Who we are:
The Northern Ireland Mental Health Arts Festival (NIMHAF) brings people together, both physically and more recently in the virtual realm, to engage with all aspects of the arts, to inspire conversations about mental health, challenge stigma, and promote positive mental health and wellbeing through active creativity. NIMHAF aims to encourage individuals, families, carers, artists and audiences to engage with the arts and to improve mental health.
About the role:
In 2022, the Festival has secured additional funding from the ‘Art Work’ Programme, which will be used to employ a Festival Development Coordinator. The job purpose is to assist in the coordination of NIMHAF, with management support from the Creative Director and NIMHAF Board and support from the Mental Health Foundation.
Festival Development Coordinator (3 year contract in the first instance)
Hours per week:
Hours per week: 35 hours over 5 days.
21 days per annum, plus 12 bank/public holidays (subject to review).
Principal tasks and responsibilities:
- To work with the NIMHAF Board and Organising Committee to secure funding for the annual festival and wider arts programmes.
- To work with the NIMHAF Board and Organising Committee to develop annual budget(s) for the festival and arts programme based on different funding outcomes.
- To work with the NIMHAF Board to ensure accurate recording and reporting of the annual budget.
- To work with the NIMHAF Board, NIMHAF’s Creative Director, the Organising Committee and artists, to develop the annual NI-wide festival programme.
- To be in regular communication with festival partners and coordinators.
- To liaise with venues, artists and other stakeholders involved in the festival.
- To coordinate the administration of the festival.
- To be a key point of contact for festival enquiries, including responding to, and following up on correspondence and emails ensuring swift and accurate responses.
- To identify communications support needed for the festival.
- To assist in the recruitment and coordination of volunteers for the festival.
- To assist in the marketing and promotion of the festival and oversee the website administrator to ensure that the website and social media feeds are kept up to date.
- To work with the NIMHAF Board and Organising Committee to identify areas of development and implement strategies (website, design) depending on funding.
- To support the NIMHAF Board and Organising Committee in year-round activity, working to connect work with other festivals and arts organisations and through the Art Work Scheme.
- Attend events on behalf of the festival and funders during the Festival and year-round.
- Ensure that the wider aims of the festival and funders are maintained throughout the programme.
- To assist with the evaluation and review of the Festival.
- Act as a positive ambassador for NIMHAF in all opportunities.
- Maintain a high standard of probity in professional, personnel and financial matters, maintaining good relations with colleagues and external partners and to act in accordance with NIMHAF’s safeguarding policies, and other relevant organisational policies.
- Uphold and promote NIMHAF’s commitment to equality and diversity and the value of lived experience.
- Undertake any other duties as may reasonably be required.
This job description is not contractual and is liable to change over time. The above mentioned duties are not exhaustive and the post holder will be required to carry out other duties as and when necessary. It should be noted that stated duties or location associated with the post may change to meet the future needs of the organisation.
- Willingness to work flexibly to meet the reasonable needs of the job
- Prepared on occasions to work unsocial hours
- Self-sufficient in use of information and communications technology
- Ability to self-manage a full and varied workload