Job opportunity: Call Out for a Producer for Viv Gordon
08:43 November 4, 2019 to 00:00 November 16, 2019

About Viv Gordon

Viv is a theatre maker and survivor activist making work that creatively articulates trauma narratives based on her lived experience as a survivor of childhood sexual abuse. She uses auto-ethnography to connect the personal with wider, universal experiences and systemic/socio-political perspectives. Her work is a campaign to forge survivor voice, visibility and community and agitate for change.

About the role

Viv Gordon is looking for an experienced and organised producer for an initial 18 day contract between Dec 2019 and Feb 2020 with a view to a long term partnership supporting Viv’s ambitious plans over the next 18 months - 2 years. Viv’s work centres on themes surrounding mental health, trauma and childhood sexual abuse based on her lived experience. The appointed producer will need to be able to engage with these themes and work within an evolving access model that supports Viv (and her collaborators) to do this work. We are looking for someone who is strategic, thorough and kind, who has a commitment to and is motivated by arts activism and who has strong, relevant and current connections.

The outcomes for the initial 18 days include:
● Induction/away days
● Tour booking for ORAL for autumn 2020 with wrap around engagement activity - tour pack/engagement offer already developed.
● The development (budget/partnerships/collaborations) and submission of applications to ACE and other funders to support an 18 month programme of work to include a retour of ORAL with accompanying research project/campaign, development of Restless (has had successful R&D) and two new artistic projects Cutting Out and The Survivor Monologues R&D.

The producer will work alongside Viv and Executive Producers Sarah Blowers/Strike A Light. Sarah Blowers has produced the majority of Viv’s work to date - this call out is to meet the need for greater producing capacity as Viv’s work grows.

The fee offered is £2700 for 18 days work to include local travel. Additional expenses available if staying away from home. Additional funding available for access.

The producer will work from home with meetings in Gloucester/Glastonbury/Bristol (possibility of Skype meetings if based outside area). There is also the opportunity to hot desk at Strike a Light’s offices in Gloucester.

Person Specification

● Minimum of 5 years producing experience
● National networks with small scale venues, arts organisations and festivals with tour booking experience.
● Experienced and successful fundraiser especially with ACE
● Experience of successfully developing partnerships with a wide range of organisations
● Excellent project management skills with proven experience of delivery to budget and deadlines and the ability to manage a large-scale and complex project with a love of nuts and bolts
● Willingness to work in an access informed process with challenging and emotional content.
● Demonstrable interest in working with marginalised artists, interest in Viv’s work and coming on this journey.
● Assertive, brave, compassionate, switched on and strategic

● Experience of developing and managing cross sector relationships with academic, charity, campaigning, health and social justice partners
● Specific knowledge of/connections to mental health, disability, feminist or political events/arts festivals (eg. Sick Festival, Bedlam, FiLia, Normal? Unlimited, DaDaFest)
● Experience of working with disabled artists/artists with access needs related to lived experience of mental health and trauma
● Capacity to flex up and down according to workflow
● Experience of developing funding applications for Wellcome Trust, Paul Hamlyn and other national funders.
● Enjoyment of project monitoring, evaluation and reporting
● Based within an hour’s radius of Bristol.

How to apply

We welcome applications from all sections of the community. Please send your CV and a covering letter (no more than 2 sides of A4) outlining:
● Your relevant experience
● Your interest in the role
● Your interest in working with Viv Gordon
● The personal and professional skills and qualities you bring to the role.
● Please state if you have any access needs for the interview or the role.

Applications should be emailed to [email protected] by 15th Nov 2019 at 6pm.
Please contact us if you would prefer to apply in a different format.

Application deadline 15/11/19 at 6pm
Interview notification 22/11/19
Interviews 27/11/19 in Gloucester
Start date 2/12/19 (negotiable)
Away Days 11-12/12/19 (negotiable)