An outstanding opportunity to play a key role in one of the UK’s most exciting and fast-growing classical music festivals. 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. They will establish a stable and effective presence at the heart of a small but 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 to reflect the abilities and ambitions of the right candidate.
- Excellent interpersonal skills
- Good grasp of IT, including Excel
- Self-motivated and able to work independently, but also collaborative
- Enthusiasm for the festival and classical music
- Current driving licence
- SAGE literate
- Arts or charitable sector experience
- Experience of managing a team
- Professional written communications and/or marketing experience
Key responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Take overall responsibility for the running of the festival office and Box Office, including database administration, documentation, licensing, and office technology
- Work closely with the Artistic Director and Chairman and play a central role in the planning and implementation of all festival activities
- Oversee the festival’s policies (including those relating to Health and Safety, Safeguarding, Data Protection, Diversity and Sustainability, Risk Assessment, HR and Insurance), ensuring appropriate standards are maintained
- Ensure compliance with statutory reporting requirements in relation to Companies House and the Charity Commission
- Attend Board Meetings, acting as Secretary to the Board and its various sub- committees
- Be present at key festival events, working flexibly and proactively to deal with a wide range of operational tasks as they arise
Marketing, Communications and Stakeholders
- Work closely with the Artistic Director to plan and implement the festival’s annual marketing, advertising and PR campaigns
- Manage all events, publications and communications relating to the festival’s many members and subscribers
- Maintain and develop positive and beneficial relationships with the festival’s corporate sponsors and sponsors-in-kind
- Work closely with the Volunteers Coordinator and the festival’s many volunteers, nurturing the goodwill that is a key component of the festival’s success.
- Work closely with the festival’s PR team to oversee the festival’s external communications and social media presence
- Lead the festival’s annual drive to secure advertising and corporate sponsorship
- Work closely with the Chairman, Artistic Director and Fundraising Consultant to develop funding streams from private and corporate donors
- Work closely with the Artistic Director to develop and annual schedule of funding applications
- The role reports to the Artistic Director who has overall responsibility for the festival’s programming and operations
- The Festival Manager will have line management responsibility for some staff members, including the Assistant Treasurer who is also based at the festival office
- They will also work closely and collaboratively with the festival’s Fundraising and PR Consultants, the Festival Producer, seasonal contractors, and the festival’s many volunteers
30th September 2021: Deadline for applications
5th and 8th October 2021: First round interviews (video calls)
18th October (tbc): Final interviews (in person)
Start date: Preferably January 2022
This is a permanent position for four or five days per week, but also flexible and responsive to the demands of the festival. Remuneration is expected to be in the region of £27-£31K FTE, but negotiable and dependent 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 Jo Rackham at firstname.lastname@example.org by 30th September 2021.
- The Ryedale Festival is an inclusive employer and warmly welcomes and encourages applications from people from all backgrounds and experiences. If you have a disability, please indicate in your application whether you need any specific assistance or adjustments to enable you to be interviewed if invited.