OFA Festival Hosts (temporary)

Oxford Festival of the Arts is recruiting Festival hosts for this year’s edition of the festival. We are looking for persons who will contribute to the vibrant atmosphere that the festival creates, whilst also enabling our loyal followers to enjoy their visits to the full. No two days are the same; but the role will focus mainly on front-of-house and stewarding duties. The festival relies on everyone working together as a team. Shift patterns are arranged to allow you to enjoy as much of the Festival as possible, whilst also reflecting the needs of our programme.

If you are…
▪ Friendly, positive, and calm under pressure
▪ Comfortable speaking with the public
▪ Excited to meet new and like-minded people in the local area
▪ Reliable, versatile and energetic
▪ Excited about the arts and engaging new audiences
▪ Over 16 years old at the time of the Festival
…then we would love to hear from you!

The OFA Hub is the first point of call for all patrons, and our welcoming space in the idyllic setting of the rose garden. It also serves as our box office for on-the-door ticket sales. The dates for Oxford Festival of the Arts 2023 events on site are 29th June– 16th July; but, festival hosts will be contracted for the period 16th June – 16th July, encompassing some external events. On event days, doors usually open half an hour before event start time; and the Hub is normally open from 5pm – 10pm. For Sunday, 16th July, we shall be opening to the public from 10.30am. There will be no events on site on the weekend of 8th & 9th July; but there will be the possibility of stewardship for external events. There will be a meeting (and training) prior to the festival in Trinity term. The remuneration is set at the Oxford Living Wage of £11.35ph. Application process details can be found on the this link. The closing date for applications is 2nd May at midday.

I hope that you would like to join us. Being part of a festival is a marvellously addictive thing!

Dr Michelle Castelletti
Director, Oxford Festival of the Arts

Events Maintenance Assistant (temporary)

The school is seeking to appoint an enthusiastic and reliable Events Maintenance Assistant to provide essential day-to-day maintenance support within our busy and thriving Maintenance department during Arts Festival and beyond, from 12 June – 4 August.

Events Maintenance Assistant alongside an existing Maintenance team member.

This is a varied role and candidates will be expected to display a high level of teamwork and adaptability. Duties of the role will include, but not be restricted to:

  • Assisting with of maintenance tasks as directed by the Maintenance Manager/Supervisor
  • Daily room set-up for events and assemblies; heavy lifting involved
  • Working closely with the Maintenance team, Maintenance Manager/Supervisor and Head Caretaker to participate in some of the School’s out of hours’ rota
  • General duties on a rota basis, to include, but not be restricted to: litter picking, post-delivery and unlocking of rooms

The Candidate

The role requires a reasonable level of physical fitness, as you’ll be on your feet most of the day.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Some maintenance skills, either professionally or as a DIY enthusiast
  • A calm, helpful manner with a can-do attitude whilst delivering high standards work
  • An ability to act with tact and diplomacy and under pressure, with a willingness and ability to develop working relationships with individuals from a variety of situations and backgrounds

Application Process

Candidates should submit the Application Form for Support Staff which can be found on the Job Vacancy link of the website (  To access Click here.  This should be emailed together with a CV and covering letter of application to the HR Administrator, Miss Aimee Edwards, ( 

  1. Covering Letter of Application
  2. Support Staff Application Form
  3. CV

All documentation should be sent no later than Tuesday 2nd May 2023 at noon.  The school’s preferred method of communication is by email and it will not be necessary to send a hard copy of the documents by post.

References may be taken up in advance.  If you do not wish references to be called for at this stage, please make that clear on the reference section of the application form.

We anticipate holding interviews within 1 week of the job closure and we will be in contact with shortlisted candidates by telephone.

Equal Opportunities

Magdalen College School recognises and is committed to ensuring applicants and employees from all sections of the community are treated equally regardless of race, gender, disability, age, sexual orientation, religion or belief, gender reassignment, marital and civil partnership status, or pregnancy and maternity. We welcome applications from all sections of the community.

Safeguarding Policy

Magdalen College School is committed to the safeguarding of pupils, and any offer of employment will be subject to an enhanced DBS disclosure, the receipt of satisfactory references, the school’s pre-employment medical questionnaire, plus sight of relevant original ID documentation and degree certificate(s). This role will be in regulated activity and will require a children’s barred list check as well as an enhanced DBS check. The enhanced DBS check is due to this role being exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. This role will be in regulated activity and will require a children’s barred list check.