Events Assistant (casual)

£9.90 PH (plus holiday pay)
Reports to: Programming & Participation Manager
Normal Working Hours: Variable, but includes evenings and weekends

Photograph by Cat Lane
Established in 1974, Milton Keynes Arts Centre (MKAC) is a multidisciplinary arts centre set in the historic grounds of Great Linford Manor Park and a National Portfolio Organisation of Arts Council England. We specialise in co-developing projects with artists and communities in Milton Keynes that respond to the issues affecting people’s lives and help to empower often marginalised communities in the city. Alongside these projects, we offer specialist art production facilities – including in ceramics, woodworking and silversmithing – in which we provide opportunities for people to engage in participatory activities, acquire new skills through working with artists, and support health and well-being.

We are seeking Casual Event Assistants to support the delivery of MKAC’s courses and events and to act as the reception point for the organisation, dealing with enquiries, taking bookings and processing sales. The successful candidate will be passionate about the arts; they will have excellent interpersonal skills; an ability to work as part of a team as well as independently; and a willingness to work unsociable hours, including lone working.

This is an exciting, challenging and varied new post at MKAC, with plenty of opportunity for personal development and career progression in the arts.

MKAC treats all job applicants equally, regardless of class, age, disability, gender identity or gender expression, race, ethnicity, religion or belief, sexual orientation or any other equality characteristic. We particularly encourage applications from individuals who are underrepresented in the cultural sector.

Main Duties
  • To administer bookings and reservations (both over the phone and in person) and to deal with enquiries in accordance with the systems laid down
  • To deal politely and efficiently with members of the public at all times, and maintain high standards of customer service
  • To sign course and event attendees in on arrival and out on departure, directing and supporting them as required
  • To serve customers in MKAC’s cafe
  • To assist in all aspects of events’ delivery, including preparing venues before events and clearing them at the events’ conclusion
  • To be responsible for securing and alarming MKAC buildings after events and to report any security breaches to a senior member of staff
  • To be responsible for visitors’ welfare; including administering first aid on occasion, documenting any accidents and escalating as required; and at all times following MKAC’s H&S, Safeguarding and Lone Working policies and procedures
  • To maintain the confidentiality of the personal data and financial information to which staff have access
  • To be responsible for a float and cash bookings, and to cash up at the end of every shift
  • To undertake any other duties as may be reasonably required

Person Specifications
  • Experience of working in a customer focused organisation and proven commitment to customer service
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills, including a good phone manner
  • Good literacy, numeracy and IT skills, including ability to adapt to new software and phone technology
  • Cash handling experience / GCSE Maths
  • Strong team-working skills
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Interest in the Arts Willingness to be DBS checked
  • Willingness to be trained as a Fire Warden 
  • Willingness to be First Aid trained Candidates must by 18+

  • Experience of participatory arts
  • An interest in supporting hands-on participatory activities

How to apply

Please complete an Equal Opportunities︎ form and submit along with a CV and Covering letter outlining relevant experience and why you are interested in joining the Milton Keynes Arts Centre team by 5pm, Tuesday 31 May 2022 to

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