Thank you for your interest in the role of JMK General Manager.
This pack includes:
- More details about the Trust and its work
- A General Manager Job Description
- Recruitment Schedule
- Recruitment contact information
The JMK Trust
The JMK Trust was founded in memory of a theatre director of thrilling promise, James Menzies-Kitchin, who died suddenly and unexpectedly at the age of 28. Since 1997 the Trust has discovered and nurtured a new generation of visionary young directors whose work and influence can be seen throughout the British theatre industry.
To ensure theatre directing in the UK is open to all and the very best potential leaders are identified and supported, irrespective of their background.
To identify, support and invest in promising theatre directors, irrespective of background, thus creating future leaders whose impact on the industry may be transformational.
What we do
Our three core areas of work are the JMK Award, our National Programme, and our Assistant Director Bursary Programme.
Board of Trustees
Stephen Fewell, Founder, Chair
Mark Rosenblatt, Vice Chair
Robert Gill, Secretary
[The Trust is currently recruiting a new Treasurer Trustee]
Patrons Clare Menzies-Kitchin MBE, Dame Judi Dench, Sir Ian McKellen, Baroness Howe, Tom Morris OBE (Founding Chair)
- General Manager (part-time)
- Fundraiser/Development (new part-time role, to be recruited Autumn 2021)
- Director Practitioners
General Manager Job Overview
Job Title: General Manager
Reporting to: Chair of Board
Responsible for: Fundraiser/Development, Director Practitioners, PR Rep
The General Manager (GM) is pivotal to the Trust’s work and operations. The GM plays an integral role in planning, with the Board of Trustees, the Trust’s strategic direction and is responsible for overseeing its delivery and day-to-day activity – specifically its annual Award, in partnership with the Orange Tree Theatre, London, and the National Programme, in partnership with 14 producing theatres across the UK.
The GM reports to the Trust’s Chair & Trustees, appraising them of all operations at regular board meetings. The GM also line-manages a team of Director Practitioners which deliver National Programme activity across the country. The General Manager is also responsible for the Trust’s bursary programme which offers paid opportunities to theatre artists to work as assistant directors at partner theatres nationwide.
GM Job Description
The JMK Award (Annual)
Every year the Trust, in partnership with a major London theatre, awards an outstanding early-career theatre director the opportunity to direct a full production of a classic play in a London theatre. It is a unique, prestigious and invaluable opportunity for the winner to direct a full-scale, fully resourced production, and a runner-up the chance to progress their work. Winning or even being a runner up for the JMK Award is often a pivotal point in the career of a young director. The Trust is currently in the second year of an exciting, fruitful partnership with the Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond. The Award relies on an extensive application process and close collaboration with the Orange Tree.
The General Manager
Oversees all phases of the award process, specifically:
- Being first point of contact for the host venue
- Liaising with the Orange Tree on lists of plays for (ensuring it is finalised in time)
- Leading on advertising the Award
- Setting up workshops about Award (to ensure accessibility for as diverse a group of potential applicants as possible)
- Sending out list of plays
- Liaising with applicants
- Managing and processing applications once submitted
- Contracting the winner and runner-up
- Organising Award Events, including:
- Director Designer sessions
- Second stage reading
- Final selection weekend
- Announcement Event
- Winning production – press night/Trustee night
Our National Programme offers free training, development and networking opportunities for early-career theatre directors living outside London, as well as the chance for them to meet regularly with a group of peers to network and share ideas. It has been running since 2012 and is delivered in close partnership with 14 leading venues around the UK and by our own team of Director Practitioners – highly experienced, locally-based professional directors.
Our current partner theatres are – Tobacco Factory Theatres and Bristol Old Vic; Northern Stage, Traverse Theatre, HOME Manchester, Royal Exchange Manchester, Leeds Playhouse, New Vic Stoke, Royal & Derngate Northampton, Birmingham Rep, Nottingham Playhouse, Reading Rep, MAST Southampton and Wiltshire Creative.
The General Manager:
Oversees all aspects of the National Programme, specifically:
- Managing relationships with venues
- Managing the 4 director practitioners
- Liaising with venues over workshops/dates etc
- Managing other practitioners including contracting
- Growing reach – meeting with new partners/orgs who want to be involved
- Managing lists/website/advertising opportunities
- Managing feedback and reporting on participation numbers
Assistant Director Bursary Programme
The Trust gives early-career directors access to practical experience through paid assistant director contracts on a production at their local venue. Previous bursary recipients have subsequently continued to work with their local theatres, developing their own work and with other organisations such as Headlong and the National Theatre. We have awarded 55 of these bursaries with more planned for 2021/22.
