Join us :: Programme Co-ordinator

Programme Coordinator

Full Time

£25,000 per annum

Reports to: Directors

About us

Wild Rumpus CIC is a social enterprise producing large-scale outdoor arts events, most often in wild natural landscapes. We believe that when families engage together in the highest quality arts in the great outdoors, something quite amazing can happen.

We produce extraordinary worlds, taking families out of their day to day lives into magical and enchanting places which can inspire, create moments of wonder and have a lasting impact.

We provide the environment where families can immerse themselves in incredible stories and believe that families deserve access to the highest quality art.

Alongside producing large-scale events, we’re working with performers, producers and programmers to shape a cultural environment where excellent outdoor work for families thrives.

Job Description

We’re looking for an exceptional individual to join Wild Rumpus as programme coordinator. Working closely with the artistic directors, you will facilitate the shaping of programmes across Wild Rumpus’ portfolio of events and projects. You will have a knowledge of and passion for the outdoor arts, festivals and immersive experiences. You will be an excellent project manager with at least two years experience in programming and artist liaison, preferably including experience of driving new initiatives and commissioning new work.

You will have excellent planning skills and confidence in dealing with a wide range of people and will have a track record of developing successful partnerships with cultural organisations, educational establishments, funders and a wide range of programme partners and stakeholders.

You will have an understanding of the work of Wild Rumpus, and a passion for high quality outdoor work for families. You will have an interest and understanding of work that crosses a wide range of different art forms, and different formats. You will have an interest and understanding of our international development through Just So Festivals Brazil and New Zealand.

The purpose of the role is:

  • To work closely with the directors to shape and curate our event programmes, researching and developing innovative projects.
  • To maintain and build relationships with programme partners from inside and outside the arts sector.
  • To manage all artist communication, including initiating relationships, negotiating and agreeing terms, advancing, contracting and on site artist liaison.
  • To oversee the programming budgets for individual events and projects
  • To take forward new programming initiatives and projects, including the commissioning of new work
  • To manage young programmer/producer internship and volunteering programme, and to coordinate artist liaison volunteers.

Person Specification


At least two years experience in outdoor arts programming and artist liaison, preferably including experience of driving new initiatives and commissioning new work.

A strong communicator with exceptional interpersonal skills and an ability to develop and sustain relationships with a very wide range of stakeholders, from individual volunteers to cultural partners.

A passion for the outdoors, and interest in our relationship with natural landscapes.

A knowledge of the outdoor arts sector in the UK and internationally

A knowledge of the music festival sector in the UK and internationally

Enthusiasm for training, mentoring and support of emerging talent.

Exceptional organisational skills with an ability to work effectively as part of a team

Experience in negotiating contracts

Experience of budget management and financial control

Willingness to work flexible hours, including extended periods on site at events (camping).

Desire to work in a woodland, and understanding that this involves insects and compost toilets as well as idyllic moments.

Ability to drive and access to own transport


Experience in programming international work and working with international artists.

Experience of working with digital artists.


We work from a woodland near Scholar Green in Cheshire, ST7 3QJ. The nearest station is Kidsgrove, 10 minutes by bike or 30 minutes walk.


Closing date: 5pm Thursday 15th March

Interviews: Thursday 22nd March

If this sounds like the job for you please apply via our online form here.

Any general questions, please email

We promote diversity and equal opportunities. If you experience or anticipate any barriers within the application process, or require assistance to make an application or to access information, please contact Callum on and we can make any necessary adjustments.