Creative Programmes Officer
University of Atypical for Arts and Disability

  • Part-time
  • Belfast
  • Closing Date: 5th June, 2024

Renumeration: £18,700 annually for 24 hours per week (£31,170 full-time equivalent)

Hours of post: Expectation to work hours from Monday - Friday with some weekend and evening work. Work pattern to be agreed with the CEO/Artistic Director.

Post duration: This is a three year contract commencing on the employee’s start date.

Location: University of Atypical, Ground Floor, Cathedral Quarter Workspaces, 109-113 Royal Avenue, Belfast BT1 1FF. Some travel will be required in Northern Ireland; travel and other costs associated with travel will be covered.

The role: This is a crucial role that will coordinate and contribute to our artistic and cultural programmes for and by d/Deaf, disabled and neurodiverse artists and audiences. The role will include a key coordination role of the Bounce Arts Festival, Ledger Studio, and Atypical Gallery exhibition programme alongside the CEO/Artistic Director; supporting the delivery of our Grants and Awards programmes for d/Deaf, disabled and neurodiverse artists; and in the delivery of our wider outreach and development initiatives.

We are looking for someone who has a strong track record in cultural programme development, arts and disability and disability arts engagement and who has good experience in programme administration and reporting.


Financial Management and record keeping

  • Hold responsibility for managing project and programme budgets in line with organisational and funder requirements
  • Maintain financial information for review by the Business Development Manager and Finance Officer
  • Conduct desk research on potential funding opportunities to support creative and outreach programmes and work alongside the Business Development Manager to pursue these opportunities
  • Work with the Business Development Manager and Finance Officer to produce quarterly and annual financial reports on relevant income and expenditure for review and approval by the CEO/Artistic Director, Treasurer and Trustees
  • Ensure compliance with the UofA Financial Procedures policy


  • Maintain and collate information required for internal and external monitoring reports
  • Ensure information required for monitoring reports is collated and provided to the Business Development Manager in line with requests
  • Provide regular updates to CEO/Artistic Director and Business Development Manager on activity in line with funder requirements
  • Review and monitor programmes in line with funder terms and conditions

Administration, Policies and Governance

  • Hold responsibility for own administration across all areas of creative programmes (emails, telephone, photocopying, filing and reporting)
  • Contribute to the review and update of business/operational plans
  • Work in partnership with the CEO/Artistic Director to ensure all programme and project activities/meetings are effectively timetabled, managed, and implemented
  • Work in partnership with the Marketing Officer to ensure the UofA website and media channels are updated on a weekly basis
  • Manage the data capture/feedback/evaluations on the quality and effectiveness of creative programme and project activities
  • Research best value purchases and purchasing following approval by the Business Development Manager or CEO/Artistic Director e.g. equipment, travel and accommodation
  • Ensure compliance with UofA Governance at all times
  • Ensure compliance with all statutory requirements e.g. Health and Safety, Public and Employer Liability, Covid-19 restrictions, Disability Discrimination Act, Equalities law/Section 75

Staff Support and Supervision

  • Contribute to staff development, recruitment, support, induction and supervision processes
  • Management of freelance staff and intern placements
  • Actively engage in staff training, team meetings, staff away days and supervision
  • Representation, marketing and campaigning
  • Work as part of an organisational team
  • Contribute to lobbying and campaigning on behalf of the organisation and the d/Deaf, disabled, and neurodiverse community and d/Deaf, disabled and neurodiverse artists
  • Act as an ambassador promoting the importance of d/Deaf, disabled, and neurodiverse artists and culture
  • Work with our marketers to increase the profile and awareness of University of Atypical for Arts and Disability
  • Seek approval for all marketing materials for programme and project activities with the CEO/Artistic Director

Programming and curatorship

This role is the lead role in the development and implementation of the Bounce Arts Festival

This role will also lead on the management and delivery of other key arts activities that occur throughout the year including the Ledger Studio programming, Artist Grants, Digital Horizon programme, development of arts commissions, artists in residence programmes, artist residency programme and other creative programmes

Liaise with artists and workshop leaders in the planning and delivery of the creative programmes

Manage project budgets including developing and managing budgets for occasional external events

Take a lead role in implementation of creative programmes agreed by the CEO/Artistic Director through liaising with agents, promoters, performing arts companies, touring companies, technicians and marketing organisations

Support the CEO/Artistic Director, negotiating and finalising contracts relating to the creative and cultural programmes

