Freelance Project Manager for Arts and Mental Health Project

Submitted by Jessie Coller on November 17, 2021 - 14:59
Salary / Fee: 
Closing Date: 
Friday, 3 December, 2021

South Oxfordshire District Council and Vale of White Horse District Council seek an experienced arts project manager to coordinate an arts an mental health scheme which to take place at the start of 2022.

South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Council has funding from Oxfordshire’s Contain Outbreak Management Fund (COMF) to use the arts and culture to help young people whose mental health has been adversely affected by the pandemic. Our aim is to provide a variety therapeutic arts and culture interventions based at Cornerstone Arts Centre (Didcot) and The Beacon (Wantage) to support children and young people.

We are seeking to appoint a freelance Arts Project Manager with experience and knowledge of both the arts and education and who can hit the ground running on this exciting initiative in Oxfordshire.

Key Tasks:
• Create a programme of arts activities for children and young people outside of whom schools identify as needing additional support
• Manage the recruitment of facilitators to deliver the arts activities
• Identify youth groups and individuals to participate in this project
• Manage the relationship between arts venues and the arts facilitators
• Act as an onsite point of contact at each arts activity
• Liaise with South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse’s Arts Development Officers as required
• Manage the project’s budget alongside South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse’s Arts Development Officers

Skills Required:
• Diplomatic approach and ability to communicate effectively with a wide range of people (including young people, artists, mental health professions etc)
• Proven track record of developing partnerships within and outside of the arts and cultural sector
• Experience of successful project management (incl. budget management)
• Ability to work on own initiative
• Ability to effectively plan and manage workload
• Good verbal, written and communication skills
• Lives within or close to Oxfordshire
• A demonstrable knowledge of and commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion
• Knowledge and experience of working with and managing projects with young people
• Knowledge of arts, mental health and youth sectors locally
• Knowledge of professional arts practice

South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils committed to offering equal employment opportunities. We are particularly keen to receive applications from a diverse range of people, whatever stage of their career they may be at, and strongly encourage applications from people of the global majority, people with disabilities and people from the LGBTQ+ community

Working flexibly part-time to meet the requirements of the brief, for four months between December 2021 and end of March 2022, paid on agreed schedule over the period of the contract.

This work is offered as a freelance contract, for a fixed fee including VAT and all expenses. The appointed individual will be responsible for all tax, national insurance etc.

To Apply
Please send letter of application, no longer than 800 words, outlining your experience and suitability for the post along with a CV and two references.

Applications should be submitted to: Jessie Coller at

CLOSING DATE: Friday 3rd Dec

INTERVIEW DATE: Wednesday 8th Dec

START DATE: ASAP following interview for the successful applicant

Contact Details: 

If you have any questions, please contact: Jessie Coller at

Multi Artform
Crafts and Applied Arts
Film and Animation
New Media
Visual Arts
Written and Spoken Word
Education (young people and schools)
Health and wellbeing
Young People