Hiring – Funding and Community Assistant

Job Opportunity

Closing date: 14/02/2022

Aire Place Studios (APS) is a creative studio which holds spaces of equality and solidarity. We host comfortable studios spaces, hold safer spaces for workshops and a bold gallery space centred around innovation and inclusivity. 

Aire Place Studios also features a collective of associated artists who exist to radically uplift under-represented creatives with empathy and warmth to realise the potential of those often overlooked by traditional art institutions. This dynamic collaboration builds trust and collective accountability to serve our communities.

We are a small and proactive team used to turning our hand to all aspects of running an exhibition, event and workshop programme and need someone who is happy to apply the same flexibility and commitment in their role.

Aire Place Studios is committed to principles of equality and diversity and this is firmly established in our recruitment process. Aire Place Studios’ Board of Directors is made up of creatives who are Disabled, Neurodivergent, and LGBTQIA+, with lived experience of exclusion from opportunities within the creative sector. As a Board, we champion each other and the various communities we represent. We encourage applications from those under-served in the arts, and specifically welcome applications from LGBTQIA+, Disabled, and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic candidates. Self-definition is at the sole discretion of the applicant.

This role is currently advertised as 0.4 FTE, preferably fulfilled in 3 days per week between Tuesday and Friday, 9AM-5PM. Occasional activities will require evening and/or weekend commitments and travel, and flexibility in working hours will be applied in these cases. The hours of work are projected to expand in line with the growth of Aire Place Studios, and in discussion with the post holder. 

The role is based on site at Aire Place Studios; please note that, regrettably, our office is currently only accessible by stairs. We are striving to increase the accessibility of our spaces and have focused efforts on our public spaces in the first instance, and intend to extend to staff areas as much as possible. Reasonable adjustments will be discussed and implemented on a case-by-case basis, and flexibility (including hybrid models of working from home and on site) can be offered where needed. Please do not hesitate to get in touch with any queries regarding our accessibility if this may be a barrier to your application. 


Position: Funding and Community Assistant

Hours: 16 per week

Salary: £12.50 per hour

Duration: Fixed term for 2 years in the first instance, due to The National Lottery funding

Start Date: TBC 

Probation period: 6 months

Application Deadline: 14th Feb 2022, 5PM

General Staff Duties and Responsibilities

  • Promote the aims and objectives of APS
  • Assist in the maintenance and development of the organisation
  • Manage your own workload responsibly
  • Maintain confidential member records including the member database, ensuring it is kept up-to-date and accessible for relevant staff
  • Always adhere to and work within APS policies
  • Travel independently within Leeds for necessary meetings and events
  • Attend and actively participate in regular APS team meetings
  • Be the “front of house” staff member, responsible for greeting and assisting visitors to the APS office, providing a high level of “customer service” at all times
  • Undertake any duties or tasks reasonably asked of you by the organisation and appropriate to the post
  • Engage with your work to contribute to the growth and expansion of APS


  • Work with Creative Director to evaluate and revise funding strategy 
  • Research and identify possible sources of funding
  • Work with the Creative Director and Studio members on developing funding bids for creative projects
  • Support Studio members with access needs to prepare and submit funding applications
  • Initial approaches to potential funders online and by phone
  • Preparation and submission of funding applications
  • Documentation of applications made and responses received
  • Identification of ways we can improve our fundraising
  • Maintaining relevant and contemporaneous funding evaluation 
  • Producing impact statements and reports on findings when requires
  • Maintain a funding database for own reference
  • Liaise and collaborate with the Assistant Creative Director on project budgets 
  • Analyse basic statistics in evaluations for funders
  • Monitor the progress of funding applications and processes


  • Develop and manage a portfolio of Community supporters
  • Collaborate with community partners and organisations, including booking in visits
  • Build connections with local authorities, voluntary organisations and individuals with the aim of cultivating a range of creative arts and community projects
  • Networking and identification of potential partnerships, projects and opportunities


  • Represent Aire Place Studios at external functions 
  • Support the wider team with fundraising admin

Person Specification

APS aims to provide high quality services, and adhere to principles of best practice in line with our aims and objectives. All posts have two main functions: to carry out the duties as outlined, and to be proactive in continuously improving service delivery for our members. We always aim to do better.

We expect all employees to carry out their duties in a professional manner with a positive attitude, always remaining client focused. We expect respect and courtesy to be shown to clients, colleagues, stakeholders, and other service providers we are in contact with.

Essential Skills, Knowledge & Experience:

  • Enthusiasm for, and experience of, working with creative projects
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, with demonstrable interpersonal skills and the ability to engage with a wide range of people face to face
  • Time management skills, including the ability to apply initiative and self-management in working towards deadlines
  • Ability to work proactively and independently, as well as within a small team
  • Experience of working in a similar role with transferable skills
  • Experience of fundwriting, specifically in relation to creative and community work
  • Basic knowledge of creative sector and not for profit organisations
  • Experience of neurodiversity, either lived or professionally
  • Lived experience within or allyship towards LGBTQIA+, Disabled, Neurodivergent, and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities

Desirable skills, knowledge & experience:

  • Experience of community engagement and working with the public
  • Experience of project management

How to apply

We are trying to improve the accessibility of our application process and are initially requesting a short expression of interest (max 500 words) and CV only. We will then shortlist and ask you to provide more detailed information, with shortlisted applicants invited to an open day, and informal chat. 

Please email: work@aireplacestudios.com with reference YOUR NAME- Funding & Community

Application Deadline: 14th Feb 2022, 5PM