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Creativity Works Project Manager


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About Media Trust

Media Trust works in partnership with the media and creative industry to give charities, under-represented communities and young people a stronger voice. We do this by delivering innovative and impactful training for charities, promoting skills-based volunteering - matching good skills with good causes, and empowering young people from diverse and disadvantaged backgrounds to work in the media and creative industry.

About the role

We are looking for an experienced and enthusiastic Project Manager to join our dynamic and passionate team. The successful candidate will have the ability to take on a complex brief, will be highly organised while also being able to take a strategic, creative and agile approach to their work. Reporting to the Head of Youth, you will be responsible for project delivery, ensuring our work is delivered to a high standard, within budget and meeting KPI targets.

The Project Manager will be responsible for managing Creativity Works - a free, intensive 10-week programme of high-impact creative digital media and employability training for young Londoners (aged 17-24) who are not in employment, education or training (NEET) and aspiring to join the media and creative industries. We have two 10-week programme cycles per year, from March to June and from September to December.

The overall goal of the programme is to help young people find paid jobs in the media and creative industries. Creativity Works Is fortunate to enjoy the support of an extensive cohort of Media Trust industry partners including adam&eveDDB, Edelman, Facebook, Google, Group M, Hearst, ITV, Snap and Twitter. Creativity Works is sponsored by the Mayor's Fund for London and Media Trust is proud to be one of the two non-profit organisations the Mayor's Fund is working with to enhance the social mobility of young Londoners within the creative sector.

You will work on the overall programme set- up designing an ambitious and engaging timetable of activity. You will be responsible for recruitment of the young people as well as industry mentors, managing all areas of delivery, monitoring our programme participants' progress and reporting back to our funders and programme partners. We also particularly welcome applications from candidates with a strong affinity to the Black Asian and minority ethnic communities the majority of young people on our programmes come from.

Key Responsibilities

Youth Engagement

  • Lead the recruitment of young people for each season, including outreach, Interviews, selection and on boarding participants
  • Design and manage retention strategies, engaging the young people and ensuring they stay on the programme and commit to the programme activities
  • Provide pastoral care throughout the programme, including 1:1 check-ins and extra help and encouragement to those who require additional support
  • Organise and run the graduation showcase for each season, alongside the young people.
  • Provide on-going support and pastoral care to each young person for up to 6 months on completion of the season including hosting weekly drop-in sessions
  • Help source and share a range of entry-level roles, internships and apprenticeship schemes for the young people to apply for.

Programme Management

  • Manage a complex project ensuring high-quality, effective and efficient delivery
  • Work in partnership with the principal programme funders, attending meetings and contributing to regular project updates, budget reporting, and delivering a final report for each season
  • Work with the Head of Youth and Head of Operations to manage the budget and ensuring all expenses are paid and/or reimbursed appropriately
  • Work alongside the marketing team to support the production of marketing and communication materials, providing regular programme updates for the Media Trust website and social media channels
  • Manage the Project Co-ordinator and oversee all logistics for programme delivery, including setting up virtual sessions and venue sourcing, catering and travel plans for any in-person sessions.

Industry Engagement

  • Work with the Head of Strategic Partnerships, Industry Engagement Manager and other internal key stakeholders to plan the creative digital media and employability skills masterclasses and workshops for the young people
  • Maintain key relationships and good communications with masterclass leaders, trainers and industry partners, ensuring all logistics are planned and details shared in advance
  • Support the recruitment, training and matching of 30 industry mentors
  • Provide support to all industry mentors, providing additional training where necessary and monitoring to ensure mentoring sessions are taking place.

Person specification

  • Experience of working with diverse young Londoners aged 17-24 especially on initiatives to enhance their employability
  • A good understanding of, and passion for, the media and creative industries, and experience of delivering creative digital media training
  • A qualification in youth work would be advantageous or demonstrable working knowledge of issues effecting young people
  • Experience of managing complex projects including proven experience of managing programme logistics, monitoring and evaluation
  • Strong relationship management ability with both internal and external stakeholders and proven experience of managing volunteers and corporate relationships
  • Experience of inclusive initiatives to support young people from diverse and disadvantaged backgrounds to engage with learning would be a strong plus
  • Confident public speaker and excellent communication skills, written and verbal
  • Strong ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines
  • A proven ability to work without supervision
  • Attention to detail, analysis and focus; highly organised with a systematic approach to work
  • A passion for, and commitment to, the aims and values of Media Trust

The above job description is a guide to the work you may be required to undertake but does not form part of your contract of employment and may change from time to time to reflect changing circumstances.

How to apply

  • Closing date: 12 noon on Thursday 8 January 2021.
  • Interviews: Week of 11 and 19 January 2021.

Download and complete the Equal Opportunities form below. Email a covering letter (max 2 pages) describing how your skills and experience match our requirements, your CV and the completed equal opportunities form by an email via the button below. Please put 'Creativity Works Project Manager' in the subject heading of the email.

Please note, due to the high volume of applications we expect to receive, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

Working at Media Trust

Media Trust is an ambitious charity, full of passionate people. We are a small and dynamic team that works collaboratively and supports each other in a fast-paced environment. We are looking for motivated, agile and value-driven people to join our team.

  • We are based in WeWork Victoria, a vibrant co-working space with our own Media Trust office. There are regular activities and pop-ups throughout the week, ping pong tournaments and free barista coffee all day and prosecco/craft beer evenings
  • Generous annual leave
  • Flexible hours, to be agreed with line manager
  • Part-time options considered for the right candidate
  • Secure bike shed
  • Pension contributions
  • Volunteer days

Media Trust values and respects all differences in people (seen and unseen). One of the ways we do this is by actively encouraging staff to work in ways that best suit their needs and our flexible working policy outlines many of the options available, such as part-time and term-time working, and working compressed hours. Please talk to us at the interview about the flexibility and equipment or other support you need. We can't promise to give you exactly what you want, but we promise not to judge you for asking.

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