Join our team – apply to be SCU’s Arts Project Manager

July 16, 2020

Join our team as the Street Child United Arts Project Manager

  • Contract Time: Initial contract for 36 days from August to December 2020 with extension planned for 2021-22.
  • Fee: £4,000 – 36 days across the contract, roughly 1 to 2 days per week
  • Closing date: Monday, 27th July. Interviews are scheduled to take place on Monday, 3rd and Tuesday, 4th August.



Street Child United is a multi-award winning charity using sport to protect, respect and support street children across the world.

Based in London, we use the power of sport and the arts to level the playing field for street-connected children everywhere, and give them a global platform to raise awareness of their situation and change the negative perceptions and treatment they face.

Ahead of the world’s biggest sporting events, such as the FIFA World Cup, The Olympics and Cricket World Cup, we organise international sports events for street-connected children to come together from around the world; representing their country, demonstrating their talents, making their voices heard on the issues that matter to them and showing the world that every child has potential, no matter their background. Arts programmes have run alongside the Games in nearly every country and contribute to ensuring our organisation have a lasting impact, through telling street children’s stories and reaching new audiences.

We are the proud organisers of the Street Child World Cup, Street Child Games and Street Child Cricket World Cup.

Role overview

The Arts Manager has a wide and challenging brief. Given the size and scale of our organisation, the role demands commitment, creativity, experience, instinct and flexibility. We are a small but high-impact charity, and the opportunities are sizeable. All members of SCU’s staff are utterly dedicated to its work, and as the post-holder will often be communicating externally, they must be particularly fluent at expressing its mission and values in a compelling and passionate way.

The post-holder is a significant guardian of the arts programme. They deliver the charity’s ambitious aim to create a global platform for street-connected young people, and the organisations who support them, to campaign from.

The post-holder will focus on readying the organisation’s arts offer for its next major events; the Street Child World Cup Doha 2022 and Street Child Cricket World Cup India 2023, as well as capitalise on any UK based opportunities. As such, the Arts Manager will work closely with the Major Projects Manager, who oversees both the SCWC 2022 and SCCWC 2023.

The post-holder will work with a range of global partners, artists old and new to the organisation and volunteers, as well as some freelancers, agencies and other advisors to help deliver the programmes. It is expected you will work independent and largely autonomous with a flexible, hands-on attitude.

A broad understanding of community and participatory arts practice will be key for this role, as well as some experience of managing a programme with multiple projects. Ideally you will have experience in producing or creating one or more art forms or disciplines. However, equally crucial is the ability to plan activity and manage delivery; whether hands-on or outsourced. A clear focus on objectives and outcomes is critical.

Key responsibilities

  • Managing an arts programme – working with SCU staff, external artists, partners abroad and in the UK and a volunteer team to deliver a high quality multi-project arts programme.
  • Support fundraising – provide creative, strategic and tactical support to SCU’s fundraising activity. Plan, budget, coordinate and manage for short-term scaled-up communications activity at high-profile flagship events.
  • Partnership working – support SCU’s partners worldwide and source new partners for co-producing events.
  • Management – of temporary resources, volunteers and procurement of external  support (often pro-bono).
  • Risk & Brand guardian – maintain, develop and protect our brand with our staff, partners and network offices. Consult with internal staff for guidance, when necessary.
  • Risk – implement necessary processes to mitigate reputational risk and the potential communication impacts around SCU’s work.
  • Uphold best practice – uphold child protection through communications and ensure content adheres to guidelines and legal requirements.
  • Monitoring and Evaluation – Implement monitoring tools to measure progress and adapt accordingly.
  • Advocacy – Work with the SCU Teams Manager and advocacy partners (StreetInvest and Consortium for Street Children) to create and deliver advocacy strategies and support advocacy work of Street Child World Cup teams.

Personal specification

  • Commitment to Street Child United’s mission, values and approach
  • Commitment to team working
  • Experience of managing arts projects or programmes in community settings
  • Experience working 1:1 with artists and acting as the conduit between the core organisation deliverables and the artist’s vision
  • Creative and strategic thinker, planner, able to prioritise and deliver achievable goals to deadline
  • Experience or understanding of small charity communications budget
  • Evaluates PR opportunities and risks
  • Understands the power of story and how to package stories for public
  • Experience of networking and creating co-productions through support in kind models
  • Experience creating fast-turnaround high-end proposals and reports
  • Ability to operate within a predominantly administratively self-servicing environment and able to manage priorities over a freelance work
  • Willing to travel when required, within Covid guidance.

Desirable skills:

  • Experience of managing arts projects or programmes outside of the Arts sector
  • Experience of working internationally
  • Experience of working with vulnerable young people or with street-connected children.
  • To apply, please send a CV (two pages) and a one page letter with the following information included:
    • Why you are interested in this opportunity
    • How a 6 month, 1 or 2 day a week commitment will fit in with your lifestyle and other work
    • A small paragraph on how you feel Arts practice can help advocate for social change
    • Any support you may need surrounding Covid, or any other circumstances, which would help you achieve this role

Applications are now CLOSED.

We are a small charity, so apologise that we cannot offer feedback or respond to unsuccessful applications. We really would like to but our staff team do not have capacity. Please do continue to stay in touch, however, and we welcome volunteers throughout the year. You can
email our Volunteer Coordinator for more details.