Creative and cultural sector job vacancies in East London – May 2021

If you’re job hunting in London, make sure to check out the growing opportunities in the arts, creative, education, cultural and innovation sectors in East London.

This May our East Bank partners Sadler’s Wells, UCL East and UAL London College of Fashion and funded organisations Chisenhale Dance Space, Magic Me , Peach, The Line and Xenia are all recruiting for new staff.

Read on to learn more about these interesting roles, find out about the thriving East London creative and cultural sectors and communities surrounding the new East Bank and apply.

Chisenhale Dance Space

Chisenhale Dance Space is seeking dynamic, inspired and resourceful individuals to play key roles as the organisation embarks in a transition period. Over the next six months, the organisation is undertaking an organisational review to explore alternative models of leadership for the future of the organisation and is recruiting two fixed-term roles:

  • Interim Chief Executive (part time: 3 days/ week) – deadline: 20 May
  • Operations Coordinator (part time: 3 days/ week) – deadline: 17 May

Both roles will play a key part in enabling CDS through this unique opportunity for self-reflection and transformation, making way for innovative practices that answer the needs of the dance sector, and artist and local communities today.


Magic Me

Magic Me is looking to appoint an experienced anti-racism consultant or organisation to provide expertise and additional capacity, to support us to create an Action Plan to implement our anti-racism commitments. You can read their statement of commitment to become an anti-racist organisation here. Please download a full information pack here for further details and how to apply.

Timescale for contract:  May to end August 2021

Consultancy Budget: up to £7,000 inc VAT to cover fees, expenses and any other costs

Deadline: 10am Tuesday 18 May



Community Organiser: We are very excited to be recruiting for a new community organiser to help us deliver a range of organising projects across Custom House. You will be joining a passionate and dedicated team of experienced organisers to who are committed to supporting PEACH’s members, all of whom are local residents, to achieve long-lasting, positive social change in the area.  We are looking for someone who cares deeply about social justice, who can make sense of and communicate complex information quickly and clearly, and who feels confident building strong, action-oriented relationships in a diverse community.

4-5 days a week (negotiable)

£26,333-£30,733 pro rata

Deadline: 11.59pm Sunday 30 May


Youth Organiser: In the new next few months, we’re going to launch an exciting new youth organising project, which will campaign to redesign the facilities at Canning Town Recreation Ground that were burned down in 2017 and have remained derelict ever since. Working with our local youth centre, we will network with local youth groups and bring together a group of youth leaders, and train them as young community organisers. We’ll support them to hold a listening exercise with other young people across Custom House, audit existing spaces and facilities, think through options for the site, build a youth coalition and base of support within the community, and put their plans to local decision-makers.

4-5 days a week

£28,533-£32,933 pro rata

Deadline: 11.59pm Sunday 30 May


Housing Advocate: We’ve been organising with people living in temporary accommodation for years. In 2020, our members won an end to the outsourcing arrangement between Newham Council and Mears, which saw 250 of the council’s own properties managed at arms length by the outsourcing giant. Mears tenants suffered from dangerous conditions, high rents despite their homes being owned by the Council, and exclusion from the guarantees made to Council tenants to be re-housed locally as the regeneration progresses. Last year, PEACH members achieved a significant win and breakthrough by getting the Council to agree to transfer MEARS tenants to Council tenancies, returning the properties to Council control and implementing a 60% rent reduction. As the process of transferring properties back to the Council gets under way, we are looking for a housing advocate to work with our members to grapple with the administrative barriers and hurdles they face to make sure that their needs are met. The housing advocate will work to embed knowledge of the housing system into our existing campaigns, and will be pivotal as we look to expand our work organising temporary tenants across Newham.

1 day a week

£26,333-£30,733 pro rata

Deadline: 11.59pm Sunday 30 May


Sadler’s Wells

Director of Development: This is an exciting and complex time in the theatre’s history as we recover from the impact the coronavirus pandemic has had on our business model, and work towards opening a fourth venue in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in East London in 2023.   The ideal candidate will be a dynamic and skilled fundraiser, as well as a leader with strong influential and negotiation skills. Building effective relationships and sharing a passion for the importance for our work with major donors, sponsors and individual supporters is essential, as is the ability to work creatively and collaboratively across teams. For further details and information on how to apply, please visit –   

Full time position
Salary £65,000 – £70,000 per annum, dependent on experience, plus benefits  
Deadline: 11.59pm GMT on Tuesday 1 June


