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Administrative and Communications Assistant

The Culture Capital Exchange, London

£20,000 to £25,000 (pro rata)

The Culture Capital Exchange is a membership organisation which exists to facilitate the exchange of knowledge and information between our members (London based higher education institutions) and London’s creative and cultural industries. 

The culture of the organisation is one of shared input and there is high level of connection between the directors, stakeholders and administrative staff.   We are looking for an organised and proactive communicator to join our small friendly and dynamic team at Somerset House.

Job description summary

The role of Administrative and Communications Assistant is crucial for ensuring the smooth running of the company. The post-holder will work with the General Manager in all aspects of administration and office management. The post-holder will also assist with specific aspects of administration around events, and liaise with member organisations. This role will edit the monthly e-newsletter, manage our website and contribute to our social media.

This is a part-time role, 3 days per week.

For full job description and application information please go to

The closing date for applications is Tuesday 28th October 2014.

Development Manager

ICA, London

£26,000 to £28,000 (dependent on experience)

The ICA seeks an enthusiastic and proactive individual to join our dynamic Development Team. The team work with a wide portfolio of supporters including Patrons, Corporate Partners and Sponsors. This is an important post with the particular focus of raising income for the ICA from charitable trusts and foundations, statutory, international and public sector agencies.

Reporting to the Managing Director, you will play a key role in developing and maintaining excellent relations with existing supporters while proactively seeking new ones. The role requires the ability to work across the Development Team and be involved in all aspects of funding activities to maximise opportunities for the ICA.  The post holder will be able to collaboratively devise an innovative grants fundraising strategy to support the ICA’s creative programme.

You will have previously held a relevant position in a comparable arts or not-for-profit organisation with a track record of having worked with trusts and foundations, statutory agencies and international funders.  You will also have an on-going interest in the contemporary arts.

Please send a CV and covering letter outlining your suitability for the post and how you meet the requirements and person specification to:

The Administrator, ICA, 12 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AH or email 

For more details visit

The closing date for applications is Sunday 9th November 2014. Interviews will be held in week commencing 10th November 2014.

Marketing Assistant (Maternity Cover)

QUAD, Derby

£10,000 to £15,000

QUAD is looking for a bright, creative and organised Marketing Assistant to support with the delivery of all marketing activities and related administration.

This position offers the opportunity to integrate into an established and experienced team, working across a number of disciplines including design, print, events, direct and digital communications.

To be considered for this role you must be educated to degree level or have the equivalent experience in a relevant subject area; have previous experience with a good track record in digital communication for business through e-flyers and social networks and have a range of IT skills using software for print design through to film editing

Committed to working in the arts and with an ability to work as part of a creative team this would be a fantastic opportunity if you wish to further your existing marketing career.

To apply, please download the application pack

And return your completed application and equal opportunities form to Lucy at (or post it to HR, QUAD, Market Place, Derby DE1 3AS)

In line with our equal opportunities policy, please note we do not accept covering letters and/or CVs in place of the QUAD application form.

The closing date for applications is Monday 27th October 2014. Interviews will be held on Tuesday 4th November 2014.

Duty Manager

Wyeside Arts Centre, Powys

£8.20 per hour

We are looking for applicants aged 21 or over who would be interested in working part-time as a Duty Manager.

The successful applicant will show themselves to be reliable, enthusiastic, with good communication skills. They must be a good team leader, as well as competent in IT and mathematics, and prepared to work at very short notice.

If you’re interested in applying for this position here’s some useful information about the role:

  • The successful candidate will need to have great communication skills, be a team player, have a friendly persona,  good at motivating and leading a team, a flexible approach to their working hours, be able to problem solve and have a great sense of humour!
  • The Duty Manager post is a shared post. You work a week on, a week off. Your working week runs from Tuesday to Sunday (we are usually closed on Monday, but cover would be needed if events are running).
  • A large majority of the Duty Manager’s job takes place in the evenings and on alternate weekends.
  • Your working week would be a minimum of 30 hours; this would increase in weeks where we have early evening films and weekend matinees.
  • During school holidays we tend to have matinees every day.
  • You will be required to attend the monthly staff meeting (usually 10am on the last Wednesday of the month) and the quarterly Box Office/Volunteers meeting (usually on a Monday evening).
  • For details of how to apply, visit

The closing date for applications is Monday 3rd November 2014.

