Festival Manager Vacancy

This is a newly-created position and an outstanding opportunity for an enthusiastic person to play a key role in an exciting and fast-growing festival. The ideal candidate will be resourceful and organised, able to take responsibility for their own work and build good working relationships with the festival’s many stakeholders, participating fully in the life and work of the organisation. They will establish a stable and dynamic presence at the heart of a small and committed team of staff and volunteers, working flexibly across a wide range of tasks, and contributing at many different levels. There is considerable potential for the role to grow over time to reflect the abilities, ambitions and creative ideas of the right candidate.

Person specification


  • Excellent interpersonal skills; a team-player with an inclusive style 
  • An ability to communicate effectively and diplomatically with a wide range of people of all ages and backgrounds
  • Good grasp of IT, including Excel
  • A self-starter – with a proactive, flexible and responsive approach 
  • Ability to manage a wide range of concurrent tasks, prioritising and delegating as necessary
  • Passion for the festival and enthusiasm for classical music
  • An understanding of how festivals work, and the motivations for private, corporate and in-kind giving
  • Current driving licence


  • SAGE literate
  • Arts or charitable sector experience 
  • Experience of managing a team
  • Professional written communications and/or marketing experience


General Management

  • To work closely with the Artistic Director and play a central co-ordinating role in the planning and implementation of all festival activities
  • To lead and manage the office-based staff, taking overall responsibility for the running of the festival office, including accountability for database administration, documentation, and office technology
  • To work closely and collaboratively with the Festival Producer and help manage seasonal contractors 
  • To develop and implement the festival’s HR, Health and Safety, Safeguarding, Diversity and Sustainability, Data Protection, Risk Assessment, and Insurance policies, ensuring appropriate standards are maintained and changes in legislation are proactively managed 
  • To ensure compliance with statutory reporting requirements in relation to Companies House and the Charity Commission
  • To attend Board Meetings, acting as Secretary to the Board and its various sub-committees 
  • To be present at key festival events, working flexibly and proactively to deal with a wide range of operational tasks as they arise, delegating where necessary, but also showing a willingness to step in when needed.

Marketing, Communications and Stakeholders

  • To work closely with the Artistic Director to plan and implement the festival’s annual marketing, advertising and PR campaigns
  • To manage all events, publications and communications relating to the festival’s many members and subscribers 
  • To maintain and develop positive and beneficial relationships with the festival’s corporate sponsors and sponsors-in-kind 
  • To work closely with the Volunteers Coordinator to inspire, develop and expand the festival’s volunteer base, nurturing the goodwill that is a key component of the festival’s success, and attending committee meetings as a point of liaison between the staff and volunteers
  • To oversee the festival’s external communications and social media presence

Funding Streams

  • To lead the festival’s annual drive to secure advertising and corporate sponsorship, meeting annual development targets
  • To work closely with the Chairman and Artistic Director to identify an annual schedule of approaches and targeted proposals to solicit philanthropic donations from HNW individuals
  • To identify potential target lists of Trusts and Foundations, matching them to the festival’s artistic and strategic plans, and to work with the Artistic Director to manage the schedule and delivery of funding applications 


27th November 2020    Deadline for applications 

3rd/4th December 2020 First round interviews (held via Zoom)

10th/11th December 2020 Final interviews (in person if possible)

It is hoped that the new person will be in post before 1st March 2021.


This is a permanent position for four or five days per week, but working flexibly in response to the changing demands of the festival throughout the year. Remuneration will be in the region of £27,000-£31,000 FTE depending on experience.


30 days per annum (including Bank Holidays) pro rata


The post will be based at the festival’s office in Pickering, North Yorkshire. 

How to Apply

• Please submit a CV and covering letter to Lorna Vasey at secretary@ryedalefestival.com by 27th November 2020 detailing why you are a suitable candidate for this role. 

• For an informal, confidential conversation about the post, please contact Lorna Vasey at secretary@ryedalefestival.com