Job Opportunity: Project Manager (freelance)


Jack Dean & Company is a new non-profit organisation based in Exeter, set up to deliver the artistic projects of Jack Dean and his collaborators. We work with exceptional and inspiring artists to tell stories of how things could be. Our chief output is touring live music and storytelling projects, but we have a steadily expanding digital arm to our work as well. Created in a year of crisis, we are looking to rise out of it with an attitude of hopefulness, building our repertoire, audiences and strength in the years to come. Find out more about the company and its projects here.


We are looking for an experienced, enthusiastic, empathic and diligent project manager to help us on this journey.  If successful, this role will continue and grow beyond its initial 12 months. The job is 2 days per week (flexible on which), from 29th March 2021 on a 12-month freelance contract.

The Project Manager 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 the nascent engagement arm of our programme, including with schools, councils and community arts groups.
  • Supporting the growth of our digital arm, with a particular focus on developing relationships with distributors, publishers and funders for our new video game Great North Road.
  • Providing other administrative support to the projects, subject to agreement with Director.



  • A calm, empathic, patient and friendly approach to working with others.
  • Substantial experience of booking tours for both indoor and outdoor 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.
  • Affinity with our company values.
  • Enthusiasm and exuberance about sharing great art with people.


  • Experience of digital marketing and distribution, in particular with video games.
  • 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.


£12168 (£117 per day, 2 days a week for 12 Months), to be paid in monthly instalments of £1014 on a freelance basis.


Send a CV and a brief covering letter outlining your suitability for the role, to Jack at . Within our capacity, we will seek to guarantee an interview to all eligible POC applicants, so please let us know in your application if you meet this description.

Deadline for applications is 5pm on Sunday 28th February. Shortlisted applicants will be interviewed and given a brief skills test, on the week of 8th March.


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