Element Creative Projects CIOLondona day ago
Element Creative Lead - Job Specification
The Element team + Zine Young Creatives, who worked together across 2020 to produce our first printed publication, celebrating the creativity of care leavers.
Who we are
Element is a youth arts charity that produces creative projects with children in care, care leavers and at-risk students. We think the young people who have completed projects with us are the best at explaining our work - check out their videos explaining our projects and our creative network. For more information on how we work and who we work with, have a look at our website.
What we’re looking for
We are looking for a Creative Lead to join our team on a part-time basis (2.5 - 3 days/week - exact hours to be decided with the successful candidate) to build our capacity for running creative projects with our care leaver and our schools groups. The Creative Lead would take responsibility for specific projects, meaning everything from collecting referrals right through to delivering the sessions themselves, closing their project with an impact report and supporting the participants into the Element alumni network. The Creative Lead would also be working closely with the rest of the team to ensure the smooth running of all other projects; and with the CEO around client and fundraising strategy.
- Presenting the Element project at team meetings. You won’t be responsible for getting Element contracts, but once we have the contracts, you’ll be meeting with Social Workers and introducing them to the project, giving them our (pre-prepared) list of brilliant reasons to refer onto the project
- Managing referrals. Warning - you must be into spreadsheets! This part of the project planning requires you to keep referral spreadsheets secure and up-to-date with all necessary information we need about the young person, and the professionals around them, before they join a project
- Meeting young people. Think of this part of the project as a creative sales role. You’ll be contacting young people who have been referred to a project, and encouraging them to spend 30 minutes with you and another Element staff member on a video call. That’s the time you’ll have to wow them with what the Element project has to offer, answer any of their questions, and (hopefully!) sign them up to the project.
- Continued communication with participants. Once the young people have signed up to the project, the communication has only just begun! You’ll be ringing them, texting them, whatsapping them … to remind about session dates and times, to check-in with them about their week, and to make sure support is in place to get them to the sessions
- Facilitating sessions with creativity and energy. And now for the pure creative part! Alongside either another member of Element staff or an Element Youth Champion (someone who has completed an Element project with us, and has been trained in facilitation support) you will be delivering Element’s creative content. This is 22 hours worth of sessions for our care leaver groups; and 10 hours worth of sessions for our schools groups. You will be able to pick and choose from the wealth of creative sessions we have at Element, using information gathered from your meetings with individuals in the group, to build a project that will be enjoyable, relevant, and interesting to the participants. You’ll lead the group in discussions, creative activities, and artistic experimentation.
- Keeping other professionals in the loop. Throughout the project, you’ll be keeping Social Workers and other professionals supporting the participants aware of their attendance and achievements, working collaboratively to ensure maximum engagement.
- Celebrating the creativity of participants. Also throughout the project you’ll be celebrating the young people on the project: through their artwork, their contributions to discussions; and their peer collaboration. This will culminate in helping to organise the final showcase event, where guests are invited to come and see the artwork made on the project, and hear from the young people about their work
- Supporting participants into the Element alumni network. Once the party banners have been folded away, you’ll begin the job of telling the project participants about next steps: in particular, next steps with Element through our alumni network. Working with our Head of Programmes and Network, you’ll support individual project participants to become Element Young Creatives, making them aware of the extra support we have to offer in-house and with our arts, education and employability partners.
- Contributing to and facilitating team meetings. You’ll be working with a dynamic team of youth workers, creatives and strategists. At times, you’ll be expected to lead meetings, and follow up with individual members of staff to ensure actions are completed. You’ll be a clear, articulate communicator who is equally comfortable delegating as you are taking on tasks to support the team.
- Continuing client relationships. When you lead on your projects, you will be the consistent point of contact for our client partnerships. This means it will be your responsibility to keep this communication going, and to chase if needed to get our desired project outcome. You’ll be used to being persistent, and will have your own system for ensuring emails, phone calls and meetings don’t get lost by the wayside.
- Collaborating on creative content. You’ll be bringing your creativity - whether that’s through your own creative practice and/or your creative approach to working - directly back into project design and content. You’ll be a key part of Element’s vision and strategy days, in which the team collaborates together to ensure that every part of our work is injected and invigorated with creative practice and imaginative thinking
- Supporting fundraising efforts. Working at a high-level in a small charity doing exciting things, you’ll be aware of the funding structure of the organisation. You’ll support our CEO and Operations Lead in sourcing, planning, and writing appropriate fundraising applications. Sometimes these will be small grants for specific projects that will be a discrete piece of work; sometimes they will be larger, strategic bits of planning done in collaboration with the team. Either way, your strong written skills and previous experience in securing funding will support this aspect of the role
How you’d fit
Element is a small team with ambitious goals: we’re run by our Co-Founder Alex, who will be working 3 days/week as of September 2021 whilst training as an Art Psychotherapist. Alex is supported by Maeve, our Head of Programmes and Network; Jord-ann, our Programmes Lead; Senthan, our Operations Lead; and Alan, our Creative Assistant. The Creative Lead would sit alongside Maeve and directly underneath Alex, holding senior responsibility for individual projects, line-managing delivery staff where needed and contributing a robust level of strategic oversight.
In addition to our core team, we have a Board of Trustees with heaps of cross-sector expertise. We also work on a freelance basis with Element alumni who support us in project facilitation and organisational strategy; as well as with Guest Artists who run individual sessions within wider Element projects and for our network Culture Club series. You can read more about our team here.
Who you’ll be
This is a role carrying a high level of responsibility. As such, it is a senior role, suitable for someone with 3+ years of experience in the youth, social care and/or arts sectors. You’ll be able to demonstrate independent working skills, line-managerial experience, and direct work with vulnerable groups. Although not essential, having budgeting and fundraising experience is desirable.
To reflect the demographic and experiences of the young people we work with, we strongly encourage applications from creative professionals from diverse backgrounds, with care-experience, and/or with additional language skills.
If you’d like to check-in with Alex before applying to see if your experience is at an appropriate level for this role, feel free to email her on email@example.com.
Why you should apply
Salary: £29k pro rata
Scope: You’d be a core part of the Element team, able to shape your projects and directly contribute towards the strategic vision of the organisation moving forward. You’d be joining the team at an exciting point of expansion, with projects already booked in for 2022. You would also be joining an organisation with a strong and trusted track-record of successfully and creatively engaging participants, with the stability of repeat clients and repeat funders.
Social justice: You’d be creatively supporting care-experienced young people and at-risk students. These groups are some of the most vulnerable young people in our society. At Element, we believe that these young people are full of creativity, imagination and talent - and this is not celebrated enough. We’re proud to work with young people and support them in their creative journey.
When you should apply
Please email a record of your professional experience (this may be a CV document, or another format of your choice), along with a video talking us through the “what we’re looking for” section and how your experience fits in with this.
We would also like you to include a short paragraph (200-300 words) on a youth arts project you admire (this may be something you have worked on, or just something you know about through your own networks!).
- The deadline for applications is 6pm, 16th August
- First-round interviews will be held on w/c 23rd August; second-round w/c 30th August
- Induction begins w/c 20 September (or as close to as possible)
Element is a GDPR compliant Charitable Incorporated Organisation. Our Registered Charity Number is 1190189.
As an organisation working with vulnerable young people, Element is committed to safer recruitment practices. If you are offered the Creative Lead role you will be asked to provide two references, one of which must be from your most recent employer. You will also be asked to undertake an enhanced DBS check before you can commence your employment.