Director of Taking Part

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£44,000-46,000 pa
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Responsible to: Executive Director and Artistic Director

Responsible for: Head of Learning, Head of Neighbourhood Theatre, Head of Participation and Taking Part Assistant.

Salary: £44,000-46,000 (depending on experience)

Contract: Permanent

Hours: Full Time. Office hours are 10 am to 6 pm Monday to Friday. Frequent evening and occasional weekend work will be required.

Holiday: 25 days per annum, rising by one day per full financial year served to a maximum of 30 days.

Probation Period: 6 months

Notice Period: 2 months during the probation period, 3 months thereafter

Disclosure: This post requires an enhanced disclosure of all criminal record information via the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Number of vacancies: 
Job starts now: 
I would like to receive applications from residents in: 
Lambeth and Southwark
Job Description: 

The Theatre is looking for a talented and experienced individual to be its new Director of Taking Part.

Our work with young people and communities has always been a major part of the Theatre’s artistic life, and the successful candidate is expected to draw on the deep roots the department has in our local boroughs as well as drive innovation and best practice, raising the profile of the work and the community it serves.


The Taking Part department features significantly within the vision of the Artistic Director and the theatre is seeking a highly collaborative candidate to lead and innovate the programme of work co-created with young people, artists, and the community.

The ability to build successful relationships with those from a wide range of backgrounds and with a range of abilities is crucial.

Key Objectives:

To lead the Taking Part team. To take responsibility for the development and delivery of a programme of participation, creative learning and neighborhood theatre work which inspires and nurtures creativity, broadens access to the theatre and promotes closer links between the Theatre and the community (in the boroughs of Lambeth and Southwark and beyond).

To contribute to the overall strategic development of the theatre as a member of the Senior Management team.

Main Responsibilities:

Taking Part Leadership

  • Devise and deliver a wide-ranging and year-round program of Taking Part work encompassing Learning, Participation and Neighbourhood Theatre activity.
  • Through this programme ensure there are a range of relevant and dynamic learning, participation and community engagement opportunities at the Theatre for children, young people and adults. 
  • To build strong and innovative partnerships with community, arts, education, public and other organisations locally and nationally to ensure work that is relevant and impactful.
  • Ensure effective and accurate long-term planning of projects and resources for the Taking Part department. 
  • Liaise with other Theatre departments regarding the scheduling of department projects in performance and meeting spaces.
  • Develop and deliver Theatre Unpacked, our new initiative to take high-quality work to non-theatre venues in Lambeth and Southwark.
  • Oversee projects delivered by the Head of Learning, the Head of Neighbourhood

Theatre and the Head of Participation.

  • Monitor and manage the department’s annual budget.
  • Provide project support for individual projects across the department as needed. E.g. workshops, etc. for all project strands.
  • Recruit and manage community chorus participants in Main House productions.
  • Participate actively in the delivery of the theatre’s access strategy including engaging relevant audiences for Relaxed Performances.
  • Act as Safeguarding Lead for the Theatre.
  • Implement and oversee the system of pastoral care for all young people and vulnerable adults who take part in Theatre activities as per special responsibilities laid out in the Theatre Safeguarding Policy.

Reporting and Monitoring

  • Create reports for the Theatre Board, Arts Council England and all/ any Taking Part project funders as required.
  • Ensure the theatre’s Annual Report is up to date with Taking Part project narratives and statistics.
  • Compile the department’s Annual Review.
  • Ensure the implementation of monitoring and evaluation procedures are adhered to as well as up to date records relating to equal opportunities for all departmental activities.
  • To develop and contribute to all processes required for evaluating the Taking Part department’s work.


  • Collaborate with the Development department to identify and cultivate Taking Part funders, attend meetings and contribute written and statistical information to funding proposals as required.


  • Represent the department at internal and external meetings.
  • Remain abreast of sectoral best practice in participation, creative learning and community engagement in the performing arts.
  • Remain abreast of writers, directors and other artists working in London and across the UK.
  • Remain abreast of Department of Education, DCMS and Arts Council England strategy and policy, and across curriculum developments
  • Work with the Artistic Director and Associate Artistic Director on the use of the Clare space.
  • With the Executive Director, ensure that the Safeguarding Policy is adhered to.
  • Provide support with regard to the Theatre’s productions on tour as appropriate.
  • To lead on work experience activity taking place at the Theatre.

Staff Management

  • To oversee the Young Associates scheme.
  • Set objectives for the Taking Part team, monitor performance and carry out regular staff appraisals.
  • To oversee the recruitment for the Taking Part team, following Theatre best practice.
  • Organise and lead weekly departmental and one-to-one meetings. 
  • Support the Theatre’s efforts in workforce diversity and sustainability and promote these initiatives both internally and externally.
  • To be responsible for Health and Safety within the remit of the Taking Part programme and to ensure all relevant staff are DBS checked, trained in H&S and evacuation procedures and are appropriately skilled and experienced for the projects they are employed for.


  • To oversee the Theatre’s use of the Platform Space.
  • To be an active and supportive member of the Theatre Senior Management and wider staff team.
  • To remain abreast of and advise the Executive and Senior Management team on current trends and best practice in creative learning, participation and community engagement.
  • To be familiar with and personally responsible for acting within the Equality,
  • Diversity and Inclusion Policy of the Theatre, the Dignity and Work Policy and all other Theatre company policies.

To provide the highest level of customer and audience care and service at all times.
Any other reasonable duties that arise to fulfil the objectives of the Theatre.

Additional Information:

  • Regular evening and weekend work will be required. 

Person Specification

Essential Skills / Experience

  • Significant experience (minimum 3 years) developing and leading public engagement, community development and/or creative learning projects in the performing arts.
  • A proven track record of devising and delivering complex projects with young people; members of the community; and artists.
  • A passion for creative learning and outreach work, and a commitment to its work, ambitions and objectives.
  • Knowledge of a broad range of cultures and traditions, and the ability to work with people from a wide range of backgrounds.
  • Enthusiasm for outreach, engagement, training, mentoring and support of emerging talent.
  • Proven knowledge of contemporary arts education or community development practice, or equivalent transferable experience.
  • An understanding of and commitment to Safeguarding best practice.
  • The proven ability to communicate clearly, confidently and creatively both in writing and in person.
  • Experience of setting and managing budgets.
  • Experience of project management, monitoring, evaluation and report writing.
  • Significant experience of managing full time and freelance staff.
  • The ability to work under pressure.
  • The ability to work as part of a team and on own initiative.
  • Fluent IT skills including knowledge of Word, Excel, Outlook.
  • Experience of theatre administration or production.

Desirable Skills / Experience

  • Experience of work in a producing theatre.

To Apply

Apply by: 9am on Monday 30 September 2019

To apply for this job please email us a cover letter and your most up-to-date CV.

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