Compass Live Art and Yorkshire Dance are looking for a graduate to fulfil the role of Events and Production Assistant as part of the Leeds Beckett Business Recovery Programme. 

Job Title: Events and Production Assistant
Working Hours: 37 hours per week 
Wage: Real Living Wage at £9.90 per hour
Length of Contract: 12 weeks 
Start date: 19th September 2022

About the Role

We are looking for a graduate with a passion for events and audiences to join our team as the Events & Production Assistant. As the Events & Production Assistant you’ll work with two well-established arts organisations based in the heart of the city.

You’ll experience a mixture of hands-on tasks and computer based work, and you’ll be part of ensuring that our audiences, artists and participants experience safe, comfortable and accessible events. 

Working with Compass Live Art, you’ll be helping to realise the 6th edition of Compass Festival, established over 10 years ago. During your time with Yorkshire Dance, you’ll be helping with preparations in the lead up to their 40th Anniversary celebrations.

Your time will be split between the two organisations enabling you to gain an insight and understanding into two different dynamic cultural institutions of differing scales and specialisms.

Compass and Yorkshire Dance are both based inside the Yorkshire Dance building, whilst the organisations work flexibly and offer hybrid working, the majority of your time will be spent in the office.

We are looking for a candidate who can demonstrate an awareness of care towards artists, audiences and participants. It is not essential that you have studied on an events or performance course, we are interested in hearing from candidates who can show initiative, confidence and attention to detail. 

Roles & Responsibilities: Compass Live Art (2.5 days pw)

  • Liaising with artists in the run up to Compass Festival, ensuring travel and accommodation arrangements are in place, sourcing and finalising equipment and tech requirements for performances and live events. 
  • Managing booking for live events, fielding queries about access.
  • Assisting with the running of installations and performances during Compass Festival, including front of house responsibilities.
  • Supporting marketing and comms by creating content for social media platforms. Organising and sharing content with the Marketing team.
  • Arranging printed materials and interpretation for pop up projects.

Roles & Responsibilities: Yorkshire Dance (2.5 days pw)

  • Support Yorkshire Dance’s artistic projects & programmes, including, but not exclusively the 40th anniversary celebration.
  • Provide coordination and administration support for Yorkshire Dance’s artistic programme and artist development work in liaison with the Artistic Team (Development Producer and Artistic Director).

How to apply:

Please provide a CV (no more than 2 pages) and Cover Letter which answers the following questions:

  • Tell us about yourself, your ambitions and your interests
  • Tell us why you are interested in the role
  • What would you hope to gain from this experience working with Yorkshire Dance and Compass?

Applications should be sent to

You may request a pre-application call or video conversation to assist you with your application. Please email to request a pre-application call. 


We are accepting applications from students graduating from Leeds Beckett in the 2022 & 2021 graduating years from any course.

We particularly welcome applications from students with protected characteristics such as LGBTQI+, people of colour, or those with disabilities. 

Deadline for Applications: 30th June

Further Information

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Yorkshire Dance works through dance to create happiness, health, connection and change. We create opportunities for people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities to see, make and take part in high quality dance.

We are creative

We are curious

We are inclusive

We are joyful

We care

Underpinning this plan is our commitment to being an ethical organisation. We commit to fair pay and fair working practices for all staff and freelancers. We commit to increasing our environmental sustainability and to use our platform to increase public awareness of the Climate Emergency. We apply co-design and co-creation principles to all our activity; from project planning to the creative process wherever possible and appropriate. We are committed to work in partnership with health, sport, community, local authority and arts partners to increase impact and relevance of our work.  

Compass Live Art commissions and presents interactive live art projects in Leeds, UK. We run an artist residency programme, present standalone projects and exhibitions and artist development initiatives. Compass is also the driving force behind the biennial Compass Festival.

Compass has been running successful placement schemes since 2014 with the majority of past participants developing successful careers in the arts & culture sector. Our placements are an opportunity to learn through practice, gaining valuable experience of working on a contemporary live arts festival. 

Compass commissions are distinctly different; one day you might be testing phone booths, one day you might be setting up the smallest gay bar in Leeds, or you could be troubleshooting an sound installation under Leeds’ oldest bridge. 

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