Disability Arts Online seeks Support Mentor

Closing Date: 24 February 2020

Disability Arts Online

Location: London

Remuneration: Part-time 0.4 (2 days per week). Offered as PAYE in the region of £22,000 – 24,000 pro rata, depending on experience. Alternatively, the option of a self-employed freelance contract is also available, with the rate to be negotiated.


Disability Arts Online's logo featuring a white square inside a black paint splash and black text

Disability Arts Online is looking to appoint an enthusiastic, motivational and experienced Support Mentor to help bring out the best in our new Digital Influencer. Working on ‘Lead’, the Arts Council funded Transforming Leadership project, the Support Mentor will enable our the Digital Influencer to deliver exciting digital content that opens up access to Disability Arts Online’s offer, particularly to neurodivergent and learning disabled audiences.

The Support Mentor is a new fixed-term role within the small, but exceptionally dedicated team that runs Disability Arts Online. Based at Battersea Arts Centre’s Scratch Hub, they will be responsible for supporting all aspects of the Digital Influencer’s work. They will have a naturally collaborative and empowering approach to working with disabled people. The Support Mentor will provide access support for the Digital Influencer to:

  • Organise their workload and diary
  • Manage communications within the staff team and externally with artists and other relevant stakeholders
  • Devise, record and edit written, video and audio content for social media
  • Work through ideas for new content and propose them to the editorial and communications team
  • Attend events to interview people, review work and participate in discussions
  • Participate in Lead Project activities and evaluation.

They will also provide pastoral support, mentoring and encouragement to the Digital Influencer throughout their working day.

To apply

Please send the following to work@disabilityartsonline.org.uk:

Deadline for applications 12 noon, Monday 24th February 2020.

Interviews will take place in London w/c 2 March. Travel bursaries available for unwaged applicants.

As an organisation led by disabled people working to support better access to arts and culture, we are very keen to attract applications from any diverse backgrounds and we strongly encourage applications from people who identify as disabled or living with a long-term health condition (including mental health and neurodiversity).

If you have any questions or need some assistance, please get in touch work@disabilityartsonline.org.uk

Further information about Disability Arts Online:

Disability Arts Online is a long-established arts organisation that occupies a unique global position with its UK-based website, partnership and consultancy work, artist development programmes and vibrant community of disabled creatives.

The online magazine (annual readership 185k) platforms discussion about arts and culture from a disability perspective. This gives disabled artists a place to talk about accessing the arts and to critique the development of artistic practice across all art forms. The website hosts high-quality editorial covering in-depth interviews, opinion, reviews, news, podcasts and videos. Our content is regularly syndicated by industry-leading publications including a-n, Arts Professional, Theatre Times and The Stage.

“Disability Arts Online has been an invaluable tool of support, information and advocacy for me as a disabled artist. It’s a vital resource ensuring that I am connected, and contributing to the wider disability arts ecology and movement, and not working in isolation.” Jamie Beddard, actor/director. The artists development sessions established in 2018 are proving successful; supporting 41 artists in the first year, with 100% of those surveyed saying that sessions had a positive/very positive impact on them.

Arts Council England assessed us as having “an intelligent and developed understanding of diversity and the needs of diverse artists”. We perform an important role assisting the arts and cultural sector to develop understanding of disability arts practice, ACE’s Creative Case for Diversity and best practice in access provision. Last year we delivered fruitful partnerships with Unlimited, Bristol Music Trust, Creative Diversity Network (a consortium TV broadcasters), Graeae, a-n and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra to name a few.

The British Council says of our partnership delivering DisabilityArtsInternational.org: “Disability Arts Online have brought not only their expertise, knowledge and network to the partnership, but also their excellent delivery skills. They continue to balance attention to detail with taking the time for genuine exchange and nuanced conversation.”

The most recent sector support work we have delivered is a Guide to Access to Work for the Arts and Cultural Sector. This is aimed at helping individuals and organisations make sense of the DWP’s Access to Work scheme and develop more confidence in people to make applications and increase the number of disabled people in the workforce. It has been incredibly well-received across the sector and boosted the profile of the organisation significantly in the last four months.

Disability Arts Online provides a fun, fulfilling and flexible work environment, set within a small staff team with low turnover.