Funny Things Assistant Producer position

Team Funny Things 2017

Team Funny Things 2017

Join the team at FUNNY THINGS. We’re looking for an Assistant Producer

Job Description

Job title: Assistant Producer

Contract: Freelance (you will be responsible for your own tax and NI contributions)

Dates: February – November 2019. Approximately 15 hours per week, going up to 35 hours per week during October.

Fee: £5680 (inclusive of all local travel and expenses) 

Location: Working from home with regular meetings in Wolverhampton and occasional meetings in other Black Country locations.

Reporting to: Creative Producer of Funny Things

Contracted by: Creative Black Country

The role

: The Assistant Producer will work alongside the Creative Producer of Funny Things and the Creative Black Country team to ensure that Funny Things 2019 is managed and run effectively. The Assistant Producer will receive training and mentoring support to develop their skills in festival and event management as part of this role.

The Assistant Producer roles and responsibilities will include:

-Volunteer recruitment and management
-Social media
-Communication with artists
-Communication with venues and partners
-Communication with community groups
-Assisting with event planning
-Venue set-up
-Venue/door management at non-arts venues during the festival
-General administration
-Minuting and facilitating meetings

Person Specification
This Assistant Producer role is a personal development opportunity for someone who is interested in gaining more experience in festivals, events and arts management. There will be training and mentoring available, and we will work with the person in post to draw up a training and development plan at the start of the contract. We expect the successful candidate to meet some, but not all, of the knowledge and experience points below.

It is essential that you are open and willing to learn and you are good at working with people.

We encourage and welcome applications from people of all backgrounds and all parts of the community, particularly from people who live in the Black Country area.

Behavioural Specification:
-Willing to learn and committed to personal development
-Commitment to equality, diversity and social inclusion
-Good at working both as part of a team and independently
Outgoing and confident at communicating to a range of people


-Familiarity with Wolverhampton venues
-Familiarity with geography of Wolverhampton centre and surrounding areas
-Knowledge of the comedy sector
-Knowledge of the arts sector
-Social media marketing approaches for festivals and events

Managing volunteers
-Arts administration
-Event management
-Venue management

-Communication (written and verbal)
-Excellent time management and personal organisation
-Social media marketing

How to apply

Please send your CV and a cover letter of no more than 4 sides of A4 outlining how you meet the person specification and why you wish to apply for this role.

Deadline for applications is Friday 30th November 2018

Send Applications to: Project Administrator, Creative Black Country


Post: 1st Floor Landchard House, Victoria Street, West Bromwich, B70 8EX

Shortlisted applicants will be contacted by 21st December 2018

Interviews will take place in January 2019

Expected start date will be February 2019

About Creative Black Country and Funny Things

Creative Black Country is one of Arts Council England’s Creative People and Places projects. We aim to create interesting experiences that tell The Black Country Story and shine a light on the artistic and cultural landscape of the region.

Funny Things is one of our landmark commissions. After the huge success of the first comedy festival in Wolverhampton in 2017, we want to make Funny Things 2019 an even bigger laugh.

The main drive for the festival is to create opportunities for the local community to participate 
and have a laugh. We want to design an engaging and exciting programme that will reach a 
diverse audience from all backgrounds, ages and interests.

Funny Things is in partnership with Wolverhampton City Council, Arena Theatre, Lighthouse Cinema, The Grand Theatre, Newhampton Arts Centre, University of Wolverhampton, Molineux Stadium, Giffard Arms and The Lych Gate Tavern.

Funny Things 2019 will build on the success of the first festival in 2017 with a diverse programme that will include:

Artist commissions - 1 up to £10,000 and 1 up to £3000

Funny Things Gala Event – 3 of the biggest names in comedy (venue tbc)

Special events in partnership with Wolverhampton venues and regional organisations, including Flatpack and Centrala

Children and family programme

Workshops, including stand-up comedy, improvisation and cartoon drawing

Stand-up comedy pub programme at The Lych Gate Tavern and The Giffard