Job Opportunity: Youth Development Officer

Dumfries & Galloway Arts Festival (DGAF) is looking for a Youth Development Officer, who will be responsible on a day-to-day basis for the delivery of the Young Persons Programme (YPP). They will also work closely with the Young Promoters Group (YPG) and others.

The Role:
Part Time (15 hours pw) 12 Month Fixed Term Contract
£21,840 (pro rata £9,360)
• With the General Manager, develop and plan a programme of activity for Young people.
• Ensure we are engaging and consulting young people on programming choices for them.
• Ensure we are offering workshops and industry based shadowing opportunities.
• Manage the YPG.
• Compile annual and interim reports for YPG activity.
• Engage with young people and offer them a platform to perform on a year round basis.
• Ensuring maximum awareness off DGAF YPG activity and attendance at events.
• Be responsible for the YPG’s social media platforms.

Key Tasks:
Include but are not limited to:
 The YP Development Officer is responsible for the day-to-day management of the YPG and our youth engagement remit.
 The outcomes for this project will be achieved and delivered according to the funding agreement.
 To maintain a minimum of 10 active members from across the region.
 Arrange and chair monthly evening meetings with the YPG.
 Set agendas and take minutes of the meeting and agree an action plan.
 To assist the YPG to programme their vision for our Arts Live programme and the 10-day Festival in May.
 To provide support to the YPG, inspire, and help them develop new skills.
 To review opportunities for young people and offer personal development opportunities within the performing arts sector.
 Arrange Go & See opportunities outside the region as well as attending other performing arts related shows in the region. E.g. Edinburgh Fringe, Chrysalis Theatre.
 Create a programme of training opportunities for young people across the region including a minimum of 3 sessions per year with different groups.
 Create workshop opportunities from touring companies visiting the area to young people.
 Create opportunities for young people to engage in the following industry jobs: Sound and Lighting tech shadowing, Event Management, Front of House Duties, Stage Management.
 With your support the YPG will programme and event manage at least one event in each of our seasoned programmes. This equates to 3 performances per year in a minimum of 2 locations each time engaging with youth groups to help deliver and promote these shows.
 With our commission fund, offer young people opportunities to realise their dreams: this might be getting into a recording studio to produce a professional recording, to assisting them in launching their music or getting a script realised.

For further information, please contact info@dgartsfestival.org.uk (Suzanne Thorpe), or call 01387259627.

The application deadline is Wednesday 11 December 2019 at 17:00.

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