Theatre Royal Plymouth seeks Learning Producer

Closing Date: 14 June 2018

Theatre Royal Plymouth

Location: Plymouth, Devon

Remuneration: £21,000-24,000 per annum



The Learning Producer is the organisation’s principal contact for developing relationships, and communicating with schools, colleges and universities across the city and region. Working with a range of partners, freelancers and staff from the Theatre Royal, the post will manage participatory opportunities connected to the artistic programme, as well as a number of creative projects with primary, secondary and special schools.

Working alongside the Head of Learning, the Learning Producer will take a strategic overview of the formal education programme, ensuring up-to-date knowledge of policy and of the sector. The Learning Producer delivers and manages Playhouse, the School Challenge, Tiny Tales and the Reach workshops, and manages and initiates other relevant projects.

The Learning Producer will also work closely with marketing, media & communications, production and front of house, developing links between the Theatre Royal and education institutions, in Plymouth and the region; creating networks and developing relationships.

The Learning Producer will keep abreast of funding opportunities, and in consultation with the Director of Engagement and Learning and the Head of Learning will contribute to funding applications as appropriate. The Learning Producer will monitor and evaluate all projects.

The Learning Producer will work collaboratively with all members of the department to ensure that the programme is coherent, opportunities are shared and understood.
Interviews will be held on Wednesday 20th June 2018.

Please note that CVs will not be accepted for this position. Please download our application form from the ‘Application Help’ page, complete it and upload it into your application on the ‘My Application Form’ page.

Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check is essential for this post

The Role

Here is an overview of what you would be doing:

• Work with Head of Learning and in collaboration with colleagues to produce and manage the Education aspect of the learning programme
• Work closely with colleagues in all departments, as appropriate, across the organisation developing further programme strands that meet the education brief
• Ensure that the education programme is firmly embedded within Theatre Royal Plymouth and is communicated effectively across the Theatre and externally through collaboration with the Media and Communications and Marketing departments, and through partnership and advocacy work
• Write copy for the website and marketing, ensure photos are available with all required permissions
• Provide leadership and management to practitioners and freelancer working on the education programme and to ensure the effective development of staff, maintaining the highest levels of practice
• Recruit, contract and manage all freelancers, artists and companies associated with the education element of the learning programme
• Support participants from across all learning programmes to enable them to segue into other activities as appropriate
• Manage all budgets associated with the various strands of the education programme, liaising with the Head of Learning
• Develop a strong partnership approach with key agencies and stakeholders
• Support fundraising activities for the education aspect of the learning programme, and ensure all returns and reports are accurate and promptly delivered
• Contribute to the ‘Practitioner Development Scheme’
• Maintain up to date knowledge of the sector, the city, local and national government policy ensuring all projects are timely and relevant

The Person

Our Values are at the heart of everything we say and do and our people demonstrate these values in every aspect of their work. To be successful in this role, you should be able to demonstrate the following skills, experience and behaviour in line with these values.

Taking pride in achieving excellence. We take responsibility for and pride in what we do, recognising each other’s good work. We set consistently high expectations and ensure that everyone has the skills to achieve excellence.

• Ability to act consistently and in a professional manner at all times
• Developed knowledge of socially engaged practise and an understanding of what participation can mean for children and young people in the formal education sector
• A full driving licence would be helpful
• Minimum of two years’ experience working in a relevant field
• Ability to work to a high level of detail and accuracy
• IT literacy with excellent knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite
• Excellent project management and organisational skills
• Ability to set and manage complex budgets
• Appreciation of fundraising from a variety of sources
• Knowledge of the education system and the curriculum at all levels
• Knowledge of theatre and other arts
• Understanding of the subsidised arts or Charity sector
• Experience of monitoring and evaluating projects

Valuing each other in the way we work, communicate and spend time together: We communicate regularly with each other, listening and understanding people’s needs. We value and respect the relationships we have with colleagues and partners and we celebrate shared successes.

• Strong time management skills and the ability to prioritise tasks
• Ability to work collaboratively as part of a team and on own initiative.
• Ability to build relationships with colleagues to produce results
• Have a flexible and adaptable approach to work
• Confidence and ability to act as an advocate for the Theatre and the sector

Being imaginative in everything we do: We use our knowledge, experience and judgement to explore doing things differently. We aim to empower everyone in the organisation to adopt a flexible, open-minded and imaginative approach.

• Ability to work effectively under pressure handling multiple projects to differing deadlines
• A creative mind with the ability to generate innovative ideas and projects
• Excellent communication and presentation skills
• A positive and enthusiastic approach to work
• Ability to manage a personal workload, setting own priorities
• A problem solver, able to remain calm under pressure
• A creative person that is able to think outside the box

Embracing the diversity among our people and community: We embrace and value difference and individuality treating everyone as equally important. Together we are stronger and more effective.
• Strong people management skills
• Confident about welcoming children and young people from all areas of the community/backgrounds
• Enthusiasm and drive with the ability to motivate and inspire
• Experience of working with a variety of artists and creative practitioners
• Ability to empathise and communicate with people from all walks of life including vulnerable young people and those from a non-arts background
• The ability to develop good working relationships with outside agencies including particularly educational establishments and adapts approach as appropriate
• A professional attitude with ability to be tactful and diplomatic
• Understanding of and commitment to Diversity and Equality and Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults