£8.72 per hour plus £1.05 holiday pay
30 Sep 2020

Role & Department Overview

HISTORY: The Dukes is the only producing theatre in the Lancashire area and is the oldest cinema in Lancaster, operating since 1971. The majority of community involvement activity takes place at Moor Space. We have clear guiding aims of creating high quality theatre with young people and being accessible to young people of all socio-economic backgrounds.
 
LOCATION: In 2019 our Creative Learning building was renamed Moor Space and given a new identity and purpose. Moor Space has become Lancaster’s newest venue for contemporary work and creative engagement. Moor Space will continue to be the home of The Dukes’ creative learning programme working with young people and those most at risk, but this work is now be complemented by a contemporary theatre programme and partnerships.
 
Our vision is of the Dukes as a theatre where all the people of Lancaster and the surrounding area can encounter new ideas and untold stories; can meet to experience top class entertainment; and can unleash the extraordinary power of live theatre to make them think, feel, express, share and be part of something.
 
Strategic Aims:
 

Create outstanding theatre

  • Build a reputation for the quality and innovation of our programme
  • Exploit the touring and commercial potential of the work we produce

Reach a bigger and more diverse audience

  • Grow and diversify the audience for our programme

Transform the way we work

  • Develop a flexible, talented staff team, responsive to changing business needs
  • Diversify income streams and build financial resilience
  • Ensure that the Dukes infrastructure is fit for purpose
  • Develop a robust approach to self-evaluation and risk-management
 
This is a 140 hour internship funded by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Placements Office. The working pattern is flexible, to be agreed upon between the successful appointee and the hiring manager at The Dukes.
 
To give applicants an example of the duration of this internship, here is a suggested timeframe: 140 hours split into 8 hours per week would last approximately 17.5 weeks – or nearly two full university terms.
 
Interviews: Week commencing 5th October 2020
Start Date: Week commencing 12th October 2020

Job Description

Main Duties

The post holder will spend their time with the Creative Learning department. The main duties are to:

  • Support the Creative Learning departments in the delivery of marketing activity across all areas of the marketing mix, including print, digital, events and PR.
  • Engage with community groups and local organisations to promote Dukes Theatre activities and programmes.

Responsibilities

  1. Work with the Creative Learning team to regularly co-ordinate and update the ‘Get Involved’ pages on the Dukes website.
  2. Support the design, editing and proofing of Learning marketing material, including flyers, adverts, online content and posters.
  3. Provide onsite and offsite project support to practitioners, producers and the Creative Learning team in the delivery of participation activities. Ensure that participant monitoring and data is captured.
  4. Support in the dissemination of the narrative of what Learning and Participation ‘do’ through the interpretation of data into infographics, creation of videos, collating feedback, the writing of blogs and social media content.
  5. Contribute to the the writing, editing and proofing of season brochures, direct mail, leaflets, web pages and social media. Assist with the efficient and cost-effective distribution of marketing materials.
  6. Work with the Marketing team to Co-ordinate and write press releases for local and regional press and media, following up as appropriate to secure maximum coverage. Attend press nights and other PR events including launch events.
  7. Support the Creative Learning team in managing the content of the Dukes Theatre social media channels and website ensuring it is up to date with a regular flow of information including news items, blogs, Twitter posts, video and interactive engagement with audiences.
  8. Promote and ensure compliance with the company’s Equal Opportunities and Health and Safety policies in every aspect of the work of the Department. 
  9. Undertake any other reasonable duties as directed by the Creative Learning Manager.
  10. Support administration of the Dukes Youth Theatre in consultation with the Communities and Participation Manager.

This job description is a guide to the nature of the work required of this position. It is neither wholly comprehensive nor restrictive and does not preclude change or development that might be required in the future. It does not form part of the contract of employment.

This post will require the post holder to work unsocial hours, which will include evenings, weekends and public holidays.

DBS Check:  Should this post have regular contact with children and/or vulnerable adults a DBS check will be required.

Other Benefits

  • Discount on drinks and meals in the Dukes bar and restaurant
  • The company encourages attendance at performances with an allocation of tickets to employees (subject to availability and the Dukes ticket policy)

Person Specification

  • This internship opportunity is only available to current UG/PG students studying in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at Lancaster University.
  • This is a great opportunity to work with a hugely motivated, value-driven department to have a significant impact on our future and we particularly encourage applications from disabled, and diverse candidates as these groups are underrepresented throughout the arts industry.
Personal Qualities
  • Effective management of and communication with people
  • Ability to build trust, confidence, enthusiasm and commitment from others
  • Ability to adopt appropriate and effective style of working with a range of contacts
  • Co-operates and works well in the pursuit of team goals, supporting others and sharing information
  • Ability to work well both independently and in a team taking initiative within agreed boundaries

Professional Competencies

Essential

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to work well both independently and in a team taking initiative within agreed boundaries
  • A flexible approach to work with the ability to cope well under pressure
  • IT literate
  • Ability to build trust, confidence, enthusiasm and commitment from others
  • Ability to adopt appropriate and effective style of working with a range of contacts  

Desirable

  • Knowledge of arts and regional theatre
  • Knowledge of digital design/editing software

Working in this role will help to develop the following skills and experience:

  • Creativity
  • Teamwork
  • Time management
  • Verbal communication
  • Written communication
 
 
 
 
 

You are required to submit a cover letter to support your application. Applications without a cover letter will not be considered.

Under the terms of this work, we endeavour to provide the advertised number of hours however, hours are not guaranteed and that work may cease if there is a fall in demand. 

Adverts that display a closing date should be treated as a guide. We reserve the right to close the vacancy once we have received sufficient applications, so we advise you to submit your application as early as possible to prevent disappointment.

Help and advice on making applications can be found on the Lancaster University Careers pages. Visit www.lancaster.ac.uk/careers.