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General Manager (Nov 2021)

The Nursery Theatre Ltd (Registered Charity, No. 1150812) is seeking to appoint a General Manager.

Click the button below for the application form and read more about the role below.

Introduction

The Nursery Theatre is an improvisational theatre company based in London, United Kingdom with students, performers and audiences across the globe. It is an arts organisation committed to promoting improvisation as an artistic form and a way of thinking. During 2020 and 2021 we went online and brought the magic of theatrical improvisation to people not only in the UK but worldwide. We are now looking for someone to take us through the next stage of our journey.

The General Manager leads the senior management team and is accountable to the Board of Trustees for delivering the organisation’s vision and aims. We are looking for someone with a passion for the arts who respects and enjoys the values and activities of The Nursery, and has the ideas and skills to take us further. This is a part-time job with a commitment of approximately 20 hours per week, and we are looking for someone to start working in the New Year.

If you would like to discuss The Nursery and this role more, please write to us gm-applications@thenurserytheatre.com and we’ll put you in touch with one of our Trustees. 

The deadline to send in your application is 11:59 PM UK Time on Thursday 25th November. Interviews (conducted online) for shortlisted candidates will be arranged for early December. 

Read more about the role below and submit your applications on the online form at the link (bit.ly/tnt-generalmanager)

About The Role

Main responsibilities include:

  • To lead the Nursery with a coherent vision to deliver the organisation’s charitable aims, aligning operations with strategic goals as arrived at through working with the Board of Trustees.
  • To develop and deliver the Nursery’s strategy (arrived at in conjunction with the Trustees) including the introduction of new activities and projects
  • To ensure openness of opportunity and an inclusive working environment
  • To ensure financial and legal obligations are met in order to support the organisation’s status

Duties will include but are not limited to the following:

  • Setting and modelling organisational values – ensuring these are met throughout all our shows, classes, teams and projects   
  • Heading up long term planning and visioning with input from with SMT – plugging these long term goals into effective short term projects and streamlining management and HR processes
  • Monitoring and evaluating our successes and challenges – ensuring these learnings are implemented
  • Planning for financial security – including allocating budget for projects and monitoring, fundraising/grant writing (with SMT and board members)
  • Keeping abreast of financial and legal obligations of a charitable company to ensure the future security of the organisation
  • To employ and manage staff in line with the organisation’s aims. To ensure that all statutory requirements are met throughout the organisation, and to implement and role model the charity’s values.

Note: The Nursery Theatre is a small arts charity that has recently restructured its management team. The suitable candidate will very much be able to make the role their own. The charity will greatly benefit from someone who knows how to streamline and bolster organisational structures and processes and help guide the SMT to fulfil company strategy. At the start of the pandemic, The Nursery quickly transitioned to the online space, with an emphasis on education. Now that the world is opening up again, it is time to re-evaluate the direction and vision of the charity. The suitable candidate will be at the heart of this, supported by the Board of Trustees.

Who are we looking for

We seek the following necessary skills and experience:

  • An understanding of improv theatre industry and a wish to develop improvised theatre as an artform 
  • Understanding of similar organisations, and how they work to deliver outcomes
  • Experience of embedding organisational values throughout an organisation
  • Evidence of experience of internal and external communications that support the aims and values of an organisation. 
  • Understanding of organisational improvement methodologies
  • A good understanding of financial management, as well as the legalities of running a charitable company (e.g. Companies House, Charity Commission, reporting to and working with the Board)
  • To work proactively and drive change throughout the organisation. 
  • Understanding of organisational structures that are not driven by traditional employee/hierarchical structures
  • Ability to work quickly & efficiently, both independently and in collaboration
  • Previous experience in an arts organisation

The following skills and experience are desirable, but not necessary:

  • Detailed knowledge of financial management
  • Experience of organisations needing development
  • Demonstrable experience of leading teams in challenging environments. 
  • Strong networks with the global improv theatre community and other artistic communities

NOTE: We also welcome applicants who feel they have relevant transferable skills or experience. Above all, The Nursery is looking for someone who wants to become part of the Nursery team and play an active role within the global improvisation community. People from Black, Asian and ethnically diverse backgrounds, people with disabilities and those from the LGBTQIA+ community are under-represented in the arts and by extension in improvisation, and we particularly encourage applications from individuals from these affinity groups.

Contract, Compensation, Location

Contract: The contract is planned to be initially for six months, with continuation subject to mutual agreement and with a two-month notice period on either side.

Commitment & Compensation: The expected weekly commitment is 20 hours per week. The fee is £1300 per month. 

Location: This role is currently based in London, but this may change as The Nursery Theatre’s activities evolve over the next year. If you are based outside of London, please get in touch with us at gm-applications@thenurserytheatre.com

NOTE: This is a freelance/self-employed role and you will be responsible for your own taxes, national insurance etc.

Application Process

You can submit your application for the role at the online form at the link bit.ly/tnt-generalmanager

(The above form requires you to submit a CV and a cover letter outlining relevant experience and reasons for interest in the role. To help us better understand our recruitment processes and to ensure we are as inclusive as possible, we ask you to fill our anonymous Equal Opportunity Monitoring Document (Available at http://bit.ly/tnt-edi-monitoring-doc). You will be asked to upload a completed version of this document at the end of the online application form.)

