Job Opportunity: Training and Talent Development Manager

Thursday, April 22, 2021


BIFA is recruiting a part time Training and Talent Development Manager to lead development and delivery of BIFA’s industry training programmes. They will deliver Springboard, BIFA’s year long programme of training and support to first time writers, directors and breakthrough producers who have been longlisted by the Awards, BIFA’s pioneering unconscious bias training for voters and the wider screen industries, and will also lead development of new training offerings in response to changing industry needs.

We are looking for someone who has experience in developing and nurturing creative talent, especially from under-represented groups.

BIFA is at the heart of the UK independent film industry and this role will support the emerging talent BIFA recognises and the industry more widely.

Start date c. 21 June
Hours / Terms Part time (75% of full time)
Salary c. £26,250 per annum, pro-rata, depending on experience and location (FTE £35,000 pa)
Working pattern Due to regular industry events, the role requires working occasional evenings and weekends
The BIFA team is working remotely for the foreseeable future. The role is usually based in central London but remote and flexible working is possible
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We welcome applications from all, but are especially keen to receive applications from those in groups currently under-represented within the work force in the film industry.
If you’re not able to make the interview dates, please let us know in your application. We can be flexible with timings (e.g. evening and morning slots) – just let us know.


  • Lead relationship with funders (ScreenSkills), prepare applications, manage and deliver funding budget and quarterly reports and evaluations
  • Lead relationships with industry partners and sponsors, cultivate new partnerships
  • Stay aware of industry news and trends and emerging training needs
  • Outreach and support to under-represented groups within the industry
  • Track and attend industry events and training support seminars
  • Oversee BIFA socials and external comms (related to training) in collaboration with the BIFA team


  • Identify core training needs from participants via ongoing direct conversation, market research and general industry awareness
  • Work with delivery partners to create bespoke sessions responding to identified needs, including:
    • Session outlines
    • Booking speakers
    • Preparing session materials including speaker bios, handouts and top tip sheets
    • Production (or overseeing production of) post-session documents, video archive, transcripts
    • Following up and evaluating sessions with participants
  • Facilitate sessions (currently via Zoom), ensuring speakers are well briefed and participants have good notice to prepare questions
  • Host informal drop-in sessions and socials, building relationships with participants
  • Maintain central BIFA Springboard website ensuring session details are kept up to date and courses are posted online as video and audio after each session
  • Maintain ongoing contact with all filmmakers via website, newsletters and WhatsApp
  • Keep the BIFA team informed and aware of Springboard progress and feedback
  • Continue to strategise and develop BIFA Springboard over 2021/22 and beyond

Unconscious Bias Training

  • Lead relationship with facilitators (Challenge Consultancy) including booking of sessions, feeding back on session requirements, participant details etc
  • Manage Eventbrite booking system, including scheduling the events, putting on sale and managing the tickets
  • Manage all communication with participants, pre and post session
  • Monitor each session
  • Book and tailor bespoke industry sessions including:
    • Client consultation to understand their needs from the session
    • Booking sessions with Challenge Consultancy
    • Manage all communication with client including pre and post session information for participants
    • Monitor each session


      • Communication: excellent verbal and written communications are need for this role. Liaising with the filmmakers about their ongoing requirements and concerns, discussing logistics with speakers, reporting to funders and partners are all a key part of this role. The trust that is developed with the filmmakers is a big part of the engagement and ongoing success for Springboard in particular.
      • Facilitation: for Springboard in particular, the Training manager will be expected to facilitate sessions for the participants. This will range from drop-in coffee mornings, watch parties and more formal discussion sessions. The ability to facilitate these sessions in a respectful and safe space where filmmakers can come together to share ideas, thoughts, ideas, projects and also problems is a must.
      • Organisation: with multiple sessions, speakers, filmmakers and stakeholders to keep abreast of, organisation is key for this role. We are looking for someone who has experience of working on projects with multiple layers and detail.
      • Outreach: we’re particularly keen to make sure we’re supporting those who are currently under-represented by the industry so someone with experience in outreach or working with under-represented groups would be ideal
      • Talent development: listening to and delivering training and support bespoke to the needs of the filmmakers on Springboard is vital. Previous talent development or training experience is required/would be beneficial
      • Industry knowledge: experience and knowledge of the UK film industry is needed, as is an awareness of issues facing the industry e.g. diversity and inclusion, accessibility


        Application deadline 7 May
        Interviews 10-14 May
        Start date c. 21 June




        .If you’re not able to make the interview dates, please let us know in your application



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