Monday, 6 August 2007

looking for someone who has the skills

Castle Community Leisure is a local registered charity whose aim is to promote and encourage the building of and the use of social, sport and arts facilities in the area, in particular the fantastic resource of the newly built SPARC centre in Bishops Castle.

CCL are looking for someone who has the skills, professionalism and enthusiasm to raise the profile of CCL and the events already planned for SpArC in the coming months. Bishop’s Castle is the market town for SW Shropshire serving a rural hinterland of scattered communities; employment is predominantly in agriculturally related industries, with an increasing retired and elderly population demographic. The local Community College (<700 pupils aged 11-18) has a catchment of several hundred square miles.
The new SpArC centre has a well equipped studio theatre and several events are programmed in but there is no one person in post to develop these opportunities, market these events or create more opportunities. CCL is applying for longer term funding for this post but in the interim seeks a p/t coordinator to get the ball rolling for this pilot season.


To liaise with all people who have booked forthcoming events into SpArC or who are regular users e.g.
Jenny Henrywood - (Arts Dev officer for District)
Gwyneth Owen - SpArC manager
Sian Kerry - Arts Alive/CCL/Community College young promoters group
Julie McGivern – Hd. of Drama at Community College
Di Morris - administrator at Community College
Irene Stelfox –Youth Service

Publicity & Marketing

To issue press releases and create photo opportunities

To create publicity material and distribute widely throughout town and wider area.

Distribute information to local groups – YFC, WI, Churches, Youth bus, youth service, primary schools, playgroups, etc to make sure wide network of people hear about the programme

Exhibition space
To follow up work commenced on getting the walls in gallery space clad with board suitable for mirror plating exhibitions

Attendance at CCL meetings during contract period and any other appropriate ones that arise from time to time.
Collection of audience statistics for each event (Need to record these for funders.)
Promote and recruit volunteers for Front Of House steward training opportunity (already booked and funded) on September 19th
Attend performances already booked, organise publicity display for future events, work of CCL etc.
Support Hyperlinks project, digital media project fro young people, in partnership with Belmont Arts Centre

Person Specification:

Skills and knowledge
Relevant arts experience
Computer literate in Excel, Word, Outlook and a DTP programme
Good at writing copy
Generating press coverage
Generating in house publicity
Good at communication and negotiation with different parties, brokering deals and keeping everyone ‘on side’

Diplomatic, persistent, self motivated, organised
Experienced in dealing with situations where there is a multi-agency interest

The contract

The coordinator will answer to the CCL trustees in the first instance, (sub committee to manage post and support worker).

Office facilities will be provided by CCL
Office space will be provided in SpArC building as support in kind by SSDC
CCL will provide worker with a laptop and printer

The contract is on a freelance basis and will be paid as a fee for services. The contract is for 24hrs per week for four months, hours and pattern of work to be flexible. The development worker will be self employed and manage their own hours. The contract will be reviewed after 1 month. The fee will be £4200 (an hourly rate of approx £11).

Start – As soon as possible

Application Procedure
The deadline for receipt of submissions is 5pm Friday 17th August 2007, preferably by email to . Please include:
A current CV
Contact details - Please supply a mobile contact number as well as a land-line.
Names and addresses of two referees.
A letter of application, which indicates how you meet the person specification and details of relevant experience, and availability to start

Applications to be received by 5pm Friday 17th August.
Shortlisted candidates who are to be interviewed will be contacted on 20th.
Interviews will take place on 21st August in SpArC, from 4pm.

Queries and applications to: Sian Kerry, CCL Secretary,
01588 620883 (away till 12th August) Blue Barn, Green Lane, Churchstoke SY15 6EN

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