Reports to: Head of Community and Equity
Contract: 3 Year fixed term contract – 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.
The pandemic has only served to exacerbate the problem, while the harrowing conversation 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.
The Impact Partnership Programme
The Impact Partnerships Programme (IPP) is a £1.5million intervention designed to support the development and activities of organisations led by and run for people of colour in the screen industries. It will run over three years in the first instance.
The IPP will create mutually beneficial strategic partnerships between community-led Impact Partner (IP) organisations and the Charity. The Charity’s business expertise and resources will be used to help build the longer-term sustainability of the IPs (including meeting core costs). The IPs in turn will share their expertise in anti-racist and inclusion work with the Charity, helping us reach and better understand the needs of clients of colour in the industry.
The programme makes real our commitment (May 2021) to long-term, financially significant support for organisations led by and run for people of colour in the screen industries – support which recognises, respects and centres the expertise and experience of Black and Brown activists, campaigners and advocates. By seeking to support their sustainability we hope to contribute to supporting a significant increase in the numbers of Black, Asian and minority ethnic behind-the-scenes workers with sustainable careers and access to senior roles in film and TV. In doing so we aim to achieve a practical example of anti-racist work that works – decreasing wastage of Black and Brown talent and helping to meet a market failure that also damages the commercial and creative health of the industry.
Lead and manage all aspects of the successful delivery of the Impact Partnership Programme.
Main Areas of responsibility
- Coordinate and contribute to designing the application and assessment processes and guidelines
- Oversee and support the application process, including offering advice and support to applicants.
- Manage the assessment and grant award process, including organising the formation of an expert assessment panel
- Develop and manage a network of relationships with external advisors, assessors, and other stakeholders.
- Champion the programme internally and externally
- Develop positive and supportive relationships with the successful Impact Partners, working collaboratively to:
- Identifying their business development needs
- Agree realistic development plans, with agreed milestones and success criteria.
- Implementing development plans, drawing both on the Charity’s internal professional expertise and external service providers as appropriate
- Identify and foster opportunities for larger IPs to support smaller grant recipients where appropriate.
- Act as a bridge between the IPs and other Charity staff to ensure that the IPs are able to share their insights and advice on (and be asked for advice on) services, communications and other aspects of the Charity’s activity.
- Supporting and ensuring quality control on projects delivered by IPs under the programme.
- Monitoring, budgetary management and evaluation throughout the programme.
- Embedding best practice and ensuring legacy across the organisation in relation to areas of professional responsibility (primarily through ad hoc advice on messaging and message clearance, improving internal understanding of structural racism in the industry, and relationship building with anti-racist industry organisations)
- 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.
- Ensure that you fully understand and implement agreed safeguarding policies and procedures as relevant.
Skills & Capabilities Required
- Strong grant management experience or equivalent
- Demonstrable understanding of landscape the IPPs are operating in and people they are trying to serve
- Significant business development experience, ranging from new enterprises to long-established ones.
- Experience of and/or deep understanding of racist exclusion and how this relates to and can impede business development.
- Experience promoting organisational sustainability, especially with community-based organisations
- A track record of developing and maintaining effective partnerships.
- Proactive and able to self-manage.
- Monitoring and evaluation experience
- Experience drawing up relevant application and assessment processes and guidelines
- Experience of successfully leveraging support from corporates and key stakeholders
- Flexible approach
- 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]
Closing date for applications: 9.00am on Friday 17th September