Programme Producer Job Description and Person Specification

Thick and Tight, one of current Align artists. Photo: Rosie Powell.



1. To work with the Artistic Director and Senior Producer to develop and maintain the strategic and artistic overview of the Artistic Programme

2. To lead on the development of projects for the Artist Support Programme in partnership with the organisation’s fundraising team

3. To oversee the delivery of the Artistic Programme working in collaboration with the Studio and Programme Manager and the Assistant Producers 

4. To contribute at a senior level to the effective management and development of South East Dance.

5. To ensure high quality practice, artistic activity, training, and production values of all projects which they are leading.




1. To work at all times to deliver and represent the mission, strategic aims and ruling principles of South East Dance as outlined in its business plan.

2. To collaborate with the Senior Management Team to ensure the organisation’s overall strategic objectives are met through a collaboratively curated high-quality artistic programme at South East Dance 

3. To maintain a regional, national and international overview of developments in dance, choreographic practice and production and to develop appropriate strategic partnerships with other artists/organisations/agencies regionally, nationally and internationally to progress the projects which they are leading.

4. To provide artistic and strategic guidance to dance artists based within the south east region, and those beyond the south east with whom South East Dance believes it beneficial to develop a relationship/partnership 

5. To develop an in-depth knowledge of political and social agendas which affect dance and cultural development.

6. To be responsible for setting and achieving the targets for the projects which they are leading

7. To lead on and/or contribute to fundraising activity in order to support the Artistic Programme




Project Management 

To ensure the effective delivery of the Artistic Programme in collaboration with the Artistic Director and Senior Producer.

To lead on delivering the performances and events at The Dance Space in collaboration with the Programme Assistant Producers and Studio and Programme Manager, Building Manager and Head of Production

To lead on the strategic review and development of South East Dance’s Artist Support Programme working with the programming team to ensure it is high quality, deliverable within the resources available and sustainable in its approach 

To generate the conditions for success for the Artist Support Programme by brokering sustainable strategic partnerships between artists and arts organisations within and beyond the region

To oversee the delivery of discrete projects within South East Dance’s wider programme areas that have an artist and workforce development focus 

To collate data as part of the evaluation process to comply with South East Dance and stakeholder monitoring systems

To devise and contribute to evaluation that is appropriate to projects initiated and delivered by South East Dance.

To oversee budgets for projects they are leading on, ensuring financial targets are met in line with those outlined within South East Dance’s Business Plan. 

To oversee the Artist Support Programme budget 

To undertake a  Duty Management role as required

To work with the Artistic Director to define and implement an approach that sees a financial return on core investment made by South East Dance in the Artist Support Programme

To work with the Head of Fundraising to proactively identify opportunities to generate private funding for activity within the Artist Development Programme

To work with the Head of Communications, and the Communications team to devise and implement communications strategies to achieve programme objectives and targets at South East Dance.

To actively identify opportunities to raise the profile of the work of South East Dance, developing and sharing models of good practice and resources as appropriate. This may include writing articles, speaking at conferences/festivals regionally, nationally and internationally. 

To represent South East Dance regionally, nationally and internationally 

To line manage the Studio and Programme Manager and the Programme Assistant Producer and any other staff as appropriate or as directed by the senior leadership team

To work to all legislation and company policy on equal opportunities, health and safety and employment law

To undertake any other work or duties as directed by the Line Manager, the Senior Management Team or the Board

To keep abreast of developments in national and international dance/cultural policy

To keep abreast of developments in national and international dance practice 

To attend all training as specified or recommended by South East Dance


Person Specification



  • Proven track record of working with professional artists to produce and distribute high quality live and online performance work


  • Strong understanding and experience of dance company tour management and of current developments within national and international touring networks


  • Strong understanding of the development needs of emerging and professional dance artists, including those graduating from Further Education, Higher Education, Conservatoire training and alternative routes


  • Strong reputation, standing and presence amongst dance programmers and artists within the national dance sector


  • Extensive knowledge of the dance profession and dance production models both within and beyond the UK

  • Knowledge of the arts funding system on a local, regional and national level


  • Ability and enthusiasm for working effectively in collaboration with peers and colleagues within the cultural sector


  • Strong skills in managing complex relationships and partnerships


  • Demonstrable advocacy and negotiation skills


  • Experience in budget management and financial reporting


  • Project management skills: planning, scheduling, co-ordination of people, delivery and evaluation


  • Commitment to Equal Opportunities, Anti-Racist and inclusive practices 

  • Good presentation skills with excellent written and verbal communication skills


  • Good computer skills: competence in Word, Excel and Outlook


  • Extensive networks within the UK and international dance sector


  • A recent enhanced Child and Adult Workforce Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) certificate or willingness to be DBS checked if appointed.

  • Experience of and partiality to engaging with digital technologies to enhance project delivery and communications. 

  • Strong and sensitive dramaturgical skills to influence the creation and production of new work




  • Coaching or mentoring experience 

  • Understanding of Safeguarding best practice for children and vulnerable adults


  • Strong understanding of the development needs and critical debate surrounding the work of artists, including those with African, Asian heritage and from Ethnically Diverse and different lived experiences or backgrounds.



Terms and Conditions

Salary:                                 £27,500 to £30,000 p.a. depending on experience


Pension:                              Employer’s contribution of 3% after three months of employment


Period of contract:           Permanent


Hours:                                 37 hours per week, which includes regular evening and weekend work.  

                                             (No overtime is payable but time off in lieu may be taken)


Annual leave:                    22 days per year plus statutory holidays.  After two years’ 

                                            employment an additional day per year will be added until a 

                                            maximum of 25 days is reached.


Probation period:             Six months


Notice period:                   Three months


Benefits:                             A friendly and welcoming working environment

                                             Employee Assistance Programme

                                             Bicycle loan scheme

                                             Free and reduced-rate tickets to arts and cultural events 

                                             when available



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