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Job Opportunity: Producer

THE COMPANY

Jack Dean & Company is a disabled-led, artist-owned non-profit set up to help tell stories of how things could be. We collaborate with inspiring and exceptional artists to create work across a range of art forms. Our focus on touring live shows with a lot of music, noise and heart, but we also have a steadily growing digital arm and workshop programme. We are committed to offering people across the UK the chance to dream of a different world, whatever the current one may hold. Current projects include Vinland, a Viking adventure for ages 8+, Jeremiah, a gig-theatre epic about the Luddite rebellion, and Hero & Leander, a bittersweet outdoor musical that tours with a portable bandstand.

THE JOB

We are looking for an experienced, enthusiastic, empathic and diligent Producer help us on this journey.  If successful, this role will continue and grow beyond its initial 12 months. The job is for 156 days on a 12-month freelance contract from 11th April 2022. This breaks down as three days a week, but we have a degree of flexibility on how these are spread out.

The Producer reports to the Director, and their responsibilities break down into four main areas:

Tour Booking:  

  • Maintaining and updating the company tour booking database, and researching and developing new contacts to add to it.
  • Creating targeted tour booking lists for each project.
  • Delivering all aspects of tour booking, including designing and writing tour packs and show invitations for projects, sending them to programmers / venues, and following up, and negotiating tour dates and fees with programmers and venues. 

Production Management:

  • Drafting and circulating contracts for the projects’ creative teams.
  • Booking travel and accommodation for rehearsals and tours.
  • Creating and managing tour schedules. 
  • Preparing risk assessments, access riders and tech specs for new projects, and circulating to venues.

Marketing & Audience Development:

  • Planning, managing and implementing marketing campaigns for all projects, including print, social media, email, press releases, media & PR.
  • Drafting copy for all the above communications, as well as web and brochure copy for projects.
  • Working with our pool of freelance designers, photographers, videographers and illustrators to ensure each project has high-quality visual assets. 
  • Drafting comprehensive marketing packs for circulation to venues, and working closely with them to make sure they are effectively used.
  • Updating our blog and website.
  • Conducting ongoing research into our current and potential audiences, including circulating surveys, collating venue audience data from performances, and drafting regular reports to inform and support future marketing campaigns.

Evaluation & Company Development

  • Writing, submitting and gathering data for evaluation reports to funders.
  • Managing and implementing recruitment campaigns for new roles as and when needed, and supporting the shortlisting and interview processes.
  • Helping to research and develop new funders, partner relationships and strategic opportunities for the company.
  • Building partnerships for our, including with schools, councils and community arts groups.
  • Supporting the growth of our digital arm, in particular our new podcast Fogland Lighthouse.
  • Providing other administrative support to the company and its projects, subject to agreement with Director.

WHO WE’RE LOOKING FOR

Essential

  • A calm, empathic, patient and friendly approach to working with others.
  • Substantial experience of booking tours for live shows.
  • In-depth knowledge and understanding of the small-scale touring theatre landscape.
  • Extensive experience of planning and delivering successful marketing campaigns.
  • Experience of working with digital marketing tools like canva, mailchimp and hootsuite, and an ability to design digital and social media marketing assets from scratch.
  • Experience of conducting audience data analysis and audience development work, and of working with Audience Finder or similar tools.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Significant ability to self-organise and work independently.
  • Someone who is happy to getting their hands dirty with a decent amount of admin, but who can also look at things from a strategic, big-picture angle.
  • Affinity with our company values.
  • Enthusiasm and exuberance about sharing great art with people.

Desirable

  • Experience of digital marketing and distribution, in particular with podcasts
  • Experience of writing Arts Council England evaluations.
  • Production management experience.
  • Experience of supporting the access needs of disabled people, both within companies and within audiences. 
  • Experience of managing arts engagement or outreach programmes.
  • Experience of working in other genres of live performance (in addition to theatre), such as live music or live art. 
  • Ability to commute to Exeter for face-to-face meetings.

THE FEE

£19032 (£122 per day, 3 days a week for 12 Months), to be paid in monthly instalments of £1586 on a freelance basis.

HOW TO APPLY

Send a CV and a brief covering letter outlining your suitability for the role to jackdean1989@gmail.com by 11pm on the 31st of March. Interviews will be held over the week of the 4th of April.

Subject to capacity, we will seek to guarantee an interview to all eligible BAME applicants, so please let us know in your application if you meet this description. 

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