Freelance Executive Producer

Shobana Jeyasingh Dance

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11 October 2023

This is a freelance flexible contract commencing November 2023.

The Executive Producer will work alongside Shobana and report jointly to the chair of the board. The SJD team is lean but highly effective and includes a Finance Manager and Head of Development, as well as freelance marketing, communications and production specialists. The Executive Producer line manages the General Manager who is responsible for the day to day running of the programme and operations and works closely with the Finance Manager. The team operates from a fully accessible base at Somerset House, London WC2 and remotely.

Who we are looking for

The Executive Producer who will work with Shobana on this ambitious programme will have a track record of initiating and sustaining co-producing partnerships on a variety of scales and in a range of locations. They will have proven ability to mobilise cooperation around ideas and be adept at marrying creative and funding opportunities.

A strong communicator and agile thinker, they will have operated at a senior level in, or with, successful producing companies and venues, managed substantial budgets and led creative and production teams.

While it’s not essential to have a background in dance, an understanding of the distinctive nature of contemporary dance production and presentation and a network that includes key individuals, venues and festivals in the UK/international dance sector will be an advantage.

Similarly, the Executive Producer may not be an engagement specialist but will be committed to enabling development opportunities for artists in training or early years of practice. The Executive Producer should have the legal right to work in the UK and be based close enough to Somerset House to be able to be there on a regular basis.

The role is likely to involve some travel within the UK – and possibly overseas – and will require flexibility around working hours.

How to express interest in the role

The board of trustees would like to hear from senior producers who are intrigued and excited by this proposition and who have the capacity to commit to the project for the next three years. They are open to considering different approaches and flexible working patterns. They envisage an initial intensive period of development with Shobana which may then evolve to become part-time or focused around individual elements of the programme. Trustees recognise that the most experienced producers will have an established roster of commitments and are prepared to explore ways of working together that will meet the needs of SJD’s programme while offering flexibility to the right candidate.

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