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Programme Assistant, AND Festival

Apply by: noon, Thursday 20th January 2022

Abandon Normal Devices (AND) is a commissioning agency and a catalyst for new approaches to art-making and digital invention. We create ground breaking projects which challenge the definitions of art and moving image with a distinct emphasis on creative enquiry and provocations. Since its inception in 2009, AND has shaken the creative sector through radical, risk-taking projects that challenge conventional modes of participation, and stimulate new art forms and creative inquiry.

AND is looking for a Programme Assistant to play a key role in the coordination and administration of the organisation and annual programme for 2022/23, including development of the next edition of AND Festival. This is a varied role including processing AND financial transactions, organising meetings, coordinating travel (national and international) for artists, the AND team and guests, with the opportunity to get hands-on production experience. The Programme Assistant will work closely with AND’s Senior Management team, supporting the successful delivery of the programme with a wider team of freelance staff, external contractors and volunteers during periods of delivery. 

This is a fast-paced role, suitable for someone who ideally has a background and interest in the arts, partnership working and some experience of project and/or office coordination. You will be thorough in approach and be comfortable with multi-tasking and supporting the operations of the organisation. This is an exciting time to join our team and an opportunity to contribute to a new programme with innovation and experimentation at its core.

Job Title: Programme Assistant
Salary: £20,000 pro rata
Hours: Part-time 0.6  (22.5hrs per week, flexible working available)
Contract: 12 Month Fixed Term Contract (PAYE)
Location: Hybrid working, with team contact days in Central Manchester

The closing date for applications is: noon, Thursday 20th January 2022
Interviews are expected to take place: Thursday 27th January 2022

How To Apply:

  • Download and complete the Application Form and email to with APPLICATION – Programme Assistant as the subject field
  • Complete an Equal Opportunities Form (submitted anonymously)

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Equality & Diversity
Abandon Normal Devices is committed to equality of opportunity for all. We believe that a diverse workforce can enable more innovative, creative and dynamic workplaces. We want to reflect the diversity of our audiences in our workforce; therefore, we actively seek and welcome applicants from, including but not limited to; ethnically or culturally diverse backgrounds, diverse sexualities and genders, disabled and d/Deaf people, or those with unconventional career paths. We will be using positive action under the Equality Act 2010 to appoint, should candidates be equally qualified.

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