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Shubbak seeks a Programme and Engagement Producer

Posted: 16 Apr 2018 · Category: Blog, News

Job Title: Programme and Engagement Producer of Shubbak: A Window on Contemporary Arab Culture
Location: Shubbak, London
Reports to: Executive Director and Artistic Director
Salary: £30,000 pro rata
Start date June 2018 or as soon as possible
Term: 15 months (with a review after 3 months)
Hours: 18.75 (2.5 days a week)

Shubbak, the UK’s largest festival of contemporary Arab culture, is recruiting a Programme and Engagement Producer to produce projects leading up to and including the 2019 Festival.

The Programme and Engagement Producer will focus on two interlinked areas of Shubbak’s work:

  • To produce projects across the artistic programme, including those which focus on access, participation, engagement and local community liaison.
  • To nurture existing, and develop new relationships with local Arab communities and develop engagement by them as audiences, participants and collaborators.

This post will sit at the heart of the organisation, working across multiple projects as our work expands. This role requires excellent organisational and administrative skills, and previous experience as a producer is required.

Shubbak is entering a crucial and exciting period of organisational growth following the successful delivery of the 2017 festival and new NPO status from Arts Council England. The role of Programme and Engagement producer is a dynamic role within the organisation, and as such amendments may be made to reflect changing and evolving needs of the organisation. During peak project periods, it may also be necessary for you to take over some duties normally performed by colleagues. Any such alternative work will be suitable and appropriate to your skills. The majority of work will take place between Mon – Fri, 9am – 6pm, but this job also requires occasional availability for work at weekend, evenings and unsocial hours.


Shubbak is Europe’s largest festival of contemporary Arab culture. Our 2017 festival took place across London over 16 days in more than 30 venues, with over 60 events reaching over 50,00 people. Media coverage included BBC Radio 4’s Front Row, The Guardian’s Top 10, Time Out’s pick of the week and more, along with partnerships including the Royal Opera, Southbank Centre and Barbican. Principal partners for the 2017 festival were Arab Fund for Arts and Culture, British Council, A. M. Qattan Foundation and Arts Council England. The festival had significant audience success, with one night enjoying 5 simultaneous sold out events on the same night and was met a strong critical response include a number of 4-star reviews and highlight listings, as well as new venue partnerships, increased engagement work and increased national reach.

Since the 2017 festival Shubbak has now become a National Portfolio Organisation with Arts Council England, and is building towards the 2019 festival, to take place in July 2019 at venues across London.

Job Outline:

The Programme and Engagement Producer shall perform the following tasks or duties:

  • Take the lead in producing projects for Shubbak’s artistic programme, This includes: liaising with national and international artists; managing all logistics for commissions and residencies; recruiting and managing freelance staff for specific projects as required; identifying relevant venues, locations and partners; liaising with venues; developing production plans for events and projects; negotiating and agreeing contracts; managing set budgets; coordinating arrangements for workshops, rehearsals, touring and performances; communicating with all partners; creating and implementing audience development strategies; working with marketing team to develop and disseminate publicity; developing and implementing audience and participants evaluation.
  • Take the lead on producing Shubbak’s community engagement programme and develop a strategy for ongoing community engagement work; create and deliver a programme of community participation activities across the festival; develop participation projects for children and young people; maintain and develop long-term sustainable relationships with relevant community groups in London and across the UK as appropriate; develop structured routes for community partners and schools to engage with Shubbak; keep abreast of local, national and international developments in community engagement in the arts and help ensure that Shubbak is at the forefront of development in such areas.
  • Maintain relationships with current stakeholders and develop new relationships with relevant key cultural organisations and individuals and their community equivalents both in the UK and across the Arab region.
  • Work with the Executive Director to implement an evaluations of Shubbak’s work as needed
  • Contribute to Shubbak’s fundraising strategy and assist in fundraising efforts, grant-writing and reporting
  • Monitor project budgets and ensure projects do not overspend.
  • Maintain record keeping on all projects which the Programme and Engagement Producer oversees
  • Attend relevant meetings as and when identified by the Artistic Director and/or Executive Director
  • Contribute to Shubbak’s marketing and PR strategy through supplying information and copy when required and maximising marketing opportunities for projects.
  • Act as an ambassador for the Festival and its representatives.
  • Develop volunteer positions in collaboration with the Executive Director
  • Recruit, manage and supervise Shubbak volunteers
  • Contribute to board papers as requested
  • Ensure activities are compliant with all company policies
  • Ensure a safe working environment is maintained at all times with particular regard to the health, safety and welfare of audience, participants, volunteers, artists and yourself
  • Assist the Executive Director and Artistic Director in all aspects of their roles relevant to the above
  • Any other reasonable duties as required

Skills and experience


  • A minimum of three years of working in arts and culture is essential
  • Experience of producing artistic projects is essential
  • Understanding of issues relating to diversity & access is essential
  • Excellent written and spoken English is essential


  • Experience of community engagement work is desirable
  • Excellent written and spoken Arabic is desirable
  • Knowledge of the Arab arts sector is desirable
  • Experience of working with international artists is desirable
  • Experience of developing and managing budgets is desirable

Application procedure

You must be eligible to work in the UK to be considered for this role.

To apply please send a cover letter of no more than 2 pages outlining how you meet the criteria for the post, along with a CV and the contact details of 2 referees to with ‘Programme and Engagement Producer’ in the subject.

Deadline for applications

Midnight, Friday 4 May 2018

We aim for interviews for shortlisted candidates to take place in week commencing 14 May. Interviews will take place at The Arab British Centre, 1 Gough Square, EC4A 3DE, UK

Please note that due to limited resources we will not be able to inform candidates who have not been selected for interview.