Responsible to: Artistic Director & Board of Directors.
Duration of agreement: Initial 18 months, with a 6 month review.
Purpose of the role: The Company Producer will work closely and strategically with the Artistic Director to deliver an exceptional artistic programme, develop the company’s profile and lead on the company’s strategies across fundraising, R&D, touring and development of the business model. They are a core collaborator and leader of the organisation, there to support the creative teams and artistic process by creating a considered and sustainable environment for new work to be developed and produced.
To lead on the organisational development of the company, in collaboration with our team, board, Elevate partners and business consultants. This will include but is not limited to:
Creating a well-resourced and resilient company structure that increases capacity and develops expertise
Evolving company governance and developing the skills of the board
Developing a new business plan with a focus on NPO, and with company Wellbeing & Access model access at its heart
Partnership building in Birmingham for stability and engagement and on national stage to build profile and critical context
Diversifying and increasing income streams
Exploring and developing our strategic role, base and engagement in Birmingham, including but not limited to exploring the potential of a permanent space for the company
To tour book and manage the company’s productions across the UK and globally: negotiating correct deals with partners and maintaining overall quality control for each work.
To work closely with the Production and Stage Management team and maintain oversight across project developments, pre production periods and touring, including managing show and production budgets.
To support the Artistic Director and creative team during research, development and making processes, ensuring all working environments are safe and accessible, with the highest standard of pastoral care.
To create and lead on sustainable fundraising strategies.
To identify and build relationships with Trusts and Foundations.
To keep in communication with Arts Council England and other key stakeholders
To identify, write and deliver fundraising applications.
To generate Earned Income through commissioning, co producing, touring and other avenues.
To act as Line Manager for the Company Administrator, Engagement Manager and Artist Assistant.
To maintain excellent working practices across the company’s activities and ensure all team members are paid and treated fairly.
To manage freelance and other company staff where appropriate.
To project manage key projects by writing and implementing schedules, identifying key milestones, acting as evaluator and completing evaluation reports where necessary, liaising with partners, attending key events and meetings and maintaining a high standard of communication across all elements of the project.
To lead on financial management for the company including (but not limited to) setting, writing and managing annual budgets, delivering Finance reports to the Board and overseeing day to day financial processes.
To lead on Governance alongside the Board of Directors and AD by generating appropriate reports and monitoring any actions set in previous meetings.
To Advocate for the company at key networking and industry events.
To generate and implement audience development activities.
To work with the Engagement Manager to ensure all work with young people and audience development activities are within company policy.
To collaborate with the Company Administrator to:
Maintain oversight across all company marketing and communication channels.
Act as a point of immediate contact for all partners, funders and team members in collaboration with the Company Administrator.
Work with agencies and in-house PR and Marketing teams across all projects, pursuing national and international media coverage as well as generating and supplying marketing materials to partners and venues as needed.
To be a core part of the company’s team and Artistic Programme, including attending performances, sharings, premieres, meetings and audience development events.
This list of responsibilities is not exhaustive and the Company Producer may be required to perform duties outside of this as operationally required.
Skills and Experience
Essential skills and experience:
- Must have substantial 'management level' industry experience as a Producer.
- Experience of working within a small, independent organisation.
- Understanding of interdisciplinary contexts of making and creating work – has an interest in visual and music arts.
- A solid understanding of small scale work in both national and international landscapes, with an ambition to move towards middle scale work.
- Ability to demonstrate well-rounded interpersonal skills and to work with a range of stakeholders, with a confidence in communicating and working with people from a variety of backgrounds and fields, within and outside of the arts.
- Excellent networking skills. Able to advocate for the Company and field conversations where necessary.
- Demonstrable and proven fundraising experience.
- Experience in financial management including monitoring and preparing annual accounts, overseeing companies cash flow and project specific budget management.
- Experience of contracting including commissioning, co-producing, touring and freelance team agreements.
- Ambitious - able to set own aims, targets and goals, self-motivate and to use own initiative, in order to contemplate next steps and prioritise and manage conflicting demands.
- Ability to respond quickly and troubleshoot issues calmly and flexibly.
- A genuine commitment to maintaining and broadening cultural diversity and access across all areas of Selina Thompson Ltd and the industry as a whole.
No formal qualifications are required for this role – and we are open to applications from those wishing to take the next step in their careers. We are looking to work with somebody who enjoys being a core part of a small team.
Desirable (but not essential) skills and experience:
- Knowledge of Selina Thompson’s work.
- Experience of working in contemporary / live art.
- Experience of working mid-to-large scale and knowing what that transition looks like.
- Well travelled and well networked across the creative sector – national and international.
- Experience of working with access needs and / or advocating for them.
- Understanding of GDPR rules and regulations.