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Hours: 30 hours per week (4 days)

Working pattern: Flexible. Occasional evening and weekend working necessary (Wysing operates a TOIL system).

Location: The role is primarily site based at Wysing Arts Centre, Bourn, Cambridgeshire, CB23 2TX but with some travel required around the Eastern region.

Salary: £26,000-£28,000 per annum pro rata. 

Contract: Permanent, subject to probation after three months

Reporting to: Director

The Young People’s Programme Coordinator is part of Wysing’s programme team and works alongside the Director, Senior Programme Curator, Assistant Curator and Digital Producer, supported by the Programme and Operations Assistant.

The purpose of the role is to devise and deliver a dynamic, relevant, integrated programme of activity that has imagination, learning, and creative co-production at the heart, with a particular focus on young people (our definition includes children) who have been marginalised, and who experience rural isolation. The post-holder will work closely with Wysing’s network of artists as well as introducing new artists to the programme, to develop activity alongside partner organisations across the region, including in the youth and education sector. 

We are looking to appoint someone who is motivated, collaborative and empathetic, driven by the potential to meaningfully impact the lives of young people. 

Young People's Programme Coordinator

Wysing is committed to equity and we acknowledge that certain areas of society are not proportionally represented within the arts sector; we are doing what we can to correct this. We are committed to providing equal opportunities for everyone, regardless of their background. We welcome applications from all backgrounds including, but not limited to, those who identify as from marginalised backgrounds based on any protected characteristic including age, racialization, gender identity or sexuality, disability or long term health condition, pregnancy, maternity or marital status, religion or belief, and class background or class identity.  

Key Responsibilities 

  • Working within the resources of Wysing’s team capacity, budget and site, develop, manage and co-ordinate the delivery of Wysing’s learning and participation programme. This includes Creative Youth Council, Young People’s Festival and Summer School, year-round workshop programme, as well as engagement with schools and higher education. 
  • Work with the wider Programme Team to develop and deliver opportunities for artists to co-produce work with young people. 
  • Manage and initiate partnerships, developing and seizing opportunities for meaningful collaboration and co-production, on and off site. 
  • Make active use of Wysing’s resources including the recording studio, digital platforms, ceramics studio, fields and woodland. 
  • While working with the wider team, take the lead on ensuring that the programme is planned effectively, delivered on time and to budget. 

For the full information pack and job description, click here. 

Essential knowledge and experience  

  • Experience of working with children and young people in an arts or community environment. 
  • Experience of developing peer-led programmes with and for children and young people. 
  • Understanding of youth services, youth support networks and the education landscape.    
  • Experience of working directly with artists.  
  • Experience of monitoring projects, evaluating and writing for fundraising and funding bodies. 
  • Experience of marketing and publicity of art events. 

Essential skills and qualities 

  • Excellent project management, communication and advocacy skills. 
  • Excellent verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills. 
  • Experience of building effective partnerships. 
  • Excellent organisational skills and the ability to prioritise and work to deadlines.   
  • Ability to be creative and work within budgetary limits / effective budget management. 
  • Ability to work well with a wide range of people including negotiation skills and the ability to see a situation from all sides. 
  • Enthusiastic and committed to the arts with knowledge of contemporary visual arts practice.  
  • Confidence to develop ideas independently as well as part of a team.   
  • An understanding and empathy with the aims of Wysing Arts Centre and a commitment to developing new audiences for art.   
  • Good level of computer literacy. 
  • Flexible in working arrangements and able to work occasional evenings and weekends.  
  • Ability to represent the organisation to a wide range of stakeholders.   

How to Apply

Please take a look at the full information pack before applying. If you need the information in a different format, please let us know.

The deadline for applications is 9.00am on 10th October 2022. 

Visit our Submittable Page

All applications should be made via Submittable here. Once you have set up a Submittable account you can return to your application any time up until the deadline. Please allow enough time to approach us with any questions or queries in using the Submittable website. We are not able to accept applications after the deadline.    

Applications can also be made in video or audio format if required. If you have any other access requirements that will enable you to make an application to us, please contact us.

You will need to include:  

1. Details of your previous employment and relevant work experience. List each employer and give a short description of your role alongside dates of employment and reason for leaving.  

2. What interests you about the post and working at Wysing Arts Centre? Please use this section to articulate why you want to work at Wysing.  

3. Information on how your skills, abilities, and experience match the key points in the job description and person specification.   

4. Your contact details. 

5. Contact details for two referees. 

Further Information

As a Disability Confident Leader, we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy. Please indicate you are d/Deaf or disabled in your application so that you can be interviewed if you meet the minimum criteria. 

Wysing’s Director, Rosie Cooper, is available to have an informal conversation about the position. Please email rosie.cooper@wysingartscentre.org. 

After we have reviewed applications, we will contact shortlisted applicants to join us for an interview and site visit. We expect that interviews will be held on Thursday 20 October 2022. Wysing reserves the right to amend this recruitment timeline.