General Manager Job Description
Primary Shakespeare Company was founded nine years ago, working with just six schools in Camden. In 2018 over 1500 young people from nearly sixty schools celebrated the joys of A Winter’s Tale. Festival venues included LAMDA, The Paul Robeson Theatre, and The Deptford Albany alongside secondary schools across London, each playing host to around 200 performers and their audience.
The Festival Project forms the heartbeat of our work with young people and its success has inspired us to extend our reach. In 2018, we piloted a project with two special schools in Kent, working with musicians and dancers to find new multi-sensory ways of working with Shakespeare. We have recently started developing work with KS1 pupils and in 2019 we are collaborating with English Touring Opera to pilot a project in which children from four Islington schools will create a new devised opera based on A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
All this has been achieved by a core team of just two, the Programmes Director and Artistic Director, supported by an amazing array of freelance directors and project workers. We are now at an immensely exciting point in PSC’s development where we are ready to be joined by someone who wants to manage our ongoing success and direct the expansion in our reach and impact.
We are delighted that our long term funders, the John Lyon’s Charity, have recently awarded us a three-year core funding grant, in addition to their ongoing project support. The primary objective of the grant is to ensure PSC’s long term sustainability alongside our development. A significant portion of the new grant will fund this new post of General Manager.
We are now seeking candidates for this exciting new role. We are looking for someone with a deep seated passion for education and the performing arts and an understanding of the enormous impact that engagement has on young people. You can find all details of the job on the following pages.
If you have enthusiasm, initiative, an eye for detail and you relish the prospect of being the driving force behind the development of the Primary Shakespeare Company over the next few years, then please do get in touch!
We look forward to hearing from you.
Neil Carter Luke Hollowell Williams
Programmes Director Artistic Director
Programmes Director and Artistic Director
Permanent and part-time on a freelance contract.
32 hours (4 days) p.w.
£26,000 - £30,000 p.a. (dependent on experience)
(full-time equivalent - £32,500 - £37,500)
Hours are flexible. Working remotely will also be possible, when duties allow.
Camberwell Business Centre
99-103 Lomond Grove
London. SE5 7HN
To be the key point of contact in the office, ensuring excellent external communications and the smooth running of all Primary Shakespeare Company projects. This will include:-
Being the first point of contact for all enquiries and representing PSC positively and proactively
Liaising regularly with teachers and schools on project details
Managing scheduling and contracts for freelance staff and partners
Ensuring all policies are up to date and understood by everyone working with and for PSC
Providing administrative support to the Directors.
To be responsible for the daily management of PSC’s finances. This will include:-
Overseeing contracts and paying all invoices, including tracking expenses
Creating and sending invoices
Managing the annual budget including:-
Updating management accounts on a quarterly basis
Updating cash flow accounts on a quarterly basis
Supporting the Directors in the financial management, administration and reporting as required
To work closely with the Directors on managing existing funders and securing new funding. This will include:-
Maintaining and developing contact with current funders, including foundations and private donors
Contributing to and ensuring timely reports to all funders
Researching potential funders, writing applications and making approaches with the Directors as appropriate
Producing regular newsletters and relevant correspondence to encourage supporters
We are a small team and other duties that might be required are wide ranging!
A passion for education and a strong understanding of the performing arts
Excellent written and spoken English combined with strong communication skills
Excellent administration, financial and organisational skills built on meticulousness and an attention to detail
The ability to prioritise effectively and self-motivate whilst managing a wide range of tasks
A positive, energetic and proactive approach to work
Experience of administration in an art organisation/the creative industries/education
Experience of financial management processes and strong numeracy skills
Experience of setting up and maintaining processes of work, e.g. tracking freelance contracts
Experience of contributing to the writing and/or reporting of funding applications
A desire to play a key and collaborative role within a small core team.