Reports to: Touch Compass Management
Responsible for: Supporting a feature one-of-a-kind event of the Touch Compass Artistic Programme 2021
Working relationships: Artists, project creative teams, Venue, Management, Office and project support, Production, Communications/PR/Marketing, Finance, Touch Compass Board
Hours: 20hrs per week standard, hours scaling to 40hrs per week during the core event timeframe (August/September), run of the event, and pre-event pack ins and post-event pack outs.
Contract: Fixed term ending 1 October 2021 (with possibility of extension)
Location: Based in Auckland (some small travel may be required in the role to support out-of-town works, to be discussed with Management). Opportunity for remote working/work from home involved relative to project demands or circumstances.
Please read carefully the Person specification, Essential skills and Desirable criteria required before applying.
Application closing date: 5.00pm, Wednesday 30 June 2021
Shortlisted candidates notified: from Thursday 1 July 2021
Interviews: held week commencing Monday 5 July 2021
Anticipated start date: from Monday 12 July 2021
Note: If a candidate is identified earlier that best fits this role Touch Compass reserves the right to appoint prior to this date. Use as a guide.
This is an opportunity to be a core part of the flexible, resilient artistic production team at Touch Compass. The Creative Producer will support the planning, delivery and evaluation of our 2021 core artistic programme events, some of which are large scale, site specific, original commissions with a disability-led and socially-engaged practice at heart.
Touch Compass is Aotearoa’s leading performance company that works with disabled and non-disabled creatives. Our kaupapa is focused on creating opportunities for disabled creatives to share their innovations.
As Creative Producer you will support us to elevate our production to match our new artistic vision, artist development and advancement, presentation and more to reach new and existing audiences. The Creative Producer works closely with our staff, supporting and developing projects, working with and helping to build our’ producing relationships with venues, suppliers, and arts organisations.
The Creative Producer also supports management to create, deliver and evaluate locally engaged work. The role reports directly to and works closely with management to negotiate contracts and agreements, support creative partnerships and manage project risk.
You will be an experienced producer with well-developed project management superpowers. That means you can support the entire producing cycle – from beginning to end – while maintaining a calm and can-do attitude, and delivering projects with ambition and confidence. You will have experience with managing productions and community projects, and you will bring all you have learnt from your practice to support our team and help drive artistic excellence, artists’ development and socially-engaged creative work.
Your skills in working with diverse and inclusive practices, enables artists to realise ideas from start to finish and you know how to join and support their artistic process. You care about how artists progress and devise, connect, resource and revitalise their practices. You have an interest and experience in live events, theatre production, and disability-led performance works, be it through presentation, touring, networks, adaptation or simply knowing how to work in those environments. You are a pro when it comes to scheduling and creating responsible timelines and also keeping colleagues and leadership updated on a regular basis. Additionally, you’re a team player who thrives on collaboration and ideas but isn’t afraid of budgets and finance.
You understand creative producing is underpinned by securing and managing key partnerships and funding, and you have the knowhow to identify and consolidate these opportunities on your own and with the team. You’re part of a network that includes artists, companies, venues, partners both here and abroad. You’re either a cross-pollinator and work in theatre and/or at least one of live art, visual art, music, installation or publicly engaged art, or you’re excited by how working at Touch Compass can give you more multidisciplinary experience.
Your goal will be to ensure processes are in place so that industry-leading, visionary, meaningful work is produced efficiently, on time, within budget and in conditions where artists excel and audiences enjoy. You will thrive in a fast-paced environment where priorities shift quickly. You can manage multiple projects; love working directly with artists, arts companies and partner teams. You can comfortably communicate clearly and objectively and bring others on board to the excitement of Touch Compass and its projects.
