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Executive Producer (Immersive Arts)

Closing Date: Wed 28 February, 17:00 GMT

On this page

  1. Before you apply
  2. Job description
  3. Application process
  4. Working at Watershed
  5. Watershed Values

Applications

Please apply online, or alternatively, download the application form in Word and email it to hr@watershed.co.uk.

Do get in touch if you would like any of this information, or wish to apply, in another format.

Please do not include your CV as it will not be considered. Please put all relevant information on your application form.

Before you apply

Watershed's first value is Inclusive – We listen to and learn from our community, creating equity and addressing harm where it occurs. The information below lays out some of the steps we are taking to create a more inclusive recruitment process. Many of these steps are new to us, so feedback and questions are very welcome.

You may not have worked in a cultural organisation before, or in an organisation like Watershed. Please still consider applying as many other sectors offer transferable contexts.

If you are from a background that is underrepresented in the culture sector - for example you are from a community that experiences racism or you are a disabled person (as defined by the Equalities Act 2010), or you did not go to University or had free school meals as a child - and you would like support to articulate how your experience is transferable to this role, you can book time with us to discuss it. We will ensure the person you meet is not involved in the recruitment process. Please request this by emailing hr@watershed.co.uk (we will not ask you to disclose your background).

We believe our work will be stronger with greater diversity and welcome applications from those who bring balance to our team. Watershed welcomes the whole person to work, and we understand that each of us brings our experiences, our backgrounds and our own unique lens to what we do. Supporting our staff means they are not appointed to represent specific groups or organisations.

Job description

Position
Executive Producer (Immersive Arts)
Salary
£55,176 per annum (pro rata)
Hours
Part time
Contract type
Fixed Term - Contract runs until 31 January 2027 - 4 days per week - Pro Rata
Responsible to
Jo Lansdowne
Location
Hybrid working, will be required to travel. With occasional requirement for in person working in Bristol.

Purpose of job

Immersive Arts will convene, commission and support a new wave of artists to make and share extraordinary immersive work. The programme brings together two universities, four producing venues and UK-wide expertise from organisations with specialist expertise around inclusion, training, showcasing and research. The partners - Pervasive Media Studio (Watershed, UWE Bristol, University of Bristol, England), Wales Millennium Centre (Wales), Nerve Centre (Northern Ireland), Cryptic (Scotland), Crossover Labs, Unlimited, XR Diversity Initiative and Immerse UK - are united by an ongoing commitment to support artists and reach audiences while building equity in the sector.

In three years, we will commission over 200 artists to engage, experiment and explore the possibilities of immersive technology. We will create inclusive opportunities for artists of all backgrounds, from across the four nations and multiple languages of the UK to bring their creativity to the fore. Through an integrated programme of research, we will capture and share insight and learning about what works best for the wider sector. We will establish a powerful network of practice and exhibition within which a distinctive UK immersive arts sector can emerge and flourish.  

Immersive Arts is supported by a new funding consortium; the Arts and Humanities Research Council, Arts Council England, Arts Council Scotland, Arts Council Northern Ireland, and Creative Scotland. Our programme aims to act as a creative catalyst, raising profile and ambition, and generating a culture in three years that becomes the foundation for the next twenty.

Read more in our latest News Post.

 

Main responsibilities

  • Leading a collaborative process of programme design and iteration that meets the programme aims, delivers against agreed targets and embodies our shared values.
  • Advocating for the partnership and our community at industry events and through editorial at a national and international level.
  • Connecting to other organisations, venues, producers and festivals to build relationships across the sector and ensure that our programme offers distinct value into the ecosystem.
  • Maintaining an overview of the programme to ensure it is not only scheduled and delivered effectively but that it is full of care and enables participation from artists and audiences of all backgrounds.
  • Chairing the Operations Group (made up of the Producing, Communication and Administration team from each producing partner and the Researcher Fellows/Assistants); striving to empower group responsibility and peer support wherever possible.
  • Attending and reporting to the Management Group.
  • Working proactively to enable internal and external knowledge exchange, ensuring that programme learning is shared for the wider benefit of the sector.
  • Budget management and income generation against agreed targets, including securing industry sponsorship.

Key performance indicators

  • The programme has a good reputation with artists and the wider cultural sector(s); opportunities for artists are nationally and internationally significant and locally inclusive.
  • Producers understand the mission of the programme and how they fit within it; they have a good understanding of the work of the other partners.
  • Producers are equipped to ensure that the programme is well delivered; including production plans, contracting, risk assessments, complaints procedures, health and safety, budgets and cash flow.
  • The principles of the programme (and Watershed) are embodied and there is active learning where mistakes are made.
  • The programme meets its aims and is delivered on time and to budget.

Essential criteria

  • Extensive experience of working in, and strong networks across, the immersive industries
  • Experience of working at a strategic level to produce projects, from early stage all the way through to realisation.
  • Experience of leading a collaborative working process and building and supporting an engaged community of practice.
  • Able to communicate clearly - presentations and conversations with stakeholders form a significant part of the role.
  • Able to spot funding opportunities and make successful proposals to secure resources.

Application process

Closing date:

We will be conducting short interviews with all applicants who meet the essential criteria. A shortlist will then be invited to a longer second interview.
 

First round interview / presentation (if relevant): -

Second round interview:

Working at Watershed

Find out more about staff benefits, our values and more about our approach.

Access

Watershed will work with candidates to ensure their access needs are met during the interview process and will ensure access requirements are not a factor in decision making. 

Equal opportunities monitoring

We are striving to understand more about who applies to work with us. At the end of the application process we invite you to complete our anonymous equal opportunities monitoring form, which will not be shared with anyone involved in the recruitment process.

Opening hours

At full operation, Watershed is open seven days a week, including Bank Holidays (Christmas Day and Boxing Day are the only exceptions). Watershed is a public building, which operates a diverse range of cultural and commercial activities. The post holder will need to be comfortable working in this environment.

Watershed Values

As a registered charity and social enterprise, Watershed has well-established brand values. We seek to apply our values in everything we do and ask staff, partners, suppliers and collaborators to do the same.

Our values are:

  • Inclusive We listen to and learn from our community, creating equity and addressing harm where it occurs
  • Transparent We share our approach openly and clearly, working at a pace which enables everyone to participate who wishes to
  • Responsible We use our resources generously and sustainably, considering our impact on future generations
  • Kind We are careful and caring with ourselves and with others
  • Hopeful We celebrate culture, creativity and wonder as paths to a better future

Watershed is a Social Enterprise Mark holder. Social Enterprises are businesses whose products and services create both social and environmental benefits.

Closing Date: Wed 28 February, 17:00 GMT


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