Kickstarting the StAnza festival planning season!

Monday 27 September 2021

In order to both extend our own capacity, and also to provide opportunities for young people interested in working in the arts, StAnza has this year decided to take on two trainees through the government’s Kickstart programme! This programme covers the wages and expenses of candidates for a period of 6 months, and in return the candidate will gain work experience and skills, and mentoring and training from the StAnza team and beyond. StAnza has an excellent track record at developing volunteers who have used this experience as the foundation for careers in the arts. By becoming involved in the Kickstart scheme, StAnza aims to continue and extend this good work into 2022 and beyond.

Please do spread the word: see below for more details!

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Join our team!

Looking for a career in the arts, or know anyone who might be? StAnza currently has two trainee positions open for applications. These are run through the Kickstart programme, so are open to young people aged between 16 and 24 and on Universal Credit. We’ll be offering a range of internal and external training, offering a great leg-up into working in the arts!

 

Both contracts are for 25 hours a week for six months, starting as soon as possible. Trainees will largely be working from home, with some trips to St Andrews (travel expenses are covered).

 

If you know anyone eligible who you think might be interested, please pass the info and our website details (www.stanzapoetry.org) onto them – and if you’re keen yourself, then speak to your work coach to apply! StAnza can’t accept direct applications without a job centre referral.

StAnza – Scotland's International Poetry Festival, takes place each year in March in St Andrews, with roughly 100 events and exhibitions and 120 – 150 poets, writers and artists. After going digital in 2021, we are planning for StAnza 2022 (9 – 13 March) to be a live festival with an enhanced digital offering. Trainees will be a part of this exciting new phase in StAnza’s development.

As a trainee, you will gain insight into and experience of all aspects of arts administration and events management, from early planning in October through to the delivery of the festival in March. You’ll be part of a small, friendly team running one of Scotland’s flagmark cultural festivals!

Programming Assistant

Key activities will include:

  • Liaising with poets and artists about publicity material, contracts, travel and other festival arrangements
  • Assisting with keeping the StAnza database of festival participants up to date
  • Writing event blurbs for the festival programme
  • Proofreading event blurbs and author biographies
  • Drawing up event schedules
  • Events facilitation and introductions during the festival
  • Writing blog posts
  • Project managing an individual event
  • Social media

Candidates should have:

  • Strong organisational and administrative skills
  • Very good written and oral communication skills
  • Experience and working knowledge of Word and Excel
  • Working knowledge of digital comms platforms such as Zoom / Teams
  • Internet research skills
  • Enthusiasm for reading/literature or the arts
  • Able both to work within a small team and independently (working from home)
  • Good attention to detail
  • Friendly approach to working with a wide range of people
  • Time-management skills, and the ability to self-motivate
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Experience of working in a customer-facing environment
  • Desirable: Experience of organising (or assisting with organising) an event. (This could be in a personal capacity.)

Digital and Administrative Assistant (no longer open)

Key activities will include:

  • Liaising with and supporting our digital events consultant in the run-up to the festival
  • Updating our website, and supporting our web designer with development and archiving tasks
  • Data management and inputting
  • Drawing up event schedules for digital events, and liaising with participants
  • Providing support to poets who are filming themselves for events
  • Facilitating digital events during the festival, alongside our digital events consultant and theatre tech team
  • Project managing an individual digital event
  • Social media management
  • General digital / tech support

You may also assist colleagues with the following:

  • Liaising with poets and artists about publicity material, contracts, travel and other festival arrangements
  • Writing / proofreading event blurbs for the festival programme
  • Drawing up event schedules
  • Events introductions during the festival
  • Writing blog posts

Candidates should have (skills can have been acquired in a personal capacity):

  • Enthusiasm for digital media
  • Good all-round IT skills / conversant in IT issues
  • Basic knowledge of video and/or sound editing and production
  • Experience of managing/editing websites, ideally using WordPress
  • Working knowledge of digital platforms such as Zoom, Vimeo and Youtube
  • Confidence in learning to use new digital and IT platforms
  • Good written and oral communication skills
  • Experience and working knowledge of Word and Excel
  • Enthusiasm for reading/literature or the arts
  • Ability to both work within a small team and independently (working from home)
  • Friendly approach to working with a wide range of people
  • Time-management skills, and the ability to self-motivate
  • Experience of working in a customer-facing environment

We look forward to hearing from you!

 

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