Reports to: Head of Community and Equity
Contract: Permanent – Full time
(We support flexible working, with many of the team working in a variety of ways, including working from home, flexible hours and other variations. Please talk to us at interview about the flexibility you may need.)
Salary: £40,000 -£50,000 depending on experience
Location: Golden Square, London (with the flexibility for some remote working)
About the Film and TV Charity
The film, TV and cinema sector is a jewel in the UK’s crown, both in terms of our exceptional creative talent and the sector’s growing economic importance, but a culture of long hours, challenging conditions, and an acceptance of a long-held status quo also mean it can be an incredibly tough sector to work in, with the retention of talent an ongoing problem as a result.
In 2019, research commissioned by the charity found that 9 in 10 working behind the scenes had experienced poor mental health. The pandemic has only served to exacerbate the problem, while the harrowing conversations that followed the Black Lives Matter protests in 2020 have further highlighted the systemic nature of discrimination.
Since the introduction of the Film and TV Support Line in 2018, the charity has been on an exciting journey of change and has joined industry partners at the forefront of the movement to make work better for everyone in the industry. As well as providing mental health and financial support and practical resources that are making a difference to thousands of people every year, we have committed to ensuring our services are relevant to and engaging with everyone in the industry, at every stage of their career, no matter what their background. This has included a commitment to becoming an actively Anti-Racist organisation. This means an honest look at the charity, our internal policies and all our outputs going forward. We recognise the importance of long-term investment in this process as we make permanent, structural changes to ensure support is readily accessible to Black, Asian and minority ethnic people in our industry. We are also applying the same principles to other under-represented groups.
As the Community Development Manager, you will lead and manage a programme of work to support a thriving and fully inclusive support network within our industry community.
Main Areas of Responsibility
- Develop and deliver a community strategy that aligns with the charity’s key objectives.
- Build supportive and reciprocal partnerships with grassroots community groups and industry bodies who share the charity’s objectives.
- Manage our community support awards, including input into the management our research fellowships.
- Help build capacity for effective community and peer support, helping foster strong leadership and sustainability of our grassroots community groups.
- Ensure services and initiatives are of the highest quality and make a real difference to workers in our community.
- Co-ordinate research with communities and stakeholders to identify their priorities and perceptions.
- Line management responsibility for a small team.
- Embedding best practice across the organisation in relation to areas of professional responsibility (primarily community building and partner relations).
- To operate in a way that ensures you are recognised as a role model for the charity’s core values and behaviours.
- To undertake any other works as could be expected.
- To be prepared to travel to meetings across the UK and be away from home overnight occasionally, as the job reasonably demands.
Skills & Capabilities Required:
- A track record of developing and maintaining positive partnerships.
- Experience of developing new projects and excellent project management skills.
- Passionate about creating opportunities for people facing discrimination and structural inequalities and an active commitment to equal opportunities, with the ability to work in culturally diverse communities and groups.
- The ability to understand, analyse and contextualise a range of data, performance metrics and outcomes to reach conclusions and judgements.
- Flexible approach.
- Proactive and able to self-manage.
- Experience working in film and/or television and an understanding of and empathy for the structural and cultural issues impacting workers wellbeing.
What we look for in a candidate
An understanding of how the film and/or television industry works is preferable, as is a real desire to be part of a team that is passionate about making a difference. You will be a committed team member but also confident working on your own initiative.
The charity recognises that people from some backgrounds are under-represented in the film and TV industry and in the third sector and is committed to doing what it can to correct this. Therefore, we are especially keen to receive applications from people of colour; people with disabilities; those who identify as LGBTQIA; people with a mental health condition; and people who identify as working class now or in the past.
If you need us to make any adjustments to our recruitment process, we will be happy to support you.
Applications for this position are being handled by our recruitment partner Belovd.
To apply, please send your CV and a brief covering note to [email protected]
This is not an exhaustive job description and may be subject to change according to the needs and development of the role. It is expected that the post holder may undertake such other duties as may reasonably be requested.
Closing date for applications: 9.00am on Friday 17th September