The General Manager:
Oversees all aspects of the Bursary Programme, in collaboration with the Director Practitioners (DPs), specifically:
- Liaising with venue staff and director
- Advertising each opportunity
- Managing recruitment process (sometimes shared with venue)
- Reading applications and drawing up shortlist (shared with DPs)
- Interviewing (shared with DPs)
- Regular contact through working period (shared with DPs)
- Seeing productions where possible (shared with DPs)
- Debriefing (shared with DPs)
- Remaining in contact/supports ongoing development where possible
- Coordinate DP’s, their activity and admin
The Trust will be recruiting for a Fundraiser/Development position once the GM is in post. However, until the new post is filled, the GM will be required to monitor live applications and relationships, including some work on our Big Give Campaign in December.
The General Manager works with the Board to oversee the Trust’s HR practices, specifically:
- Line managing of Fundraiser/Development role (to be recruited in Autumn 2021)
- Line managing of Director Practitioners
- Overseeing recruitment drives, as required, in collaboration with the Board.
- Writing agreements/contracts – Award, bursaries, freelancers
- Staff support
- Staff appraisals
The GM has responsibility for:
- Managing relationship with PR freelancer/agency
- Maintaining a lively, clear and appropriate Social Media presence for the Trust
- Maintaining database/contacts
- Keeping press archive and photo archive
- Mailing list – regular contact
- Maintaining and updating website (in collaboration with a freelancer).
- Ensuring GDPR compliant
The GM, with support from the Treasurer, and working with our accountant, is responsible for:
- Making other payments including freelancers
- Issuing invoices
- Managing cashflow
- Keeping accounts
- Writing budgets
- Monitoring spend against budget
- Producing financial reports and quarterly accounts
- Liaising with accountant on end of year report and accounts
The GM is responsible for administrating all aspects of governance, including:
- Circulating minutes/reports/budgets
- Setting up and attending Trustee meetings/Away Days
- Submitting annual report and accounts
- Updating details on Charity Commission website
- Writing and updating the Business Plan and monitoring progress
Passion for and commitment to inclusivity and reaching diverse theatre makers
As a positive and constructive thinker you will be used to making decisions and taking initiative.
Strong track record of working within arts organisations
Strong experience of reporting to an executive or board
Literacy, computer literacy, and numeracy appropriate to the requirements of the post
High level communication skills (written and spoken) and an excellent manner when dealing with stakeholders and industry colleagues
Strong experience of financial and budgetary management (including cashflow, reporting and forecasting)
Experience in line-management
Experience in facilitation and delivery of projects as well as project management
A proactive and positive approach to solving problems
Ability to work independently, self-manage and motivate on an on-going basis
Ability to travel to venues on occasion
Ability to attend London-based meetings
Ability to set and meet appropriate targets, identify how to monitor effectiveness of own work
Up to date knowledge of the industry, with specific interest in current opportunities for emerging theatre directors
Strong track record of working with professional theatre directors
Experience of supporting the working life of theatre directors
Knowledge of funding – managing stakeholders and donors, involvement in key bids.
Experience of liaising with talent agencies and writers’ estates
Experience in venue-based working, liaising with personnel in different departments Experience of awards or competitions or being on a selection panel
Experience or qualification in post compulsory education
Evidence of on-going career development
An interest in and experience of access issues
HOURS OF WORK & SALARY
- Hours: 3 days pw – working hours are flexible, as long as 3 full days are achieved
- Salary: £17,100 – £18,600 (pro rata: £28,500 – £31,000), dependent on experience
- Holiday: 15 days per annum (bank holidays are in addition to this), rising to 18 days per annum pro rata after two years service
- Probationary period: 6 months
- Notice period: 2 months
To apply, please email a copy of your CV, accompanied by a supporting statement, which sets out clearly your interest in this post, and why you are suitable for it, referring to the job description and person specification, to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition please complete the Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form and return with your application JMK Equal Opps Monitoring Form.
For an informal conversation about this post, email our Chair, Stephen Fewell on email@example.com to arrange a time to talk with him or one of our Trustees.
Closing date for applications: 12pm on Wednesday 14th July 2021
First Interview (online): 26th July
Second Interview (in person): 30th July
Start date: Late August 2021
If you have not heard from us by Wednesday 21st July 2021, please assume your application has not been successful. As a small organisation, we regret that we do not have the capacity to provide feedback on unsuccessful applications.
The JMK Trust is an equal opportunities employer and our aim is to create a diverse and inclusive working environment which reflects the country we live and work in and the communities, artists and audiences that we engage with. The recruitment process is open to all. We are especially interested in hearing from candidates who are Black, Asian and ethnically diverse, D/deaf and disabled and working class as we want our team and our work to be informed and representative of the diverse communities it serves.