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Deputy Director - Totleigh Barton, Devon

Job title: Deputy Director, Totleigh Barton
Reports to: Director, Totleigh Barton
Location: Totleigh Barton, Sheepwash, Beaworthy, Devon EX21 5NS
Hours: 0.8 full-time equivalent (30 hours per week)
Salary: £21,000 p.a. (based on full-time equivalent salary of £26,250)
Start date: As close as possible to the beginning of May 2021
Relocation package: available
Closing date for applications: Wednesday 14 April, by 5pm
Interviews: from 26 April, at Totleigh Barton

This is an exciting opportunity to work for the UK’s leading creative writing charity in a stunning rural environment.

Arvon is recruiting for a Deputy Director to manage the day-to-day operations of Totleigh Barton, our Devon writing house. This role is key in ensuring the smooth running of Arvon’s courses and retreats, providing a welcoming and hospitable environment for the writers while also overseeing the maintenance of the buildings and facilities. The ideal candidate will have excellent interpersonal, practical and organisational skills, a commitment to inclusivity and a passion for enabling creativity for all.

Please download the Information Pack, Application and Equal Opportunities forms via the links below for further information on the role and how to apply.

Information Pack (PDF)

Application Form (Word)

Equal Opportunities Form (Word)

 

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Arvon Foundation: Kickstart scheme placements

Trainee Administrator, Arvon at Home (AAH)

Duration: 6 month placement
Location:
Home based
Hours:
25 hours per week
Salary:
£9.30 per hour
Closing date:
30 March 2021

Do you want to increase your employability AND make a difference?

The Arvon Foundation is the UK’s leading creative writing charity. We produce an annual programme of residential writing courses at three historic houses: The Hurst in Shropshire, Lumb Bank in West Yorkshire and Totleigh Barton in Devon. In 2020 we launched our 4th writing house online – Arvon at Home. Arvon at Home (‘AAH’) runs weekly writing courses, live guest readings, masterclasses and Craft of Writing sessions, all on Zoom.

We are keen to provide an opportunity to a 16-24 year-old to train as an Administrator for AAH. This position will be for a 6-month period and it will be supported by the Kickstart Project.

The post-holder will be responsible for supporting the AAH Directors to deliver a successful rolling programme of online events. The priorities will be: administrative overview of the upcoming programme (ensuring writers have been contracted / programme copy collated / website updated); coordinating external communications to participants and tutors of AAH Writing Weeks; digital communications support with promoting AAH programme and exploring ways to develop audiences and increase reach; technical support and technical hosting of AAH events; ensuring effective internal communications around AAH events; ensuring AAH master folder is updated with new processes and protocols; minuting and monitoring action points at AAH Operations meetings; any other task that may reasonably be required by Arvon in order to meet the specific needs of the organisation and the smooth running of AAH.

This post-holder will be working from home. The role will require occasional evening working.

Required

Some broad digital competency with Microsoft Office applications, email, internet and Zoom. Experience of generating digital content and fluency with social media platforms. Excellent digital communication and interpersonal skills. Excellent organisational skills including multitasking and technical troubleshooting. Ability and enthusiasm to work collaboratively and cooperatively as part of a team. Ability and willingness to work from home. A commitment to work flexibly to fulfil the needs of Arvon at Home, including working in the evenings. Preferred A keen interest in and knowledge of a broad range of writing genres and contemporary writers. Experience of working with Microsoft Teams.

If you are looking to gain work experience, increase your confidence and employability skills, showcase your ability and make a real difference, this may well be the opportunity for you.

Eligibility

To be eligible for the Kickstart programme you will need to be:

  • Aged 16-24
  • Unemployed and in receipt of Universal Credit for 6 months or more
  • Referred by your Jobcentre Work Coach
  • Be available to work for 25 hours a week
  • Be able for the full 6-month placement and training programme

What should you do next?

If you are on Universal Credit and eligible for the Kickstart Scheme please contact your Work Coach to find out more about this great opportunity. They will take you through the referral and application process.

