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Community Engagement Creative Manager

The Sheffield Wheat Experiment
Sheffield

Posted: 3 May 2022

Deadline: 30 May 2022

Compensation: £22,500 - 184 days between June 22 & April 24

Paid Flexible hours


Job description

Brief Overview

We wish to appoint an individual or an organisation that can deliver the following service contract between June 2022 and April 2024 (184 days). We have allocated a capped budget of £22,500 over this period which will include VAT (if applicable). We anticipate a work programme that may require an average of 2 days per week but there may be periods when more intensive work is required as well as occasional evenings and weekends.

Organisation The Sheffield Wheat Experiment is a non-profit distributing, unincorporated association formed with the following aim: To creatively engage with growers and non-growers to increase our understanding of heritage wheat, cereals and other locally grown foods to improve the sustainability of local food growing (including grain to plate initiatives), seed-saving, processing, landraces and the diversity, culture and heritage of regional food systems. Now in its second growing year, The Sheffield Wheat Experiment has 200 ‘micro-growers’ (people across Sheffield growing small areas of wheat in their gardens or allotments).  The project aims to explore how  we can collectively develop alternative approaches to cereals  in Sheffield.

Awarded £92,840 by Heritage Lottery in April 2022, as well as multiple smaller grants with initial funding from Arts Council England, Sheffield Wheat Experiment is an innovative and pioneering project that takes a creative and hands on approach to addressing  important issues about the resilience of local food systems and the skills and know-how our society needs to re-learn in order to break with decades of industrial processes and a disconnection with land, growing and processing not just wheat but other cereals and foods.

Overview of Role

We require a  Community Engagement Creative Manager to help coordinate and drive forward our planned work programme. This role will involve leading on community engagement activities as well as a wide range of events and activities to be agreed in close collaboration with the Project Director. It will also involve liaising with the project steering group and to provide an energetic and highly organised approach to maximising the levels of participation and quality engagement with the project. The appointed individual or organisation may not have specific experience of growing or wheat, although this will be welcomed, but should have a track record of developing and engaging people and communities using  creative approaches to activities, dialogue, spaces and events and other innovative methods. They should be interested in and understand the underlying values and objectives of the project.  The Community Engagement Creative Manager will lead on all aspects of the community engagement programme which will also include organising events for micro-growers and other activities as agreed with the Project Director.

Visit www.thesheffieldwheatexperiment.co.uk to download the full job specification

Application information

Please visit www.thesheffieldwheatexperiment.co.uk in order to download the full job specification.

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About The Sheffield Wheat Experiment

The Sheffield Wheat Experiment aims to creatively engage with growers and non-growers to increase our understanding of heritage wheat, cereals and other locally grown foods to improve the sustainability of local food growing (including grain to plate initiatives), seed-saving, processing, landraces and the diversity, culture and heritage of regional food systems.