Mid Level
THEATRE PROGRAMMER AND PRODUCER
Hull Truck Theatre

Salary: £28,000 - £30,000

Closing Date: Friday, 16 March 2018

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Job Description:

The Theatre Programmer and Producer is responsible for the co-ordination of the theatre’s artistic programme including its visiting and produced work. The post holder will work closely with the Joint Chief Executives to develop an appealing high-quality programme to cultivate and reach new audiences whilst ensuring it is commercially successful and meets organisational targets.

You will be responsible for negotiating key terms with producers, drafting contracts and assessing visiting work for its suitability in line with the theatres artistic policy.

Principal Duties:
Artistic Programme:

  • Plan and co-ordinate a diverse visiting programme for the Main house and Studio Theatre supporting the Artistic Director with developing exciting and coherent seasons of performing arts activity (theatre, music, comedy, dance and other live performances) that can meet a net target of c.£100k per annum.
  • Research and develop the visiting programme for approval by the Artistic Director and Executive Director including assessing its commercial viability with the Director of Communication and its proposed scheduling.
  • Maintain good liaison and effective communication of information from incoming artists and companies and to ensure the smooth running of all productions.
  • Ensure there is detailed and accurate show information and oversee the delivery and implementation of programmed work, coordinating with other teams, including Technical, Marketing and Front of House.
  • Support the co-ordination of Hull Truck’s ‘Discover’ and ‘GROW’ events and activities. 
  • Co-ordinate and administrate the in-house productions/co-productions and commissions supporting and reporting to the Executive Director.
  • Create feasibility reports on potential Touring Projects including ACE’s Strategic Touring Fund.
  • Develop strong and long-term relationships with touring venues through effective advocacy for Hull Truck’s touring productions including Tour Booking Hull Truck Productions.

Administration and Finance: 

  • Responsible for effective administrative and financial management systems, to ensure the efficient running of the Visiting and In-house Artistic Programme.
  • Negotiate terms for visiting productions and prepare contracts for signing when required.
  • With the Head of Finance, to oversee all areas of finance relating to the theatres visiting and some areas of the produced programme, including providing financial reports when required.
  • Support the Artistic Director/Executive Director in the annual setting of appropriate financial targets for produced and visiting work and manage budgets in order to achieve these.
  • Co-ordinate artistic programme contracts.
  • Support the Head of Production and Technical with the management of all co-production and production budgets.
  • Attend artistic meetings and other meetings as necessary including production meetings.

Other Duties: 

  • The Health and Safety at Work Act, and other associated legislation, places responsibility for health and safety on all employees. Therefore, it is the post holder’s responsibility to take reasonable care for the health, safety and welfare of themselves and other employees in accordance with legislation and the Company’s Health and Safety Policy.
  • Complete any other delegated task that may assist the company in achieving its business objectives. Such tasks will not be of an unreasonable nature and shall be commensurate with the level of the post. To promote and comply with current legislation and Hull Trucks policies on Equality, Diversity and Health & Safety both in the delivery of services and the treatment of others.
  • To promote, develop and comply with our policies and practices to lessen the environmental impact of Hull Truck Theatre.
  • The above duties may involve having access to information of a confidential nature, which may be covered by the Data Protection Act. Confidentiality must be maintained at all times.
  • The above accountabilities are not exhaustive and may vary without changing the character of the job or level of responsibility.

Person specification:

Essential:

  • Experience of curating a diverse high quality performing arts programme including delivering against agreed financial targets.
  • A passion for and understanding of regional theatre and its national context.
  • Experience in negotiating high level contracts.
  • Proven experience of producing middle scale theatre.
  • Experience of strategic planning in a cultural context.
  • Experience of budget management and financial control for theatre productions of at least £50,000.
  • Excellent communications and presentation skills in person and in writing.
  • Excellent relationship management skills.
  • Excellent administration and IT skills.
  • Excellent teamworking and the ability to communicate across departments.
  • Extensive knowledge of the theatre sector and a network of contacts within the industry.
  • Willing to work flexible hours.
  • Ability to generate and follow through on ideas which will enhance both resources and the achievement of artistic goals.

Desirable: 

  • Experience of report writing.
  • Demonstrate the ability to navigate challenging environments should they arise.
  • Experience of or interest in producing work for younger audiences.
  • Experience in international and outdoor work.
  • Experience of working with digital artists.

Terms and Conditions: 

  • This is a permanent, full time post and hours of work will be as many as may be required to meet the requirements of the post but are not less than 40 hours per week. Normal hours of work are Monday to Friday between 9am/9.30am and 6pm/6.30pm (to be agreed).
  • The salary is c.£28,000 - £30,000 depending on experience and will be paid monthly in arrears.
  • There will be some evening and weekend work. The post-holder will be expected to offer reasonable flexibility in their working arrangements where it is considered necessary to undertake the duties they have been employed to perform.
  • No overtime is payable although time off in lieu for weekend overtime will be given if work is approved in advance as with the Executive Director.
  • Holiday – 28 days per annum (including public holidays) rising by 1 day per every complete year worked, to a maximum annual holiday entitlement of 33 days including public holidays. Pro rata part time working. The theatre is open over Christmas/New Year (except Christmas Day and New Year’s Day) and all departments are required to be staffed during normal working hours during this time.
  • There is a 3-month probation period during which time the notice is 1 month. Upon confirmation of appointment after successful probationary period, the employee is required to give 3 months’ written notice to the company and the company will give 1-month written notice to the employee. After 4 years’ service 1 additional week’s notice for each additional year of continuous service thereafter up to a maximum of 12 weeks.
  • Hull Truck Theatre’s staff handbook outlines the terms on sick pay, maternity leave/pay, paternity leave/pay, grievance/discipline and all other relevant staff matters.
  • Hull Truck Theatre operates an auto enrolment pension scheme through Now Pensions. Further details are available.
  • Staff are entitled to tickets for shows, subject to particular conditions and discount at the theatre’s catering operations.
  • On appointment, the successful candidate must be able to provide the correct documents as proof of their right to work in the UK.

Inclusion and Equality:

At Hull Truck Theatre we want to create and sustain a productive, diverse and inclusive working environment. We ask everyone who works with us to champion this ambition and embed it in their day to day work. We actively seek and encourage applications from those under-represented within our sector and welcome opportunities to facilitate job shares and flexible working to ensure our recruitment process and workforce is as open and accessible as possible.

Environmental sustainability

We aim to be an environmentally sustainable organisation and ask that our all our teams work to support this. In doing so we are seeking to promote efficient and sustainable practices that create minimal impact.

Deadline for applications is 12noon on the 16 th March. Interviews will be 21st March.

 

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