Job Description

Scotland’s largest producing theatre is looking for a highly motivated, experienced Creative Learning Officer to help support our ambitious and wide-ranging engagement programmes with schools, adults and communities.

This post would be suitable for an individual who has an established participatory and engagement practice and experience working within Creative Learning.

The successful candidate will have a good knowledge of a range of theatre forms, practices and techniques and be comfortable in delivering to a range of audiences, from Primary Schools, Higher students and teachers, to adults with an interest in theatre, our 60+ company and to those with no experience at all. They will also have a good knowledge of the educational system in Scotland and feel comfortable managing and delivering our schools programme alongside The Lyceum’s season of shows.

They will also have excellent administration skills, be able to manage their own diary and negotiate with a range of stakeholders. They will demonstrate a commitment to Creative Learning and Participation.

Due to the nature of the work this post requires regular evening and weekend work mostly during term time.

Does this sound like you?

When submitting your application please send us an updated CV as well as a covering letter setting out how your skills and experience meet the person specification below.

Please note that if you don’t feel you fit the essential criteria of the role but would still like to apply, we encourage you to do so with further information about why you’re a great fit. If you would like to apply through an alternative means, such as video or audio file, you’re welcome to do so.

To discuss the roles and interview process further, please contact us at jobs@lyceum.org.uk.

Job Description
  • Manage the 60+ programme of work, and deliver an engaging series of workshops, with freelance support, which may include opportunities for public performance
  • Manage and deliver the year-round programme of workshops for schools and colleges which supports formal qualifications and general skills development linked to our season, including a range of written resources
  • Plan and deliver LYT sessions across the weekly courses, holiday courses, festivals, summer programmes and other events as required
  • In collaboration with the other Creative Learning Officer (CLO) ensure the effective running of the LYT, including communications with LYT members and parents, maintaining accurate records, risk assessments, promoting bursaries, data collection and reporting
  • Manage the Intern programme and recruit, line manage and support the post-holder
  • Act as the designated Child Protection Officer for the Lyceum
  • Manage casting requests from within the Lyceum and from external companies and when internal, be responsible for arranging castings for main-stage shows
  • Work with the other members of the team to develop a programme of work enabling young people to thrive and become creative performers as well as providing a solid grounding in key drama techniques and skills
  • Manage and deliver a programme of workshops, talks, events and activities for current and potential Lyceum audiences which link to the season programme, including backstage tours
  • Manage the database of contacts for schools and be the first point of contact, managing all offers to schools for workshops, ticket offers and events, with support from the Communications Department
  • Respond to requests for workshops and events as required by the department; where possible delivering the session(s) or alternatively arranging and contracting suitably experienced practitioners to deliver workshops
  • Recruit, contract and manage suitably experienced practitioners to deliver on projects as required
  • Support the ongoing developments of the community engagement programme and support the inclusion of community participants in main stages shows, and shows specifically designed for community participation
  • Record participation figures and collect feedback from workshops, writing and/or contribute to reports and evaluations as required
  • Manage project budgets in collaboration with the Director of Creative Learning and other Creative Learning staff as required, ensuring budget control and expenditure on relevant projects, and the projects come in within budget and achieve earned income targets
  • Work with the Communications department to ensure relevant information is provided about the work of the department to support the promotion of Creative Learning events and raise the profile of projects
  • Provide relevant information to the Development department to support their applications for external funding for Creative Learning Projects
  • Along with the rest of the Creative Learning department, take responsibility for ensuring that all activities within the scope of the department are delivered safely and in accordance with relevant Lyceum Theatre Company policies
  • Support the department in the delivery of other programmes which might not directly relate to areas of responsibility but are part of the Creative Learning programme or remit
  • Contribute to an integrated relationship between the Creative Learning department and the rest of the Company enabling the whole theatre to understand the purpose of the Creative Learning programme and to engage with projects
Person Specification

Essential

  • Minimum HND or equivalent in drama/theatre subjects or proven professional experience
  • Significant professional experience of creating and delivering drama workshops, events and activities to a range of participants, of all ages and in a range of settings
  • Knowledge and understanding of theatre practice, for example: contemporary and classical plays, non-text-based practice and technical theatre
  • Knowledge and understanding of the Scottish education system, formal qualifications and Curriculum for Excellence
  • Understanding of how to plan, facilitate and support learning in people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds
  • Experience of devising/directing work with young people
  • Understanding of young people and adults and the ability to deal with situations of an emotional, sensitive or challenging nature
  • Understanding of Safeguarding procedure and working with vulnerable groups
  • Experience of writing resource materials and facilitating workshops for teachers and pupils
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and programmes of work at one time
  • Good administration and organisational skills
  • Confidence in decision making and creative problem solving
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • A flexible and collaborative approach to working as part of a team and on own initiative, managing competing demands on time
  • Ability to build positive relationships with a wide range of partners and manage multiple stakeholders
  • Passion for Creative Learning and commitment to its work, ambitions and objectives
  • Able to deliver regular evening/weekend work

Desirable
In addition to the essential criteria, we are looking for applicants who can demonstrate experience of working with a wide range of groups not limited to but including; older adults, community settings, young people with Additional Support Needs, school pupils.

Other desirable criteria are:

  • Ability to manage small budgets
  • Knowledge of contracting and managing freelance staff
  • Demonstrate understanding of importance of monitoring and evaluating projects
  • Experience of working within a building-based theatre
  • Experience of completing risk assessments
Benefits
  • 25 days annual leave, plus bank holidays
  • 4% matched pension contributions
  • Free tickets to press nights plus discounted ticket deals on certain performances.
  • Cycle to work & Tech Schemes
  • Discounts at various organisations such as Edinburgh Leisure
  • Quarterly staff social events