The deadline to send in your expression of interest is 11:59PM UK Time, Thursday 25th November.

If you have any questions about the role or the application process please send us an email to gm-applications@thenurserytheatre.com

What to expect after you submit your application:

  • You will receive an automated confirmation once you fill the Google Form successfully.
  • All applications will be reviewed and we will endeavour to get back to all applicants by Tuesday, 30th November 2021.
  • Shortlisted applicants will be invited to interview online with the Nursery Team between Wednesday 1st December to Tuesday 7th December 2021.

In line with GDPR regulations, any information you share with us as part of this application will be deleted after the recruitment process is over. In case you consent to being contacted about future opportunities at The Nursery, your contact information will be stored. 

Volunteer To Host Shows & Jams

We’re looking for a handful of volunteers to help co-host our weekly Online Community Jam and Live streaming show ‘The Garden Party’.

If you’re an improv obsessive who not only loves to perform and takes classes online but is excited to share their passion with a wider audience, we’d love to work with you!

Here’s what it entails:

You’ll help to develop new fun scene ideas for the Jam.
Your availability can be as much or as little as you’d like, and dates are shared across the team.
You’ll receive training/shadowing from the Nursery team on best practice when hosting and you don’t have to be a technical expert- just have a solid internet connection and a computer.
The usual ‘call time’ to meet is 30 minutes before a show to run through plans.
You absolutely don’t have to be a teacher to apply for this, but it’ll great experience if one day you decide to train as an improv instructor (Many of our improv teachers started their teaching career this way!)

When do our jams and shows run:

  • Online Jam runs from 6pm-8pm GMT on Tuesdays
  • The Garden Party runs 2pm-3pm GMT on Sundays

If the idea of getting more involved in the global improv community excites you, get in touch. Email steeringcommittee-mail@thenurserytheatre.com and feel free to tell us what excites and inspires you about online improv or what you would like to see more of in the community, as well as your general availability

Call for Trustees

The Nursery Theatre Ltd (Registered Charity, No. 1150812) is seeking to appoint new members to its Board of Trustees.

Click the button below for the application form.

About The Nursery

The Nursery is an improvisational theatre company based in London, United Kingdom with students, performers and audiences across the globe. It is an arts organisation committed to promoting improvisation as an artistic form and a way of thinking. The Nursery offers improvisation training through regular courses, hosts a wide variety of shows and performances and contributes to the global improvisation movement through improv-related blogs, panel discussions and other initiatives.

Continuing its growth and embracing the new developments and opportunities facing the arts community in today’s world, The Nursery is reorganising its leadership structure, which now consists of a Senior Management Team and a Board of Trustees, to better serve its global community of students, performers, teachers and audiences. At this moment, The Nursery is seeking new trustees to diversify the current Board and steer the organisation through the next stages of its development and evolution as a leading creative force in improvisational theatre in the world.

The Ideal Candidate

The Nursery is particularly keen to recruit members to the board who have one or more of the following skills: 

  • Leadership (Executive/Board) Experience
  • Commercial Property Management
  • Promoting and Safeguarding Equity, Diversity & Inclusion 
  • Outreach & Widening Participation
  • Legal, HR and/or Charity Governance

The Nursery particularly encourages expressions of interest from applicants from backgrounds and with protected characteristics that are currently underrepresented in the arts and by extension in improvisation. Applicants do not require prior knowledge of improvisational theatre or trustee experience. A general interest in the workings of arts-based organisations and initiatives would be of value.

The Commitment

Trustees are appointed for a period of 2 years, subject to an initial probationary 6 month period. Board meetings are held every two months (the Board may decide to temporarily increase the frequency if necessary). The Board is responsible for advising the leadership team of The Nursery on strategy and policies and ensuring that the charitable aims of The Nursery are being carried out. Please note this is an unpaid, voluntary position. The Board is open to reimbursement of travel expenses and other relevant access requirements. The time commitment for this role is estimated at 5 hours per month, this may vary. When authorised and appropriate following the Coronavirus pandemic, meetings will take place in person in London and at pre-agreed address TBC.

Application Process

You can submit an Expression of Interest via this Google Form – bit.ly/tnt-trustee-apply

(The above form requires you to submit a CV and a cover letter outlining relevant experience and reasons for interest in the role.) 

There is a rolling deadline to send in your expression of interestIf you have any questions about the role or the application process please contact Mark Johnson (mark@thenurserytheatre.com). 

What to expect after you submit your application:

You will receive an automated confirmation once you fill the Google Form successfully. We will get back to all applicants at the earliest.

Following the initial stage of Expression of Interest there will be an informal interview. The Nursery may require references and a criminal record check as part of this process. 

In line with GDPR regulations, any information you share with us as part of this application will be deleted. In case you consent to being contacted about future opportunities at The Nursery, your contact information will be stored. 

If you would like to be notified when jobs at The Nursery become available, please let us know on mail@thenurserytheatre.com or sign up for our newsletter.

We also have a volunteering opportunities, with administrative, marketing, and other roles available. Email mail@thenurserytheatre.com or visit our volunteer page for more information.

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