Contract Programmer/ Social Media Manager

Contract Programmer/ Social Media Manager
Employer: Canal & River Trust
Salary: £7,560 based on 42 days at £180 per day inclusive of travel and expenses over 7 months from July 2017 – January 2018
Location: Home-based

Contract Programmer/Social Media Manager,
The Ring (Worcestershire)
Contract: Part-time Casual or Contract Basis: July 2017– January 2018
Location: Home Based


£7,560 based on 42 days at £180 per day inclusive of travel and expenses over 7 months from July 2017 – January 2018 (with option to extend the role).

About the Role

The Ring is a series of new exciting commissions and events inspired by 21 miles of connecting waterways in Worcestershire. We are looking for an individual to help us to invite and coordinate the participation of local artists and public in our programme and provide support setting up and managing all social media and web content for the programme. This role forms part of Artistic Director Cathy Mager’s inclusive curatorial vision for the Ring that seeks to engage artists and public from across the West Midlands to create and take part in new work that reveal new perspectives of the rivers and canals of Worcestershire.

This role is mostly home based with regular meetings via skype, but travel to the Worcestershire area will be required. This role will be line managed by Cathy Mager, Artistic Director and Manda Graham, Project Manager of the Ring on behalf of the Canal & River Trust.

About us

The Canal & River Trust is the guardian of 2,000 miles of historic waterways across England and Wales, caring for the nation’s third largest collection of listed structures, as well as museums, archives, and hundreds of important wildlife sites. The Arts on the Waterways programme was initiated by the Trust in 2012 in partnership with Arts Council England, and more recently with strategic support from the Arts Council of Wales. We work with talented artists and leading arts institutions which are based near waterways to inspire more people to experience and appreciate our waterways

The responsibilities of the role include:
•Managing enquiries and compiling entries for a major new sculpture commission made from recycled flood waste. Preparing entries for shortlisting and sharing with the Ring’s selection panel.
•Planning the events diary for a series of temporary pop-up events and installations in different locations along the Ring by a diverse range of professional and early-emerging artists and community groups including dance, music, literature, theatre and visual arts.
•Day to day management of the social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) and website maintaining a strong level of audience interaction and engagement to encourage the public and artists to take part in the Ring programme.
•Create and manage a social media content calendar which plans and schedules content.
•Share create content and milestone moments with partners (including Social Media Executive at Canal & River Trust) to ensure everyone involved with The Ring are joined up in their communications.
•Provide reporting and analysis of the performance of social media content and channels.
•Liaising with Artistic Director, Project Manager, lead artists and Canal & River Trust Communications team throughout to inform them of progress.

Skills & Experience:
•Proven experience in at programming for at least two art forms (with the flexibility and enthusiasm to work across all artforms), preferably in outdoor settings, including a demonstrable understanding of budget feasibility planning, health and safety and timetabling.
•Proven experience in creating effective social media content in an arts setting, understanding how to edit and crop basic digital content such as film and photography for different social media platforms.
•A ‘people person’, you are good at working independently of your own initiative but also in a team worker, with excellent written and verbal communication, you enjoy connecting and engaging with public and artists about their ideas and interests.
•Experience of working with West Midlands artists and public is preferable.

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Please include in your application; a covering letter of no more than 2 pages and your CV, explaining why you are interested in the role, your suitability, any links, images, video clips and examples of social media content you have generated.

Please quote reference number 2017-5041 when applying.

Closing date for applications: 28th June 2017

Please note that interviews will be held on 4th July in Worcester for shortlisted candidates.

We aim to reflect the diversity of the communities in which we operate. We welcome applications from all sections of the population.

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