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Touring & Loans Manager

Touring and Loans Manager

Islington, London

Full Time

Salary Scale (Officer)          £27,500 -£30,500

We are seeking a highly organised and motivated individual to join the Exhibitions and Collections Team and continue to build on and develop the Crafts Council’s successful Touring Exhibitions and Loan Programmes.

Key areas of the role include:

Develop new partnerships within the creative and cultural sectors with the aim of maintaining the expanding the network of venues for Crafts Council Touring Exhibition Programme.
Promote and co-ordinate all aspects of the Crafts Council Touring Exhibition Programme
Ensure the successful installation of touring exhibitions.
Co-ordinate the collation and dissemination of data, evaluation and information relating to the Crafts Council Exhibition programme.
Promote and co-ordinate all Collection loan initiatives;
Work closely with Keeper of Collections on storage management needs
Act as a courier for the Crafts Council Collection where necessary / assess appropriateness of venues requesting loans/ oversee installation/ de-installation of Collection works at touring venues for enhanced loan initiatives

Reporting to the Head of Exhibitions and Collections, and working closely with all Exhibitions & Collections colleagues and external stakeholders, the Touring and Loans Manager contributes to, and helps deliver on, key strategic objectives across our programme comprising Loans and Touring Exhibitions, venue partnerships, and audience development.

Closing date: 7 September 2018

Interviews will be held in the week of 24 September 2018.

HOW TO APPLY

Job Description & Person Specification
Please submit your application by following  this link:  Apply for Role

To be considered for the role please upload a copy of your CV along with a Supporting Statement as one document explaining what attracts you to work at the Crafts council and provide evidence of how your skills and experience meet the requirements of the job.

Home For Craft Project Manager

Reports to: Director of Development
Contract: Part-time, fixed term 12 months
Contract fee: A fixed fee of £20,000 is offered for delivery of services. This is based on 100 days at £200/day

This is an exciting opportunity to lead a significant cultural project.

In 2018, the Crafts Council will transform the ground floor spaces of its building at 44a Pentonville Road in order to create a new home for craft in the heart of London.

The Project Manager will play a key role in delivering this project.

Heading a Project Team drawn from all departments at the Crafts Council, the Project Manager will ensure the project is on time and on budget. The liaison between the Crafts Council's Project Team and our selected partners, the Project Manager will work closely with the internal teams to ensure our programme of activities for the space is planned as part of the overall project.

The Project Manager will work closely with the Finance and Commercial Director to manage the budget within the agreed financial control procedures.

This project will be for a fixed-term period until September 2019.

How to Apply

Please download the Job Description & Person Specification and send your CV and Cover Letter to a_mcglynn@craftscouncil.org.uk

Deadline for Applications: 24 August

If you have any queries please email Andy McGlynn at a_mcglynn@craftscouncil.org.uk

Head of Editorial

Reports to: Director of Development

Responsible for: Content team

Remuneration: c £50,000 depending on skills and experience

As a national charity, we advance craft in the UK. We build on the UK's status as a world leader in craft, harnessing the power of craft to transform lives, to inspire innovation and drive individual fulfilment.

Since 1971, we have pushed the boundaries of craft through our exhibitions, commissions and talent development programmes. We are the custodians of the national collections of craft. We support the sector, training makers, curators and sector leaders, and champion the campaigns that secure the future of craft. Our profile and voice increase the number and diversity of audiences engaged in craft.

In 2021, we celebrate our 50th anniversary. To mark this milestone, we are launching a major campaign to strengthen craft's position as a force for positive change for the next 50 years.

Over the next four years we will change the lives of at least 2.5m young people through our education and participation projects, empower more than 11,000 professional makers from all backgrounds to develop their talents and drive innovation and inspire more than 14m people with the possibilities of contemporary craft through encounters with our exhibitions and showcases.

