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Contract Type:Permanent Contract
Salary or training bursary: £27,000 per annum
Company:Buxton Opera House
Location:Buxton, Derbyshire
Open to all
Apply by:08/03/2021 - 17:00

Learning & Engagement Manager

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Buxton Opera House (BOH) is a beautiful Edwardian theatre and one of the country's finest examples of Frank Matcham theatre design. Under the leadership of Paul Kerryson, CEO, Buxton Opera House has become one of Britain's leading receiving theatres. Over the past 40 years Buxton International Festival – (BIF) has, under the leadership of Michael Williams, grown into one of the UK’s leading arts festivals - a cultural celebration of the very best in opera, music and books with a packed summer programme of 120 performances in 17 days. BIF also works year-round creating opportunities for young artists, building new audiences and inspiring young people to get involved in the arts.

The company is seeking a Learning & Engagement Manager to join them.


Arts Development 

  • To design and conduct Outreach projects in accordance with BIF and BOH’s stated vision, aims and budgets
  • To work alongside BIF Artistic Administrator, Projects Manager and BOH programming department appointing freelance project and creative artists as needed
  • To co-ordinate a programme of work and projects with visiting companies, artists, singers, musicians, designers, and technical staff
  • To harness the current community engagement of BIF and BOH and develop new ways of participation and creativity in multi artistic genres
  • To create and expand connections across all creative practices with a wide range of current and new partnerships
  • To plan a year-round outreach events programme working with local schools and community groups to raise the profile of BOH and BIF


  • Act as the BOH and BIF safeguarding officer to ensure safeguarding policies, procedures and good practice are embedded in all areas of work
  • To ensure all practitioners working across projects for BOH and BIF have up-to-date DBS certificates in line with company policy
  • To oversee the work of chaperones and ensure all chaperones are trained and meet both legislation and best practice in working with young people

Strategic Responsibility 

  • Report to and work closely with the CEOs, as the lead on Outreach, Learning and Engagement, maintaining effective management and functioning of the department
  • To manage budgets for Platform 3 in association with BOH and BIF financial directors. This role is jointly funded and managed by BIF and BOH
  • Work with the CEOs to define and implement performance tracking targets and the impact of work delivered within the community and beyond
  • To provide reports, including the gathering of statistics, to the Board, funders and other stakeholders as required
  • To monitor, document and evaluate projects for the organisation and all stakeholders
  • To work with the expertise of BOH and BIF communication, finance, technical, marketing, and fundraising teams and fundraise for bespoke projects

Leadership and Management 

  • Oversee the day-to-day management of the department, ensuring all areas of the department is staffed and resourced to a consistently high standard
  • Manage the performance of staff in line with the company’s staff development and appraisal processes and procedures, working with our external provider when necessary and escalating issues in a timely and effective manner
  • Lead department team meetings and mentor staff as appropriate to ensure continuous skills development


  • Contribute to planning and governance cycles through the High Peak Theatre Trust Board and sub-meetings as required
  • Be a key member of the SMT plus play an active part in management and departmental meetings
  • Assist the CEOs in supporting the organisation with its vision, planning and strategies
  • To keep records of projects in a digital format, working with the online tools used by both organisations, e.g. social networking, website
  • Uphold the principles of, and adhere to, company policy and procedures relating to General Data Protection Regulations and to ensure that all data is dealt with in accordance with current legislation
  • Take reasonable care of your own Health and Safety and that of others who may be affected by your actions
  • Comply with and uphold the principles of relevant legislation and company policies and procedures
  • Be an ambassador and advocate for Buxton Opera House and Buxton International Festival and promote the company values and behaviours
  • Undertake any additional tasks as may reasonably be required from time-to-time

Knowledge, Skills, Experience

  • Experience in running participatory arts workshops and in the processes of skill sharing and enabling with people from a wide variety of backgrounds and with varying degrees of interest, experience, confidence, and abilities.
  • Experience of writing funding applications
  • Project management and administration skills including planning, team building, coordinating, budgeting and evaluation
  • Experience of working in an arts and/or cultural organisation, preferable in theatre and music
  • Experience of managing deadlines, activity budgets and multi-tasking across projects
  • Experience of managing and delivering work with schools, young people, adult learners and across community settings
  • Ability to liaise, network and build positive relationships with a wide range of people and groups from small community groups to professional agencies and statutory bodies
  • Working knowledge of marketing and publicity approaches
  • Detailed and rigorous of schedules and resource management
  • Ability to lead workshops and lead groups in schools/community settings
  • A working knowledge of GDPR and safeguarding checks with the ability to lead on safeguarding matters
  • Able to use IT, computer and digital platforms, including social media
  • A commitment to championing diversity at every level of the organisation with knowledge of a diverse range of cultures and a proven ability to work with people from a wide variety of backgrounds
  • A strong team player and communicator, who will work in partnership with senior managers to achieve joint objectives
  • Strong communication and presentation skills
  • A commitment to achieving high standards with the resources available
  • Flexible approach to working, including the ability to work unsocial hours
  • Commitment to the work of the theatre and festival
  • An action-oriented person who enjoys working hard and looks for challenge
  • Ability to manage multiple stakeholder relationships
  • Willingness to learn and to undergo professional development as appropriate
  • Strong organisational abilities
  • Self-motivation and ability to work on own initiative
  • Experience of audience development projects, with a view to introducing new audiences to theatre through workshops and in community settings
  • Experience of communicating with artists at a variety of levels of experience supporting them to develop their craft
  • Ability to get the best out teams and colleagues, collaborating across a variety of department

We welcome and encourage applications from candidates who are under-represented in the creative industries.

Please note that the company reserves the right to withdraw this listing prior to the official closing date, therefore we recommend getting your applications in early.

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