Who are we?


Bertz Associates is a female-led not-for-profit Birmingham based organisation that works across the arts, cultural and heritage sector, to create high quality projects that are centred around platforming the stories and experiences of everyday people. We are an experienced team of super diverse freelancers and creatives who like to make exciting projects happen, often stimulated by intercultural and intergenerational community aspirations. As a team we work very collaboratively and we are looking for someone who is not afraid to share their own thoughts and ideas with the team and whilst also respecting others’ contributions. We see this as an opportunity to overcome unpaid placements, which exclude people from progressing, particularly in the creative industries.


The role

Hours and pay: 25 hours per week, 6 months fixed term contract, national minimum wage

Location: Working from home with some limited meetings in and around Birmingham (when it is safe to do so). Provision of a laptop and support with broadband connection can be be provided.

Deadline to apply: Monday 19. April 2021

This role will support the digital marketing of Bertz Associates LTD with a focus on social media. You will also provide general administration support to the team, helping to coordinate various projects and events.

Main Responsibilities

The Digital Assistant role is to support our director and producer in keeping our digital presence fresh, keeping our social media up to date, supporting website building an developing a social media strategy. The key responsibility will be to help us shape a coherent way how we are seen on digital platforms and deal with comments and enquiries we receive from our platforms. Attend planning and review meetings alongside producers, artists, directors and project partners to gain a deeper understanding of how our company works and how projects start and get delivered. The successful candidate will be expected to take notes to communicate to other team members and to research and look for content that could be relevant to our current projects, this will be done remotely and digitally as long as Covid restrictions apply, if libraries and archives open you might be expected to visit, but only if all risk assessments are passed and everybody is happy to progress.

The placement will be virtual for the whole duration of six months, but as restrictions ease, we plan face to face meeting to support the progress of the candidate.

We are an organisation who was set up to support young practitioners from an ethnically & culturally diverse background & we would particularly welcome applicants from diverse backgrounds.

This opportunity is also open to a candidate with mobility issues/ disabilities as it can be delivered virtually. There will be some core days/ half days, this will be agreed with the successful candidate, so it could suit somebody with caring responsibilities. There will be team and project meetings the digital assistant will be expected to attend, those will be arranged with enough notice to organise schedules.

Core Duties

  • Creating social media posts on various platforms including Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and Tik Tok

  • Writing, editing and sharing blog posts about the work of the company and its’ partners

  • Sending out newsletters

  • Managing mailing lists

  • Coordinating people’s calendars to schedule meetings

  • Taking notes at meetings

  • Compiling data on projects for reports

  • Admin support for ongoing evaluation processes

General Duties

  • Adhere to company processes, policies and procedures, particularly Equity, Access and Inclusion, GDPR data protection legislation and health and safety best practices around social distancing.

  • Ensure compliance with all relevant funding conditions and reporting requirements

  • Act as a point of contact for external enquiries and communication

  • Work in a way which celebrates diversity, prioritises inclusion and challenges discrimination and racism

  • Act as a positive advocate of the company at all times

  • Ensure that safeguarding and health & safety policies are observed and positively implemented

  • Carry out any other reasonable duties as required and agreed with your line manager


Entry Requirements

Applicants should be literate and numerate. You need to be 18-24 and on Universal Credit.

Skills Required

Essential:

  • Excellent communication skills as you’ll need to talk with audiences, participants, artists and other team members in person and in writing

  • Basic knowledge in using Microsoft Word and Excel, Google Drive/Suite

  • Experience of using social media including Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and Tik Tok

  • Image Editing skills to crop, resize and repurpose digital content for social media

Desirable:

  • Photography or film making skills would be desirable

Personal Qualities

  • Interested in the arts, heritage & film, particularily history of minoritised communities

  • Interested in work with young people and communities

  • Interested in kick starting a career in the arts and heritage

  • Attention to detail

  • A good listener, diplomatic, collaborative, interested in other people’s perspectives

  • Able to communicate enthusiastically and generously with a wide range of people

  • Organised, punctual and reliable

  • Confident and able to contribute your own ideas within a team

Future Prospects

We hope to increase the pay to National Living Wage, dependent on funding and completion of successful appraisals. You will be given training and mentoring as part of this role to support your personal and professional development.

How To Apply

This role is supported through the government Kickstart Scheme. All applicants must be aged 18 to 24 and claiming Universal Credit. You must apply through your Job Centre

You will need to submit a CV with a cover letter outlining how you meet the skills required and personal qualities on the job description and why you would like to work with us. You could also submit a short video to support your application.

Bertz Associates is committed to positive action to tackle systemic marginalisation. If you meet the entry requirement and essential skills required and you identify as D/deaf, disabled or neurodivergent, LGBTQI+, or as a person of African, Caribbean or Latinx heritage, South Asian, East Asian, or South East Asian heritage, Romany or Irish Traveller heritage, or Jewish heritage you will be guaranteed an interview for this role.

If you have questions please get in touch: iris@bertzassociates.net