Content team at the Crafts Council

To deliver these ambitions, our new2018-22 Business Plan places a new content strategy, and Crafts magazine, at the forefront of our activities.The Content Team will underpin the delivery of our financial, creative and audience objectives, with a focus on creating high quality, editorially driven print and digital content to raise the profile of craft and build new audiences for our programmes and products. In response to this challenge, we are integrating all our content activities – digital and print - together and creating a number of new roles to increase our capacity and expertise.

Head of Editorial

We are seeking a Head of Editorial at the Crafts Council, to turn this ambition into reality. You will oversee the editing of our prestigious print magazine Crafts and all aspects of content production on the Crafts Council’s growing digital platforms.Our content strategy will engage and influence the public, sector, media and policymakers locally, nationally and globally. Through timely, purpose-driven content that engages new and existing target audiences you will ensure we deliver our ambitious audience targets as well as drive income and influence.

As Editor of Crafts, you will lead on the delivery of an agenda-setting and beautifully designed magazine, taking it to the next stage of its 45-year history and integrating it with the Crafts Council’s presence online.

Through your role as Head of Editorial, you will act as a vital ambassador for the Crafts Council, championing its mission and values. You will work with programme teams to conceive original editorial ideas, commissioning internal and external voices that reflect the diversity of the sector.

You will also drive a new organisational approach to digital delivery leading on our efforts to develop and grow audiences online from the current 340,000 unique visitors and over half a million social media to 2 million by 2022.. You will play a key role in the development and launch of a new website in 2019-2020 which will be part of our overall strategy to ensure we are the online destination for anyone interested in craft.

Key aims

  • Develop and implement an editorial vision and content strategy to raise the profile of the Crafts Council and broaden our reach to our priority audiences
  • Ensure editorial excellence across all sections of our print and online platforms
  • Increase income through our digital and print activities and supporting commercial and philanthropic partnerships through our content strategy

Key responsibilities

  • Create and implement a compelling and fully integrated digital and print content strategy for the organisation in collaboration with colleagues, driving subscriptions and audience growth online
  • Deliver the magazine to time and budget, ensuring itmeets editorial standards and our creative and commercial objectives 
  • Ensure audience research and insight sits at the heart of our content strategy across print and digital platforms, working closely with colleagues to evaluate and optimise content to maximise impact and reach
  • Contribute to a high standard of user experience on the Crafts Council website, ensuring all content has a clear purpose within a user’s journey
  • Generate original editorial ideas and initiatives and write, commission and edit long and short form pieces for both the magazine and the website that communicate Crafts Council key messages and achieve our audience objectives
  • Integrate appropriately identified commercial content into the content plan in order to support Crafts Council products, as well as sponsorship and commercial partnerships
  • Working closely with teams across the organisation, to guide the planning of digital content for Crafts Council campaigns and marketing
  • Provide expertise  and support to colleagues to generate and publish targeted, well-written and well-presented content to grow audiences across all platforms
  • Working closely with Crafts Council staff on all creative and branding initiatives to ensure a consistent message across channels
  • Manage the content strategy budget sand allocate resources across a range of activity

Key attributes

  • A passionate individual with great communication and interpersonal skills
  • An experienced writer and editor, with a nose for a story and an understanding of how to imaginatively engage audiences through print and online
  • Experience in print publishing as well as significant experience managing digital content creation is vital
  • A robust knowledge of SEO best practices and a skilled user of digital analytics tools e.g. Google Analytics
  • A commercially led and results orientated individual, able to deliver data driven commercial and strategic insights to maximise achievement of financial and audience targets
  • Positive and proactive team leader, with an ability to work collaboratively across a small and tight-knit organisation
  • A good knowledge of contemporary craft, art and design and good list of relevant contacts is preferable
  • A skilled project manager, able to manage a variety of work-streams across different activities and deliver on time and budget

To apply please submit your CV and Supporting statement as one document to hr@craftscouncil.org.uk by 20th August 2018. Interviews will take place w/c 3rd September 2018.

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