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StoryFutures Festival 22 Inclusion and Talent Manager

Department of Media Arts

Location:  Egham
Salary:  £43,660 per annum pro rata - including London Allowance
Full Time, Fixed Term
Closing Date:  Sunday 01 August 2021
Interview Date:  To be confirmed
Reference:  0721-246

Full-Time, Fixed-Term (12 months)

Applications are invited for the post of StoryFutures Inclusion and Talent Manager to help us deliver an amazing immersive storytelling experience for Festival 2022 that will span the country, bringing together diverse new talent and some of the UK’s leading media names including the BFI, BBC, Nexus Studios, ISO Design, Produce UK, Uplands TV, The Reading Agency as well as Niantic, the makers of Pokémon Go. 

We are seeking an Inclusion and Talent Manager to join a team that will create a magical experience that brings together film, broadcast and augmented reality, public archives, digital access and immersive storytelling to ask: “who are we, where did we come from and where are we headed?” Creatively led by David Olusoga, this is a project that will have national prominence in 2022, taking place across 15 UK locations – including NI, Wales and Scotland. You will be part of one of the world’s largest immersive augmented reality experiences. 

Festival UK* 2022 will take place across England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. It will deliver a programme of ground-breaking new commissions with the ambition of reaching millions; bringing people together and promoting the UK’s creativity to the world. Ten creative projects have been selected following an extensive R&D programme and rigorous assessment process to form the Festival’s commissioned programme.

Led by Chief Creative Officer, Martin Green CBE, a new organisation, Festival 2022 Ltd, has been established in Birmingham to curate, manage and promote the Festival; working with strategic delivery bodies within each nation to devise, deliver and commission the programme. The Festival will demonstrate the important role that creativity plays in our lives, as well as providing unforgettable experiences. This investment comes at a time of need for sectors impacted by the global pandemic and will support the creation of work and jobs.

The post will have a very high-level of autonomy and responsibility for delivering and developing inclusion strategy, working with communities and diverse talent to develop immersive storytelling experiences. You will take lead responsibility for delivery of StoryFutures Festival Inclusion strategy, including taking a proactive approach to identify, resolving and escalating inclusion issues throughout the project.  In so doing you will work with the BFI, BBC and The Reading Agency closely. 

A strong understanding of diversity and inclusion policy as it relates to creative industries and audience access requirements is therefore a must. You should also have strong understanding of interactive media, excellent communication skills and the ability to work with high level stakeholders in navigating policy and process effectively and efficiently to enable creative teams to deliver. You will need to be adept at juggling multiple demands and stakeholders, be familiar with compliance and/or risk assessments and able to apply and develop a high level of editorial standards in the ethics of place-based and historical storytelling. 

You will lead a small team of producers who will all be working with new creatives and diverse communities and your role will involve training, mentoring of both your producer team and this cohort of new creatives. It will also involve communicating with a diverse group of stakeholders, including our creative industry partners, librarians, community groups and audiences across the UK. Diversity and inclusion are therefore at the heart of these roles’ responsibilities and the ethos of the team. 

Working with the Directorate, you must be able to take responsibility for implementing and reviewing diversity and inclusion criteria. 

The role sits at Royal Holloway as part of an interdisciplinary Centre for Digital Creativity, providing a dynamic environment that connects creative industries with world leading researchers. 

This is a 12-month post, available from 1st August with the successful applicant required to take up the post no later than 12th August 2021.

In return we offer a highly competitive rewards and benefits package including:

  • Generous annual leave entitlement 
  • Training and Development opportunities
  • Pension Scheme with generous employer contribution 
  • Various schemes including Cycle to Work, Season Ticket Loans and help with the cost of Eyesight testing. 
  • Free parking

The post is based in Egham, Surrey where the College is situated in a beautiful, leafy campus near to Windsor Great Park and within commuting distance from London. There will be an expectation of remote working with occasional office work as required.

For an informal discussion about the post, please contact Angela Chan on Angela.Chan@rhul.ac.uk

To view further details of this post and to apply please visit https://jobs.royalholloway.ac.ukFor queries on the application process the Human Resources Department can be contacted by email at: Recruitment@rhul.ac.uk

Please quote the reference: 0721-246

Closing Date:   Midnight, Sunday 1 August 2021. 

Interview Date: TBC

Please note that it will not be possible for the College to issue a Certificate of Sponsorship for successful candidates as the pro-rata salary will not meet the minimum threshold set by UK Visas and Immigration. Successful candidates will therefore need to be eligible to work in the UK or have limited leave to remain in the UK and associated right to work for the duration of their employment with the College, in accordance with the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006. 

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Royal Holloway is committed to equality and diversity, and encourages applications from all sections of the community. Read here about structures and initiatives around equality and diversity, including information on staff diversity networks.


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