We are currently recruiting for the following positions:

Storyteller

Job Description

Title:                                     Storyteller
Reports to:                          Executive Director
Location:                             Pollok with travel throughout Glasgow and surrounding areas
Hours:                                  35 hours per week, to include regular evening and weekend work (time off in lieu will be given)
Salary:                                  £22,263 plus pension pro rata
Holiday entitlement:         28 days and 12 public holidays pro rata
Contract:                             Fixed term for 6 months with the possibility of extension, subject to funding

The Village Storytelling Centre is delighted to offer the opportunity to join our growing organisation. We are looking for a dynamic storyteller who can demonstrate both excellent and engaging performances to a range of audiences and also the ability to work with diverse groups to deliver story-led programmes which support personal development. The successful candidate will require to have or to be willing to apply for current membership of the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) scheme.

Background

The Village Storytelling Centre is an exciting and growing arts charity, which specialises in storytelling, and at this exciting stage of our development we are looking to expand our dedicated team. We were established in 2000 and are strongly rooted in our local community in the South West of Glasgow, but also have strong and expanding range of outreach activities across Glasgow and further afield with a particular focus in the South West. We are strongly recognised for our excellent work in using storytelling to support people to achieve things that are important to them. Since our establishment in 2000 we have worked with many thousands of people, supporting them to find a voice and to shape and share their stories. Storytelling is not only a hugely enjoyable experience for the audiences it is also a way of inspiring and supporting the growth and development of individuals and communities. Along with performance, we deliver a range of core services, including a free arts programme, training, and longer term development programmes which use storytelling as a powerful tool to support learning, employability, health and wellbeing, equalities and heritage work.

Job Purpose

You will research, develop, deliver and evaluate storytelling projects and programmes with various disadvantaged or marginalised groups and will contribute to our ongoing story-based projects and activities. You will have particular focus on work within schools and with children and young people. We are looking for someone who will fit in well with the team, understand the values and purpose of the Village and bring experience of arts facilitation, performing and storytelling. We have a wide and varied programme of work so you will need to highly organised and demonstrate the ability to prioritise your own workload. An element of the job will be contributing to the development and delivery of the programme for our Village Storytelling Festival which will take place in July 2017. The festival involves developing performances with community groups and other artists, working with professional storytellers and developing a symposium exploring aspects of storytelling.

Key responsibilities

  • Contribute to the development, planning and delivery of storytelling programmes and events within schools, including liaising with school staff.
  • Co-ordinate, develop and deliver storytelling programmes with people in Glasgow and beyond, in partnership with artistic and other collaborators and key agencies, with input from the team and Executive Director.
  • With other members of the team, contribute to the delivery of a variety of one off and ongoing storytelling groups and activities, including our ongoing free arts programme
  • Work with the Executive Director to identify opportunities for expanding a range of current services and for generating income from the services we provide
  • Undertake any necessary liaison with partners in relation to their service users’ participation in the programme and to identify opportunities and build relationships with potential partners and collaborators.
  • Working with the Executive Director, ensure that appropriate monitoring and evaluation is undertaken for the programmes, and produce progress reports for managers and funders as required
  • Contribute to the ongoing development of the Village Storytelling Centre with the rest of the team through initiating, progressing and delivering new programmes and activities.
  • With support, plan and organise your own workload and management of assigned projects and undertake administration related to project work.
  • Carry out other duties as may be ascribed to the post from time to time by the Village Storytelling Centre Executive Director.

 

Person Specification

To succeed in this role we are looking for someone who has the following skills and experience:

 Essential:
  • Has experience of working in a community setting and community development, with a diverse range of groups, including schools and children of school age
  • Has experience of researching, developing and delivering storytelling or performing arts programmes to a wide range of audiences
  • Has experience of project management and fulfilling project outcomes in line with funder and client expectations
  • Is pro-active at developing partnerships, making links and maintaining effective working relationships with partners, both artistic and other
  • Is capable of and enthusiastic about generating income
  • Is capable of progressing new service developments
  • Has a creative, enthusiastic and flexible approach
  • Is eager to get involved in a wide range of projects and has experience and demonstrable ability to prioritise a diverse workload
  • Is a great communicator
  • Has experience of monitoring and evaluating projects
  • Is capable of working as part of a small team and be administratively self-sufficient
  • Is committed to equal opportunities and social justice
  • Is able to represent the Village Storytelling Centre
  • Has or is willing to apply for membership of the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) scheme
Desirable:
  • The ability to write reports for funders
  • The ability to frequently travel throughout Glasgow and beyond, sometimes to areas with little public transport infrastructure
  • Established networks within Glasgow
  • Registration with the Scottish Storytelling Centre or a willingness to work towards registration

To apply:

Please apply by submitting a cover letter detailing your suitability for the post in relation to the essential criteria, along with a CV.
This should be emailed to info@villagestorytelling.org.uk by 27th March 2017.
Interviews will be held on 4th and 5th April 2017.

For an informal discussion about the post, please contact Emma Collins: emma@villagestorytelling.org.uk or 0141 882 3025

 

Board Member (treasurer)

We are looking for a Treasurer with sound financial expertise to help develop and govern our work are moving towards financial sustainability through social enterprise activity and are exploring many other exciting new development opportunities. We seek someone with financial expertise who can make a key contribution as Treasurer to our voluntary Board of Directors. The successful candidate will support the financial governance of The Village and will require a thorough knowledge of financial controls, budgeting and the presentation and understanding of management accounts.  A working knowledge of Sage Accounting packages and previous board experience would be desirable.

Board Member

We are also looking for additional Board Members to help us on this journey, ideally bringing skills and experience in areas such as fundraising, HR, social enterprise, community arts or an interest in the work of the organisation and its aims.  For more information on becoming a board member, please click here. [link to PDF]

Volunteering

volunteering

We have over twenty regular volunteers who make a very valuable contribution to our work. Most volunteers spend about four hours per month at the project. Volunteers are involved in a range of areas including our schools programme, reminiscence work and administrative support. All volunteers go through an application and induction process and we provide training throughout the year.
If you would like to find out more about volunteering at The Village please contact us on 0141 882 3025 or email admin@thevillagestorytellingcentre.com