Bookings & Front of House Manager

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Bookings & Front of House Manager   

The Bookings & Front of House Manager is responsible for managing the Bookings & Front of House team to present the public face of Dance Base and for ensuring that all users of the building and Dance Base resources receive a welcome, friendly and efficient service in line with Dance Base Customer Commitment and Front of House policies and procedures. The role is also responsible for ensuring excellence in bookings and sales to ensure diligent financial management and support the achievement of income targets.  The Bookings and Front of House Manager will be a key holder. 

This post is line managed by the Centre Director.  The post holder will work in the following areas, while liaising with the Public and Professional Programmes, Marketing & Development, Finance Department and other staff as appropriate.  

Key responsibilities 

Bookings/Box Office/Reception:  

To manage an effective and efficient bookings system and reception and in particular to:  

  • - Manage payment receipt, registration and customer bookings records for all classes, workshops, showings, performances etc together with appropriate hires  
  •  - Ensure proper and relevant data capture of customer information at all times while adhering to the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR)  
  • be responsible for training the Booking and Front of House Team in the use of box office systems and procedures  
  • - Assist with the maintenance and management of mailing lists and databases  
  • - Be responsible for daily income reconciliation and bank deposits and to deputise this task as required 
  • - Operate and manage an efficient Fringe Festival Box office 
  • - Prepare reports at regular intervals as required by other departments. 
  • - Ensure that Dance Base Customer Care policies and procedures are maintained and that the highest level of service is provided to all customers and users of the building  
  • - Ensure that all telephone, email, written and in-person enquiries are responded to or directed to the appropriate member of staff either directly or via reception staff 
  • - Arrange private  hires including, but not limited to, party dance classes together with ad-hoc one-hour professional and aerial hires (all overseen by Centre  Director)  

 Front of House:  

To service the Front of House area for community and professional dancers, hire customers, staff and visitors and in particular to:  

  • - Work shifts and prepare in advance the weekly staff rota to cover the bookings and front of house functions for any events and/or hires 
  • - Be responsible for the health, safety and well-being of all users of the building while  on duty and to report and record any incidents, accidents or irregularities as appropriate  
    - Be responsible for securing and alarming the building when on duty and delegate this task as required 
    - Ensure that the studios are ready and suitably equipped for use as required prior to the start of each class, workshop, residency or hire event 
  • - Facilitate hires and other events as required by the  Centre Director 
  • - Ensure the smooth running and start and finish times of all events whilst on duty 
  • - Ensure that all areas of the building, including changing rooms, are in good repair, clean, tidy and safe for use throughout the day/evening and report any issues 
  • - Manage an effective Festival Front of House and Box Office in August 
  • - Assist with participation class catering together with ensuring that board meetings, hire meetings and guests are catered for  

Staff Management: 

To develop and manage the  Bookings and  Front of House Team and in particular to:  

  • - Recruit, train, manage and appraise the work of the  Bookings and  Front of House Deputy/Duty Managers and  FOH Assistants.  
  • - Ensure that staffing levels are maintained and replenished at the appropriate times.  
  • - Rota casual staff within the weekly and annual budget and report on costs to the Finance Director.  
  • - Ensure procedures, policies and initiatives are communicated effectively to staff.  

 Other duties include:  

  • - To attend briefings, planning and reporting meetings as required.  
  • - To contribute to Dance Base sub-groups including Equalities and Green Teams, as required  
  • - To abide by the terms of Dance Base’s Health and Safety, and Equalities, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI) and Safe Space policies at all times 
  • - To manage all aspects of Dance Base Merchandise purchasing, pricing and sales 
  • - To undertake any other duties that may reasonably be required of the Bookings and Front of House Manager by the  Centre Director  

 This Job Description is intended as a guide to the nature of the work required of this position; it is neither comprehensive nor restricted and is subject to review. 

Skills and Experience 


  • - 3 years’ reservations/box office/booking systems experience or equivalent  
  • - 2 years’ experience of managing and supervising staff   
  • - Ability to inspire and motivate a team  
  • - Knowledge of and proven ability to deliver and maintain a high standard of customer care  
  • - Experience of managing a Festival Box Office  
  • - Excellent IT skills and experience of working with Customer Relationship Management (CRM) software 
  • - Cash handling experience  
  • - Experience of working in a customer-focused environment  
  • - Experience of key-holding responsibilities  
  • - Able to work on a shift basis, including evenings and weekends  
  • - First Aid qualification  


  • - A knowledge of and interest in dance and/or the arts  
  • - Knowledge of MindBody bookings system  
  • - Knowledge of Red 61’s VIA ticketing software 
  • - Office and administration experience 
  • - IOSH Managing Safely qualification 
  • - Ability to work flexibly across a wide job scope  

We particularly encourage people from under-represented communities to apply, including but not limited to disabled people, those who are D/deaf, Black/+ People of Colour, those from minority ethnic communities, those who are part of the LGBT+ community, and all those who feel their voices are not commonly represented. 

Terms and conditions: 

Salary:   £22,725 per year for a 40-hour working week
Overtime:  No overtime is payable but will be given as Time off in Lieu in line with Dance Base’s TOIL policy
Contract Permanent, with a six-month probation period
Holidays 22 days paid holiday per year plus 10 designated public holidays 

Place of work: Dance Base, 14-16 Grassmarket, Edinburgh. However, working from home is currently expected and encouraged in accordance with government safety restrictions.  

How to Apply: 

To apply for the post, please complete the application form and Equal Opportunity form and send via email to: with your name and ‘BFOH21’ in the subject line.  

If you require the application form or job description in a different format (e.g. printed, large print, plain text etc.) please contact:  

The closing date for applications is 12 noon Monday 17 May 2021  

 Please note, CVs will not be accepted.  

Dance Base is an equal opportunities employer. We are committed to promoting diverse, equal and inclusive spaces and welcome applications from people of all sectors of the community.   

We look forward to receiving your application and thank you for your interest in Dance Base.  


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