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Learning & Participation Manager

Since 1978, Dance Umbrella has been bringing outstanding contemporary dance to London, presenting over 700 artists from 31 countries to over one million people. The first to present Mark Morris, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, Michael Clark and many more in the UK, DU has commissioned over 50 new works and presented at 55 venues ranging from Smithfield Market to the British Library, from canal long boats to Alexandra Palace Ice Rink, from car park rooftops to outer London parks.

Dance Umbrella’s mission is to celebrate 21st century choreography. We do so enthusiastically and collaboratively through an annual, London-based international festival mixing styles, locations and cultures; through year-round creative learning opportunities for children, young people and adults; and by developing choreographic talent. Our aim is to nurture artists, entice audiences, innovate practice, and stimulate interest in the power of the body in motion:

  • By expanding the definition of contemporary dance to include a wide range of movement forms
  • By reaching out to new audiences through commissioning new work, developing partnerships with non-dance venues and touring to arts centres in outer London boroughs

About the Post
We are seeking to recruit a talented Learning & Participation Manager on a freelance contract for a fixed term period to join our small and dynamic team based at Somerset House, London. This role is focused around developing engagement opportunities and projects leading up to and during the 2017 Festival. This will comprise liaising with the 10 artists/companies programmed for next year and the variety of venues and spaces across London to develop a programme of learning activities ranging from talks, workshops to projects and residencies.

In addition the post holder will be required to manage several on-going projects in spring/summer 2017.

This is a particularly exciting time for the organisation as we embed our new artistic vision and start to shape our ambitions for the coming 4 years so there will be the opportunity to feed into our future planning for the creative learning programme. 

The successful candidate will have proven experience of conceiving, developing and managing learning and participation projects and programmes. You must be passionate about learning and audience engagement, and thrive in an entrepreneurial environment. You will have a demonstrable track record of planning and achievement, be a confident communicator and have loads of ideas.

For information on the Job Description click here.

Hours                Part-time 3 days a week
Contract           Fixed term 16 January to 31 August 2017
Fee                    £12,000 paid in equal monthly instalments on receipt of a valid invoice.
Holiday             20 days per year pro rata plus bank holidays
Notice period   4 week notice

Dance Umbrella is a charity and a company limited by guarantee. We strive to be an equal opportunities employer.

To apply for this post please send a CV, covering letter detailing your relevant skills and experience, and a completed Equality Monitoring Form. 
Applications by email to Zsuzsanna Posta at
For an informal, confidential discussion about the role please contact Anu Giri, Executive Director on 020 7257 9380.

Application Closing Date: Thursday 1 December, 5pm

Interview date: Wednesday  7 December