We’re on the look out for a couple of fantastic people to join our small friendly team. Helping to shape two brand new roles as part of a dynamic and evolving new programme working with communities in Amber Valley, Derbyshire.

Creative Community Builder

We’re looking for a part time Creative Community Builder.

We want to work with someone who enjoys collaborating with others and is excited by the opportunity to shape a brand new role as part of a dynamic and evolving programme.

As Creative Community Builder you will play an essential convening role as part of the Make/Shift team. Helping to grow a network of makers, doers and connectors who have access to the resources and platforms they need to make things happen together in the places they live and to invite their neighbours along to join them.

To thrive in this role you will be passionate about the power of peer-to-peer networks, committed to strengths based community development and curious about working proactively with communities to self-organise, solicit resources and make decisions for themselves about the cultural and creative experiences they want to grow in the places where they live.

You will be interested in how to create space for colleagues, peers, communities, and neighbours with different lived, learnt and practiced experience to share, learn, collaborate, make decision and take action together.

Part time

£30k-£40k (pro-rata)

Assistant Producer

We’re looking for a full time Assistant Producer.

We want to work with someone who has the ability to juggle multiple priorities and provide practical support across a diverse range of projects and programmes.

As Assistant Producer, you will collaborate closely with the Make/Shift Creative Producer, to activate and bring to life ideas emerging from a dynamic network of relationships with residents, community organisations, creatives, venues and businesses based in Amber Valley and beyond.

To thrive in this role you will be a proactive team player with excellent communication skills, open to learning through doing and comfortable working within an emerging role to develop a brand-new programme from scratch.

Full time

Interview date 11th or 12th September.

About the Make/Shift Programme
Over the next ten years we’ll be working with communities from across Amber Valley to unleash the maker in everyone. We plan to do this in cycles — Discovering — Connecting — Nourishing — Letting Loose creativity, connection and new possibilities in homes, streets, neighbourhoods, villages and towns across Amber Valley.

We want to grow a network of makers, doers and connectors who have access to the resources and platforms they need to make things happen together in the places they live and to invite their neighbours to join them. They will be supported and inspired by an evolving network of thinkers, creators, artists, makers, activists, dreamers, and story tellers that we will develop together, branching out of the Amber Valley to connect local makers and communities with local, regional, and international ideas.

We have funding secured until April 2025 to pilot a range of Make/Shift platforms responding to needs. These might include physical spaces, events, festivals, gatherings, hubs, tools, resources, funds, equipment, technology and more that support people to make things happen together and let their creativity loose.

As a new action research project, Make/Shift will be experimental and innovative in its approach, testing new ideas, tools and participatory practices.

Make/Shift is a small team, collaborating with others to create projects which support communities in Amber Valley to make, do, create, repair, grow, share, care for and connect with what matters to them in the places that they live. Our vision is for Amber Valley to be a place full of makers, where everyone’s creativity matters as part of everyday life.

We are supported by a consortium of partners bringing together expertise from across culture, environment, and community. This includes Amber Valley Community Voluntary Services, Belper and District U3A, Derby Museums, Derbyshire Wildlife Trust and University of Derby.

We are hosted and employed by the University of Derby as part of their CivicLab.

About Creative People and Places
Make/Shift is part of the Creative People and Places programme, initiated and funded by Arts Council England thanks to the National Lottery. Creative People and Places is about more people taking the lead in choosing, creating and taking part in creative and cultural experiences in the places where they live. There are now 39 projects, covering 56 local authorities across England.

You can find out a bit more about our approach here and on our website www.wearemakeshift.co.uk.

How to apply
You can apply by submitting an online application. Once you have signed in or registered with us you will be able to begin your application. If you are creating an account for the first time, please ensure you provide an email address that you access regularly as this will be our main means of contacting you regarding your application.

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If you require any assistance, including the provision of any documentation in an alternative format, please contact the Recruitment team at recruitment@derby.ac.uk.

Please note all applications must be submitted online by Midnight GMT on the closing

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