Now Recruiting: Production and Marketing Manager
We are currently recruiting for a full time Production and Marketing Manager, to start from September.
OSO ARTS CENTRE – BARNES SW13
Production & Marketing Manager
The OSO (Old Sorting Office) Arts Centre, located in the heart of Barnes, South-West London, is a vibrant venue offering a diverse arts programme, specialising in theatre, but also staging comedy, live music, dance, exhibitions, literary events and film screenings.
Over the last couple of years, the reputation of the OSO has grown significantly, thanks to the quality of our arts programme, in particular a series of new plays by young writers. The Trustees have an ambitious plan to develop the programme further with the intention of making the venue one of the most exciting arts centres in London.
Reporting to the Arts Centre Manager, you will have responsibility for selecting and programming our content, managing the relationship with external producers & companies, and marketing our programme. You will also contribute to the overall management of the venue, including Front of House, and influence the venue’s growth and direction. We are looking for applicants who have proven relevant experience & skills, a passion for the arts, and a commitment to help the OSO develop its reputation.
The role will be enormously rewarding, and you will develop a real feeling of personal ownership of the OSO and its future. However, it will also be demanding and requires regularly being at the venue evenings and weekends. As such, you should ideally have easy access to Barnes.
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
Responsibility for putting together each season’s arts programme, typically working 3-12 months in advance. This will involve planning and commissioning a balanced and varied programme of arts events with a view to artistic merit, audience appeal and operational & financial viability. You will make proactive contact with artists, directors and producers as well as assessing and responding to direct approaches. You will negotiate the commercial arrangements with external companies and issue contracts accordingly.
Applicants must have a strong knowledge of theatre production, and a sense of what shows would work well at the OSO. You should also have connections within the theatre industry, particularly with production companies who might have an interest in performing at the OSO.
Alongside developing and expanding our programme, a key priority for the OSO is to increase and broaden our audience base. To achieve this, you will develop an integrated marketing plan, employing a variety of traditional and digital media, including taking responsibility for the OSO web-site, Twitter and facebook accounts. You will monitor and analyse ticket sales and audience numbers against growth targets. You will also take responsibility for our online ticketing system.
We are looking for applicants who have both a creative and organised approach to marketing, and the relevant experience to determine the best ways to engage our potential audience. You should have excellent writing skills, as writing press releases and producing marketing copy is a key element of the role. You should also be adept at using social media to market events.
Applicants should also be friendly, personable and passionate, as you will regularly communicate face to face with the local community, and should be good ambassadors for the OSO.
Liaising with external producers and companies and supporting them on all aspects of their production including technical matters. Ensuring that the various technical and operational requirements are in place for each event. You will have overall responsibility for all event-related technical equipment in the building venue. This includes the stage sound and lighting systems, staging, flooring and auditorium solutions. You will regularly supervise get-ins / get-outs and assist in any production related technical matters that may arise.
While it is not necessary for you to have had extensive experience in a technical role, (the successful applicant will receive training), it will be helpful if you have some knowledge of technical theatre, particularly lighting rigging, and you should feel comfortable rigging and operating a basic lighting rig.
Front of House and General Management
Alongside specific role responsibilities, you will work alongside the Arts Centre Manager to ensure that the OSO runs smoothly and successfully. This may manifest itself in various ways, for example you might be involved in setting up the venue for events, training staff, producing OSO documents or managing the box office system.
You will also regularly act as the manager on duty for evening performances, running front of house, handling enquiries and ensuring that the performers have everything that they need. You must be willing to work evenings and weekends where required.
Finally, you will occasionally deputise for the Arts Centre Manager in their absence. You should therefore feel confident in general management duties such as organising staff and volunteer rosters.
This is a full-time position. However, the Trustees are open to discussion about flexibility in the role and possible job-share arrangements. The OSO operates according to an Equal Opportunities principle for all roles.
– Reports to the Arts Centre Manager. Deputises for the Arts Centre Manager in their absence and expected to play a team management role as required.
Hours of Work
– Full-time, 40 hours per week, to include some evening and weekend work. While ‘office’ hours are 10am-6pm Mon-Fri, there is an understanding of the need for flexibility given the nature of the role and environment.
– £17,000 per annum plus 1% pension contribution.
– OSO Arts Centre, 49 Station Road, Barnes SW13 0LF (short walk from Barnes Rail Station and short bus journey from Hammersmith)
– 28 days per annum inclusive of statutory holidays.
– One Year with potential to renew at the end of the year.
– One week during first three months, one month thereafter
TO APPLY: Please send your CV and a statement outlining your suitability for the role to firstname.lastname@example.org
Closing date and time 2pm June 16th 2017
…and to get first-hand experience of the OSO Arts Centre, check out our forthcoming productions ‘The Cavalry Behind You’ June 6th-10th and ‘Sealed’ June 12th-14th. For details visit www.osoarts.org.uk