What is it like to work at Manchester International Festival?

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Could you deliver an engaging and fulfilling volunteer experience for a diverse range of people?

Festival in my house, Festival Square takeover - photo credit: Tarnish Vision
Festival in my house, Festival Square takeover - photo credit: Tarnish Vision

Manchester International Festival (MIF) is the world’s first festival of original work and special events. The biennial event has an international outlook and reputation whilst showcasing Manchester stories and talent too. Behind the scenes, a dedicated and diverse team of around 50 permanent employees plus volunteers make the magic happen, and the team is growing.

Marney Guy, HR coordinator at Manchester International Festival, tells us about the unique aspects of working for this charity and in particular the volunteer manager role it’s recruiting for.

What makes Manchester International Festival a unique organisation to work for?

Manchester International Festival (MIF) is grounded in our city and engages with the world. We aim to reflect the great diversity of Manchester, and our planet, in all aspects of our work – artists, audiences, staff, participants, board members, and partner companies. We invite and welcome input on how we can do this effectively from the many individuals and communities with whom we aim to work in ever more exciting ways.

The cast of the Welcoming Party at Manchester International Festival. Photo credit: Sue Buckmaster

It must be a busy time for you, can you give us a taster of some of the exciting projects you’re working on in the lead up to the 2019 festival?

We’re currently building up to MIF19 with projects to be announced soon! As ever these will be a range of new works from artists across the globe premiering in Manchester. From 2020, as well as producing a biennial festival, MIF will also be running The Factory - a state of the art building and producing organisation in the heart of Manchester and an important new cultural and training resource for the whole of the UK.

What roles are you currently recruiting for and what do they involve?

We’re currently recruiting for roles across all our departments looking ahead to not only MIF19 but also The Factory. This includes a volunteer manager who will develop MIF’s volunteer strategy and policy, which will involve liaising with different teams, setting the recruitment strategy and application process and selecting volunteers.

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What kind of people are you looking for?

We’re looking for people from all sorts of backgrounds, experiences and sectors. You don’t have to have worked in the arts before – as long as you’re organised, proactive and above all passionate, we want to hear from you!

What top tips would you offer applicants to help them stand out for the roles?

The essential criteria for all of our job roles are key to the way we consider applications. My advice would be to make sure you address each point thoroughly and give examples of your key skills. Also, tell us why you want this particular job with us – applications that stand out are enthusiastic about the role and MIF.

What do you think makes a ‘wonderful workplace’?

The people. Everyone that works here cares about the organisation and the work that we’re doing, we all work together towards the same goal no matter what our day-to-day roles entail.

Find out more and apply for the volunteer manager role at Manchester International Festival

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