The Role

Grade: 3.1 (£17,682)
Contract: Full-time, fixed term
Hours: 35 hours per week
Start date: TBC, Expected 1st August 2021



This is an exciting one year opportunity for a Durham University undergraduate or postgraduate student graduating in 2020, or a recent graduate. The post holder will work with Experience Durham supporting DST and the development of student theatre.

The successful candidate will work closely with Experience Durham and Durham Student Theatre (DST) to:

• Assist in the development of a cohesive and co-ordinated approach to the development of student theatre within the University;
• Increase participation in student theatre within the University;
• Enhance the profile and promotion of student theatre within the University and wider community.
• To work with the Head of Student Theatre carrying out strategic long term improvements.

Roles and Responsibilities:

Society Development

• To support and encourage the on-going development of existing and new theatre companies and activities
• To work with individual societies and theatre companies who sit under DST to help them develop their strategy and      programme.
• To work closely with the President of DST to ensure the ongoing development of the society and, in particular, to support the President throughout their time in office.
• To bring forward any issues, concerns or ideas the DST Exec have to relevant University bodies acting as a liaison between Experience Durham, DST, and the University more generally.
• To work to ensure a culture of participation, empowerment and personal development within student theatre groups and societies
• To support student groups and societies in the administration, organisation and development of their activities, events and structures
• To ensure the successful implementation of policies and procedures for student theatre groups and societies
• Be visible and accessible to ordinary DST members who may need help and/or advice.
• Be work flexibly with the DST Exec, and able to creatively problem solve issues as they arise.
• Work with students to continue to build online provision, recognising the advantages of a strong online output in addition to in-person activity

Community Programme

• To coordinate the development and delivery of community programme’s in conjunction with Student Volunteering
• To signpost volunteer students towards Student Volunteering projects, encouraging them to work in local schools and to support teachers in the delivery of school drama.
• To encourage theatre societies to offer more outreach opportunities and deliver a wider community programme.
• To work alongside Student Volunteering to ensure volunteering projects are running to safe and professional standards, DBS checks and the necessary training are completed and all volunteering
hours are recorded accurately on the volunteer database.
• To develop new and progress current partnerships between our students and volunteering organisations to create a beneficial relationship for all.

Marketing and Promotion

• To work within existing marketing and publicity frameworks to increase the profile of opportunities designed to increase levels of student participation.
• To work with Partners and individual student originations to increase the profile of student theatre and enhance the promotion of individual productions within the university.
• To work with Partners to improve the publicity and promotion of theatre productions within the University
• To generate marketing content for DST

Undergraduate VC Scholars

• To support the recruitment, development and engagement of VC Arts Scholars and report on their achievements.
• To ensure that all theatre based VC Scholars are fully engaged in Durham Student Theatre.
• To work with scholars to ensure that they understand and fulfil their responsibilities.
• To establish a mentor programme for incoming scholars

Grant Allocation & Sponsorship Liaison

• To work with DST to promote appropriate grants from Experience Durham.
• To oversee the allocation of all sponsorship grants and all development bursaries associated with Durham Student Theatre.

Person Specification:

Applications will be measured against the criteria listed below. Applications must provide evidence of how candidates meet the criteria.

Essential Criteria

• A Durham University undergraduate or postgraduate student graduating in 2021 or a recent graduate.
• Experience of theatre performance.
• Experience of organising and participating in student groups.
• Willing and able to work in student-led, democratic environment.
• Commitment to equal opportunities and removing barriers to participation.
• Able to work effectively in a team and using own initiative.
• Detailed knowledge of drama.

Desirable Criteria

• Knowledge of marketing.
• Experience of broadening engagement and participation.
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including use of Microsoft Office.


The deadline for receipt of applications is Sunday 31st January at 5pm
Applications should be submitted, by email, to [email protected]

Applications should include an up-to-date curriculum vitae and a covering letter of no more than 500 words explaining why you would like to be offered the post and what skills and experience you possess to allow you to succeed in the role. For more details about the role, please contact Kate at the address above.

Interviews will take place in the afternoon of 5th February 2021.