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JOB VACANCY: COMMUNICATIONS AND DEVELOPMENT OFFICER (part time)

Job Title: Communications & Development Officer

Purpose of the Post
There is now an exciting opportunity to join GemArts in this role. As Communications
and Development Officer you will take lead responsibility for the implementation of
GemArts press and media activity and contribute to our communications and fundraising strategies.
We are looking for a highly motivated person, a creative thinker whose experience will
enable them to raise and maintain the profile and awareness of GemArts locally,
nationally and internationally. This role calls for a proactive, dynamic and reliable person who can make limited resources go far with an integrated approach.

For full job spec and how to apply see Job Pack and Application Form listed below.

Location – Based in GemArts office in Gateshead Central Library, Prince Consort Road, Gateshead, NE8 4LN with occasional regional or national travel.

Working Arrangement – A Part-time employment contract for 3 days per week or 22.5 hours is offered for a 2 years fixed term period. Some work during evenings and weekends will be required; time off in lieu will be granted for additional hours worked on a one to one basis.

Annual leave entitlement – 21 days per year pro rata

Salary – £20000.00 per annum pro rata, plus pension

Responsible to: Director and Board of Trustees and Steering Group 

How to Apply

Applications should be made on the Application Form below. Please follow the instructions on the Application Form carefully. The Job Pack and Application Form contain the key information needed to make an application.  CVs will not be accepted.

Application deadline: 10am Monday 14th May 2018

Send your completed application form to: vikas@gemarts.org

Interviews will be held on Thursday 24th May 2018

Full job spec and application form see below:  

GemArts Communications and Development Officer Job Pack April 2018

GemArts_Application_Form_April 2018

 

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My week with GemArts

Hello, my name is Hina, I am a student at Joseph Swan Academy. In July 2015 I completed a 1 week placement with GemArts as part of my work experience. While working with GemArts Director, Vikas, and the team, I got to see what goes on behind the scenes at their events and during their other project work.

During my week with GemArts they had an event at the Newcastle Beacon, to celebrate the East by North East project GemArts led which helped young people from Newcastle learn about and create their own music. I helped GemArts Administrator, Jade, make sure there was enough CD/DVDs for the guests, and prepared the room before everyone arrived, making sure that the venue had enough space for the speeches and performances to take place, as well as helping set up the catering and check the sound. We handed out leaflets which included a running order of what would happen during the event. During the event there was a video about the progress young people have made producing their own new music. GemArts also presented some young people with Arts Award certificates which show how much commitment and hard work they had put into the project. Some of the groups also performed their music, which all the guests thoroughly enjoyed. At the end we helped tidy up the venue and had a chat with artists and guests that had attended to say thank you for coming and supporting the event. This opportunity was really interesting because I got to see what goes on behind the scenes of planning events and seeing the types of projects GemArts deliver.

Another interesting part of my work experience week was when I visited GemArts visual arts projects. My first visit was to the project working with a group of young mothers from different backgrounds living in Byker. I went to see this group, who meet up weekly in the Newcastle Byker centre with GemArts’ Project Manager, Alex. The women meet weekly, and work with GemArts artist Emma, learning how to make beautiful artworks using different materials. After seeing this group of women work together it made me think about how art can bring people from different backgrounds and cultures together, where strangers can start to get along like they are old friends. To me it shows how powerful and universal art is, something which I hadn’t previously thought about.

During the rest of my time working for GemArts I learnt how different people had different roles to help maintain the work of the organisation, and how the office runs. GemArts Communications and Development Officer, Sinead, explained how the organisation looks for opportunities and works to increase their audiences and the coverage of their events and projects. Part of this work included updating the school and organisation contacts lists on a database so the team will be able to contact these people about future projects and events.

Overall I really enjoyed my time working for GemArts for my work experience, and I learnt a lot about how they and other groups operate.

Here is a photo of me on a visit to one of GemArts’ secondary school projects holding an Anti Hate Crime posters design created by year 8 pupils.

Post by Hina Khalid

School Anti Hate Crime Project visit

School Anti Hate Crime Project visit