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The National Association of Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (NAAONB) seek an arts professional with experience of working nationally on commissioning briefs and engagement programmes across multiple art forms to manage the national delivery of its significant new arts programme; Nature Calling.

Job Description

If you are an experienced arts professional who has managed national projects and is passionate about the arts and nature - this could be the job for you.

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The National Association for Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (NAAONB) has been working in partnership with Activate Performing Arts, creating a national arts strategy and securing a https://landscapesforlife.org.uk/about-aonbs/art-landscape/memorandum-understanding-arts-council-england - Memorandum of Understanding with Arts Council England. With investment now secured from Arts Council England and the Department for Environment, Farming and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) this new position has been created for the organisation as it embarks on a major national arts programme: Nature Calling. We now seek a dynamic arts professional to manage the project and arts programme. The role is homeworking with travel across England.

Deadline: Wednesday 20th December 2023 at 12:00 midday

Interviews: Wednesday or Thursday 17th or 18th January 2024

Full time with some evenings, operating flexible working

£34,000 with generous pension

25 days, public holidays, and non-transferable office closure between Christmas and New Year.

2 Years with possible extension (depending on funding)

You'll be an arts professional with experience of running successful commissioning briefs and community engagement programmes across multiple art forms. You will have strong project or programme management skills and be adept at juggling competing priorities. You'll be great at building positive relationships and supporting others to build their own networks. You'll be up to speed with the latest good practice in commissioning, learning on community engagement and ready to develop new approaches to help us reach those people we are not currently engaging. You'll have an enthusiasm for exploring new approaches to outdoor arts across art disciplines, a commitment to social justice and an appetite for responding to the climate emergency and biodiversity crisis that will motivate others to act too.

Job Requirements

The Essentials We are Looking For

  • Demonstrable experience of working in a multiform arts development programme role.
  • Experience of working on a national programme.
  • Strong Project Management Skills.
  • Strong budget management skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, capable of t
  • taking responsibility for managing relationships with key partners, stakeholders and policy makers.
  • Strong communications and presentation skills, both written and oral, with experience of communicating complex issues to diverse audiences.
  • Ability to work as part of a small team while also working independently, using own initiative and developing ideas.
  • Effective facilitation and collaboration, using relevant tools and technology, online and face-to-face.
  • Experience of community engagement and empowering people from marginalised communities to feel confident in taking a seat at the table to co-create high quality art work.
  • Ability to prioritise work and meet tight deadlines.

Job Responsibilities

  • To manage the delivery of the Nature Calling national programme, acting as lead officer for the programme to ensure the project achieves its aims and objectives.
  • To understand existing relationships between protected landscapes teams and national, regional and local arts partners, and supporting opportunities to build this network throughout England.
  • To support the AONBs to deliver the Nature Calling programme.
  • Overseeing the development of a programme of activities that have artistic cogency and give meaningful opportunities for artists, communities and protected landscapes teams to co-create high-quality site-specific/responsive work.
  • Working as a bridge between staff, producers, artists and funders ensuring smooth and effective commissioning and producing processes.
  • Evaluating the success of Nature Calling across the AONB family, enabling NAAONB to assess the success of the programme against strategy objectives, as well as meeting reporting requirements from key funders.

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How to Apply

To apply please write us a letter and tell us:
• Why you wish to apply for this job.
• The knowledge, skills and experience you offer set against the person specification requirements in the ‘Who We Are Seeking’ and ‘More About You’ sections above, giving examples of actual activities and projects where possible.
• You can do this as a written letter (2 x A4 pages maximum length) or you can submit your letter in alternative formats such as video and audio.

Please also send us your CV and the names and addresses of two referees.
• References for shortlisted candidates may be taken up before interview unless you request otherwise.
• You can send this as a PDF or word file, or you can submit your letter in alternative formats such as video and audio. Please keep the audio or video to five minutes if you can.

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