Somerset Film has a small core team and we regularly employ professional freelance artists, tutors and film-makers. If you are interested in being considered for freelance work please send your cv, showreel (if appropriate) and a covering letter with "Freelance Opportunities' in the subject line to Deb Richardson.

Vacancies for core roles will be advertised publicly. At present we are not advertising for any positions within Somerset Film. The following post is currently being advertised on behalf of the Creative People and Places consortium in Sedgmoor (working title SMart).

Programme Director - Creative People and Places Sedgemoor

Full time role - Salary £35 - 45k Subject to relevant skills and experience

Arts Council England has invested in a brand new Creative People and Places (CPP) project in Sedgemoor, Somerset (working title: SMart). Led by a consortium of five organisations, our vision is to ensure that everyone living and working in Sedgemoor  can access, experience and engage with creative arts and culture.

We are looking for an exceptional Programme Director to lead the artistic and strategic vision for our CPP programme. You will help to shape the business plan for the next four years, lead the delivery and work closely with community hubs and associates, Consortium members, artistic mentors, organisations, voluntary groups, artists and other stakeholders and partners to fulfil the aims and objectives of the programme.

Job Description

Programme Director

Responsible to: CPP Consortium consisting of:

Bridgwater Senior Citizens Forum (Glen Burrows

Bridgwater Town Council (Tony Heywood / Brian Smedley)

Community Council for Somerset (Keeley Rudd)

Homes in Sedgemoor (Claire Tough) Lead Body

Somerset Film (Phil Shepherd) Line Management

Responsible for: Communications & Project Co-ordinator; Community Associates and community teams; artists, volunteers and interns.

Main purpose of the role

To lead the artistic and cultural strategic vision for our CPP programme: lead the development, delivery and evaluation of the programme.

To produce and support the development of high quality home-grown ideas and commissioned work to maximise their creative potential and increase participation, access and engagement.

Key responsibilities:

  • To maintain and refine the artistic and strategic vision for our CPP programme.
  • To lead on the process of developing a commissioning framework, building new relationships between local people and artists and arts bodies, local, regional, and inter/national thus enabling artists and local communities to create a sustainable co-commissioning model across a range of art-forms within the overall artistic vision for our CPP programme.
  • To lead on developing a structure and creative process through which ideas for projects can be exchanged between the target communities and artists
  • To work closely with the local community, artists, partner organisations and community teams to implement the programme
  • To manage freelancers, interns and volunteers as necessary to ensure successful outcomes.
  • To be pro-active in identifying and securing match funding for the programme thus maximising the opportunities to build long term capacity and sustainability
  • To manage the research and evaluation programme
  • To represent our CPP programme at national CPP events and other fora
  • To ensure that the Mission, vision aims and objectives of the programme as a whole are upheld.

Here is a link to a fuller extract from our successful CPP consortium bid to Arts Council.  We have posted this at an applicants’ request in order that all applicants may gain a fuller picture of what we intend to do.

However if you do wish to forward to us any further thoughts or information as a consequence of reading this fuller extract, please do so by email to this return address. There is of course no need to resend your original application.  Please make sure we receive any additional information by the final application deadline of  Wednesday 4th December at 12 noon.’

Main Duties

  • Manage a portfolio of projects, ensuring delivery connections are made with Consortium members and other key partners as necessary
  • Support the development of community commissioning across the programme
  • Oversee the selection process for the commissioned projects working closely with the lead organisations, and Community Associates
  • Develop clear delivery plans and budgets for each project and take the lead in monitoring and supporting progress, sourcing any additional support that may be required
  • Operate within agreed budgets and provide financial reporting as required by partners and funders
  • Provide project support and liaison for artists and other freelancers, groups and venues across the programme to ensure high quality delivery – including creative leadership/support where appropriate
  • Line Manage the Communications & Projects Co-ordinator
  • Oversee the development and delivery of an Audience Development Plan.
  • Provide regular progress reports - in a variety of formats - to the Associates Group, Consortium and ACE
  • Respond to enquiries and ideas from individuals, groups and organisations who want to connect to the programme
  • Work with the our CPP programme partners to build progression routes and connections between elements of the programme in order to maximise impact
  • Build connections with the work of the community and partner organisations in order to support and build long term capacity
  • Advocate and act as a spokesperson for the project, attending external and awareness raising meetings and events and providing press and media content as required
  • Ensure all artist and freelance contracts are in place
  • Ensure that all participant/event data is collected in a timely and appropriate manner and monitored across the programme
  • Contribute detailed project knowledge to the overall programme evaluation
  • Set up recommendations for sustainability of projects post 2023

Person Specification



  • Strategic planning at a senior level.
  • Project-based work involving multidisciplinary teams.
  • Understanding effective partnership working with other organisations in the public, private and third sectors.
  • Working at senior management level including line management of a range of job roles and contracts
  • Working directly with and meeting the needs of a broad range of stakeholders.
  • Demonstrable track record of fundraising through different income streams
  • Managing and monitoring large budgets.
  • Experience of monitoring and evaluation.
  • Excellent understanding of the arts and cultural sector.
  • A full clean driving licence and use of a car

Knowledge and Skills

  • A good and up to date knowledge of the local and national arts networks
  • Ability to develop and sustain a range of partnerships and networks including artistic development
  • Ability to manage multiple projects with a common goal
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Understanding of digital technology including social media and networking

Personal Attributes

  • Mature and resilient approach to working under pressure.
  • A demonstrable passion for a wide variety of arts and creative practice and ability to inspire others.
  • Ability to plan and organise a complex workload, meet strict deadlines and work under pressure.
  • An understanding of and commitment to diversity and inclusion
  • Demonstrates a clear and logical approach to tasks and responsibilities
  • Ability to understand and interpret data
  • An understanding of the values and drivers of the public, private, voluntary and community sectors.
  • Ability to deliver projects within budget and on time
  • An ability to work effectively as part of a team and to develop meaningful partnerships with other collaborators
  • Ability to work weekends, evenings and bank holidays as required.



  • Working with communities to develop local projects
  • Educated to degree level or equivalent

Terms and Conditions

Job Title:  Programme Director

Salary: £35-45k

Contract: Fixed Term until October 2023 subject to satisfactory probationary period

(six months).

Notice Period: Three months on either side following successful completion of six-month probation. One month during probation

Location: Office facilities will be located at The Engine Room, 52, High Street, Bridgwater Somerset TA6 3BL

Hours of Work: Full time post, typically 35 hours per week  to be worked flexibly.  The role will require some evening and weekend work.

Holiday: 28 days including statutory bank holidays

The successful applicant will require a satisfactory enhanced DBS check.

To Apply

Applications in writing (covering letter, CV and completed equal opportunities monitoring form (download the form here) addressed to Chair of CPP Consortia Claire Tough by 12 noon Wednesday 4th December 2019 at [email protected] using CPP Programme Director in the subject line.

After initial assessment, we will notify short listed candidates on Friday 6th December 2019. Interviews will be held on Wednesday 18th December 2019.

We particularly welcome applications from disabled and BME applicants.

The successful applicant will require a satisfactory enhanced DBS check.