Encounters: Head of Programme

At a moment of huge change and opportunity across the screen industries, we are seeking someone with creative vision and ambition to join our team in a newly created ‘Head of Programme’ role. 

The Head of Programme will lead on the curation and preparation of all audience facing activity playing a key part in communicating Encounters’ vision and ambition whilst supporting new and emerging talent reach new audiences.

Who we are looking for?

The Head of Programme will form a key part of a small team of staff who welcome and celebrate individuality creating a rewarding environment for personal and professional development. 

They will lead on the curation and preparation of all audience facing activity confidently communicating their vision for moving image exhibition and discovery of new and emerging talent.  By embracing innovation, they will demonstrate their openness to new ideas and imaginations that are prevalent within the short form.

Job Opportunity - Head of Programme

Location: Bristol, UK
Reporting to: CEO – Rich Warren
Responsible for: Curatorial team & Seasonal Freelance support staff
Salary: £28,000 - £32,000 depending on experience
Hours Worked:  37.5 (Includes flexible working, some evenings, and weekends)
Contract Length: 4-year, fixed term contract
Start date: Preferred start date 14th June 2021

Download the Recruitment Pack for this role here

Head of Programme Application Form

Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form (optional)

The Ambition - What you need to bring to the table

·       A keen awareness of the British and international film scene and the wider arts sector

·       A passion for delivering events of the highest quality

·       A demonstrable commitment to the principles of diversity and inclusion and their practical application and integration into work practices

·       Minimum of 2 years relevant experience in curation of the arts or as a practitioner.

·       A high level of organisational skills and forensic attention to detail with the proven ability to meet deadlines and targets while working in a busy environment

·       Adaptability and willingness to respond to an evolving workflow

·       Excellent communication skills and ability to deal effectively with people at all levels

·       Ability to develop and maintain good collegiate working relationships with colleagues, contacts, partners, and stakeholders

·       A commitment to continuing personal and professional development

·       Willingness to learn new applications and technology as appropriate

·       Proven ability to work well under pressure and prioritise intensely varying workloads

·       Ability to represent Encounters professionally and with confidence locally, nationally, and internationally

How to Apply

To apply please complete the online application form.

During the process please upload your Cover Letter and CV as PDF’s, clearly labelled in the following format – Full_Name_Document

Your covering letter should state your ambitions for this role and how your experiences and skills directly respond to the Job description, specifically the person specification.   This should be no more than 2 pages.

Your CV should clearly detail relevant experience and skills that would assist you in this role.  This should be no more than 2 pages.

Encounters welcomes applications from people who experience racism, people from low-income backgrounds, disabled people, those who identify as LGBTQ+, and all those who are currently underrepresented across the sector.

We would like to make this opportunity open to everybody. If you have any questions about the application process please email: hello@encounters.film by Thursday 15th April and in some cases an informal conversation can be arranged.


The deadline for applications is 17:00(GMT), 19th April 2021. 

All applicants will be contacted on the status of their application by 29th April 2021.

Applicants who meet the basic criteria will be invited to a preliminary interview via Zoom during the week of 3rd May 2021.  This will give us an opportunity to meet a wide field of applicants and give you an opportunity to share your visions for the role and ask any specific questions.

A shortlist will then be invited for a second interview via Zoom during the week commencing 10th May 2021.

Equal opportunities

Encounters is a charity that stands for fairness and equality. Whether showcasing the best in new and emerging talent, running events, or hiring staff, we take our commitment to fair representation seriously.

Whatever your background, we won’t exclude anyone based on gender, race, ability, sexual orientation, or otherwise.

You’ll be welcome here.

We are committed to continually evaluating and developing our policies and processes to ensure that this remains the case.  We regularly request anonymised demographic monitoring information from staff, freelancers, artists, volunteers, and audiences to statistically analyse and measure our progress.  Any provided information is not linked to individual records.

After completing the application, you will be asked to complete a monitoring form, this will not be linked to your application details and does not form a part of the selection process.

Data Protection

We are committed to protecting your privacy and will only use the information that we collect about you lawfully and in compliance with the GDPR Act 2018.  We aim to be transparent about the information that we hold about you and what we do with it.

The information you give in your application will be used to create a shortlist for interviews. Any data about you will be held securely with access restricted to those involved in dealing with your application in the recruitment process.

Your application will be kept on file for a maximum of six months and then destroyed in a confidential manner. Any applications received after the closing date will be destroyed immediately.

Download the Recruitment Pack for this role here

Head of Programme Application Form

Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form (optional)

Expiry date: 
Mon, 19/04/2021
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