LEARNING AND PARTICIPATION COORDINATOR
(3 year contract)
3 days per week
Note: application deadline extended to Friday 16th March
Amber seeks to appoint a Learning and Participation Co-ordinator as part of the Education team. It is expected that this post to be on a PAYE basis with remuneration on the basis of Amber’s equal PAYE waged rate of £125 per day (£19,500.00) per annum for 3 days per week), before deductions for tax, NI and employee pension contributions. Amber employees are automatically enlisted in a statutory workplace pension scheme administered by the National Employment Savings Trust.
There is flexibility in the scheduling regular days within the working week of Monday to Friday. There is occasional need for weekend work, for which time off in lieu can be taken. The post will be based at Amber/Side Gallery’s premises on Newcastle’s Quayside: 5-9 Side, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 3JE.
Amber operates an equal opportunities policy.
About Amber / Side Gallery
Amber Film & Photography Collective came together in 1968 and moved to North East England the following year. It has documented the lives and landscapes of the region’s working class and marginalised communities ever since. In 1977 it opened Side Gallery, a venue dedicated to showing the best in humanist documentary photography. The AmberSide Collection holds over 20,000 photographs and 100 films. It has grown out of the work the group has produced, commissioned, supported and shown over the past 50 years.
With the support of Heritage Lottery Fund and Arts Council England and Paul Hamlyn Foundation, since 2015, the group has redeveloped the gallery, enhancing exhibition spaces and improving accessibility. It has redeveloped the collection housing and its website; developed a participative education programme delivering projects with schools and community groups in the North East; embarked on long term programme of conservation and digital access to the collection. AmberSide Trust was established in 2015 to take stewardship of the collection and support the work of Side Gallery & Cinema, the collection, access and engagement.
From April 2018, Amber Film & Photography Collective will be an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation. Resources are available for the development of fundraising activity around the needs and ambitions of the organisation.
Since 2015, Amber have developed an innovative and engaging programme of Learning and Participation (L&P) projects working with young people, adults, schools and community groups in the North East. Working closely with the Director of Learning and Participation, the coordinator will be responsible for the successful continuation and strategic development of the L&P programme. The position will feature a wide range of project development, management, delivery and evaluation responsibilities, crucial to the development and delivery of the programme’s aims and objectives.
It is expected that this post will be on a PAYE basis with remuneration on the basis of Amber’s equal PAYE waged rate of £125 per day (£19,500.00 per annum for 3 days per week), before deductions for tax, NI and employee pension contributions. Amber employees are automatically enlisted in a statutory workplace pension scheme administered by the National Employment Savings Trust.
There will be flexibility in working days within the working week Monday to Friday. There will be occasional need for weekend work for which time off in lieu can be taken. The post will be based at Amber’s premises on Newcastle’s Quayside, with a degree of travel in the region connected to outreach work.
The position will be subject to a 6 month probationary period.
The Learning and Participation (L&P) Coordinator will be employed by and report to the Directors of Amber Film and Photography Collective CIC. Along with the Director of Learning and Participation, the L&P Coordinator will be responsible for:
1. Developing and implementing processes and systems to support the day-to-day management of Amber’s Learning and Participatiion programme.
2. Delivering Amber’s aims and objectives in its Paul Hamlyn and Arts Council programme to include; the administration and management of current and future Arts Award delivery, e.g. Discover in a Day based at Side Gallery.
3. Contributing to the development and delivery of a new CPD programme aimed at Primary Schools.
4. Lead and develop individual participatory art projects, including aspects such as maintaining relationships with teaching staff, community participants and delivery partners.
5. Ensure correct and safe working practices by staff and freelancers working on learning and participation projects, ensuring the welfare of all staff and participants in line with Amber’s relevant policies e.g. Child Protection, Health and Safety, Data Protection.
6. Manage and oversee the development of Amber’s freelance pool of Arts Practitioners, including the identification and management of additional training requirements e.g. Arts Award Advisor.
7. Build relationships with funders, developing funding opportunities and proposals and engaging with stakeholders around these opportunities.
8. Reporting on the evaluation of projects in accordance with the needs of funding organisations and also contributing to the development of a new evaluative framework underway as part of Amber’s collaborative PhD project with Newcastle University.
9. Oversight and management of the programme budget.
10. Facilitate cohesive inter-departmental communication and actions regarding L&P activities, with particular relevance to Side Gallery and Amber Collection.
1. Proven experience in the delivery of learning and participation activity in an arts context, including project management and evaluation.
2. A high standard of organisation and efficiency.
3. Strong communication, interpersonal, problem-solving and presentation skills.
4. Strong numeracy and IT skills appropriate to report writing and presentation requirements.
5. Self-motivated, capable of working on own initiative as well as part of a team.
6. Ability to prioritise and work to strict deadlines.
7. Proven skills in budget setting and monitoring.
8. Clean driving licence
1. Knowledge of Arts Award/ or willing to undergo training.
2. Fundraising experience.
3. Interest in arts, heritage and documentary film and photography.
4. Experience in report writing and communicating with funders.
5. Experience of event management and promotion.
Please write a letter of application, identifying relevant experience and skills, as well as outlining why you are interested in the post. This should be accompanied by a CV and contact details. The names and contact details for two referees should be supplied. These should be sent to:
Learning & Participation Co-ordinator Post
Amber Film & Photography Collective
Newcastle upon Tyne
or emailed to:
PLEASE NOTE: Emails should have L&P Co-ordinator in the Subject box.
Closing date for applications: Friday 16th March 2018