Dance-Theatre Project Lead
We're looking for an experienced dance-theatre practitioner to lead on our dance-theatre offer, currently comprising 3 programmes.
Application Deadline: 9am Monday 3 June, 2019
Interviews: Week commencing Monday 10 June, 2019
Pembroke House is a settlement with a long history in Walworth, near Elephant & Castle in Southwark. Today we are home to a wide range of community activities and we are building alliances with local residents, groups and organisations that will make a long-term difference well beyond our four walls.
Pembroke House has been going through a period of rapid growth and we have exciting plans to expand our offer to the local community by opening another site. As part of these development plans we are consolidating our dance-theatre offer and bringing the delivery and management of the programme in house.
Dance-theatre at Pembroke House
Over the last 8 years, we have worked with a locally-based dance-theatre company, involuntarymovement, who have developed a methodology for using dance as a tool for inclusion, engagement and learning.
Dance-theatre has assumed an important role in our community activities with 3 programmes for participants of various ages and abilities. These are delivered in 5 weekly classes, some during term time and others year round.
We have also been working with partners to provide our dance-theatre programmes with a support structure, including regular supervision of practitioners by a psychologist from the local mental health trust, and support from academics to develop a learning framework for this work. Through this work the approach we adopt in dance classes is also influencing our wider offer to the community.
List of current programmes
Please note that the times/days of the week for some of the classes are fixed. Availability is required on these days throughout the year:
dt17 is a long-term free after-school training programme for 9 to 13-year-olds with behaviour & conduct challenges or early signs of mental ill-health. It is delivered in a social, non-clinical, environment and uses dance, creative exercises, techniques for training actors, and competitive activities to engage participants who live in an area of considerable socio-economic deprivation. dt17 comprises:
- one weekly session on Tuesday afternoons 4.30-5.45pm, 50 weeks/year
- 3 series of weekly workshops (10-sessions each) over the course of the year roughly coincident with school terms on days/times to be arranged by the Project Lead
- dt17 sessions are delivered by the Dance-Theatre Project Lead and an assistance practitioner.
Inclusive Dance works with learning-disabled young people aged 15-25 to develop confidence and independence by learning movement and social skills through performing arts.
- weekly dance-theatre training class on Thursday afternoons 4:30-5.45pm (30 weeks/year)
- week-long summer intensive leading to a performance
- intensive individual sessions offered to participants on a rotating basis (3x10-session workshops).
Inclusive Dance weekly sessions and summer intensives are delivered by the Dance-Theatre Project Lead, an assistance practitioner and one or two live musicians. The intensive individual sessions are delivered by the Dance-Theatre Project Lead and one other practitioner in an appropriate discipline (dance/drama/music/fine art)
Dance-Theatre for physical and mental wellbeing works with adults, most of whom have physical disabilities as well as lived experience of mental ill health caused by a variety of reasons: Dementia, ME, stroke, accidents, emotional and psychological distress, depression, anxiety, etc. It takes place on Tuesdays 11-12.30pm, 50 weeks/year. Current participants are all able to dance seated.
Dance-theatre for physical and mental wellbeing is delivered by Dance-Theatre Project Lead.
The Dance-Theatre Project Lead will be the main person responsible for the management and delivery, in collaboration with others, of the dance-theatre sessions, as well as other creative classes that are delivered as part of the programmes.
You will work closely with the Director of Projects and with the wider team in designing and developing the dance-theatre offer and embedding it in the wider suite of projects we deliver. You will also gain a unique perspective across an enterprising and growing organisation and be a part of our exciting plans.
- Plan and deliver dance-theatre classes in our 3 programmes in collaboration with the other practitioners involved.
- Write extensive and detailed self-reflective and evaluative reports on classes and participants, following each session.
- Write end-of-term reports where participants’ work is summarised, reflected upon and communicated with parents/carers/support workers and referrers. This is based on the reports written throughout term, which will be edited as part of the end of term report-writing process.
- Choreograph dance performances for the participants when required.
- Communicate with the parents, carers and other professionals in the wider support network of the participants involved, to facilitate their being part of the programmes and to integrate the dance-theatre classes, as far as possible, in their wider activities.
- Conduct weekly, on-the-ground as well as on the phone/internet outreach to attract new participants to the sessions.
- Work with the wider Pembroke House team to ensure that the space and environment of the buildings are ready and conducive to learning for each session.
- Recruit and manage freelance practitioners to assist in class and provide necessary supervision to them in and out of class, ensuring sustainability and compliance with all necessary health and safety and safeguarding requirements.
- Keep accurate and detailed records of participants’ details, attendance and other information necessary for the good management and evaluation of the programme.
- Prepare and, on occasion, present programme reports to the trustees of Pembroke House and to funders.
- Help research, identify, and build relationships with funders
- Help fundraise for the programme by working with the Director of Projects and the staff team in collating and analysing data, writing reports and writing copy for application forms.
- Work with the Director of Projects in drawing up annual programme budgets and financial data.
