and innovation. You must be passionate about SSF’s mission and values. You will be flexible, organised and able to work under pressure.

Essential Experience:
• people management and leading a motivated and effective team, including training programmes
• overseeing a festival or large event on a national or regional scale
• an understanding of the UK educational system
• creation of curriculum resources, ideally schemes of work
• delivery of theatre or education workshops to students and teachers
• experience of managing customer/client experience
• data management
• operational management – planning and implementation
• legal / HR knowledge of health and safety or child protection

Desirable Experience:
• managing or delivering communications – print, web, other
• classroom experience – ideally as a qualified teacher
• line management
• managing internal communications
• data analysis
• developing budgets
• risk management
• experience of or an interest in working with Shakespeare

To apply:

• Please complete the application form – we will not accept CVs.
• Send to, subject “Festival Manager Application” by 5pm on Monday 10th December.
• Interviews will take place in w/c 17th December, with ideal start date of early February 2019.
• We actively encourage applicants from BAME communities and people with disabilities.
• If you would like any further information on the position or have any specific requirements, please call the SSF office on 0207 601 1800 and ask to speak to Alanna.