Carry out risk assessments for venues and events

Working with CEO/Artistic Director and marketing support, ensure creative programmes are effectively promoted within budget

Working with the Access and Inclusion Coordinator, ensure creative programmes are accessible and inclusive

Working with the CEO/Artistic Director, Business Development Manager and Community Engagement Manager, contribute to the development and implementation of the Audience Development Strategy

About the Organisation

The University of Atypical for Arts and Disability (UofA) was established in 1993 as the leading sectoral organisation on arts and disability in Northern Ireland. UofA takes an empowerment-based approach towards d/Deaf, disabled and neurodiverse people’s involvement in the arts as audience members and as creative practitioners.

UofA specialises in developing and promoting the work of d/Deaf, disabled and neurodiverse artists and in doing so engages with d/Deaf, disabled and neurodiverse audiences in a direct and meaningful way.

We aim to increase opportunities for D/deaf, disabled and neurodiverse people to engage with the arts, working on a pan-disability basis providing participative and networking opportunities, exhibitions, Bounce Arts Festival, the Ledger Studio for Performing Arts, training and other sectoral developments in equality, access and inclusion.

Our Purpose:

We want to improve the creative lives of d/Deaf, disabled, and neurodiverse people and help them access the arts.

Our Vision:

We want a society where everyone can positively explore and express their creativity, curiosity and talents through the arts.

Our Values:

Inclusion - we believe that a healthy and stable society needs to be built by all its people working together. We will be open to those of all abilities and disabilities and celebrate the diversity of the society in which we live. UofA operates under the social model of disability which says that people are disabled by barriers in society, not by their impairment or difference. We will oppose injustice and anything that excludes or marginalises d/Deaf, disabled and neurodiverse people and others who are considered to be different.

Disabled-led - UofA is driven by D/deaf ,disabled and neurodiverse artists who understand the needs, rights and aspirations of other D/deaf, disabled and neurodiverse artists and acts as an independent voice.

Parity - everyone has an equal right to be treated with dignity and respect, to learn and develop, to access the arts in all its forms and to have their voices heard.

Human Rights - we believe that everyone has inalienable human rights which should be upheld. In particular, we support the UN’s Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and will work to promote and defend these rights.

Excellence - everyone has the right to expect that all aspects of UofA’s work are carried out to the highest standard. UofA will also support artists to work towards achieving the highest artistic standards.

Collaborative - we believe the organisation is much more effective when working in partnership with its key stakeholders. We value meaningful collaboration and partnership working.

What we do

The UofA has a lead sectoral role in Northern Ireland for:

  • enhancing the experience D/deaf, disabled and neurodiverse people have of the arts;
  • promoting work produced by d/Deaf, disabled and neurodiverse artists;
  • elevating the public’s experience of art created or presented by D/deaf, disabled and neurodiverse artists;
  • improving arts organisations’ understanding of access requirements of d/Deaf, disabled and neurodiverse people;
  • showcasing excellence in art created by D/deaf, disabled and neurodiverse artists.

The UofA delivers a year-round programme including:

  • Atypical Gallery programme of visual arts and crafts exhibitions and events.
  • The Ledger Studio for, training, workshops, rehearsals and performances.
  • Partnership work with mainstream arts and Arts & Disability organisations, festivals and creatives.
  • The Arts and Disability Access Awards (ADAA), supporting arts and cultural organisations venues to commit to enhancing access to venues and programming with input from d/Deaf, disabled and neurodiverse people.
  • Sectoral training programme including Disability Awareness; Neurodiversity Awareness; Equality, Access and Inclusion Training; and Sign Language courses.
  • The annual d/Deaf and Disabled Artists Support Fund l (DDASF) scheme for artists who are D/deaf, disabled, or neurodiverse, managed on behalf of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.
  • Bounce Arts Festival, showcasing the best creative practice of work created by local, national and international D/deaf, disabled and neurodiverse artists.

Key communities UofA works with:

Professional and emerging artists, across all art form areas, who identify as D/deaf, Disabled or neurodiverse.

Arts sector and community organisations who engage and seek to engage artists and audiences who are d/Deaf, disabled or neurodiverse.

Professionals in Disability support including translators, audio describers and professional support for people with disabilities.

People with lived experience of disability, Deaf Community and Neurodiversity.

Professionals in administrative policy or the provision of services for people who are d/Deaf, disabled or neurodiverse.

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