Hiring: Project Manager – Creative Industries
Story Posted: 2 June 2023
APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED
The role of the Project Manager: Creative Industries is integral to the success of the annual Fak’ugesi Digital Innovation Festival and Digital Lab Africa (DLA). This full-time position will report to the Creative Director and will be a fixed-term one-year contract. The Fak’ugesi festival and Digital Lab Africa event serve as a springboard for African talent in multimedia creation to realise African projects with the support of leading French and Sub-Saharan African studios, producers, broadcasters and distributors.
Fak’ugesi and Digital Lab Africa create an inclusive and valuable connection for participants through:
- Pitching forums
- Panels and discussions
- Residencies and labs in partnership with other festivals/events
- Showcasing and access to market
- Business-to-business meetings
- Supportive digital community
The Project Manager will be responsible for planning and overseeing related projects to ensure they are completed in a timely manner and within budget.
About the Tshimologong
The Tshimologong Precinct was established with the intention of creating world-leading African digital entrepreneurs, we actively identify emerging talent to create and grow digital ventures. We are also the place for the business community to develop your digital innovation capacity by investing in relevant enterprise and supplier development, along with creating your digital skills pipeline.
Our festival is rooted in showcasing and developing skills in technology, art and culture in Africa. Founded in 2014 as a collaboration between the Tshimologong Precinct and the Wits School of Arts, Digital Arts Department, the festival takes as it starting point the idea that for innovation with technology to succeed, a strong connection needs to be made between African cultural practices and creative encounters.
About Digital Lab Africa
Digital Lab Africa is a springboard for African digital creatives in the gaming, animation, XR, music and visual arts industry. It is made up of two tiers: An accelerator is the first mentorship and incubation program dedicated to more experienced digital creative professionals and digital content across Africa and a bootcamp programme offers a series of workshops and masterclasses for emerging talent.
The responsibilities of the role will include but not be limited to:
- Support the Creative Director in developing and implementing the departmental strategy
- Organise and facilitate the Digital Lab Africa (Fak’ugesi & DLA) incubation process
- Manage the recruitment and selection of participants
- Coordinate with the Creative Director and Head of Department to ensure collaboration with other relevant units within Tshimologong Precinct
- Produce all content related to Fak’ugesi & DLA programming for distribution purposes
- Determine and define project scope and objectives
- Predict resources needed to reach objectives and manage resources in an effective and efficient manner
- Track project costs in order to meet budget
- Develop and manage detailed project schedules and work plans
- Provide project updates on a consistent basis to various stakeholders about strategy, adjustments, and progress
- Utilise industry best practices, techniques, and standards throughout the entire project execution
- Monitor progress and make adjustments as needed
- Measure project performance to identify areas for improvement
- Coordinate Fak’ugesi & DLA related events i.e. Fak’ugesi & DLA kick-off, co-curate the residencies and events working along the Tshimologong Precinct’s Events team
- Assist the Creative Director with the coordination of industry events in France and Sub-Saharan African countries
- Coordinate and input on the marketing and communications rollout for the Fak’ugesi and DLA
- Coordinate the Fak’ugesi & DLA communication aspects i.e. marketing campaigns, community management, press relations and public relations across all platforms i.e. online and working along the Tshimologong Precinct’s marketing team
- Input on all social media and website design and activations
- Manage contracts with vendors and suppliers by assigning tasks and communicating expected deliverables
- Oversee and monitor the Fak’ugesi & DLA administration i.e. contracts & agreements, invoices, reports & budget in coordination with the Tshimologong Precinct’s legal and finance process.
- Coordinate all the travel logistics
- Compile reports for all participants, mentors, funders and partners
- Monitor finance spending and feed data to the Creative Director and Head of the Department
- Support Creative Director in coordinating the Fak’ugesi steering committee
- Support Creative Director in managing stakeholder relationships
- Engage in industry-related activities/events
- You must have the right to work in South Africa to apply for this position.
- We require you to have experience in the cultural industries.
- Qualifications: a minimum of a diploma, degree, or project management qualification is required.
How to apply:
Applications must be made through the online form linked below, any other application form will not be considered.
Can I apply to work on this role remotely: No, this role requires being available to work in Johannesburg, South Africa full-time.
Do I need the rights to work in South Africa: Yes, you can only apply for this role if you have the legal right to work in South Africa for the full term of the contract.
Do I need Cultural Industries knowledge for this role: Yes, cultural industries experience is required to apply for the position.