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On-Screen Diversity Executive (6 months FTC)
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DEPARTMENT DESCRIPTION

Channel 4 has a proven commitment to increasing diversity within the media industry and working with new companies across the UK. Our Creative Diversity team acts as frontline unit ensuring we stay in touch with creative communities, emergent companies and talent.
The team provides leadership to commissioning and our indie suppliers supporting the diversity of projects from development and throughout the production process. They ensure successful implementation of C4\'s diversity plans by means of talent management, inspiration and advocacy, practical support and measurement against objectives.
The team assists start-ups, diverse led companies and projects with diverse talent and content at their core (BAME, LGBT, disabled and from socially disadvantaged backgrounds). Through the Alpha Fund, the team commissions development and pilot projects often in partnership with genre editors, to make sure that new ideas have the best chance of success.

JOB PURPOSE

Reporting to the Head of Creative Diversity this role will work closely with the Indies and Commissioning teams within C4 to:-
1) Work with commissioning teams to develop and support diverse talent, projects and companies across linear and digital platforms.
2) Work with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders to ensure maximum impact of diverse content and authenticity of voice.
3) Increase the Channel\'s diversity on screen by helping commissioners and suppliers achieve the targets laid out in the Commissioning Guidelines, and ensure their on screen diversity is measured and progresses using the new Diamond monitoring system

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • To continue to broaden the range of companies that Channel 4 works with and to play a leadership role in identifying new and emergent on-screen diverse creative talent.
  • To build a wide network of talent, agents, commissioning, indies and other stakeholders and find opportunities for new talent on the Channel. To initiate and manage positive, creative relationships with a wide range of independent companies to ensure diversity of supply of on-screen talent.
  • To encourage mainstream inclusion of disabled, BAME, LGBT and socially disadvantaged talent on-screen across all channels and all genres by working alongside departments e.g. with commissioning advising commissioning editors and explaining issues for these diverse groups.
  • To work with commissioners and indies to ensure that every new Channel 4 commissioned programme in every genre works towards increasing diverse talent participation on-screen.
  • To help embed the Commissioning Diversity Guidelines within Channel 4 around on-screen talent selection.
  • To support commissioning and indie suppliers in delivering the C4 360 Diversity Charter for increasing diversity on screen (including actors, presenters, experts, contributors and contestants) ensuring that on screen roles reflect a diverse range of voices, perspectives and experiences.
  • To raise awareness of the DIAMOND (Diversity Analysis Monitoring Data) for on-screen talent and work with Indies to meet commitments on reporting of on-screen diversity data.
  • Increase awareness of issues for diverse (BAME, LGBT, disabled, socially disadvantaged) talent and increase employment of diverse talent from these groups on screen.
  • Identify, advise, support and promote diverse on screen talent via training schemes, events, screenings and network opportunities and one to one career mentoring;
  • Help to ensure that the Channel\'s commitments and actions receive recognition from broadcast media, BAME, LGBT, disability, socially disadvantaged networks, regulators and communities e.g. work alongside press office and Head of Creative Diversity to provide info for OFCOM equal opportunities and annual reports;
  • Work with press and legal on any complaints or issues arising regarding on screen diversity.
  • Work with indies on screen diversity awareness and employment.
  • Keep the Head of Creative Diversity up to date on any on-screen diversity issues and initiatives through regular routines.
  • Responsible for communicating Channel 4\'s reputation for on-screen talent and diversity to our many partners and internally they will work closely with genre Commissioning Editors and other Channel 4 departments such as Corporate Relations, Press, 4Talent and Legal and Compliance.
  • Responsible for reporting on Diversity quarterly and annually for Commissioning targets i.e. Diamond Monitoring and commissioning Diversity Guidelines.
  • To represent Channel 4\'s vision for on screen to external stakeholders e.g. Skillset, PACT, RTS, BAFTA, CDN, etc.
  • To be up to date on issues raised by organisations representing minority groups and across industry developments relating to those groups.

    ESSENTIAL SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE REQUIRED

  • Excellent knowledge of TV and digital output across all genres and all channels.
  • Previous experience working in independent production sector and first hand insight with programme makers
  • Proven stakeholder management skills
  • Demonstrable experience of working with on screen talent and / or contributors.
  • Demonstrable ability to find creative and resourceful solutions to implementing a complex diversity agenda. .
  • Must have demonstrable understanding of and a passion for Channel 4\'s remit and 360 Diversity Charter.
  • Must have extensive knowledge, understanding and a passion for Britain\'s diverse (BAME, LGBT, Disabled and from socially disadvantaged backgrounds) creative talent and communities.
  • Extensive knowledge and understanding of recent broadcasting.
  • Strong team player.
  • Excellent communication and influencing skills and a high degree of self-confidence to speak publicly, chair meetings and lead discussions
  • Conduct and maintain good relationships with independents producing programmes for the Channel. Networking is a significant part of the role.
  • Keep abreast of underrepresented talent in particular BAME, LGBT, Disabled, socially disadvantaged on-screen talent and stay one step ahead of immediate competitors.
  • Must have a thorough understanding of: Commissioning and Scheduling in order to advise producers and commissioning editors on diverse programme proposals and ideas; Corporate Relations in order to get the public service broadcasting message to OFCOM, MPs and other stakeholders; Press, Marketing and Creative Services to advise on suitability of trails, press campaigns and continuity announcements; and Legal to advise on the Disability Equality Duty, disability portrayal and language on screen
  • Must be efficient in communicating the Channel viewpoint on an idea within a defined timeframe.
  • Willingness and availability to travel.
  • Considerable networking required to maintain existing relationships as well as building new ones within commissioning, production and within diverse communities
  • Ability to handle conflicting viewpoints and gain consensus on a regular basis
  • Requires a great deal of creativity in order to find new ways to persuade producers, commissioning editors and casting directors to keep on-screen diversity high on the agenda

    Full Role Description
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    Further information
    Celebrating diversity is at the heart of Channel 4\'s purpose both on-screen and off-screen. Being different is therefore at our core - and we know that recruiting talent from diverse backgrounds encourages our workforce to be vibrant, creative and think differently. Our goal is also to be truly reflective of the makeup of society and we actively recruit from groups that are under-represented in the media sector. So we welcome difference be it ethnicity, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation or disability.

    We have won awards from Stonewall for our work on screen and in the workplace, we are a member of the Business Disability Forum, and we are signed up as a Disability Confident employer with the Department of Work & Pensions. Channel 4 also won the company National Diversity Award - 2016. At the end of 2016 Channel 4 was awarded the National Equality Standard by EY, the only company ever to be placed at the highest level \'Institutionlised Inclusion\'.

    We understand that disabled people might have concerns about being discriminated against if they declare their disability when applying for a job. If that\'s you then don\'t worry - we will judge you on your abilities and fit against the job description. We are happy to discuss with you any adjustments you need to give you a level playing field during recruitment and then, if you\'re made an offer, we can then discuss with you the adjustments you might need to get on with the job and develop your career. Furthermore we can offer a guaranteed interview to any disabled applicant who meets the essential skills or experience listed above.

  • Job Details
    Job Ref: 379461566
    Start Date: Wed, 28 Mar 2018 19:00:00 EST
    Hours: Not Specified
    Location: Not Specified, United Kingdom
    Working Term: Permanent
    Salary: British Pound . GBP British Pound . GBP - Annual Annual