PROJECT MANAGER – Closing Date: Tuesday 10th November 2020

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DECEMBER 2020 – JUNE 2021
Closing Date: Tuesday 10th November 2020

Sonic Bothy is seeking a Project Manager to deliver ‘Public Inconvenience’ from December 2020 – June 2021. This new creative project centres on delivery of Sonic Bothy’s 3 core programmes: Sonic Bothy Ensemble; Bothy Learning Space; and Open Session Series.

Sonic Bothy is an inclusive new music organisation that explores, composes, and performs experimental and contemporary music. Sonic Bothy Ensemble comprises of musicians with and without additional learning support needs, that creates original work for performance at festivals and events across the UK. Learning Space programme provides opportunities for musicians to explore their musicianship further than general participatory sessions. Open Session Series is a programme of workshops exploring ideas and areas of experimental and new music in a fun and open way.

We are looking for an experienced Project Manager to continue the successful delivery of Sonic Bothy’s programmes. The appointment will be on a freelance basis until June 2021, and you will be required to work 12 days per month, 3 days per week including at fixed times when sessions are taking place.

This important role centres on managing the smooth-running delivery of Sonic Bothy’s project activities. It is central to the ongoing development of Sonic Bothy’s community and involves engaging with Sonic Bothy’s internal and external community network. Sonic Bothy’s activities are diverse, and the role will span the management of the 3 programmes, each with different aims. Activities will include the creation of new work by Sonic Bothy Ensemble for festival performance; supporting the delivery of digital online sessions; managing a return to in-person session delivery with the Creative Director (if appropriate); liaising with support organisations, families and musicians with an ALSN to identify their needs and plan accordingly.

The Project Manager will plan, manage and attend events and sessions; will ensure that the communication and learning needs of musicians are met within project activities; will manage a team of regular and guest freelance artists; will run project budgets and will report regularly to the Creative Director; will set up and deliver monitoring and evaluation; will undertake the development of Open Sessions; will understand and manage compliance issues including health and safety and safeguarding; will deliver activities on time and on budget. Access is threaded through all Sonic Bothy’s activities, including this role, and so time will be spent in contact liaising with individuals, their support, and artists to solve any barriers that arise.

You should have at least 3 years’ experience of managing projects with budgets of over £80K. You will show sound financial awareness and must have a track record of managing budgets efficiently. Ideally, you will also have worked with people who have additional support needs. This role involves a high degree of people contact through various communications and events, and so enjoyment of working with others, and excellent communication and interpersonal skills are essential. To this end previous experience in community and/or learning development would be advantageous. A passion for experimental and/or new music would be advantageous, as would experience of liaising with festivals. Due to our current methods of remote working, familiarity of working with Zoom is essential.

Sonic Bothy welcomes applications from all sections of the community, including from those identifying as disabled or with lived experience of disability.

Rate of £170 per day, 3 days per week.
12 days per month January – June (£2040 per month).
December 8 days (£1360) due to Christmas break.

See the full Job Description here.

If you have any questions regarding the role, please contact Claire Docherty (Creative Director) on the email address below.

Please apply via email with a C.V. and cover letter detailing your relevant experience to The closing date for applications is Tuesday 10th November.

Interviews will take place on Friday 20th November remotely via Zoom, or through another medium if this is unsuitable for access needs. We will be seeking to agree a start date around 1st December 2020.