Title: Community Development Assistant

Job Location: London

Job Type: Part Time

Pay: £TBC

Opened in 1999, the Blue Elephant Theatre is a vibrant arts venue that aims to offers to widen access to creative opportunities and thus the benefits and positive impact of the arts. We have vibrant and engaging professional and participation departments and aim to link up both as often and meaningfully as possible. BET became an NPO in April 2018 and has been supported by Southwark Council since it opened. Our work with young people receives significant funding from BBC Children in Need and this role is largely funded by Saving London Lives/The Dispossessed Fund to stabilise and expand our work with young people, providing early intervention to improve outcomes in their lives.

Person Specification


  • Good communications skills, including verbal and written
  • Positive Attitude and Team Player
  • Ability to learn quickly
  • A self-motivator, able to work independently
  • Proven interest in working with/for young people
  • Good IT skills
  • Willingness to undergo a DBS check


  • Experience of participatory arts
  • Experience of working with community and/or third sector organisations
  • Administrative and PA experience
  • Close connections to South East London
  • Experience of working with some of the groups BET engages with, eg young people from underprivileged backgrounds, people from migrant and refugee backgrounds, young people at risk of child criminal exploitation, people living with mental health problems, people from areas of low artistic engagement
  • Strong literacy and numeracy skills.
  • Experience of working to improve outcomes for young people in marginalised communities
  • Experience of delivering/assisting the delivery of drama sessions
  • Experience of writing funding applications and/or reports


Given the range of the role, applicants should not be discouraged if they do not have experience in all areas provided they meet the essential criteria.

It would be useful to know if an applicant has had a DBS check or first aid training in the last three years but these are not essential for securing the role, provided you are willing to undergo a DBS check once appointed.

The postholder will work 15 hours per week, to be agreed with BET. There can also be some flexibility from week to week about days and whether hours are spread out over the week or worked as full days but they should largely coincide with the Participation Director’s working hours (Tues – Fri, 9am – 5pm).

The Blue Elephant Theatre welcomes applications from all sections of the community regardless of race, colour, ethnic or national origins, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, disability or religious beliefs.

Blue Elephant Theatre is committed to widening access to the arts and when recruiting we reserve the right to guarantee interviews to applicants referred by partner organisations provided they meet the essential criteria and complete an application form.

Please note BET’s theatre space is wheelchair accessible but our office upstairs is not. We do not want this to deter potential applicants as we would seek to work together to find a practical working solution should the person appointed be a wheelchair user.

Otherwise we expect this role to be a mixture of working from home and from Blue Elephant’s office, as well as attending meetings and projects in other locations.

If you wish to find out more about this opportunity, please send through your CV to jobs@creationtrust.org or call on 0207 701 2982.