Job description – Arts Consultant (temporary part time: freelance)
Nottingham Writers’ Studio (NWS) is seeking an exceptional individual to understand our core business, our members and our partners, in order to provide appraisals for a number of options for the strategic direction of the Studio. This is a short term (3 month) freelance contract (35 hours per month at £20 per hour), with the possibility of an extension to a maximum of 6 months. NWS is commencing a restructuring project and seeking charitable status and we are searching for an individual with experience of running a small arts organisation, preferably with experience of membership models, who will understand our unique position in the City of Nottingham.
The successful candidate will have the skills and experience required to identify a number of practical options for the Studio and use a range of analysis tools to help the NWS Board make decisions for the medium and long term future of the Studio. The successful candidate will work with Board Members, staff, Studio members, and partner organisations (including Writing East Midlands and Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature), gathering opinions and suggestions which will be placed into a robust and cohesive analysis to provide direction for the organisation’s goals, relationships and continuing journey to self-sufficiency. This is a unique opportunity for an individual with clear vision to influence the literature scene in Nottingham for the medium and long term future.
Nottingham Writers’ Studio is a unique writing-focused community, a space where writing grows. Run by writers, for writers, at all stages of their careers, NWS is committed to the craft of writing worth reading. We offer workspaces, networking, advice, and creative and professional support. NWS helps writers navigate the path from aspiration, through dedication, to publication. Our members include novelists, poets, scriptwriters, journalists, songwriters, bloggers, acclaimed playwrights and publishers, Man Booker shortlisted writers, a winner of the Dublin IMPAC Literary Award, as well as emerging writers working seriously towards publication. Our year-round development programmes help writers develop their craft and careers, from one-day writing intensives, to weekend retreats and evening classes, to ongoing critique and writing groups for NWS members. Most of our courses and events are open to all. Founded in 2006 to develop and celebrate writing in Nottingham, NWS has become one of Nottingham’s fastest-growing creative communities and an engine-house for new regional writing.
NWS aims to provide nurturing for professional writers, from those beginning their careers to established writers, by providing education, training, writing space, mentoring and other professional services to develop writing careers.
To articulate a vision, objectives and core values for NWS which will promote writing in all its forms
To confirm the unique place of NWS in the City in providing a professional service for writers at all stages of their careers which will, in turn, help them become more professional.
To operationalise this vision in terms of delivering a strategic plan together with a timeline to develop the Studio
To advise NWS and make recommendations on the development of the activities which NWS offer
To advise on how to support contemporary writing practice
To advise on encouraging more public participation in Studio events.
To advise on outreach work and whether this is a viable possibility for the Studio ensuring that if so, suggestions are made for outreach activity.
To explore the possibility of providing accredited education courses
To consider and make recommendations on how NWS can become more self-sufficient in terms of funding of projects and activities
To make recommendations on attracting new partners and rental clients
To advise on enriching the programme offered to provide a relevant range of cultural and artistic programming that reaches diverse communities and reflects Nottingham’s and Nottinghamshire’s social and demographic profile.
To make recommendations to improve the efficiency of the NWS building and spaces.
Competencies, Skills and Experience required for the role
Minimum of 3 years’ experience in a senior arts management role within a small arts organisation
Experience managing budgets
Proven track record in successful funding applications for significant projects
Familiarity with contemporary writing scene locally.
Experience leading projects
Experience in project management
Knowledgeable on the Arts Council England current policies
The ability to communicate to stakeholders, partners, funding bodies and the broader public
The ability to work on own initiative, determine priorities and set targets
Experience in negotiation and conflict resolution skills
Strong motivational skills
Skills in effective business development, strategic planning and implementation.
The appointee will report regularly to the Chair of NWS Board, the Development Director and the Office Manager. Key performance indicators will be agreed at the start of the appointment.
The appointee will work closely with the Office Manager and administrators to undertake this project.
Hours of work
This is a three-month project and the appointee will be expected to work a maximum of 35 hours per month. Hours can be flexible depending on meetings arranged, but the appointee is expected to attend the office at the same time as other members of staff at least once per week.
Please apply by sending a CV and covering letter which explains the relevant experience you have and why you think you would be suitable for this post by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please ensure that you include a telephone number and current e-mail address within your application.
Deadline for applications
12 midnight Thursday 3 November 2016
Friday 4 November 2016
Invitations to interview
Will be issued Saturday 5 November 2016
Friday 11 November 2016
This is a freelance arrangement and the appointee will invoice NWS monthly in arrears. Payment of invoices is subject to satisfactory progress on the project. Performance indicators will be agreed with the appointee at the beginning of the project.