Please do not contact us directly about this great opportunity, referrals must go through your Work Coach.

 

Trainee House Manager – The Hurst, Shropshire

Trainee House Manager – Lumb Bank, Yorkshire

Duration: 6 month placement
Location: Shropshire or Yorkshire
Hours: 25 hours per week
Salary: £9.30 per hour
Closing date: 30 April 2021

Do you want to increase your employability AND make a difference?

The Arvon Foundation is the UK’s leading creative writing charity. We produce an annual programme of residential writing courses at three historic houses: The Hurst in Shropshire, Lumb Bank in West Yorkshire and Totleigh Barton in Devon. In 2020 we launched our 4th writing house online – Arvon at Home. Residential courses are now suspended due to Covid-19, but as soon as we are able to do so we will be running residential writing courses and retreats again.

We are keen to provide an opportunity for two 16-24 year-old participants to train as a House Manager at two of our writing houses: (i) at The Hurst (including The Clockhouse, our writers’ retreat facility in the grounds of The Hurst); and (ii) at Lumb Bank.

We may be able to provide accommodation at The Hurst for the successful candidate for that position for the duration of the traineeship, if they are not located in Shropshire.

Purpose of the role

We are looking for someone with strong interpersonal and practical skills who is keen to learn about what is involved in working at a residential creative writing centre. Much of the nature of the work is unglamorous so you will need to be prepared to roll your sleeves up! There will also be the opportunity to take part in online masterclasses and guest readings. The successful candidate will be involved in the following activities: welcoming and supporting tutors and visitors during creative writing retreats and courses; shadowing the hosting of readings and evenings and possibly hosting a few of these events; serving meals; preparing simple lunches for writers; washing up and cleaning after mealtimes using Covid 19 safe protocol; simple buildings checks.

Specific Responsibilities

Catering
Preparing and serving light lunches and evening meals; clearing up and washing up after meals following Covid-19 safety measures; ensuring food hygiene regulations are adhered to at all times; supervising cooking and washing up by teams of writers when courses are running.

Buildings
Completing and monitoring any necessary buildings checks; noting and communicating any buildings issues that may arise whilst on shift; resolving any buildings issues requiring urgent attention; acting as the fire marshal and designated first aider as required.

Hosting courses
Welcoming tutors, students and visitors to the house and making sure that all reasonable accommodation and food needs are met; making tutors and students aware of how the courses and the house are run, providing support throughout their stay; ensuring health and safety compliance is adhered to at all times; ensuring the students’ and tutors’ timely departure on the final day, assisting with travel arrangements if necessary.

Required skills

Some interest in cooking and food, including the ability to follow recipes. Some practical and domestic skills including basic household maintenance. The ability to use your initiative. The ability to work collaboratively. The ability to follow health and safety procedures, including an awareness of the potential hazards and issues of working within a historic building. The ability to follow food hygiene procedures, willingness to undertake a food hygiene training certificate. A first aid training certificate, or willingness to undertake training. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills. The ability to be friendly and positive, welcoming, patient and understanding.

Preferred skills

An interest in literature and a desire to support writers at every stage of development. Experience of catering in a commercial environment, residential environment or similar. The confidence to work alone. The ability to remain calm under stress. Experience of working with people with a wide range of individual needs.

If you are looking to gain work experience, increase your confidence and employability skills, showcase your ability and make a real difference, this may well be the opportunity for you.

Eligibility

To be eligible for the Kickstart programme you will need to be:

  • Aged 16-24
  • Unemployed and in receipt of Universal Credit for 6 months or more
  • Referred by your Jobcentre Work Coach
  • Be available to work for 25 hours a week
  • Be able for the full 6-month placement and training programme

What should you do next?

If you are on Universal Credit and eligible for the Kickstart Scheme please contact your Work Coach to find out more about this great opportunity. They will take you through the referral and application process.

Please do not contact us directly about this great opportunity, referrals must go through your Work Coach.