BLINK Dance Theatre seeks Freelance Arts Administrator

Closing Date: 7 February 2020

BLINK Dance Theatre

Location: Location independent (but must be prepared to travel to London for meetings)

Remuneration: Fee The fee for the work is £125 per day based on one 8 hour day per week, 80 days in total over the 21 months (36 in 2020 and 44 in 2021). Fees to be paid in instalments (as agreed) on receipt of an invoice. The Arts Administrator will report to all administrative Co-Directors (Katherine, Vicki and Rachel) but will be line managed by one of them. The role will be subject to a trial period for 3 months, with a review in June 2020.

Description

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Who we are:

BLINK Dance Theatre are a ‘original, inspiring and fresh’ neurodiverse group of five artists who perform and facilitate together, based in London. Equality is at the heart of our organisation and we are passionate about our commitment to equal artistic and strategic collaboration.

What we do:

• Produce highly accessible multi-sensory participatory projects in diverse education and community settings

• Devise interdisciplinary boundary pushing productions that align with the Relaxed Performance revolution and innovative approaches to access for both audience and artist.

• Offer employment and training opportunities that support the needs of individual artists to reach their potential.

• Provide dynamic training in inclusive arts best practice that promote our vision.

Context:

Thanks to recent funding success, the next two years will enable us to develop sustainably as company to create high quality touring work and participatory programmes. As a result, we are seeking an Arts Administrator – for two years initially – to work with us during this exciting stage of our growth.

Our Team:

BLINK has a small core team who all work part time. Crucially, our organisational structure is non-hierarchical.

Co-Director & Finance Lead – Katherine Gill
Co-Director & Communications Lead – Vicki Hawkins
Co-Director & Development Lead – Rachel Gildea
Co-Director & Networking & External Events Lead – Francis Majekodumni
Co-Director & LD Access Advise Lead – Delson Weekes
Finance assistant – Mandy Moir

We also work with regular freelance facilitators, trainees, access support workers and university placement students.
The Role:

This is a freelance administrative role working one a day per week, remotely or with the team at meeting space in London.

Key Duties & Responsibilities

Company Administration

• Attend BLINK Director meetings (including minute-taking where required) These take place on Mondays twice a month.
• Act as primary liaison point for company facilitators, trainees, access support workers and collaborators.
• Liaise with venues, schools and freelancers for our participatory programme.
• Manage regular university placement students
• Support Co-Directors with day to day tasks.
• Represent BLINK Dance Theatre at events and meetings as appropriate.

Finance

• Support finance administration
• Write contracts for project artists, access support workers and collaborators
• Support on creation of new business plan

Marketing & Communication

• Support social media scheduling and implementation
• Updating the website and other media channels

Funding, Monitoring & Evaluation

• Contribute to the evaluation and reporting process; including leading and collating audience/participant, venue feedback and other evaluation data.
• Assist in identifying fundraising opportunities research and support application of funds for BLINK Dance Theatre.

Person Specification

We are seeking someone with a minimum of 4 years arts administrative experience, who can work independently and remotely and enjoys being part of a developing disability led dance theatre company. The successful candidate will possess the following qualifications, skills, experience and knowledge:

Personal Attributes & Knowledge

Essential:
• A passion for the arts
• A flexible and creative approach to work
• Good interpersonal skills
• Excellent communication skills
• Ability to work collaboratively
• Ability to prioritise and show initiative and work independently

Desirable:
• Awareness of mental health and wellbeing in the workplace
• Sensitivity to communication with people with learning disabilities and communication difficulties
• Sensitivity to communication with people with learning difficulties
• Enthusiastic about working inclusively

Experience

Essential:
• 4 years minimum arts administrative experience
• Experience of working with, and supporting artistic or creative teams
• Experience of admin around outreach, education and participatory work

Desirable:
• Experience of managing budgets
• Experience of working with people with learning disabilities
• Experience of working with people with mental health needs
• Experience of working in disability arts
• Experience of working with touring companies

Skills & Knowledge

Essential:
• Ability to prioritise, delegate and monitor workloads
• Excellent IT skills and knowledge of using excel, social media and online platforms

Desirable:
• Knowledge of disability arts sector in the UK
• Experience of working with partners in other sectors

Terms and conditions:

This is a 21 month contract in the first instance starting in March 2020 to December 2021 with possibility of extending the contract after that, subject to funding. We expect the Arts Administrator to work from their own base but be available to attend meetings and events as needed in London. These meetings will often be on Mondays.

Fee

The fee for the work is £125 per day based on one 8 hour day per week, 80 days in total over the 21 months (36 in 2020 and 44 in 2021). Fees to be paid in instalments (as agreed) on receipt of an invoice.

The Arts Administrator will report to all administrative Co-Directors (Katherine, Vicki and Rachel) but will be line managed by one of them.

The role will be subject to a trial period for 3 months, with a review in June 2020.

Applications

To apply for this position, please forward a recent CV and paragraph of interest outlining why you are interested in the job, and attach a completed Equal Opportunities Monitoring form. So that all our directors can access the applications, we also ask that you send in a brief video of yourself talking about why you would like to work with BLINK. This can be more informal but please speak clearly and slowly. Videos should not be longer than 2 minutes. Please provide details of two references (someone who knows your work in this context). Those who are shortlisted will have references taken up.)

We particularly welcome applicants with lived experience of disability and people from groups that are currently under-represented in the arts sector.

Please send your application to Vicki Hawkins at vicki@blinkdancetheatre.org by Friday 7th February.

Interviews will be held on Monday 24th February at an accessible central London location (tbc) and applicants will be notified of their invitation to interview by Wednesday 19th February.

If you would like any information, support with access requirements or an informal chat about the role/ application process contact rachel@blinkdancetheatre.org.

We look forward to hearing from you!