Visitor Services Manager (Maternity Cover)

QUAD, Derby

£25,000 pro-rata + generous holiday allowance & benefits

QUAD is a world-class visual arts centre in Derby, presenting both a local, national and international programme with a growing reputation in digital and creative media.

We are looking for an experienced Visitor Services Manager to join the team. You will oversee all aspects of Box Office operation for our cinema, maintaining and developing QUADS excellent customer service standards.

Having already worked in a managerial role in a customer facing environment, you will be experienced in managing and motivating a visitor/customer services team, this will include budget management and managing staff rotas for an operational team. You will have an excellent understanding of all aspects of cash reconciliation and customer care principles.

A good track record of building strong relationships and working collaboratively with colleagues from other departments you will work closely with the Facilities Manger to ensure the safe and effective running of the QUAD building.

  • Part-time: 22.5 hours' work per week
  • Fixed-term maternity cover: up to 12 months

To apply, please download an application form from and return your completed application and equal opportunities form to Lucy at (or post it to Lucy Sherwin, QUAD, Market Place, Derby DE1 3AS)

The closing date for applications is noon on Monday 27th October 2014.

Finance Manager

ICA, London

circa £40,000 depending on experience

The ICA seeks a proactive and experienced Finance Manager to manage the day-to-day running of the ICA Finance department, and also to work on additional finance projects in line with the ICA’s size, culture and varied programme.  

Managing a team of two other staff, this individual will be responsible for implementing and maintaining finance policies, procedures and systems, effectively managing the purchase and sales ledger while ensuring tight credit control, producing accurate, relevant and meaningful management accounts, and reliable budgets and forecasts. Reporting to the Director of Finance, you will also need to liaise with the Finance & Audit Committee and auditors on a regular basis. 

You will have previously held a similar position and be qualified or part-qualified with ACCA, ICAEW, ICAS, ICSA, or fully qualified with AAT, accountancy degree. Strong analytical and management skills, a good understanding of internal control standards, and a proven track record of managing a Finance team within a small to medium sized organisation, are key to being successful in this role.

Please send a CV and covering letter outlining your suitability for the post and how you meet the requirements and person specification to:

The Administrator, ICA, 12 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AH or email   

The closing date for applications is midnight on Sunday 16th November 2014. Interviews will be held in week commecing 17th November 2014.

Marketing and Outreach Consultant

Human Rights Watch, London

Fee: £7,000

Human Rights Watch (“HRW”) is seeking a Consultant to work alongside the HRW Film Festival publicists at Sarah Harvey Publicity to provide marketing and outreach services.  For the purpose of this assignment, the Consultant will report directly to the Senior Program Manager, Film Festival Marketing and Outreach.


  1. Collaborate with HRW to execute the festival digital marketing strategy to raise awareness of the festival across social media. This will include helping to craft engaging social media content;

  2. Coordinate outreach to increase audience attendance at film screenings and events;

  3. Conduct research to identify potential UK community groups that serve people of different ages and diverse backgrounds, university programmes, cultural centers, single-issue organisations and other organisations who could promote the HRW Film Festival to their constituencies;

  4. Identify themes and interest areas within the content of films being shown and strategize how to best promote the festival films to relevant niche audiences throughout London;

  5. Create and distribute outreach materials including flyers, printed programs and email blasts,

  6. Research the most relevant London-based events listing websites and newsletters to promote the festival and raise visibility of both individual films and the festival;

  7. Coordinate festival volunteers to assist in digital marketing and outreach; and

  8. Provide a final written outreach report detailing the scope of the outreach work as well as an evaluation for areas for improvement for the year ahead.


  1. Demonstrated experience in promoting arts and cultural events and creating content for social media campaigns.

  2. Demonstrated understanding of and passion for film and human rights.

  3. Knowledge of existing London-based community organisations and arts/cultural groups.

  4. Strong organisational skills, attention to detail, and excellent written and spoken English.

  5. Exceptional computer literacy skills. HTML and Adobe Photoshop skills a plus.

Applicants for this position must possess current work authorization valid for the duration of the contract.

