22.5 hours p.w, £9.75 p.h., flexible working hours

Working closely with both internal and external stakeholders, the Community Arts Manager will further develop SMH’s community engagement aspirations, strengthening and establishing relationships/partnerships with the communities in and around Bethnal Green.

At the heart of SMH’s community engagement plans are our community projects. Create Place, our creative studio, is a launch pad for starting a project that benefits the community & a space for creative people to gather, learn, create, and have fun.

Our aspirations for the Create Place reflect our ambitions for SMH. We believe that by working with the local community, through the Create Place, we have the opportunity to both provide accessible classes for people who want to learn new skills, and to support creative people in sharing and teaching to our community.

A priority task for the Community Arts Manager will be to manage the Create Place, reporting to the Events and Communications Managers as well as work closely with other members of the SMH team, colleagues from partner organisations, local stakeholders, community organisations, and external professional advisors where appropriate.


Specific objectives will include, but not be limited to:

  1. Developing, implementing and evaluating SMH’s community arts strategy.
  2. Managing the Create Place studio.
  3. Act as an ambassador for the Create Place and St. Margaret’s House, representing it at relevant local events and delivering presentations to promote our projects.
  4. Act as a first point of contact for workshop instructors/clients, providing excellent service and knowledgeable support, information and guidance.
  5. Developing strategic relationships with local stakeholders (including local residents and their representatives, community/third sector organisations, and local authority public health groups.)
  6. Providing feedback and strategic advice on community engagement to the Events Manager.  
  7. Commissioning/co-producing creative community projects.
  8. Identifying and developing opportunities to collaborate with other organisations on community engagement activities.
  9. Ensuring that the community arts strategy is integrated with the SMH communication strategy.  
  10. Contributing to the work of the wider communications and engagement team, including internal/external communications, public affairs, media work and events, as appropriate, to ensure rich and timely communication and positive showcasing of success stories.
  11. Work closely with other members of the SMH team, openly sharing knowledge and expertise and collaborate on joint initiatives.
  12. Carry out general administrative work including record keeping, database updating, reports etc.

Community Arts Manager Person Specification

This role is an excellent opportunity for an experienced engagement/communications specialist to develop the SMH community engagement model. The successful candidate will be a highly motivated, high achieving engagement or communications professional with a strong interest in the local creative industry.

The role will require the following:


  • Experience of working in community engagement and/or communications.
  • Budget management experience.
  • Project management experience, including experience of commissioning/co-creating and managing community projects (experience of creative/arts projects is desirable.)
  •  Experience of working with a range of stakeholders, including  local government, craft sellers, volunteers, third sector organisations and academic institutions.


  • Educated to degree level or equivalent and holding relevant professional qualifications.
  • Excellent knowledge of methods and channels for engaging with a wide range of stakeholders from a variety of backgrounds.
  • A comprehensive knowledge of good communications and engagement practice.
  • Knowledge of the voluntary and not-for-profit sectors.


  • Outstanding communication skills, both oral and written, and the ability to engage and build relationships with a range of stakeholders.
  • Strong organisational and planning skills, the ability to prioritise in the face of competing demands, and proven success in delivering work personally (and through others) to tight deadlines.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, enabling the post holder to work effectively as part of a team

Personal attributes

  • An interest in the creative sector.
  • Entrepreneurial and imaginative.
  • High levels of self-motivation, with the ability to work within an environment subject to change.
  • Flexible attitude to working environment and ability to work as part of a team.
  • Energy and drive with a focus on delivery.

This position may include occasional evening and weekend work.

Why you’ll love St. Margaret’s House

Our unique charity is a fun and inspiring place to work. Perks include:

  • Free lunch at the award winning Gallery Café
  • Great office space in the heart of Bethnal Green, in a historic Victorian building
  • The ability to learn, progress, and develop your skills
  • The opportunity to contribute directly to the growth and success of a fast-paced exciting charity
  • A fun, exciting workplace with people who love and care about what they do

How to apply:  please send a brief cover letter, a portfolio and CV to .

Please only apply for this role if you meet the essential criteria outlined. Due to the high volume of applications, we are not able to respond to each individual applicant and you will be contacted only if you have been shortlisted for this role. It can take five working days for us to read your CV so please wait to hear from us in regards to whether we will taking your application further.

St. Margaret’s House is an equal opportunities employer and all applications will be judged according to an equal opportunities policy.

Thank for your interest. We look forward to hearing from you!

Application deadline: Sunday, 18th June ; Start Date: first week of July

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* Good people and customer service skills
* Fluent English and excellent communication skills 

What we offer:

-  £8.50 per hour 

-  for the right candidate there is lots of opportunity to progress into a more senior role.

-  a warm and welcoming team  

-  each shift includes a meal. 

Please send a CV and a brief cover letter, and only apply if you fulfil the criteria. Applications without covering letters will not be considered. We look forward to hearing from you soon!


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There are many advantages to working at the Gallery Cafe! The cafe kitchen is open 8am-7pm and so many shifts finish at 3pm or 8pm at the latest and a meal on shift is included. Chefs get to create new dishes on a daily basis and we are a warm and friendly team. There is also the opportunity to develop for the right candidate. 

Please send a CV and a brief cover letter, and only apply if you fulfil the criteria. Applications without covering letters will not be considered. 

We look forward to hearing from you soon!


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Who are we looking for?:

• Good communication skills and fluent English
• Some experience of working as a kitchen porter
• An interest in vegetarian and vegan cooking
• Ability to work under your own initiative
• Enthusiasm and a strong work ethic
• Ability to work flexible hours 

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Please send a CV and a brief covering letter, and only apply if you fulfil the criteria. Applications without covering letters will not be considered. We look forward to hearing from you soon!




We look forward to hearing from you!