Reports to: Whole Picture Programme Manager
Contract: 4 days up until end of July 2022
Salary: £40,000- £50,000 pro rata (depending on relevant experience)
Location: Hybrid / Golden Square, London
About the Film & Television Charity
The film, TV and cinema sectors are widely admired and crucial to the UK economy, 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, the charity found that 9 in 10 working behind the scenes had experienced poor mental health. The pandemic and the harrowing conversation about systemic discrimination that followed the Black Lives Matter protests in 2020 have both only served to exacerbate the problem.
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.
This new role joins the Whole Picture Programme at an exciting point in our journey as we start our next phase of industry engagement to support the implementation of a new online resource designed to place good mental health at the heart of all productions.
Central to this work is a resource or “Toolkit” that provides users with access to industry influenced and empirically backed best practice guidance, about how to make any, and all productions more mentally healthy. This new resource, being launched in early 2022, aims to create a trusted place, combined with an easy-to-use customer journey, that will build confidence in users as to how to make changes in their workplace, that places the emphasis on good mental health.
The toolkit is a new resource for us and part of this role will be to help with its smooth implementation and integration into the industry, through partnership working and the development of bespoke action plans that will help our stakeholders and the wider industry with their own implementation of the toolkit content.
Fundamental to the success of this work will be the ability to build strong, quality relationships with a wide variety of roles and productions in order to provide support and encouragement about how to engage with the toolkit.
The role will require excellent knowledge and experience of working in the Film or TV industry combined with a methodical approach to the work, as we develop and build robust ways of working that will support delivery and implementation.
The role will also require the ability to engage with concepts around best practice related to workplace wellbeing and be able to bring them to life in a way that will support real life, practical actions.
As this is a new project- and the first of its kind – the role will also require the collation of feedback about the experiences of those using it to help inform the next stages of digital development and improvement.
Please refer to this document carefully when completing your application and preparing for your interview.
Partnership development and management
|Proven ability to effectively engage, develop and maintain excellent working partnerships.||E|
|Communication, influencing and collaboration||Able to utilise a range of appropriate communication and influencing approaches in order to achieve project outcomes.||E|
|Project management||Methodical, planned approach to work, developing and using appropriate systems to meet project needs, attention to detail.||E|
|Team working||Effective approaches to team working||E|
|Use initiative, flexible approaches||Ability to implement concepts into working practices and respond to project/partner needs as they develop.||E|
|Knowledge of TV/Film Industry, including understanding of production process.||Ability to engage with industry and help facilitate bespoke implementation. Understanding key to reflecting and developing new iterations of resource||E|
|Experience of working in mental health, preferably with a focus on workplace wellbeing.||An understanding of the causes of poor mental health in the workplace.||D|
|Evaluation and continuous learning||Experience of working within a structured environment of service delivery, an understanding of good practice in customer focused delivery and being part of evaluation work.||D|
|Digital/Product Development||Using evidence and data to inform product/service development||D|
|Good understanding of the issues faced by people working in the industry, the subsequent mental health impact and the practical challenges within productions.||Can empathise with the challenges faced by the industry and the working environments people are operating in.||E|
|Awareness of Workplace Wellbeing initiatives and good practice that supports mental health at work||A wider appreciation of work outside of the industry that can support the development of this work.||D|
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.
Closing date for applications: Applications are being considered on a rolling basis
Please apply by submitting your CV and covering letter outlining what skills, abilities, and experience you can bring that make you an ideal candidate for this role.
Send your CV and cover letter 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.
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