Contract duration: January 5, 2015 through April 18, 2015

Please submit a cover letter and curriculum vitae to Please use Marketing and Outreach Consultant Ref HRWFF-14-1056-A” as the subject of your email

Reaching Communities Project Officer

Cinema for All, Sheffield

£18,000 - £20,000 p.a. depending on experience

Cinema For All is the national organisation for supporting, developing and championing the film society and community cinema sector across the UK.  Based in the Workstation in Sheffield, we represent over 550 film societies, community cinemas, student cinemas and pop-ups making a difference to their community through film.  The Reaching Communities Project will facilitate and enable greater access to film for disadvantaged and hard-to-reach communities in three areas of the UK:  Cornwall, East Lancashire and Glasgow.

The Reaching Communities Project Officer will be an important role within Cinema For All, involving the administration and coordination of the project from outreach work in communities to coordinating screenings, training and equipment hire across the project areas, as well as the monitoring and evaluation of the project.  The Project Officer will be someone with a strong knowledge of how to exhibit film, experience of community outreach - in particular engaging disadvantaged groups, good understanding and experience of project monitoring and evaluation, the ability to think creatively, excellent people skills, keen attention to detail and a love of community film exhibition.

To coordinate the administration and implementation of the Reaching Communities Project from the Cinema For All office within budgetary limits, the post requires close working with other Cinema For All staff, Regional Groups, volunteers and local partners to ensure the participation of diverse, disadvantaged, disengaged and hard-to-reach groups and guarantee project implementation.  This post will also require some national travel and possible overnight stays.   

For a full job description and details of how to apply please visit

If you have any questions about this position please email Deborah on

The closing date for applications is 12noon, Monday 17 November 2014. Interviews will take place in Sheffield the week commencing 24 November 2014

Assistant Manager

Genesis Cinema, London

£16,000 - £18,000

Genesis Cinema is looking for a commercial Assistant Manager who is experienced in leading a team of people, customer focused and able to deliver the excellent operational standards already in place to run events and deliver our regular film programme.

Genesis Cinema is a vibrant, five-screen independent cinema in the heart of London's East End.  We have delivered increased growth in admissions and sales after a refurbishment that began two years ago.  With this growth, our standards of customer service have increased accordingly and are now hosting a variety of events from birthday parties, private screen hires, film festivals and technology conferences in our 575 capacity screen 1.  We have a luxury screen, STUDIO 5, a cocktail bar, kitchen and cafe serving East London's best coffee supplied by Nude Espresso.  Our film programme includes mainstream releases and independent product, a commercial mix in the diverse East End.

We are looking for an Assistant Manager that will continue to help us grow and improve across operational, customer service and technical areas.  Reporting to the General Manager, it is essential that the successful applicant will be able to demonstrate the following:

  • A commercial knowledge of cinema
  • The ability to be flexible in a multi-purpose job role
  • Experience in stock control and ordering
  • Leading and managing a team of people
  • A practical knowledge of HR procedures and policies
  • Experience of organising and managing events

It is desirable that the successful candidate can demonstrate the following:

  • A sound knowledge of the technical aspects of running a smooth cinema operation
  • Design skills, especially in Photoshop
  • Experience of running marketing campaigns in a former place of work
  • Experience in managing a rota of staff

Please email your CV and covering letter to

The closing date for applications is Friday 24 October 2014

Festival Assistant

Glasgow Short Film Festival, Glasgow

£8.31 per hour

The Festival Assistant will assist the GSFF Director and Coordinator in producing the 2015 edition of Glasgow Short Film Festival, Scotland’s showcase for emerging film talent - a young and dynamic festival with a growing international reputation. Responsibilities will include collating screening information, publicity materials and digital film files for the 150 titles in the programme, and helping to meet the needs of guests and event partners.

The post is based at Glasgow Film Theatre, 12 Rose Street, Glasgow G3 6RB. It is presumed that the post holder will work a total of 50 days between December and March (including unsociable hours - weekend and evening - during Festival dates). Exact working schedule will be agreed in advance with GSFF Director.  

