Creative Hub Project Assistant (part-time)

The Charity

Independent Arts is a registered charity (no. 297474) that changes lives through arts. Established in 1987, operating solely on the Isle of Wight, we aim to provide a wide range of arts-based activity to the lonely, the vulnerable and the most isolated – of any age from age 5 to 105 – in a variety of settings. We employ a small staff team and engage freelance arts practitioners from all genres as experts in their field, to deliver excellent quality activities. Essential to everything we do are volunteers. See below how you may be able to help deliver our mission.

The Creative Hub Project Assistant role cements our place in the community putting our work on Newport High Street from our new Creative Hub.

The rationale for this role comes from the need for the charity bring their work to new audiences, reaching new people of all ages across the Island. This position will be based in our hub in Newport. You will be part of our community and programme teams, working closely with our Arts Programme Manager and Community Engagement Manager to support our beneficiaries in our Creative hub-based workshops. You will be working alongside our three Creative Hub Coordinators and our other Project Assistant to provide six-day week coverage of the Creative Hub.

Team: Community & programmes (Hub-based projects)
Reporting to: Community Programmes Manager
Direct reports: None

2021 and beyond

Coronavirus has presented a challenge for Independent Arts – we have lost an important income stream from our workshops for wellbeing in care homes, which was unrestricted income and has been replaced largely through local government support. As lockdown gradually lifts, care homes are beginning to rebook outdoor music-based activities, known as garden gigs. We will actively engage care homes in the months ahead to ensure that workshops for wellbeing are resumed. Likewise, our community-based activities are gradually restarting, having moved online through the pandemic.

We have challenged ourselves to be more digital in our approach whilst recognising a huge island wide digital inequality – that we have the shared goal with others on the Island to tackle. As an arts-based community organisation, we are ideally poised to use digital and to enable digital in our work. We form longstanding trusted relationships with our current funders, partners and beneficiaries. We have committed volunteers and arts practitioners who are also our eyes and ears. We need to focus now on ‘show & tell’ as a strategy, to ensure that our story is told, our voice heard and that we reach out to everyone on the Isle of Wight who could benefit from, or support, our vital work. Our new space in the centre of the Newport High Street is a place we can meet people, share our aims and support our community.

As part of our small team, this role will provide essential support for the planning and delivery of the suite of funded programmes we run. These programmes are predominantly grant funded and have defined project timelines. The content of all our work must be of a very high quality and all our work is evaluated. This role is vital in enabling and supporting the delivery of these very high-quality programmes.

Job Purpose

  • Creating participant packs or prepping creative materials for use in a wide range of workshops and activities at the Hub.
  • Maintaining, recording, and storing all evaluation material and other confidential personal data and correspondence.
  • Supporting the Hub team to deliver and present participants’ creative work.
  • Creative support for workshops with the occasional provision of face to face on site workshops to cover practitioner absence, or to provide a specialist skill.

Key tasks and duties

  • Assisting the programme managers with the co-ordination and delivery of the creative projects.
  • Bringing forward creative ideas that can add value ot the wellbeing and enjoyment of the projects by participants.
  • Supporting participants on a practical level, giving encouragement and support to ensure the best quality outcomes are achievable.
  • Actively assessing outcomes and monitoring evaluation of programmes.
  • Leading on the showcase set up and display aspects of the charity's work.

General

  • Be an ambassador supporting Independent Arts vision and raising our profile
  • Maintain and expand knowledge in links between the arts and health and wellbeing
  • Maintain and expand knowledge about current trends in arts and culture
  • Ensure our community message is honest, open, inclusive and that our staff, volunteers and beneficiaries are safe and supported

Working hours

9am – 5pm Friday and Saturday with 30-minute lunch break (total of 15 hours per week). Flexibility is required. Hours may increase according to charity’s need.

Salary

£6,981 – £7,410 per year approximately; 15 hrs a week @£8.95 – £9.50 per hour depending on experience. (FTE within a scale £17,452 – £18,525 pa)

Holidays

Pro rata for part-time based on full time equivalent of 25 days plus statutory public holidays (8). In effect, this means 10 days holiday entitlement plus 3.2 public holidays.

Term

This is a one-year fixed term contract.

Community Hub Project Assistant – Person specification

Attributes/skills

  • Personable, outgoing, sunny disposition.
  • Strong arts/creative skills.
  • Confident to handle queries from the public.
  • Knowledge of arts as a health and wellbeing tool would be an advantage.
  • Good IT skills.
  • Team player, also able to work under own initiative with low level supervision.
  • Genuine interest in the aims of the charity.

Experience

  • 2–3 years working in either an education, or arts-based role.
  • Recent fine arts graduate, or 2–3 years freelance artist experience.
  • Knowledge of the Isle of Wight and the communities that the charity serves.
  • Commitment to continuous professional development.
  • Eye for detail and exacting standards are a key part of this role.
  • Previous experience of working with volunteers would be advantageous.
  • Evidence of previous charity or community work as a volunteer or supporter.

Application process

A copy of your current CV and completed application form (below) to be submitted to [email protected]

Please put Creative Hub Project Assistant in the subject line

Both documents must be submitted for applications to be considered.

Deadline for all applications 9th July 2021. We will not consider or respond to applications received after this date.

Timing

  • Rolling review of applications – first interviews by video call w/c 12th July
  • An assessment exercise will be included in the process.
  • It is envisaged that the person will start employment by 1st September latest.

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Independent Arts is an equal opportunities employer.