creative producer (commissioning)

We’re looking for a dynamic and inspirational individual to join us, to work closely with me and our fantastic team to help us achieve our potential and grow our impact and reach.

Although the last two years has presented us with a number of challenges, the charity is in a strong and robust financial position – thanks to multi-year grants from funders, our growing international partnerships and careful financial management.

In the current and post Covid environment we believe that the themes that we address – such as physical and mental health, disability, gender, death, inequality, politics and protest – are ever more important and relevant.

Our partners and funders are investing in our long term vision because they understand both our current and potential impact locally, nationally and globally.

It’s a very exciting time to join SICK! – We have embarked on a 10-year strategic community engagement programme in the Moston and Harpurhey neighbourhoods of North Manchester, including rolling out a major programme of arts and mental health work.

We recently delivered our 2022 Festival and as part of this we have developed newly commissioned art works with partners in South Africa, Finland, Netherlands, and Switzerland.

We have also recently developed our programmes and business plan to 2026 and submitted our three-year National Portfolio Organisation application to Arts Council England. The new postholder will play a key role in delivering this, alongside staff and Trustees.

We’re looking for a dynamic and inspirational individual to join us, to work closely with me and our fantastic team to help us achieve our potential and grow our impact and reach. Someone who brings experience of socially-engaged practice, managing budgets, and seeing commissions through for inception to evaluation, who is also passionate about, and interested in, the areas in which SICK! operates – arts, health, diversity, community development and international work.

While we are proud of our diversity achievements in our creative programmes, recognised by ACE in our Strong Creative Case rating, we want to further diversify our workforce to be representative of all sections of society.

We actively welcome candidates who are currently underrepresented in the arts including people who face discrimination as a result of racism, those who self-identify as LGBTQIA+, those from lower socio-economic backgrounds and those who self-identify as disabled.

We know that everyone has different commitments in their work/home lives and we are open to requests for varied working hours or work patterns. These will be considered taking into account the impact on the organisation and work colleagues.

We look forward to hearing from you.

All the best – Helen Medland, CEO/Artistic Director


About the role

Job Title: Creative Producer (Commissioning)
Employer: SICK! Productions Ltd (also known as SICK! Festival)
Responsible to: CEO/Artistic Director
Responsible for: Freelance staff
Contract: Permanent
Hours: Full time – 37.5 hours per week
Holiday Entitlement: 25 days per annum, plus Bank Holidays
Notice Period: Two months
Probationary Period: Six months
Salary Range: £30,000 to £34,000 (depending on experience).
Pension: The People’s Pension Scheme, Employer contributions 3% gross salary
Location: Working at The Sharp Project, Thorp Road, Manchester, M40 5BJ
References: All offers of employment are subject to receipt of satisfactory references


Application Details

Application Deadline: Friday 13 January 2023 at 12pm

Interviews: Wednesday 18 and Thursday 19 January 2023

Application Process
Please submit the following as either PDF documents or in an alternative format if you would prefer (e.g. video):

  1. CV – 2 sides A4 max
  2. Completed Diversity Monitoring Form (this information will be stored anonymously and separately to your application)
  3. Covering letter (1500 words max) outlining how you meet the criteria in the Job Description and Personal Specification, with examples from your previous work (you will have the opportunity to expand on these examples during interview)
  4. Details of two professional references with current knowledge of your experience and abilities
    Please send the above to info@sickfestival.com marked Creative Producer