Digital Programme Manager

Digital Programme Manager

Salary: £30-32k per annum, pro rata depending on experience, part time (20 hours per week flexible working) . Some evening work may be required (for example when an event is taking place)

Contract: 12 months fixed term contract

Line Managed by: Head of Programme

MDI is seeking a Digital Programme Manager to collaborate with our existing team to design, direct and produce a coherent and consistent digital programme to match the quality of our physical programme. The postholder will oversee the development, delivery and evaluation of a range of digital products that help us develop new online audiences nationally. They will support a new digital commissioning programme, supporting artists and staff in the development and presentation of new work. The Digital Programme Manager will establish protocols and administer in-house training that will leave a lasting legacy, investing in our existing team’s professional development. MDI is an inclusive, supportive and friendly workplace. We welcome applications from candidates from all backgrounds.

How to Apply

Please apply for this role with a CV and Cover letter. 

Either:

  1. Submit both documents (as Word or Google Docs documents) by email to [email protected] quoting ‘Digital Programme Manager’ in the subject line.

or

  1. Send both documents by post to: Recruitment, MDI. 24 Hope Street, Liverpool L1 9BX

Closing date for applications: 24th September 2021 at 12:00

Interviews are expected to take place: w/c 4th October 

If you have any informal queries or want to know more about the role before applying please contact Martina Murphy: [email protected]

After shortlisting against Essential and Desirable criteria detailed in the Person Specification, shortlisted candidates will be invited to interview. 

About MDI

We are a charity and dance development organisation based in Liverpool. We work with dancers of every age, ability, class and ethnicity to inspire our local community through the power of movement. Nurturing talent through our studio classes and residencies, we support dancers from their tentative first steps to achieving their personal goals.

Engaging with dance artists through a professional development programme, we offer free studio time, training, mentorship and opportunities to work with us on a freelance basis in educational, corporate and community settings.

Through our Dance for Health strategy, we engage people who wouldn’t normally have access to dance, including those living with asthma and dementia, promote dance as a means to mental and physical wellbeing in collaboration with the health sector.

Inspiring Curiosity

MDI is a creative playground, a supportive space in which to unearth new ideas and embrace something out of the ordinary. It is a place that sets out to inspire: here you can make, debate and participate in new and unexpected ways.

Unlocking Creative Potential 

MDI brings people into the heart of the creative process, creating new opportunities for individuals and communities to interact with dance artists and teachers. 

Being Purposefully inclusive

MDI is an inclusive home for professional dance artists, students and participants alike. A place that sees potential in many voices and viewpoints under one roof, and a space for people from backgrounds underrepresented in the sector to fully express themselves through dance.

Covid-19 and digital programme:

Over the last 12 months, much collective effort has been invested in creating digital content that enabled us to maintain relationships with our audience and participants and to provide paid work for artists. It has been an intense learning experience, powered by our creative and resourceful team in the absence of an in-house digital specialist. Our programme allowed participants to attend classes and events when they were unable to visit our physical space.

We are keen to build on this position, developing our digital programme and reaching more people with the work of the artists we collaborate, engage with and present. Whilst this strategy feels especially relevant as national and international audiences are unable to enjoy our work in-person, it will be embedded in our approach beyond the pandemic to increase our engagement with these audiences online.

Job Description & Person Specification

Job Title:  Digital Programme Manager (12 months fixed term contract)

Responsible to: Head of Programme 

The main purpose of the job: To collaborate with our existing team to design, direct and produce a coherent and consistent digital programme to match the quality of our physical programme. The postholder will oversee the development delivery and evaluation of a range of products that help us develop new online audiences nationally. They will also establish protocols and administer in-house training that will leave a lasting legacy, investing in our existing team’s professional development.

Internal communication: MDI team

External communication: Artists, other arts organisations & freelancers.

Responsible for: Leading cross-departmental delivery teams & freelancers.

Hours of work: 21 hours per week. (Part time) Some evening work may be required (for a live-streamed event, for example).

Location: MDI (Liverpool City Centre)

Salary £30,000 – £32,000 per annum (Pro rata) , depending on experience

Contract Type: 12 months, fixed-term contract (3-month probationary period)

Holidays: 20 days over 12months (excluding bank holidays). MDI is open all year round (with the exception of two weeks over Christmas)

Main Responsibilities:

Project delivery

  • Lead a collaborative process to establish a set of protocols and frameworks to underpin a continuity of quality to MDI’s digital programme. These will embody our new brand and work across all identified formats (e.g. film, podcast, live-streamed events, live-streamed workshops and activities).
  • Work closely with colleagues to co-design a deliverable programme of digital outputs in a range of formats to enhance and relate to MDI’s physical programme.
  • Manage the delivery of MDI’s inaugural season of digital content (from January 2022 to January 2023). You will coordinate a small team of staff, freelance media professionals, artists and participants who will be involved in content development, production, capture and post-production.
  • Work with our curatorial and participating teams in the support of a small number of artists delivering digital commissions. This may involve offering direct technical advice and support and/or coordinating others to do this on MDI’s behalf.
  • Work closely with the Marketing and Communications team to understand audiences, establish and shape the programme section on the new website and create campaigns to engage people.

Legacy

  • Conduct a review six months into the role, of the future needs of the organisation to inform future strategy, fundraising and legacy work.
  • Ensure that clear commissioning and production protocols for digital programmes are in place by the end of October 2022 for future use by our teams.
  • Deliver training to key staff to ensure that any activity that can be delivered in-house is effectively handed over and that a full understanding of the protocols is in place.

Administration

  • Maintain effective, accurate and timely administrative systems to support delivery of the programme.
  • Maintain accurate records relating to the project, producing reports as required for internal and external use, including for funders.

 Finance

  • Monitor the project budget in liaison with the Head of Programme, planning, forecasting and controlling expenditure, keeping financial records, producing regular reports and contributing to budget planning and bid writing. 

Wider organisational input

  • Work collaboratively with those undertaking other digital initiatives and contribute expertise to an organisation-wide digitisation programme.

General

  • Uphold MDI’s values as an inclusive and collegiate organisation
  • Carry out all duties with full regard to MDI’s Equal Opportunities and Health and Safety policies.
  • Carry out any other duties as required.
  • Participate in staff training and development activities as required.