Programming and Participation Manager
(part-time, 3 days per week)

Rate of pay: £28,000 pro rata
Reports to: Director

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 a Programming & Participation Manager to oversee the research, planning and delivery of all of MKAC’s artists’ projects, events and courses. The successful candidate will be a creative, collaborative and inspirational programmer, experienced in working with artists and a range of partners to deliver high quality, open access and co-produced projects - combining hands-on, practical coordination with risk management.

The successful candidate will have strong financial and administrative skills, including experience in fundraising. They will be able to set targets and monitor financial performance as well as collect audience data. They will play a key role in developing relationships with artists, the education sector, external companies and community groups and will have a flexible approach to working, including a willingness to work unsociable hours.

This is an exciting, challenging and varied new post at MKAC, with plenty of opportunity to innovate in partnership with communities in Milton Keynes.

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 research, plan and deliver a high-quality programme of artists’ projects in liaison with the Director and co-developed with community groups in Milton KeynesTo develop and manage a year-round programme of income-generating courses and events both on MKAC’s site and online
  • To write and issue contracts for all activities, agreeing and monitoring timeframes and payment schedules to ensure projects are successfully delivered on time and within budget 
  • To develop sustainable relationships and partnerships with organisations, locally and nationally, liaising with a broad range of community and special interest groups to develop meaningful collaborative activities 
  • To bring new talent to MKAC; broadening and diversifying the pool of artist associates and supporters
  • To create opportunities for professional development, including seminars, training and networking opportunities for young people, artists and arts professionals  To lead on the delivery of the organisation’s dedicated schools creative hire offer, growing MKAC’s database of school partners and developing learning resources to encourage repeat visits
  • To present opportunities for MKAC to deliver Arts Award
  • To hold the responsibility of Designated Safeguarding Officer for MKAC
  • To manage the activities of the Programming Assistant as well as casual, freelance and voluntary staff supporting the programme
  • To work closely with the Director in setting income targets, monitoring and reporting on budgets
  • To lead on project grant applications and develop fundraising events that support MKAC’s charitable activities

  • To contribute to the development of marketing strategies for the programme in liaison with the Head of Communications and Partnerships
  • To provide copy and images for MKAC website and brochures/newsletters, drafting press releases and taking all opportunities to raise awareness of the MKAC’s programme regionally, nationally and internationally

  • To effectively monitor and evaluate all activities, maintaining full records from which to prepare reports as required by funders; and collating and storing project evidence in line with GDPR legislation

  • To represent MKAC at meetings, conferences and public fora as required
  • To ensure compliance at all times with MKAC’s policies and procedures, including safe guarding, health & safety and data protection, in line with legislation and representing best practice
  • To work unsocial hours as required
  • To undertake any other duties as may be reasonably required by the Director or the Board of Trustees

Person Specification

  • A passion for and knowledge of the arts, with an extensive national network of contacts amongst artists and arts organisations
  • Proven experience in coordinating multifaceted and large-scale arts projects
  • A proven track-record in budget management and fundraising, including writing grant applications
  • Experience of staff and volunteer management
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to exercise sensitivity, diplomacy and confidentiality and to build trusted relationships
  • An understanding of outcomes-based evaluation
  • An up-to-date knowledge of relevant legislation, policies and successful practice in the field
  • The confidence to represent MKAC and communicate our values, aims and needs
  • High level of literacy, numeracy and IT competency with demonstrable experience
  • An understanding of the day-to-day operational challenges facing community-based projects and small charities and a willingness to ‘pitch in’
  • A commitment to equality and diversity, with an understanding of how to promote this through your work
  • A willingness to be DBS checked
  • Arts Award trained, or a willingness to be Arts Award trained

  • A qualification in arts and/or education to degree level or above
  • A good understanding of the National Curriculum
  • Experience of working in/or with small, independent organisations at grassroots level
  • Experience of working with Arts Council and Local Authorities
  • Knowledge of, or connection to, Milton Keynes is an advantage
  • A UK driving license and car ownership is an advantage

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, Friday 20 August 2021 to

Interviews will take place on Friday 03 September 2021 between 10am – 4pm

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