Jobs and volunteering
Koestler Arts and Ban the Box
Statement from Sally Taylor, Chief Executive
Koestler Arts is an inclusive organisation and actively promotes equality. We endorse the ethos of Ban the Box through our own system of positively encouraging applications from people with criminal convictions. We welcome applications from a wide range of candidates, particularly those who have lived experience of the criminal justice system, and offer guaranteed interviews for paid roles to those who have been in prison or on a community sentence in the last 2 years and who meet all the ‘essential’ person specification criteria.
Ex-Prisoner Exhibition Hosts
We are looking to recruit a group of ex-prisoners to invigilate our national exhibition alongside Southbank Centre’s own Host Team, 7 days a week for the 5 and a half-week run. Our Exhibition Hosts enhance the public’s experience of the exhibition, and the role provides participants with a strong piece of work experience for their CV and a chance to develop new skills and build up their confidence for future employment.
The role involves standard invigilation duties – welcoming visitors to the exhibition, ensuring their safety and security, handing out exhibition guides, voting cards and providing advice on the sales of works plus much more:
- Conducting tours of the exhibition
- Working in the exhibition’s Pop-up Shop
- Learning customer service and team-working skills
- Providing an exceptional visitor experience of the exhibition
- The opportunity to be involved ‘behind the scenes’ in the exhibition process – from installation to de-installation
We are looking for people who are able to give varied availability during the exhibition run – 28th October to the 5th December 2021 – and you would also need to be available for 7 training days (for which you will be paid) prior to the exhibition’s official public opening on Thursday 28th October 2021.
Working hours will be for a minimum of 8 hours per week and you may be offered work on any day of the week including Saturdays, Sundays, evenings and bank holidays. You will be employed by Koestler Arts on a temporary contract for an hourly rate of £10.85 per hour.
This employment opportunity is a bit different from many others as we are specifically looking to recruit people with convictions. Southbank Centre support initiatives such as ‘Ban the Box’ which encourages employers not to ask about convictions prior to interview. However, as the successful candidates will be Koestler employees, who will be publically identified as Ex-Prisoner Exhibition Hosts, we are asking for people to disclose their convictions upon application. This is because people who have committed certain types of offences would not be allowed to work in this role. Please see our frequently asked questions for more information.
The deadline to apply for this role is 9am on Wednesday 8th September
Interviews will be held on Wednesday 15 and Thursday 16 September
- Exhibition hosts job description [PDF]
- Exhibition hosts supporting information [PDF]
- Exhibition hosts frequently asked questions [PDF]
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