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By- 07 February 2023 - 12:30pm
We are recruiting …
Would you like to help us expand our work across local communities?
We are looking for a Community Engagement Officer to join us
Established in 2015 Derby Book Festival is now the largest and most successful literature festival in the East Midlands. We run two book festivals each year but also has a thriving and growing community programme. You can find more information about Derby Book Festival on our website: http://www.derbybookfestival.co.uk/.
Derby Book Festival is looking for a highly motivated, inspiring and enthusiastic individual to join our small team on a freelance contract from March to December 2023. The Community Engagement Officer will be a self-starter who will build links between the Festival and community groups, organisations, individuals and volunteers to develop events and activities to engage them more directly with the Festival and develop our community programme.
About Derby Book Festival
The Festival’s success and reputation continues to grow with a programme of events for all ages and interests. We aim to organise another diverse, accessible and high-quality programme in 2023 with a wide range of writers, from internationally renowned authors to exciting new talent.
Building on our already successful work with schools, libraries and our Shared Reading project to support health and well-being (which is funded separately), we are committed to a programme of year-round events, activities and projects and the community programme will be key to this. We work closely with arts organisations across the city and host events at a range of venues across the city.
Purpose of the role
The Festival is keen to develop stronger links with Derby’s diverse communities and develop partnerships with local community groups and organisations to provide opportunities for creative activities around books, develop events and projects and engage people more directly with the Festival, including by becoming Festival volunteers to support Festival events.
This post would be suitable for an individual who has experience of working with local communities, developing arts projects and engaging with volunteers. The successful candidate will ideally have a good knowledge of written art forms, practices and techniques and be confident about meeting new people and enthusing them about developing links with the Festival.
The post holder will also support the main Festival events from 19 - 27 May, the weekend Autumn Edition and one-off events throughout the year.
The Community programme
In addition to holding two book festivals each year, the organisation has a number of projects which form the community programme. We have a successful track record in working with children and teachers in the city’s primary and secondary schools but have not yet developed the same strong links with communities. Derby is a diverse city with an estimated 180 nationalities living in Derby and, consequently, there are believed to be over 71 languages spoken in the city. The most commonly used languages other than English are Punjabi, Urdu and Polish.
We aim to support people across all communities to share the joy that books, reading and writing bring to our lives and engage them in new arts activities that they will enjoy, supporting well-being for all ages and supporting positive outcomes for young people.
Community Engagement Officer
The Community Engagement Officer will focus on:
Essential Personal Criteria
Type: Freelance contract
Remuneration: 80 days at a rate of £100 per day (£8,000)
Contract Period: March to December 2023 with a potential extension depending on future funding (variable working hours per week to be agreed)
Based at: Our office is based in Derby at 67 Bridge Street, Derby DE1 3LB, and you will be able to work from there and will be required to attend meetings there from time to time. However much of the role will be carried out in the communities and working remotely from home.
Responsible to: Director
Proposed start date: as soon as possible
How to apply
Please send a CV setting out your skills and experience plus contact details, a covering letter clearly demonstrating your suitability for the role and how you meet the person specification to:
or by post (to arrive by the closing date) to Derby Book Festival, 13 Lavender Row, Derby, DE22 1DF.
Deadline for applications: 12noon on Monday 20 February
Interviews will take place on Tuesday 28 February at Derby Book Festival’s offices.
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