Talent Development Producer



Salary: £33,000 per annum (pro rata)

Watershed are looking for a Talent Development Producer to hold lead responsibility for the development and delivery BFI Film Academy Plus activities across the South West.

Before you apply

Watershed’s first value is Inclusive – we are people led. We listen to and engage with the broadest range of people. The information below lays out some of the steps we are taking to create a more inclusive recruitment process. Many of these steps are new to us, so feedback and questions are very welcome.

You may not have worked in a cultural organisation before, or in an organisation like Watershed. Please still consider applying as many other sectors offer transferable contexts.

If you are from a background that is underrepresented in the culture sector – for example you are from a community that experiences racism or you are a disabled person (as defined by the Equalities Act 2010), or you did not go to University or had free school meals as a child – and you would like support to articulate how your experience is transferable to this role, you can book time with us to discuss it. We will ensure the person you meet is not involved in the recruitment process. Please request this by emailing hr@watershed.co.uk (we will not ask you to disclose your background).

We believe our work will be stronger with greater diversity and welcome applications from those who bring balance to our team. Watershed welcomes the whole person to work, and we understand that each of us brings our experiences, our backgrounds and our own unique lens to what we do. Supporting our staff means they are not appointed to represent specific groups or organisations.

Job description

Purpose of job

The Talent Development Producer will hold lead responsibility for the development and delivery BFI Film Academy Plus (events, commissions and networking) activities across the South West including Bristol activity (short filmmaking course), responding to the ambition of the BFI’s Screen 2033 Strategy to build a diverse UK screen culture that benefits all of society. Placing inclusivity and outreach at the core of their approach, the post holder will work from a grassroots level up with local and regional partners, to ensure that the widest range of people are aware of, and can access resources, funding and networks.

They will also play an important connector role within Make Shift, Watershed’s year round programme of events and activities for early career creatives. Make Shift is aimed at those who are curious about film and/or creative technology practice, enabling practitioners who are just starting out, to access and feel they belong in the creative sectors of our city and region.

Based within Watershed’s Talent Development Team, the role will be supported by a Talent Communications and Outreach Coordinator and work closely with two BFI NETWORK Talent Executives as well as Watershed’s Talent Development team. Guidance and support will be provided by the Executive Producer, the Talent Development Lead, and the wider Watershed team.

The role will be based at Watershed in Bristol, Film Hub Lead Organisation for the region. Note that there is flexibility around hybrid working but we do want the post-holder to be based in the South West. The current Watershed approach is for part-time staff to work 1-2 days per week in-person work, but this may evolve in line with the operating context.

Main responsibilities

  • Lead on the development and delivery of a programme of activity and resources (online and in person) and mentoring programme for emerging talent in Bristol and across the South West.
  • Manage relationships with stakeholders, recruitment (freelancers for delivery and participants) and support for facilitators and participants.
  • Design and oversee commissioning of film and moving image works, placing inclusion and diversity at the core of activity and ensuring opportunities are as accessible as possible.
  • Collaborate with regional delivery partners to scope and provide commissioned talent with creative support and production oversight (from concept through development and up to final delivery)
  • Work closely with the BFI NETWORK team to seek out, develop and track relationships with new writers, directors and producers in Bristol and the South West.
  • Lead on reporting to Watershed and the BFI in a timely and compelling way, identifying any potential issues with delivery and agreeing actions.
  • Contribute to the delivery of Make Shift and other relevant Talent Development activities.
  • Feed into bid development and fundraising of future programmes.
  • Flexible working hours will be required involving some weekends / evenings and travel around the region.

Key performance indicators

  • A “healthy” and inclusive regional BFI Film Academy community is maintained / developed and young people’s confidence and skills are developed
  • Productive partnerships are formed / maintained, and funder and partner requirements are met or exceeded
  • Activity is managed, delivered, evaluated and reported on time and in budget, in line with BFI guidance and Watershed Policies
  • Programmes and activities are communicated, documented and shared effectively
  • Positively represents Watershed at external / regional meetings and events, and is a generous and effective member of the Watershed team

Essential criteria

  • Proven track record in production of talent development programmes within the creative industries (film, TV, theatre, music, etc…) and preferably with young people.
  • Experience of project and partnership management, including budgeting, reporting and managing freelancers, preferably in a talent development role.
  • Ability to recognise those who would benefit most from opportunities through applications/related material, provide written and verbal feedback and design and deliver relevant support.
  • Ability to develop and maintain productive relationships with a wide range of creatives, partners and stakeholders in Bristol, across the South West and nationally.
  • Evidenced commitment to access and inclusion.

Application process

We will be conducting short interviews with all applicants who meet the essential criteria. A shortlist will then be invited to a longer second interview.

First round interview / presentation (if relevant):  – 

Second round interview:  – 


Please apply online, or alternatively, download the application form in Word and email it to hr@watershed.co.uk.

Do get in touch if you would like any of this information, or wish to apply, in another format.

Please do not include your CV as it will not be considered. Please put all relevant information on your application form.

The closing date for this position is 01/05/2023 at 17:00

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