Games Events Programmer

03 May 13

This is a role within the BAFTA Learning and Events team dedicated to fulfilling BAFTA’s remit to promoting and developing creative excellence in film, TV and games. BAFTA Learning and Events champion excellence both by developing creative skills and by recognising and promoting talent.

Freelance contract 2-3 days per week. 6 month initial period.
This contract is flexible. We are open to applications based on a job share or working from home or one of BAFTA’s offices outside London.
Day rate: £140-£160 per day dependent on experience

BAFTA is committed to supporting the games industry in the UK and this role is dedicated to assisting the work of the BAFTA Games Committee in that mission. The role will devise and deliver a programme of events and initiatives aimed primarily at developing the games industry. The role will also oversee the development and delivery of Young Game Designers.

Key responsibilities:

Working with the BAFTA Games Committee and the Learning and Events Committee to devise and deliver a programme of events and initiatives, across the UK and via BAFTA branches, which provide a platform for Games Award winners and nominees to share their expertise with different audiences.

Focussing primarily on those working in or wanting to break into the Games industry, this role will also oversee the development of BAFTA’s initiative for 11-16 year olds, Young Game Designers.

The Games Programmer will work with the Games Committee to highlight key themes, sources of information and issues which will support games makers in their practice, and devise events and initiatives around these issues. Reporting to the Head of Learning and Events, the role will work within the Learning Strategy as devised by BAFTA’s Learning and Events Committee.

This role will maintain and develop relationships with key games and arts festivals and national partners which help deliver BAFTA’s learning programme around the country.

Specific Responsibilities

Industry programme delivery

  • Develop a programme of events in line with the strands outlined in the Games Events Strategy (to be shared if invited to interview – for an overview of the kinds of events we run, see the BAFTA website)
  • Deliver or oversee delivery of Games Industry events (events may be delivered by BAFTA staff or sub-contractors)
  • Consult with Games Committee and Jury Chairs on main themes emerging from the Games Awards process
  • Work with colleagues and partners to promote events as well as build and capture an audience of professionals.

Young Game Designers

  • Work with the Head of Learning and Events to develop a proposal for the new phase of Young Game Designers, to be launched Autumn 2013.
  • Work with sponsorship and fundraising teams to seek sources of income
  • Research and propose the best delivery process for YGD (e.g. an agency, freelance staff)
  • Forge relationships with key strategic delivery partners
  • Delivering (or overseeing delivery of) complex live events at festivals and partner events

Programme Management

  • Work with BAFTA productions to devise online resources, particularly for BAFTA Guru
  • Work with colleagues to promote events but also to capture audiences
  • Ensure that all events and initiatives
    - maintain BAFTA’s standards of excellence
    - contribute to BAFTA’s understanding of the industry
    - address industry needs
    - maintain BAFTA’s profile as the major charity working with film, TV and games.
  • Monitoring and evaluating skills development programme and adapting programme in line with audience feedback where appropriate.


Maintain good internal communications with BAFTA staff and attend regular Games Committee meetings.

Person Specification

1. Good understanding of the Games Industry in the UK and globally
2. Broad experience of managing events and projects of varying scales to a very high standard
3. Ability to work across multiple stakeholders in an inclusive and collegiate manner
4. Proven ability to work in a scalable way – identifying opportunities to maximise reach and impact from modest resources
5. Excellent communication skills – in terms of personal presentation and in terms of communicating with an audience
6. Demonstrable commitment to BAFTA’s aims and objectives

Application Process

To apply please e-mail a CV and cover letter, detailing how you meet the requirements of the person specification, to by 1pm on 24 May.

Please also complete our online diversity monitoring form . This form is not considered with your application.

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