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Access Coordinator

Posted: 5 Nov 2020 Closes: 30 Nov 2020
Manchester £25,000 pro rata
Fixed term & Part time manchester-international-festival/20201105132308

Manchester International Festival (MIF) will return in Summer ‘21 with a celebration of international culture, innovation and creativity. MIF invites great artists from across the globe to create extraordinary new work for the Festival, which is staged every two years at venues and found spaces across Manchester. Our future home is The Factory, a world-class cultural space being built in the heart of the city, where we’ll present a year-round programme and artists will be able to develop work of huge ambition and scale that they might not be able to anywhere else.

We want to bring together a talented team of people, reaching out into every corner of Manchester and harnessing the talent and energy that is found across the city and beyond.

Reports to:Access Manager
Working closely with:Producing, Technical, Ticketing, Marketing
Salary:£25,000 per annum (pro rata)
Contract:8-month Fixed Term Contract (Jan – end Aug 2021)
Location:Manchester. The role may involve travel around the UK or internationally depending on the project(s) you are working on
Hours:3 days per week (21 hours) from Jan – April 2021, then full time (35 hours per week) until end of contract
Closing Date:30 November 2020


To support the delivery and management of access provision at Manchester International Festival.

Other organisations may call this role: Disability Coordinator, Project Support


  • Administrate the booking, contracting and scheduling of access provision for MIF shows, projects and events (e.g. BSL interpretation, audio description, captioning)
  • Be the first point of contact for access-related requests from all departments
  • Administrate the process of access auditing MIF venues and productions, liaising with Technical and Producing
  • Take responsibility for collating and maintaining detailed Access Information for MIF shows and events, liaising with Ticketing and Marketing
  • Draft access-related briefing notes to assist Front of House teams and MIF Volunteers
  • Attend and contribute to Project Group meetings as appropriate to represent the Access Team
  • Manage the Access inbox (escalating as necessary), liaising with Ticketing
  • Maintain and update internal Access resources for staff


  • Actively engaging with the organisation’s vision and policies regarding equal opportunities and diversity, artistic ambition, participation and engagement, health and safety, evaluation and monitoring
  • Training and talent development is central to the way that MIF and The Factory work. All job roles are expected to contribute to our training and development activity, contributing time to supporting our training programmes on site and occasionally off site
  • Any other duties that are commensurate with the post



MIF is currently undergoing a significant period of organisational change as we grow and develop to operate The Factory. In addition to this with the ongoing impacts of COVID19 the nature of the Festival could change, therefore any new appointees will be required to show a flexible approach to this process which may involve revisions around job description, titles, roles and departmental structures




  • Exceptional organisational and administrative skills
  • Ability to work effectively as part of a team
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • An understanding of the social model of disability


  • Experience of delivering access provision or other types of visitor/customer experience
  • Knowledge of current best practice around access provision and disability culture
  • Commitment to championing inclusion at every level of the organisation with a proven ability to work with people from a wide range of backgrounds
  • Enthusiasm for training, mentoring and support of emerging talent
  • Enthusiasm for a range of arts and culture


MIF has a wide range of projects happening at differing times, with many of our events taking place during evenings and weekends, and several roles may require capacity to work during these hours.

This is taken into consideration when designing job descriptions and setting salaries. During busy periods such as the festival, additional hours may be required, again this is considered when setting salaries. We aim to support all staff to work flexibly and according to their capacity and work closely with staff members to ensure a manageable workload.


There will be a three-month probationary period for this position, during which your notice period will be one week. The notice period will increase to one month once the probationary period is complete



  • Annual leave entitlement is 25 days a year plus public holidays (pro rata dependent on hours of work)
  • Pension: Auto enrollment begins three months after start date and payments are matched for the first 5% of employee’s contribution
  • MIF offers a travel loan scheme via salary sacrifice
  • All MIF employees have access to an Employee Assistance programme operated by Health Assured



MIF is committed to equality for everyone and we encourage you to apply no matter what your age, caring responsibilities, disability, gender, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief and sexual orientation.

MIF is an inclusive employer. We value difference and recruit by merit based on fair and open competition. We welcome candidates from all backgrounds and from all sectors.

We are particularly committed to supporting applications from Disabled/Deaf people and those from diverse backgrounds. We will support any access requirements you may have during the recruitment process and ensure that reasonable adjustments are in place as required by the Single Equalities Act 2010.

If you require any access support if selected for interview or require further information (including requests for printed forms or access support), please inform the MIF office using the contact details below:

Email: Phone: 0161 817 4500

During recruitment, the selection panel will be shortlisting based on what qualities, skills and experience you may bring to the role. The job description is an overview of the type of work the successful candidate will undertake and is not an exhaustive list.

The online application form will require you to complete the following: 
equal opportunities data, personal information, employment history (incl dates, duties & reasons for leaving), qualifications and training history (incl. dates & level of certification as applicable), two references with contact details, a statement outlining why you have applied and why you believe you are a suitable candidate for this position and what particular qualities and experience you would bring to the post if appointed. We advise you to have this information ready before beginning your application.

MIF is a disability Confident employer (committed) and a stonewall diversity company

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