Ensemble Associate (projects & communications)



Salary: Circa £20k (Dependent on experience; supported through The Rank Foundation’s Time to Shine programme)


Contract: Fixed-term, 1 year Hours: 37.5 per week; some evening and weekend work may be required Start date: Negotiable; but on or before 18th January 2021


Responsible to: Communications & Development Manager


Location/Contact: Quarantine are based in Manchester, but our entire team is currently working from home. We meet virtually at least weekly and occasionally in person when required, in a COVID-secure way. We anticipate this will remain the case until at least Summer 2021, although there may be opportunities to work from co-working spaces, meeting rooms or rehearsal spaces/project venues in Manchester, and in tour locations across the UK and internationally (Government travel guidance allowing). We will carry out a working from home assessment with you and provide any equipment/support required to work effectively from home. The Ensemble Associate (projects & communications) will take part in regular one-on-one meetings with line management, as well as weekly team and regular project meetings

Holidays: 28 days plus bank holidays


Pension: Staff are automatically enrolled in Quarantine’s workforce pension scheme. In line with government rules, a minimum contribution of 8% must be made, and 3% of this will be made by Quarantine. You can opt out of the workforce pension should you choose to. Probation/notice period: 2 months probation, after which a 1-month notice period will apply




The Ensemble Associate (projects & communications) will be a vital part of Quarantine’s small but dedicated team, hands-on in the day-to-day development and delivery of our work. Working closely with our Communications & Development Manager and the rest of our team, the Ensemble Associate will help us to form, develop and maintain the relationships we need to deliver our work. Through administrative support, communications activity and advocacy they will help widen our professional networks and connect with members of the public. They will play an important role in helping to develop and deliver artistic projects and events, including contributing to the recruitment and care of the diverse range of individuals involved in our projects. This post requires someone with a passion for contemporary performance/art, with strong administrative and communication skills, who is comfortable drafting written materials and can quickly and easily build rapport with a wide range of people. You need to be as comfortable working alone on administrative tasks as with being part of collaborative discussions about the trajectory of a project and with approaching people to become part of our work. We are looking for someone proactive and adaptable who can join our ensemble and excel within our collaborative and open way of working. This is a rare opportunity to join Quarantine’s small team and become part of our ensemble for a 12-month period. We have an exciting year planned, and the Ensemble Associate will work across a number of major artistic projects delivered in Manchester, across the UK and internationally. The role may involve travel and, because of current working situations around the pandemic, will inevitably involve a significant amount of home working.









• A demonstrable interest in contemporary theatre, performance and/or other art forms;

• Strong administrative skills and attention to detail, including experience of using Microsoft Word and Excel;

• Fluent verbal and written English; confident drafting written materials;

• Friendly and personable; able to talk to and build relationships with a wide range of people;

• A can-do, problem-solving attitude and the ability to take initiative;

• Flexible and adaptable; able to get stuck in and do what is needed in a small team;

• Able to manage and prioritise a varied workload, and to self-motivate (particularly in a home-working context) and to seek support when needed;

• In accordance with the requirements of the funder of this role, the candidate must currently be under-employed (not in permanent, full-time employment);

• An interest in developing a career in the subsidised arts or wider charity sector, committed to professional development with an interest in pursuing leadership positions in the future;

• Must have legal permission to work in the UK.



• Interest in Quarantine’s work, approach and values; • An understanding of the subsidised arts sector;

• Knowledge of or connections in Greater Manchester;

• Experience helping to deliver activities/events with a wide range of people;

• Technical skills, systems and software:

• Experience using Mac operating systems;

• Data management & analysis in Excel;

• Google Workspace;

• CRM software;

• Google Analytics;

• CMS systems (basic HTML);

• Email mailing systems (e.g. MailChimp);

• Basic image and video editing skill





How to apply: Please apply by the deadline for applications via email to info@qtine.com. Please complete the job application form, including the supporting statement, and send this along with a CV and a completed Equal Opportunities Monitoring form. The supporting statement can be written (no more than 1 side of A4) or in audio or video form (no more than 3 minutes), and should address:

• Why you are interested in this position;

• Referring to the person specification, what knowledge, qualities and skills you would bring to this role;

• Any relevant experience or qualifications that you have.


Quarantine’s selected candidate will be required to undertake a second interview will the Rank Foundation during the first two weeks of January 2021 (a member of Quarantine will also be present).

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