Job Opportunity

Project Coordinator
June 2017 to April 2018
Equivalent of 2 days a week at £100/day
Freelance contract
Location: North Woolwich/Royal Docks
Employer: Open School East and Create London

Description

We are seeking to recruit a project coordinator to work on the pre-opening phase of The Station, a new community resource and workspace in North Woolwich on Pier Road, which is due to launch in spring-summer 2018. The project coordinator will be instrumental in forging long-term local connections and liaising with local residents, organisations, schools and partners from further afield; working with the Open School East (OSE) team, Create London (Create) and The Station’s architects on the development and delivery of public events and bespoke cultural, learning and employment-oriented activities; and assisting Open School East and Create with the search for, selection of and liaison with prospective tenants. The successful applicant will join a diverse group of project partners and staff team, working closely with Open School East and Create, and reporting to OSE’s co-directors.

About The Station

Launching in spring-summer 2018, The Station is a new community resource and workspace located on the site of the old North Woolwich train station. It will be set up to facilitate cultural, social impact and employment opportunities for the residents of North Woolwich, and to support artists, creative organisations and social enterprises through affordable workspace. The Station and its surrounding land are intended as a multi-use, socially-minded and self-generating site in which to work, experiment, acquire new skills, develop one’s creativity, socialise and interact with people from all walks of life. At the heart of The Station’s vision is a commitment to creating a facility that can support social cohesion, community development, cultural activity and to stimulate the economy in North Woolwich.

The Station will be jointly operated by Open School East and Create. The refurbishment of the building and the land is funded by the London Regeneration Fund and Crossrail. The project is developed in partnership with the House Mill Trust and London Borough of Newham. The architecture practice muf was appointed in March 2017 to refurbish the old North Woolwich train station, build additional workspace, and turn the surrounding land into a semi-public path and community garden.

About Open School East

Established in 2013, Open School East creates an environment for artistic learning that is free, collaborative and brings together diverse voices. We do this by providing tuition and studio space to emerging artists, and by producing and hosting cultural events, social activities and projects for and with everyone. In 2017, OSE relocated from East London to Margate. Connections between OSE in Margate, OSE’s alumni community and The Station will be developed in a variety of ways.

About Create

Create exists to explore the ways artists can contribute to the lives of people in cities. Our work is primarily focused in east London, home to more artists and art organisations than anywhere in Europe, and one of the most economically deprived parts of the UK. We help artists to connect more closely with communities through an ambitious programme of projects. Working collaboratively informs everything we do and our projects are driven by artists, issues and places.

Key Tasks and Responsibilities

– Networks, Liaison and Communication

  • Undertaking research into existing cultural and community activity and social services in the North Woolwich area and identifying possible gaps in provision.
  • Liaising with a range of statutory and voluntary sector organisations, including LB Newham’s neighbourhood development team and local schools.
  • Developing connections with local residents, including the creative community, with arts organisations and with businesses in North Woolwich.
  • Representing The Station at the monthly Royal Docks Arts and Culture projects planning meeting and other relevant neighbourhood development meetings.
  • Updating and involving local stakeholders and residents in the development project’s progress and vision.
  • Initiating as well as tapping into existing communication networks to disseminate information about The Station and its outputs.

– Programme delivery

  • Working with the architects, the OSE and Create teams, and external partners to devise and deliver training, cultural and employment opportunities.
  • Working with the architects and the OSE team to manage public-facing events in the lead to the launch.
  • Testing possible models of engagement, as well as designing and initiating, in dialogue with OSE and Create, long-term projects with external partners.  

– Other

  • Assisting OSE with the search for, selection of and liaison with prospective tenants.
  • Facilitating access to the site to stakeholders and collaborators.
  • Answering requests for information about The Station’s plans.
  • Undertaking administrative tasks related to the above points.

Person Specification

– Essential

  • Previous experience working on a locally-specific project engaging multiple partners and stakeholders.
  • Excellent project and event management skills.
  • Programming or curating experience, ideally in an arts context.
  • Excellent communication skills: presentational, written and verbal.

– Desirable

  • Knowledge of the cultural and social landscapes of Newham and east London.
  • A background working with public services and voluntary organisations, including local authorities, arts organisations and charities.

Terms & Conditions

  • Freelance contract
  • 10 months
  • 2 days per week paid £100/day

How to apply

Please send a CV and covering letter to anna@openschooleast.org, with the title Project Coordinator.

Deadline for applications: Friday 12 May 2017, 12pm

Interviews to be held on: Friday 19 May 2017 in London

Start date: End of May or as soon as possible

Open School East and Create are committed to equal opportunities in recruitment and employment.

Regretfully due to time constraints we cannot give feedback to all applicants, only unsuccessful interviewees.

For any question regarding the application process, please email: anna@openschooleast.org