Jobs at Circus Eruption


Circus Eruption Development Worker

Part-time (20 hours pw), fixed term (22 months)

Job Description

Job Title: Development Worker

Main purpose and scope of the job:

Circus Eruption is the first integrated youth circus in the UK, and was founded in 1991 with the aim of providing a safe and supportive space for young people of all abilities to become empowered and inspired, and challenge their limits through our circus workshops.

The post-holder will oversee and coordinate a new Circus Eruption project through which we aim to create new routes to support and opportunites for young people who are care experienced, or at risk of becoming so. The right candidate will build on existing relationships with relevant organisations and create new ones, explore and develop referral routes, organise circus workshops (to be delivered by circus tutors), coordinate volunteers and arrange training. All this will help us to develop and embed new skills, experience and referral routes so that young people facing these challenges – and those who care for them – will know that at Circus Eruption they will be welcome, supported, appropriately signposted.

This is a two-year project. We anticipate that for the first six months or so the postholder will arrange and support outreach circus workshops, so that we can hear from children and young people (and those around them) in their own contexts, and develop and implement a 1-year plan for regular workshops based on what we have learned through outreach. Throughout the two years we will also be increasing skills and knowledge within Circus Eruption (among staff and volunteers) around the challenges faced by these young people, and the postholder will be responsible for coordinating relevant training and learning opportunities in partnership with relevant organisations and young people. The postholder will also develop our links to increase appropriate referral and signposting. We also hope to be able to recruit and support care experienced volunteers. During the final stage we hope to embed the principles and practices we have developed during the project.

Full details of essential and desirable skills are listed in the person specification below. We would like to make it clear that although the post holder will be present at Circus workshops, circus skills or circus tutoring skills are NOT essential for this position.

The post is subject to a three month probationary period.

TO APPLY: Please email with your CV, along with one page of A4 explaining why you would be great at this role. The closing date for applications is Monday 24th June, midnight.

Interviews will take place during the week of st July, exact time and place tbc.

Circus Eruption Development Worker – Post Details

Responsible to: Project Coordinator, Circus Eruption. Ultimately answerable to Circus Eruption trustees. Chair (or designated person) at Roots Foundation Wales will be available to support both postholder and Circus Eruption in a supervisory/advisory capacity as required.

Responsible for: No staff management. Work plan to be devised with Project Coordinator according to project budget and aims, thereafter postholder responsible for implementation.

Hours of Work: 20 hrs weekly; this will be an average number as some hours will be irregular (irregular hours agreed by prior and mutual arrangement). Evening and weekend work as required. Core regular hours must include Tuesday afternoons 13.00-16:00; outside of this office and planning/meeting hours can be flexible.

Remuneration: £24,960 pro rata (at 20 hours, this is £13,312 p.a). Overtime not applicable but time off in lieu applied.

Holidays: 28 days per year + bank holidays pro rata.

Roles and responsibilities

• Co-devise and agree key milestones and work plan.

• Work with partner organisations and circus tutors to arrange and facilitate suitable outreach workshops

• Collate information from outreach workshops to establish 1-year plan

• Recruit the children and young people most in need or who would most benefit from engaging with Circus Eruption

• Work with Circus Eruption staff and other relevant organisations to recruit and support care experienced volunteers

• Support individuals to participate and sustain attendance

• Work with Trustees and report to Project Coordinator to monitor, review and adapt the programme

• Organise practical details eg dates, venues, supporting information

• Carry out monitoring and evaluation of all activities on the project

• Conduct follow up meetings and carry out any follow up actions

• Attend quarterly supervisions by arrangement

Circus Eruption Development Worker Person Specification

Skills and abilities – Essential

Ability to communicate well with children and young people as well as their associated adults

Ability to engage (and represent Circus Eruption to) volunteers and other organisations

Ability to understand, respect and value the views of children and young people

An understanding of the challenges facing children and young people who are at various stages of the looked after spectrum

Good organisational skills

Basic computer skills

Personal Qualities - Essential

Ability to work as a member of a team

Ability to work on own initiative

Ability to monitor and evaluate personal performance

A commitment to equal opportunities and anti-discriminatory practice

A commitment to inclusion and participation

Open-minded and tolerant

Willingness to undertake training

A commitment to the role

Energy, enthusiasm and a sense of fun

Qualifications / training - Desirable

First Aid at Work Qualification

Child Protection/Safeguarding Training

Qualification in youth work / teaching / social work / community work

Experience (can be either in a paid or unpaid setting, formal or informal)


Experience of working with children and young people

An understanding of the issues facing young people who are or have been looked after, or who are at risk of being looked after

An awareness of safeguarding issues and how to ensure good practice

Experience in coordinating something, or of organising people/a group


Experience of inclusive and participative work

Experience of managing projects, and/or creating new connections

Experience of monitoring and evaluating performance

Experience of working with community /third sector organisations

Experience of recruiting and/or supporting volunteers

Other - Essential

Ability to work flexible hours (this can be recovered through time off in lieu)


Driving license and car

Appointment will be subject to an enhanced DBS disclosure