Four new roles, commencing in Autumn 2017

Overview

Every child’s imagination should be inspired by the arts. West End in Schools' mission is to use the skills of the professional theatre to provide highly creative learning experiences for children which they will remember for ever.

Each year we produce and perform pantomimes, musicals, and dance, drama and Shakespeare workshops in over 1,000 primary schools all over England, Scotland and Wales.

Our team gain unique insights into both the theatre industry and education sector.

 

Our work places

Our base is in Somerset House in the heart of the West End, but we also work from home up to three days per week. (If you cannot work from home we will work something out.)

During our pantomime rehearsals in November and during December we will also have a full time office near the rehearsal rooms to keep us close to our performers.

Remote working, and working from the most appropriate place each day, is made possible using a range of software including Google Drive, our customer management and scheduling systems, Slack and telephone apps running on our Mac laptops.

When working from our homes we are in constant contact with each other. To make remote working work you need to be a good communicator and confident with using IT.

Our working day

Our working day is from 10am until 6.30pm Monday to Friday.

There will be some Saturdays required in the rehearsal period, and there will be some out of hours work required:

  • Occasional evening work as we prepare for busy performance periods.
  • Responding to issues occurring which can take place in evenings and at weekends, particularly in term time in December and March.

In recompense for these additional hours the office shuts down from shortly before Christmas until after New Year.


Our values

  • Efficiency.
  • Creativity.
  • Well structured work, creating the maximum benefit in the shortest time.
  • Fairness - including being the first theatre company to sign up for the London Living Wage.
  • Continuous improvement.

Our culture

  • Openness.
  • Honesty.
  • Time for each other.
  • A desire to do things the best possible way.
  • We acknowledge and share our own mistakes before they cause a problem. We do not blame other team members for theirs.

The rhythm of our year

During the autumn and spring terms we are busy in schools, handling enquiries and making magic. From April to August we have much less work. Therefore we increase our team size for the autumn and spring terms.

Two of the jobs we are advertising on this page run from 1 September to Easter. One is a permanent part time sales role in term time only, and one is a freelance company manager role during our pantomime rehearsal and performance period.

 

 

Who we're looking for

For each job we are looking for someone who:

  • Is inquisitive, curious and creative, and has a 'how do we make this work' attitude.
  • Writes fluent english with attention to detail.
  • Is numerate, analytical and computer literate.
  • Has an engaging telephone manner and communicates precise information in a friendly way.
  • Loves live performance.
  • Has a good sense of humour.

Role 1: Production Assistant and
Assistant Company Manager

At the beginning of the autumn and spring terms you will be helping the majority of the team to respond to enquiries from schools.

As we move in to production your role will incorporate casting, scheduling actors, dancers and facilitators, and working to ensure we are ready for the start of rehearsals.

In the pantomime rehearsal and performance period you will have company management responsibility for our Aladdin and Cinderella casts, supported by the Company Manager.

This role will require someone with a good understanding of the production process. A stage management background would be very helpful.

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Full time | £20,500 p.a.
Fixed-term: 1 September 2017 to 29 March 2018
4 weeks paid holiday pro rata, plus paid Christmas closure period
10am to 6.30pm, Monday to Friday, occasional out of hours work, and significant out of hours availability from November to Christmas.

Role 2: Production Administrator

The majority of communication with our customer and prospective customer schools is by email and telephone, and much of your time will be spent dealing with schools.

Working alongside a team of colleagues you will respond to initial enquiries from schools online and by telephone so as to get to know our customers, processes and product range.

And a team of over 100 actors, dancers and facilitators creates admin too! We try to put in place simple systems to structure this work wherever possible.

You will facilitate the smooth running of the company, ensuring we run efficiently and as if we were all based in the same office every day.

You will get a fascinating insight in to the worlds of theatre and education - and how they interface.

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Full time | £20,500 p.a.
Fixed-term: 1 September 2017 to 29 March 2018
4 weeks paid holiday pro rata, plus paid Christmas closure period
10am to 6.30pm, Monday to Friday, occasional out of hours work, particularly when receiving lots of enquiries.


Role 3: Telephone Sales Executive

We've historically been great at responding to enquiries from schools, but want to develop our ability to proactively reach out to previous customers, encouraging them to book a wider range of visits each year, and increasing year to year rebooking numbers.

This new role is a major step towards achieving that aim.

Initially, as you become familiar with our productions and workshops, you will respond to incoming enquiries alongside other team members. As we move forward you will take a more proactive stance, using our simple to use yet cutting edge sales communication platform as you call contacts in schools, developing our relationships, and increasing our bookings. You will work two days a week from Somerset House which are likely to be more primarily email based days.

This role is part time, taking place in term time, and primarily in school hours. Ideally you would be able to work until 4pm most days. It would absolutely suit a parent of school age children.

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Part time | £24,000 p.a. pro rata
Permanent. Commences 1 September 2017
4 weeks paid holiday pro rata
Daily hours to be agreed, but likely 9.15am until 4pm with some flexibility for discussion.

Role 4: Company Manager

Our pantomime acting company will consist of 96 actors!

There are 5 different shows, and multiple teams perform each show simultaneously in different schools around the UK.  Nearly all performances are during the school day, typically starting at 9am.

The logistics are complicated, and we have good systems and processes that will help you to keep the acting company feeling looked after and supported.

There will be plenty of issues that need responding to quickly to make tomorrow's shows work, and you will be the first point of contact for the Jack and the Beanstalk and Beauty and the Beast companies, whilst providing support to the other three shows.

This role will involve some administration in terms of actor payroll and expenses, and will certainly involve handling out of hours calls from actors, including in the morning if they are running late, and in the evening if they encounter an issue.

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Freelance, end October to 22 December. £4,000 fee
Daily hours to be agreed, with lots of on call time. Based near in rehearsal rooms, and then from home and Somerset House in December, with occasional school visits.

For more information or to apply for this role please call Roxane Kamberos on 020 7395 7520.  (You cannot apply for the other three roles by calling this number.)


The application process

For the Company Manager role please follow the instructions above.

To apply for Roles 1 to 3 please:

  1. Re-read the above and check this feels like a good job for you;
  2. Call the application line on 020 3095 9123 and be prepared to leave a message about yourself;
  3. Within a few minutes of doing step 2 please email your CV to us as a PDF. Please send the email to office@westendinschools.org.uk with subject line CV and with no more than a sentence in the body of the email.

Please apply by 10am on Friday 21 July. Earlier applications would be appreciated.

If your application is successful at this stage you will be invited to a company presentation followed by a group interview on the evening of Tuesday 25 July.  This will be an opportunity to meet us and learn about the company, and if you feel you would be a good fit then you can stay for the group interview session immediately afterwards. From the group interview we will schedule 1-to-1 interviews as appropriate.

Please do not call the main office number or email CV's - applicants attempting to apply by these routes will not be considered.

We expect to receive lots of applications and unfortunately we don't have the resources to contact all unsuccessful applicants at this stage.