Front of House Operations Manager: Are you a passionate leader who strives to deliver the best results? Are you looking for your next step to grow within a Front of House team within the Arts?  Sadler’s Wells is a world-leading creative organisation – a place where artists come together to create dance and where we welcome everyone to experience and be inspired. We are looking for an enthusiastic leader, who can deliver a welcoming, efficient, knowledgeable and friendly service across Sadler’s Wells venues, including our West End theatre, The Peacock. You will work to provide a safe, clean, and well-presented environment for audiences to enjoy and to promote sales. For more information, please download a Job Pack – Front of House Operations Manager – Job Pack_May2021

Full time position

Salary £30,000 per annum, plus benefits  

Deadline: 11.59pm Sunday 23 May


The Line

The Line is seeking an experienced and dynamic Producer for its new Youth Guide programme. This forms a key part of Visible / Invisible, a new collaboration between The Line, National Portrait Gallery and London College of Fashion which seeks to address the inequality of opportunity for local young people within the arts in East London. Through school workshops, skills training and paid work placements, Visible / Invisible will provide transferrable skills and will support entry into creative careers. Download job pack and equal opportunities monitoring form for more information to apply.

This is a part-time, five-month contract (June-October 2021).

Application deadline is 5pm on Wednesday 19 May 2021

Interviews are expected to take place via Zoom on Tuesday 25 May 2021


Join The Line Youth Guides! This is your chance to gain training and work experience with a local arts project. We are looking for 16 people to join us, and we are providing online workshops to help with your application.

Skills & training and paid work opportunity for young people aged 18-20 in Newham, Tower Hamlets, Hackney and Waltham Forest.

  1. Free application workshop 4pm to 6pm 10th June 2021 (and follow-up one-to-one session 14th June 2021) sign up here
  2. The Line Youth Guides – job description – paid opportunity

See the tabs below for details.

Application deadline is 5pm on Friday 18 June 2021.


UCL East

The Head of UCL East Partnerships will provide senior advisory support to the Director of UCL East in building effective, long-lasting relationships with our political/local authority partners in the Olympic Growth Boroughs. They will nurture these relationships with strong stakeholder management and by creating a framework to deliver real change and benefit to East London, through UCL East.

Full Time Contract/Permanent – current funding until the end of July 2023 in the first instance.

Salary: The appointment will be on UCL Grade 9. The salary range will be £57,342 – £62,346 per annum, inclusive of London Allowance.

Deadline: Thursday 27 May 2021


UAL London College of Fashion

A rare and exciting opportunity to join one of the world’s leading fashion colleges.  As Media Relations Manager you will develop first-rate press and media relations to enhance and build the reputation of London College of Fashion.  Working within Internal and External Relations, you will join a supportive and proactive team of PR, communication, media, digital, events and content specialists.  We are positive, enthusiastic and professional, always putting the student experience first, and showcasing the best LCF has to offer.

London College of Fashion, UAL is undertaking an unprecedented programme of change.  In 2023 we will be consolidating our existing six sites into a new purpose built campus as part of a new education and cultural district on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.  Ahead of this move, we welcome applications from candidates who live in and around East London, as well as from those keen to join us on this exciting and unique opportunity in our College’s history.

Full time

Deadline: Sunday 23 May 2021



We are looking for someone with great organisational, leadership and communication skills, as well as a passion for community engagement to join our team as Organiser for Development. You will be joining 4 other staff members and 4 committed volunteers in our non-hierarchical Organising Team. You will play an essential role in ensuring the sustainable development of Xenia as an organisation as we grow in our external funding and sale. This role is role is both proactively outward-facing, and internally strategic. You will work externally, building strong networks and driving forward the sustainable development of the organisation by reaching out to potential training partners, funders, and media. And you will internally work closely with other members of the Organising Team and Trustees to develop fundraising and communications strategies, in line with organisational strategy.

If you are passionate about inclusive community organising, reducing inequality and have lived experience of learning English, this role could be perfect for you! We are especially keen to hear from you if you are part of the global majority, including anyone with an identity that is racialised as a minority in the UK. This includes those who identify as Black, Asian, and People of Colour.

Self employed freelance, 2 days/week (Wednesdays, plus one other day)

Till end of March 2022, with a view to extension funding permitting (subject to references and performance)

Salary: £150 per day (flat rate across the organisation)

Location: Combination of remote and co-working at office in Hackney

Start date June or July 2021

Deadline: 9am Thursday 3 June 2021


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