Creative Communities Coordinator

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Northern Heartlands

Northern Heartlands is looking for a full time Creative Communities Coordinator to develop and manage the successful delivery of ambitious, impactful and creative programmes with communities, encouraging the voice of communities and participation of individuals throughout its programmes.

As a key player in Northern Heartlands’ small team you will support and become involved in all aspects of the organisation’s work. Specifically your role will be to develop and co-ordinate the successful delivery of ambitious, impactful and creative programmes with communities, encouraging the voice of communities and participation of individuals throughout our programmes.

Core duties

• Supporting the Director and Senior Manager in the development of new project ideas across all three strands of Northern Heartlands’ work (Health & Wellbeing, Connected Communities, Landscape and Environment)
• Overseeing the coordination and delivery of projects across all these strands.
• Researching, identifying and developing trusted and authentic relationships with key community members, representatives of community organisations, key individuals within schools, care homes and other institutions, listening to views, understanding needs and working together to co-develop projects and programmes of activity.
• Liaising closely on a day-to-day basis with community members including community leaders, champions, schools, community organisations and project participants to ensure Northern Heartlands’ work has a positive impact for individuals and communities across its area of benefit, particularly those living in areas of greatest need.
• Supporting community members in recognising and addressing potential barriers to engagement.
• Ensuring all activities are monitored and evaluated in line with funders’ requirements and supporting the process of collecting and collating evaluation forms and surveys. In some instances producing final reports for funded projects.
• Liaising with artists and creative practitioners on behalf of Northern Heartlands and ensuring they are supported to meet their contractual obligations. This can include: commissioning or preparing artists’ briefs, drafting contracts for artists, securing venues, managing events; undertaking risk assessments.
• Supporting the organisation to ensure that the work that Northern Heartlands delivers is always of the highest possible quality
• Supporting communication and marketing activities including creating content for our social media channels
• Working closely with the Northern Heartlands team to effectively produce and deliver programmes that enable strong, connected and healthy communities.
• Undertaking any other duties as required and within reason to further the work of the organisation and support Northern Heartlands’ vision and mission.

The Northern Heartlands office is in the centre of the small market town of Barnard Castle. Although you will be based in the office you will be expected to travel across the Northern Heartlands area regularly to fulfil your duties.

Driving with a full driving licence and insurance and having regular access to a car is vital.

Northern Heartlands’ role with communities means that evenings and weekend work is often required. Occasional working from home would be considered where practicable.

Budget £30,000 p.a. (FT, 37.5hrs / week)

Deadline 23 October 2023

3 Witham Studios Hall Street Barnard Castle DL12 8JB

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See here for a full job description and person specification.

To apply, please send an email with Creative Communities Co-ordinator Application in the subject line to with the following attachments (including your name in the document titles):

• a letter of application (no more than two sides of A4) outlining why you are suitable for the role
• a current CV (two pages) and the names and contact details of two referees.

References will only be taken up if you are offered the post, and in consultation with you.

Interviews (in person) will take place on Friday 10th November in Barnard Castle.

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