Creative Placemaker vacancy at WHALE Arts

Local organisation WHALE Arts has announced they are looking to hire a Creative Placemaker. The post is supported by the Big Lottery Fund, ‘Creative, Connected, Community’ is an exciting 3 year programme that will use Creative Placemaking to deliver a lasting, transformational, community-led change for Wester Hailes.

The post is full time, 35 hours per week on a fixed term 36 month contract with a salary of £24,193.

Main Activities and Key Responsibilities

  • To ensure the views, assets and aspirations of local people underpin all aspects of the project.
  • To manage and, at times, directly deliver a programme of creative placemaking activities in Wester Hailes – including regular creative sessions, one-off events and public artworks.
  • Recruit and line manage artists, sessional workers and volunteers to deliver and support projects.
  • Setting and controlling project budgets in line with WHALE Arts’ finance systems.
  • Develop and manage a range of volunteer opportunities within the creative placemaking programme.
  • Develop and support a voluntary steering group to assist with planning and delivery of creative community activities and Wester Hailes’ 50th Anniversary Celebrations.
  • Create partnership opportunities with local community organisations, public bodies, creative and cultural partners.
  • Plan, coordinate and deliver community events.
  • Utilise and develop volunteering policies, procedures and databases.
  • Monitor and evaluate participation using central WHALE Arts’ systems and participative methods, in line with funding requirements.
  • Ensure a legacy of best practice and sustained community participation.
  • Monitor and evaluate performance of the ‘Creative, Connected, Community’ placemaking programme towards target outputs and outcomes.
  • Ensure all project funding requirements are met, reports completed and effective communication maintained with funders.

Recruitment Details

Essential skills:

  • Educated to degree level in a creative arts discipline.

Minimum three years experience in:

  • Conceiving and delivering community arts projects as a creative practitioner.
  • Managing the development and delivery of creative projects and programmes.
  • Successful partnership working with a range of stakeholders.
  • Project management including managing budgets, monitoring and evaluation, recruitment and management of staff and volunteers.
  • Community engagement and community event management.
  • Supporting volunteers in creative or community settings.
  • A commitment to and understanding of the importance of community-led development.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, able to work without supervision and as part of a team.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

Application Process

Apply in writing or by email, enclosing/attaching:

  • An up to date CV detailing relevant education and employment experience.
  • A covering letter demonstrating how your skills meet the Essential and Desirable Skills criteria of the job description.
  • Details of two referees, including at least one previous employer.

Applications should arrive at WHALE Arts Agency no later than 13:00 on Monday 24th July 2017. Late applications will not be considered.

The successful candidate will be appointment to the role subject to confirmation of PVG Scheme Membership. You can download the full job description and an Equal Opportunities Form on WHALE’s website here.



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