Please download the full job description and application form at

If you are selected for interview you will be contacted by email before Sunday 9 November. Interviews will take place on Tuesday 11 November 2014 at Glasgow Film Theatre. The interview date is fixed and we regret that expenses for travel to interview cannot be reimbursed.

The closing date for applications is 11am on Thursday 6 November 2014. Interviews will take place on Tuesday 11 November 2014


Afrika Eye Film Festival, Bristol

Afrika Eye Film Festival has been screening films by and about Africa to the people of Bristol for the past 9 years. This year's theme is South Africa and we have a rich, varied programme of screenings, filmmaker Q&As, music workshops and talks.

The festival takes place over the weekend of the 7 - 9 November at the Watershed in Bristol.

We are currently looking for people to join our team of dedicated and enthusiastic volunteers for the following areas:

  • Afrika Eye desk during the festival
  • Schools workshop
  • Choir flashmob assistance
  • Social media
  • Targeting events to specific audiences
  • Festival promotion
  • Proofreading and event management

For more information visit: or contact

Festival Director

Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival, Berwick-upon-Tweed

c. £25,000

Following its highly successful 10th anniversary edition last month, Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival seeks a new Festival Director.

The departure of the outgoing Director, Melanie Iredale to take up post as Deputy Director at Sheffield Doc/Fest has created an exciting opportunity for an experienced and ambitious individual to take the Festival onto its next stage of development.

Governed by a Board of twelve Directors, Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival Ltd. is looking for an outstanding individual who will be responsible for the overall leadership, management, programming, financial planning and delivery of the Festival. 

The successful candidate will have had substantial experience of delivering and managing projects in the arts / cultural sector and a knowledge and passion for film and moving image art.  Excellent communication, networking and interpersonal skills are essential, as is the commitment and vision to develop the Festival into an event with an increasingly international outlook and reach.
For details of the role and how to apply, please visit

The closing date for applications is 10am on Friday 31 October 2014

Head of Marketing

Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee

£27,466 per annum

DCA is an organisation that has established itself as a major force in contemporary art, cultural cinema and community and education practice and as a vibrant social and cultural hub.  The secret of its success has been the imagination, ambition, commitment and hard work of those who conceived the idea of DCA and those who brought it into being and those whose energy and ideas have earned it national and international acclaim while ensuring that it is embraced by the community that is its home.

We are currently looking for a Head of Marketing to lead on the effective management and development of the marketing and promotion of DCA.

For an application pack, visit or contact Susan Shires, HR & Operations Officer on 01382 909224 or email

The closing date for applications is 12noon, Monday 27 October 2014. Interviews will take place on Monday 10 November 2014

New Guildhall Cinema: Invitation for Expressions of Interest

Abingdon-on-Thames Town Council, Oxfordshire

Abingdon-on-Thames Town Council wishes to work with a commercial partner to provide cinema at the Abingdon Guildhall. 

The Guildhall Cinema and Improvement Project provides for the building of a new 100 seat cinema and major works to the modern part of the Guildhall building which will also include refurbishment of the Abbey Hall to allow for installation of cinema projection equipment, retractable seating (220 seats), the provision of a cafe/ bar, and DDA access to the rooms of the historic Guildhall.

Expressions of interest are now invited from suitably qualified companies and organisations with a view to assisting the Council in making detailed plans for the cinema, investing in the new facility, and  operating the cinema, the cafe/bar and possibly other parts of the new development.  This will be subject to a tender process.

Further details are set out in the Expressions of Interest document available from or via post, from:

Mr Nigel Warner, Town Clerk
Abingdon-on-Thames Town Council
Roysse Court
OX14 3HU

Interested parties will be invited to complete a Prequalification Questionnaire (PQQ) which will need to be returned to the Council.

Site Visits: applicants may if they wish visit the public parts of the site and Guildhall prior to submission of the PQQ.

Deadline for Pre-Qualification Questionnaire queries in relation to the above: Tuesday 21st  October 2014. Deadline for receipt of completed Pre-Qualification Questionnaires: 4pm on Tuesday 28th October 2014.

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