- Manage the day-to-day expenditure of the programmes and ensure that they are delivered within agreed budgets
Being part of the team
- Take part in weekly and monthly team meetings of all staff or smaller project-based teams helping foster effective team-working and a coherent approach across all our activities
- Contribute to developing the learning framework for our organisation as a whole by taking part actively in discussions and learning days.
- Take part in the life of Pembroke House by mucking in when a team effort is required to get something done.
Training and supervision
Full on the job training will be given to the post holder by our Director of Projects, himself an involuntarymovement practitioner. He set up the programmes and has developed the approache used within them.
In addition to this, as part of the dt17 programme, you will receive supervision by a child psychologist every two weeks for one hour to reflect on any issues or challenges that have occurred during classes and to learn from those in a positive and constructive manner. You will also discuss participants’ wellbeing, with a focus on how best to support their development, employing strategies based on social learning.
Who we're looking for
The person we appoint to this role will be a professionally trained practitioner in dance-theatre, dance, or a related physical performance discipline and you will be keen to develop her or his practice, especially in dance-theatre as a vehicle for learning.
You will be an avid learner, and excited by the process of learning, both for yourself and for the participants involved. You will be willing and able to delve deep into your own learning processes and learn through experimentation, prototyping, self-reflection, and incremental improvement.
You will be fantastic organiser, able to switch between delivery, reflection, management, administration, fundraising, and relationship holding with funders, team members, participants, parents and carers. Previous practitioners have found this multiplicity of roles an appealing aspect of the job where they have been able to exercise different skills and muscles.
It is essential that you like writing — about your work in class, about the programme, about the journeys of individual participants through the programmes.
You will form relationships with people from all walks of life.
- A relevant undergraduate degree in Dance-theatre, dance, physical-theatre or other related discipline. Self-trained practitioners who are able to demonstrate skills at professional level will also be considered for the post.
Skills, Knowledge and Training
- Excellent communication skills
- Ability to write proficiently and clearly in English, and to use writing for a variety of purposes: as a process of self-reflection, as a persuasive tool for creating compelling stories and case studies, and as a way of concisely communicating with team members and trustees about the programmes.
- Ability to plan, prioritise, and re-prioritise tasks to manage workload
- Ability to maintain focus and adapt in a rapidly changing environment
- Experience of teaching dance
- Some experience of financial project management and budgets
- Experience working with groups with abilities similar to those who participate in our programmes is desirable, but we value an approach which recognises and respects diversity over experience for this role. The post holder will need to demonstrate an ability to operate from an inclusive value base.
- A passion for the mission and values of Pembroke House
- Avid and enthusiastic learner; able to hear, respond to and act on feedback
- Ability to work independently while recognising lines of responsibility and accountability
- Ability to create and nurture effective working relationships, both with colleagues and with participants and carers, while respecting and being able to implement boundaries for the protection of all involved, including yourself.
- Commitment to the Equal Opportunities, Data Protection, and Child and Vulnerable Adult Protection Policies of Pembroke House
- Sensitive to the ethos of St Christopher’s Church
- Ability to work occasionally outside of normal office hours including evenings and weekends
- Ability to operate with a high degree of confidentiality and diplomacy, including amongst colleagues
If you have any questions about the role then please be in touch with Ali Kaviani, Director of Projects at [email protected]
Come and See Pembroke House
Interested candidates are also invited to come and see Pembroke House. This will be a chance to find out more about the organisation as well as to get a sense of the place, people, and projects that define Pembroke House. Candidates can attend, by arrangement, one of the weekly dance sessions.
Please contact Ali Kaviani, Director of Projects at [email protected] from 13 May onwards to arrange a visit. Attendance in class not an obligatory part of the selection process. It is for you to find out about us before applying.
Salary: £25,000 - £27,000 (pro rata) depending on experience
Cost of living will be reviewed annually and is currently pegged to the Higher Education single pay spine – a collective agreement negotiated between five trade unions
Hours of Work: 21 hours per week
Your work days will be arranged in advance with the Director of Projects. It is assumed that these will be, in the main, fixed, though there will be occasional flexibility. Notwithstanding holiday entitlement, the candidate will need to be available on Tuesdays. This post is not suitable for candidates who have regular or frequent occasional other commit
A Time Off in Lieu policy is in place requiring agreement from the Line Manager
Approximately half of the team are part-time employees and we all come from diverse backgrounds and experience – ranging from dance, local and central government and youth & community work, to academia, music and politics.
Food plays a central role at Pembroke House: all team members are offered free food on a Thursday as part of our weekly lunch club as well as at monthly team dinners, healthy breakfasts, and lunches.
No-one at Pembroke House is confined to a desk or computer — everyone chips in with projects, events and activities.
A Week of Wellbeing is organised for staff each year and other activities take place throughout the year.
28 days paid annual leave per annum (pro rata), plus the standard Bank and Public Holidays and three discretionary days between Christmas and New Year.
The leave year begins on 1 April. During the first year of employment, you will be entitled to annual leave on a pro rata basis
A 5% employer's contribution to the pension scheme is offered, subject to qualifying criteria