Creative Learning Associate (CYP)

  • Location : Northampton , United Kingdom

  • Salary : £24000.00 per annum

  • Posted : 12/01/2021

  • Position: Full time

Job Description

The Creative Learning Associate (CYP) is a key role within the Creative Learning team, working with the wider Arts team to develop and deliver high quality arts opportunities that follow our core values and the principles of the Arts Council’s ‘Let’s Create’ programme.

You must be an experienced practitioner with a passion for creative engagement with children and young people. Have a track record of project management and delivery, supporting freelance artists and be committed to work with the Creative Learning Director to further develop Royal & Derngate’s participatory and pathway programmes.

Job Purpose

  • Work with the Creative Learning Director and Arts team to develop the participatory programmes for Royal & Derngate.
  • Administration and management of all Youth Theatre & Young Company programmes and wider children and young people (CYP) activities.

Essential Skills


  • Experience of planning and leading drama-based workshops and activities
  • Experience of directing plays with children and young people
  • Experience of managing projects of different scales
  • Experience of co-production and/or arts-based collaborations


  • Knowledge and understanding of the arts in education and community creative learning contexts
  • Knowledge of current Safeguarding Policies & Procedures
  • Understanding of participatory arts landscape and Arts Council priorities


  • Practical experience, through education or training, of drama-related teaching and directing
  • Proven ability to direct drama-based projects and plays
  • Able to prioritise, manage own workload and meet tight deadlines
  • Strong organisational and administrative skills with ability to plan and deliver multiple projects in a timely and efficient manner
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to inspire and engage with people from a wide range of communities, ages, and backgrounds
  • Creative and innovative, able to generate and adapt ideas to the needs of situations, participants, and partners
  • Ability to process information effectively
  • Good IT skills including proficient use of Word, Excel, databases and other technology

Desired Skills


  • Experience of working within an arts organisation
  • Experience of working with individuals with differing needs
  • Experience of networking and forming partnerships
  • Experience of identifying sources of funding, writing successful applications and reporting to funders
  • Experience of creating digital resources and/or social media campaigns to effectively enhance and promote arts activity


  • Knowledge of local communities - needs, challenges, and cultural ecology
  • Arts related qualification
  • Academic qualification to degree level or equivalent vocational experience in an arts-related subject
  • Familiar with Health & Safety policies and procedures
  • Knowledge of current Child Performance legislation and licensing
  • Arts Award training/awareness
  • Database and finance systems - TESS, Artifax, Exchequer
  • Knowledge of GDPR regulations
  • Understanding of evaluation and its role in project development

Closing Date: Friday 17th December 2021
Interview Date: Wednesday 12th January 2022 

How To Apply

Please submit a Covering Letter (no more than 3 sides of A4) stating your relevant experience, knowledge and skills for the role and your CV.

We are an inclusive organisation, committed to fair recruitment, and equality of opportunity. We particularly welcome applications from those whose backgrounds are currently under-represented in our workforce and in the Arts more widely. We want to encourage socio-economic diversity, as well as representation from ethnically diverse groups, people who identify as D/deaf and disabled and/or those who identify as LGBTQ+. 

As part of our commitment to being an inclusive employer, we would like you to complete an equal opportunities monitoring form. You will receive an email from us to acknowledge your application which will include a link to complete this.

Royal & Derngate are a PIPA (Parents and Carers in Performing Arts) Charter Partner, striving towards creating a more family friendly working environment. We encourage proposals from anyone who requires flexible working/job share/remote working around caring responsibilities, and anyone looking for a positive work/life balance.

For further information about Royal & Derngate and the role, please see attachments below (Large Print & Audio available).

About Company

Royal & Derngate Northampton is the main venue for arts and entertainment in Northamptonshire, with attendances for live events and films numbering 358,000 last year, and an additional 119,000 seeing its work on tour at over 100 venues. Named Regional Theatre of the Year in The Stage Awards in 2011 (and nominated again in 2016), the theatre won the UK Theatre Awards for Best Presentation of Touring Theatre in 2015 and Best Touring Production in 2016 for The Herbal Bed, and The Stage Ensemble Award and a Fringe First for Education, Education, Education in 2017.

In 2019 Royal & Derngate was nominated for the UK Theatre ‘Excellence in Inclusivity’ Award. Alongside touring nationally and internationally Royal & Derngate’s Made in Northampton productions have transferred to the West End and Broadway as well as Shakespeare’s Globe, the National Theatre, The Southbank Centre and the Lyric Hammersmith. Productions transferring to London recently include Education, Education, Education, The Worst Witch, Our Lady of Kibeho, The Singing Mermaid and Touching the Void.

The venue also presents a diverse range of visiting productions on both the Derngate and Royal stages, featuring musicals, dance, comedy and music, including a residency from the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Last year the venue hosted the UK Musical Theatre Conference, Devoted & Disgruntled 14 and the International Teach First conference. Royal & Derngate’s award-winning, nationally recognised Get Involved programme engages with over 20,000 participants each year, including schools, families and communities in Northamptonshire and beyond, and its two-screen cinema welcomed over 78,000 audience members to the best in world, independent, British and mainstream fi lm. Meanwhile, the theatre’s Generate artistic development programme supports hundreds of local and emerging artists and practitioners each year.

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