Learning and Participation Programmer
(part-time, 3 days per week)

Rate of pay: £21,450 pro rata
Reports to: Director

Person Specifications
  • Qualified to degree level in an arts subject
  • Demonstrable understanding of the national curriculum
  • Experience of working in formal and informal learning
  • Experience of leading workshops and confidence in working directly with children and adults at risk
  • Understanding of, and enthusiasm for, the arts
  • Project management experience
  • Experience of setting and managing budgets
  • The candidate should be DBS checked or be willing to be checked
  • Strong administrative skills with experience of working with Microsoft packages including Word, Excel and Outlook
  • Good organisational skills and an ability to manage multiple priorities
  • Ability to both work alone and as part of a team

  • Good knowledge of the contemporary visual arts
  • Arts Award trained
  • Full driving license
  • Understanding of safeguarding and other legislation associating working with children and adults at risk

Working closely with the Director and other Learning & Participation Programmer, the post holder will develop and implement a fully integrated and dynamic learning and participation programme including a year-round programme of income generating courses and events. The role will include evening and weekend working.

Milton Keynes Arts Centre is a multidisciplinary arts centre set in the historic grounds of Great Linford Manor Park. We present a programme of exhibitions, live events and educational activities inspired by our unique location and the history of our city. We provide artists with access to specialist making resources and the space to explore new ideas, often developed in tandem with our communities. Our annual fundraiser brings together over 30 artists to create a unique plate to form part of an online auction. Contributors have included Jeremy Deller, Cornelia Parker and Yinka Ilori.

Milton Keynes Arts Centre is part of Arts Council England's National Portfolio.

Main Duties
  • Develop, plan and deliver a high-quality education, outreach and audience development programme in liaison with the Director and wider team
  • Develop and manage a year-round programme of courses and meet income targets
  • Develop sustainable relationships and partnerships with organisations locally and nationally, liaising with a broad range of community and special interest groups to develop meaningful outreach activities
  • Create opportunities for student and artist professional development, including seminars, training and networking opportunities for artists and arts professionals
  • Work closely with the Head of Communications and Partnerships to promote and develop audiences
  • Manage the activities of casual, freelance and voluntary staff supporting the learning and participation programme
  • Plan and deliver events and activities, including writing risk assessments
  • Sustain a well-informed awareness of national and international developments in education policy and practice within contemporary visual arts
  • Lead on the delivery of our dedicated Schools creative hire offer, Schools Art Menu; administration and advocacy, growing MKACs database of school partners
  • Maximise online potential to grow and maintain audiences
  • Bring new talent to MKAC; broadening the pool of artist associates, artist-leaders and supporters of MKAC
  • Present opportunities for MKAC to deliver Arts Award
  • Ensure compliance at all times with MKAC’s policies and procedures, including safe guarding, health & safety and data protection, in line with legislation

  • Work closely with the Director in the monitoring of budgets relating to the Learning and Participation programme
  • Support fundraising activities as required, including leading on project grant applications as appropriate.

  • Contribute to the development of marketing strategies for the learning and participation programme in liaison with the Head of Communications and Partnerships
  • Provide copy and images for MKAC website and brochures/newsletters, taking all opportunities to create awareness of the MKAC’s programme regionally, nationally and internationally

  • Effectively monitor and evaluate all activities, maintaining full records from which to prepare reports as required by funders
  • Support with data collection and surveys meeting MKAC’s primary objectives and targets

  • To represent MKAC at meetings, conferences and public fora as required
  • To work together with all employees as a closely formed team
  • To work unsocial hours as required. Generally, the post holder will be expected to work Saturdays and (during term time) one evening per week
  • To undertake any other duties as may be reasonably required by the Director or the Board of Trustees 

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 9am, Monday 30 March 2020 to opportunities@miltonkeynesartscentre.org

Please note that interviews are scheduled to take place on Friday 10 April between 10am – 4pm.

Milton Keynes Arts Centre
Milton Keynes
MK14 5DZ

Monday – Saturday
10am to 4pm
Admission Free

+44 (0)1908 608108

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