Operations Manager

Small World Theatre, (Cardigan West Wales or in part working remotely)
1 year contract January to December 2022 with option to renew

Salary £25,000 PR  (based on a 35 hour week)
Hours 28 hours, Tuesday to Friday
Apply by 12 November 2021
Interviews week beginning 22 November 2021

Our benefits include flexible working hours. We would welcome applications from people from all backgrounds and cultures.

Small World Theatre (SWT) is a performing theatre company and community arts organisation based in a near zero-carbon accessible building in Cardigan, West Wales. SWT has extensive experience producing and performing large-scale puppet theatre and in delivering innovative educational and community arts projects. Current core projects include Syrcas Byd Bychan (SBB) (aerial circus training) and Amethyst (young people and mental health). Small World Theatre is a company limited by guarantee and a Registered Charity.

We are really excited to be bringing someone new into our small creative team who has drive and a passion to develop new opportunities to take the organisation’s dynamic plans forward.

Principal Responsibilities

  • Manage the operations of the organisation and report to the Board of Trustees.
  • Coordinate regularly with the core staff team to ensure smooth communication and running of operations, including managing delivery of the venue’s activities and programme of events.
  • Implement strategic development plans as agreed with trustees and senior staff
  • Identify funding sources and lead on a collaborative process of compiling funding bids. Build and maintain strong relationships with funders.
  • Seek development opportunities for the venue, ensure the building is maintained and all statutory obligations are observed and kept up to date and compliant.
  • Manage the freelance artists working on projects (alongside senior staff) as well as the admin and maintenance staff.
  • Review and streamline internal organisational systems and processes.


We are a small team of creative people, and we want to work with individuals with a passion for the arts and community.

Essential skills

  • Excellent written interpersonal and team-working skills.
  • Ability to work in a diverse, creative environment; ensuring all contributions are valued.
  • Outstanding organisational skills.
  • IT proficiency.
  • Interest in the theatre and the arts.

Desirable skills

  • Fluency in Welsh both written and spoken.
  • Evidence of working strategically to develop and grow organisations.
  • Experience of writing successful funding applications.

Application Details

Please apply in writing explaining how your skills and experience make you a great candidate to join our team. Please supply a current CV to support your application.

Apply by email to ann@smallworld.org.uk

Closing date for applications for the post is 12 November at 5pm.  Interviews will be held in the week commencing 22 November.