Open Door is Hiring: Outreach Officer - East Midlands, Rotherham and Sheffield

OPEN DOOR is Hiring: Outreach Officer - East Midlands, Rotherham and Sheffield

What do we do?

Open Door is a charity that helps talented young people who do not have the financial support or resources to gain a place at one of the UK’s leading drama schools. We work with people aged between 18-26 (Actors) 17-26 (Behind the Scenes), based in London, Essex, Sheffield, Rotherham & the East Midlands who are serious about pursuing a career in either Acting, Backstage or Production Arts. We work to break down any barriers they may face, allowing them to compete for a drama school training on a level playing field. We give  talented and eligible young people the support they need so they can go into auditions and interviews feeling prepared, confident and without any worry of financial strain. And it’s all free.

Dates and Specifics

Full time hours

Monday - Friday - 9am-5pm *Flexible working hours may be negotiated 

Dates:  August 19 - October 31 2019


This role will require travel within the region (Nottingham, Leicester, Derby, Sheffield and Rotherham). Appropriate travel expenses will be provided.

Depending on your location you may be able to base yourself at our theatre partners but should have you own equipment (laptop) and access to a place to work.

Role and Responsibilities

The role has two main focuses: 

1) You will be responsible for outreach to and recruitment of quality and eligible candidates for both the Acting and Behind The Scenes strands of Open Doors 2019/2020 cycle in the East Midlands, Sheffield and Rotherham.  Our targets for this year are 200 applicants for Acting and 20 applicants for Behind The Scenes in your regions. For this region we will be offering 12 places on our acting programme and 2 on our backstage programme. 

2) You will be the principal point of contact for queries by phone and email about the project originating from East Midlands (our theatre partners are based in Nottingham, Leicester, Derby), Sheffield and Rotherham.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Building and delivering an outreach strategy to support recruitment to the project across the East Midlands, Sheffield and Rotherham.

  • Liaising with partner theatres in support of outreach to the project.  This might include sharing of contacts for local organisations or recruitment from projects associated to the theatres.

  • Working with hardcopy, email and social media marketing to raise the profile of the opportunity and secure referrals and applications.

  • Researching Charity, Youth Groups, Not-For-Profits youth groups, FE Colleges and Secondary Schools and other appropriate organisations who would benefit from the opportunities Open Door provide

  • Creating links with FE Colleges and Secondary Schools to support recruitment onto the project

  • Creating links with Charity, Youth Groups and other Not-For-Profits to support recruitment onto the project

  • Keeping an outreach database up to date with contact details and emails for all relevant Charities, Youth Groups, Not-For-Profits youth groups, FE Colleges and Secondary Schools and other appropriate organisations who can feed into outreach

  • Undertaking face-to-face outreach in support of recruitment to the project including potentially (and depending on level of drama facilitation experience) delivering short drama workshops for relevant youth groups or schools. 

  • Conducting short presentations at partner and other organisations to aid recruitment

  • Providing advice and answering queries from Young People attempting to apply to Open Door

  • Organising and collating any hard copy applications

  • Providing support to Open Door’s Project Manager and Project Consultant when needed and providing regular updates on recruitment

This role is offered on a freelance contract for services basis. You should be already registered as self-employed or be willing to become registered.

About you


  • Be a resident of, or have a strong link to the region in question

  • Be passionate about supporting young people to achieve their potential in the arts

  • Be friendly and approachable to people of all ages and backgrounds, especially young people aged 17 -25

  • Be organised and self-motivated

  • Have excellent verbal communication skills in person and on the phone

  • Have good written skills – able to take clear notes of meetings and write emails 

  • Be comfortable using IT, in particular be able to use MS Word & Excel, email and Google Drive


  • Have strong links within the youth sector, schools and/or further education colleges in one or more cities in the region

  • Have experience and understanding of theatre and drama

  • Have a current DBS

  • Have experience delivering/facilitating drama workshops

  • Have experience working with young people


The fee for all work associated with the role is £5400.  This is based on a day rate of £100. You will be responsible for your own tax on these earnings and should declare them as self-employed earnings.

How to Apply
Please send a current C.V. and one page cover letter to by 6pm August 15th 2019