STRATEGIC PLANNING AND IMPLEMENTATION
• Provide day to day management of the producing function – supporting Management (General and Artistic), in ensuring that all production and events are produced and presented to high production values
• Manage relationships with co-producers, work with the GM on negotiations of contracts with companies, venues, suppliers
• Oversee the timelining and scheduling functions for programming and festival production, work with our team on project planning
• Develop relationships with artists, arts organisations and our wider stakeholders including community groups, public sector organisations, presenting partners
• Be a champion of Touch Compass, promote our ethos and vision and impart that so they are shared by the artists, venues, partners and other teams with whom we work
• Lead on the planning, delivery and evaluation of our event and production in consultation with the AD including overseeing project timelines and budgets
• Work within our system, and programming and finance meetings, ensuring progress is tracked and communicated across the team
• Develop, manage and report on project budgets in consultation with Management, Finance & Operations using our budget template and systems
• Work within the agreed finance and accountancy procedures as set out by Finance & Operations. This will include the speedy and accurate updating of budget projections and cashflows, together with the provision of other financial information as required
• Ensure all licensing, risk assessments, insurance, checks, policies and processes are in place for a production with support from Management
• Manage and share information about each production between artists, our teams, and external consultants, especially coordinating copy, images, press releases, marketing and ticketing requirements; creation of content, or audience monitoring between parties
• Prepare financial and evaluation reports for Board and/or funders when required
• Implement artistic programme with Management
• Oversee budget, timeline and contracting functions for artist programmes
• Develop and secure necessary support including selecting and contracting participants with Management
• With GM and Finance & Operations, support the ongoing work to develop and regularly review our’ policies related to production and presentation
• Ensure all projects delivered by us are designed and delivered in line with our Policy
• Research, identify and apply for appropriate funding sources for projects and programming in consultation with Management
• Support and manage relationships with entities such as venue, local authorities, festivals and others with Management
• Support our fundraising functions by developing project outlines and budgets, submitting applications, and over seeing production aspects of funding agreements and timelines
MANAGEMENT AND ORGANISATION
• Support our’ artists, production teams, freelancers and contractors
• Undertake project administration and logistics, and all personal administration related to your role and the creative production of our associated works.
You will be a dynamic individual with a passion for multidisciplinary artforms, diversity and inclusive practices.
You have 5+ years’ experience of producing, planning, programming and delivering large scale cultural and public events, preferably within an national or regional context.
ESSENTIAL SKILLS EXPERIENCE
• At least 5 years’ professional experience of producing large scale events across a wide range of sites and venues
• Knowledge, understanding and experience of working closely with multiple artists (and their teams) working across a range of art forms and across different scales of work
• A demonstrable track record in successfully steering complex projects from start to completion
• Experience of developing and working on commissions and co-productions with multiple partners
• Ability to establish strong partnership working relationships and use a wide range of networks
• Experience of significant budget management
• Experience in collaborative working, line management and leadership of small teams
• Experience working with artists on projects from concept to delivery, demonstrated understanding and love of the creative process
• Strong commitment to quality and excellence with an eye for detail
• Capacity to maintain a clear overview across a range of complex projects
• Excellent communication and interpersonal skills (written, verbal, presentations, negotiation, leadership)
• Reliable, trustworthy, approachable and able to relate well to a range of individuals and organisations
• Strong agile IT/computer literacy skills
• Passionate and knowledgeable about performing arts
• Tangible experience working within a disability-led, accessibility-focused creative project at scale
• Experience of production budget management over $100k
• Experience leading, supporting creating or managing artistic programmes
• Some experience of successful income generation through a wide range of sources including box office, trusts and foundations and sponsors
• Experience of working on projects of scale, festivals, large venue events
• Full driving licence and access to a car
• Knowledge of multiple artistic contexts including dance, theatre, visual arts, digital platforms
This is a part-time position that scales to full-time around critical event windows, assuming a minimum of 20 hours per week. Standard Touch Compass office hours are 8.30am – 6.00pm, Monday - Friday. With this as a baseline, we are open to discussing flexible working options including remote working and flexible start and finish times. Due to the nature of the role and our sector, some evening and weekend work may be required
The role is based at our office in Auckland.
How to apply
To apply for the contract position, please send:
An up-to-date CV and a cover letter outlining in no more than two pages how you meet the person specification and desirable criteria for this role including full contact details for two referees (we will seek your permission before making direct contact with any referees)
Send your application to email@example.com with ‘Creative Producer Application’ in the subject line. If you would like to have an informal conversation about the role please contact the GM at firstname.lastname@example.org in the first instance.
Our commitment to access and equity
Touch Compass is committed to being a truly inclusive organisation - from our Board Trustees and team members to our audience and participants. Our ambition is to work together to promote an inclusive environment, attracting the diverse pool of talent and experience we want to see in our organisation, on our Board, in our work and across the cultural and creative sector. We strive to treat all job applications equally, regardless of age, disability, non-disability, gender identity or gender expression, race, ethnicity, religion or belief, sexuality, or any other equality characteristic. During the selection process our focus will be on shortlisting based on the qualities, skills and requisite experience you may bring to the role. We will support any access requirements you may have during the selection process and ensure that reasonable accommodation standards are met.