We’re recruiting – Community Arts Project Manager

Deadline: midnight December 3, 2019

ONCA is a Brighton-based arts charity that bridges social and environmental justice issues. With our public programmes we create inclusive spaces for collaborative learning, artist support and community solidarity.

We have two venues – the central Brighton ONCA Gallery and ONCA Barge at Brighton Marina, and we work with partners at various community sites.

We are excited to announce an amazing opportunity for a socially engaged arts practitioner to join the ONCA staff team: we need someone to take on and develop our our community arts work, with a specific focus on collaborative projects in East Brighton.

Community Arts Project Manager Job Description

(downloadable version of JD here)

  • Hours: 1 day per week from January 2020 for 1 year, with opportunity to expand and renew, depending on funding.
  • Salary: £20k – 22k pro rata, depending on experience. 3 month freelance probationary period.

The ONCA Community Arts Project Manager will:

  • Lead on delivery of current ONCA community arts project commitments: Curiosity Club and The ONCA Barge Project. This entails devising, developing and managing community arts activities for and with participants in East Brighton and across the city, focusing on children and young people, people experiencing socio-economic disadvantage, and groups that engage least with arts and environmental activities
  • Develop relationships with schools, artists, other third sector organisations, and other relevant partner organisations
  • Collaborate with local artists to develop and deliver arts activities on board in the school holidays
  • Ensure that ONCA’s education projects and learning resources are of the highest standard
  • Develop, demonstrate and share best inclusive arts practice
  • Train and support any volunteers working on ONCA’s inclusive arts activities
  • Collaborate with ONCA Barge manager and ONCA co-director on this work where relevant

Essential skills & experience

  • 3 years+ experience of designing and delivering community arts workshops and activity programmes
  • An active arts practice
  • Experience working with children and/or community groups, ability to interact with vulnerable people and manage difficult situations 
  • Excellent literacy, numeracy and IT skills
  • Able to work at evenings and weekends where needed
  • Commitment to ONCA’s values of environmental and social justice and sustainability

Desirable skills & experience

  • Inclusive arts practice specialism
  • Teaching experience
  • Safeguarding training 
  • Enthusiasm for science and technology
  • Design skills 
  • Experience working outdoors
  • East Brighton links
  • Current DBS check
  • Fire safety and first aid training

How to apply

Please email with CV, references and covering letter or video explaining why you think this role is right for you. Use ‘Community Arts Project Manager’ in the subject line. We acknowledge structural exclusion in the arts, and are actively striving to make ONCA a more inclusive organisation. We are keen to encourage applications from people who may face barriers to employment in the arts (e.g. BME, LGBTQ+, disabilities). Click here to read our equal opportunities policy.

If you have a disability and would prefer to apply in a different format or would like us to make reasonable adjustments to enable you to attend interview, please contact or call the office on 01273 607101.  

Deadline: midnight, Tuesday December 3rd

Interviews: Tuesday December 10th

Role starts: January 2020


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Posted on November 7, 2019
Categories: Opportunities

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