Daisy Chain are looking to recruit an enthusiastic, creative and inspiring Performing Arts Coordinator who is passionate about inspiring others and making a difference to the lives of those affected by autism. to join us at our Day Centre based in Norton, Stockton on Tees.

The successful candidates must have previous experience of performing arts and must have some experience of working with children and young people in this field. The post holders will form part of our brand-new 18-month pilot performing arts project ‘Daisy Chain’s Rising Stars’. They will work alongside the Performing Arts Coordinator’s to deliver the Rising Stars programme of performing arts clubs and activities.

Working as part of a small team, the post holder is responsible for the successful delivery of the initiative which will increase the confidence, communication skills and social interaction of those affected by autism or associated difficulties

The successful candidates will be required to apply for a Disclosure & Barring Service Enhanced Disclosure.

Due to the nature of this role the post holder will be required to work during the evening, and at weekends (including Sundays).

The salary for this role is £22,000 per annum pro rata £13,200 actual salary for 22.5 hours per week.

The post is fixed Term for 18 months (with a view to extend subject to funding)

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Key Tasks

  • Plan and deliver the ‘Rising Stars’ project which will include a varied programme of performance arts based after school and weekend clubs and activities.
  • Oversee the delivery of the programme and maintain effective and accurate recording and reporting systems to ensure that key targets are met.
  • Report directly to the Head of Children & Family Services and if necessary the SLT and board of trustees on the progress of the project.
  • Manage the set-up and facilitation of a range of performance arts activities designed to develop the social and communication skills of those affected by autism.
  • Develop and maintain positive and supportive relationships with children and young people with autism and their families.
  • Provide support and guidance to the Performing Arts Assistance as well as other care support staff and volunteers when required.
  • Carry out risk assessments for activities that take into account the programme beneficiary needs and health and safety regulations.
  • Contribute towards the protection of individuals from abuse by adhering to Daisy Chain’s ‘Child and Vulnerable Adult Safeguarding Policies’ at all times.
  • Ensure confidentiality is maintained at all times and that a service users personal details are not disclosed to any unauthorized third person.

Additional Responsibilities

  • Comply with the Charities’ Health and Safety policy in all employment practices
  • Maintain the integrity of the Daisy Chain brand in all internal and external communications
  • Maintain a proactive approach to your role and responsibilities along with a commitment to contribute and maintain the positive working ethos within the Charity
  • Maintain working knowledge of the policies and regulations governing the Charity
  • Assure attendance at staff meetings.
  • Undertake any training and development deemed necessary for the pursuance of the post
  • Work in a way that contributes to the continuous improvement of the Charity’s services and embraces the organisations quality initiatives
  • Any other duties from time to time, commensurate with the level of the post
  • An understanding of and commitment to equal opportunities

This job outline is intended to indicate the broad range of responsibilities and requirements of the post. It is neither exhaustive nor exclusive but, while some variation can be expected in particular duties, the outline is considered to provide a reasonable general description of the post.

Person Specification

Successful candidates will have a strong work ethic, and share our Company values of Passionate, Inclusive, Empowering, Ambitious and Open. If you have worked in a similar setting before all the better, but most importantly we are looking for people who share our Ethos of improving the lives of families affected by Autism. The below details what we are looking for in an ideal candidate if it is Essential (E) Desirable (D) and how we will assess that skill, via your application (A) at Interview (I) or as part of a task during the interview process (T)  

Experience

  • A background and experience in Performing Arts- E&A
  • Experiencing in delivering in at least one area of performing arts (music, drama, dance, theatre production etc). -E&A
  • Creative and flexible approach to working -E&I
  • Experience of working with individuals on the autism spectrum and/or additional needs -E&A
  • Experience of leading performing arts clubs -E&A
  • Work within agreed and tight deadlines to meet targets -E&I
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a dynamic and diverse team-E&I
  • Experience in designing and running various performing arts clubs- E&I
  • Experience of working on a group performance -E&I
  • Experience of managing/coordinating a project -TE&A


Qualifications

  • Educated to A level or equivalent or GCSE standard with two years practical experience of working within performing arts- E&A
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills—E&I
  • Practical and creative skills -E&T
  • Teaching/training qualification-D&A


Knowledge

  • A general understanding of autism and/or willingness to take part in autism training-E&I

Other 

  • Full clean driving license -D&A
  • Sympathetic with the aims of Daisy Chain-E&I
  • Comfortable working with those with autism-E&I
  • Passion and enthusiasm for performing arts-E&T
  • Ability to demonstrate empathy and understanding to form positive relationships with individuals from a range of backgrounds and needs -E&I

Company Benefits:

Our staff do amazing jobs and as such we want to reward our staff. That is why we offer:

  • Enhanced holiday leave of 33 days annual leave (pro rata for part time employees) rising to 35 after 5 years service.
  • A bespoke induction plan specific to you and your role which starts as soon as a job offer is accepted.
  • Alongside your induction plan new members of staff have a 6 month induction programme  and planned meetings with their line manager to ensure the employee is settling in and offer any support needed to fulfil their role.
  • Ongoing training and development. 
  • Our Employee Assistance Programme offers a full range of confidential services designed to ensure you receive professional support that may affect work and home life.
  • Company Pension Scheme.
  • Staff discount.
  • Free on site car parking and refreshments.
  • Social and charitable events.
  • Company sick Pay after successful completion of probationary period.
  • Savings Club
  • Give as you earn scheme for staff to make donation to a charity of their choice if they wish.
  • If your role requires membership of a professional Body we will pay your membership fees. 

To be considered for the role click on the apply button above and submit your CV and details of how you meet the person specification for the role. If you have any questions or require further information please contact us on 01642 531248.

We are committed to equality of opportunity for all and do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, colour, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation or marital status.

If you require any adjustments to the recruitment process, to enable you to perform to the best of your ability, please let us know when submitting your CV.