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Chair of the Royal Exchange Theatre Board
The Royal Exchange Theatre (RET) is an award winning producing theatre company that has built its reputation for inspiring audiences with its ambitious programming and dynamic productions covering a broad spectrum from fresh approaches to classic plays to new work commissioned by the theatre from some of the country’s leading playwrights. As one of the country’s leading theatres for new writing the RET also invests in developing writers at all stages of their careers, particularly through the nationally acclaimed award, the Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting.
 
The theatre is also a widely respected centre for creative learning, running participation programmes for people of all ages, working with community partners from across the Greater Manchester region and beyond. A third significant strand of work is the part the theatre plays nationally in developing theatre making talent. It offers a range of programmes from opportunities for young people from Greater Manchester to access skills and training right the way through to supporting national training initiatives for emerging directors, designers and writers. With an exciting and challenging plan to extend its reputation and engagement internationally, nationally and locally The Royal Exchange is now seeking a Chair to lead the Board at a time of change and development.
 
The role will require the Chair to be strongly networked and have an outgoing positive approach to attracting others to the theatre and its mission. Strongly aligned to Manchester and the North West area, its partnerships and commitment within the region and the UK are important. You will also need to understand and support creative risk, whilst bringing strong business acumen to the development of income earning streams to support a new business model. You will be required to actively support the theatre’s fund raising activity (corporate sector and major donor relationships) and be confident in developing relationships with senior figures in key stakeholder bodies. It is highly likely that the successful candidate will already be a strong advocate for the value of arts and culture and have a keen interest in theatre including the programme at The Royal Exchange Theatre.

The role will require 20 days / year.

Please submit a short covering letter demonstrating how you meet the requirements of this role and email with your CV to st@warrenpartners.co.uk quoting reference number: SETB4703. Alternatively, please Tel: 0845 261 0600.
 
Deadline: 22 September  

All third party and direct applications will be forwarded to Warren Partners.
 
Volunteer Ushers (Aged 18+)
The Royal Exchange Theatre is one of the best known theatres in the UK, and puts on more than 500 performances in the Theatre and the Studio every year.

The Royal Exchange building is one of the most amazing buildings in Manchester City Centre.

Volunteer ushers are members of our Front of House team, whose main role is to welcome the public into the theatre in a warm and friendly way, and ensure that all visitors are able to enjoy all of the areas occupied by the Royal Exchange Theatre Company in a safe and welcoming environment.

All of our volunteers receive full training and induction, together with a uniform and badge. Volunteers will also be able to take advantage of free tickets to see our shows, and free programmes.

The theatre is easily accessible via public transport and discounted city centre parking is also available.
Our flexible volunteer usher programme provides a rewarding opportunity for people who love theatre to join the Royal Exchange Team and work together in a great environment.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer usher, please download and complete our Application Form, and send this to: Lynne Yates, Front of House Manager, Lynne.yates@royalexchange.co.uk 
 
Community Programme Leader - Participation & Learning

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join our forward thinking Participation and Learning team in order to manage and develop our community programme, engaging with communities across the region. Reporting directly to the Head of Department, this key role involves building relationships and strategic partnership with external stakeholders and with departments across the theatre.

The successful candidate will be an experienced project manager with high level project delivery expertise. Demonstrable experience of hands-on working with marginalised, vulnerable and under-represented adults and young people is required. Proven ability to build relationships and engage community organisations will be of paramount importance.

Deadline for applications :  Monday 22 September 2014

Shortlisted candidates invited for interview : Friday 26 September 2014

First interviews :  Wednesday 1 October 2014

Salary : £14,811 (3 days per week)

The Royal Exchange Theatre is strongly committed to the principles and practice of equal opportunity. We particularly welcome applications from those underrepresented in our organisation.