Join the team – exciting new role on Portland

A unique, entrepreneurial opportunity to manage a creative hospitality business and work with a warm and welcoming team on the Isle of Portland, Dorset.

b-side is a community-driven arts organisation based on the Isle of Portland, Dorset. We are deeply passionate about our unique community and the built and natural landscapes of Portland and Dorset. We commission new art by local and international artists, fostering connections between people and place. Through workshops, walks, and discussions we aim to provide visitors and residents with fresh perspectives and inspirations from our magical home. We produce an annual international contemporary arts festival, where our goal is to turn every visitor into not just a supporter of b-side but a friend of our exceptional place and community.

We currently operate from a shop front project space in Fortuneswell (Portland). The ‘bnb-side’ is directly above this shop, looking out over Chesil Beach, the Jurassic Coast, and Lyme Bay.

The role

As manager of ‘bnb-side’, you’ll play a pivotal role in the efficient running of the bnb establishment. Your responsibilities will encompass maintaining high standards of hospitality, cleanliness, and maintenance ensuring budget adherence, and promptly addressing any issues that may arise.

Working closely with the b-side team, you will focus on achieving fiscal success, particularly during the summer and shoulder seasons. Additionally, your role will extend to welcoming artists-in-residence from near and far during the winter season. There is the opportunity to bring some creative flair to the role.

Location: Fortuneswell, the Isle of Portland, Dorset

Contracted Hours: the role is live in on site at the bnb accommodation (77 Fortuneswell). You’ll work 40 hours per week. Irregular hours with early starts and late finishes are common. You will need to work at weekends and bank holidays.

Salary: up to £23,000 gross per year, free living accommodation, and utilities (estimated at min. £7,800 a year).

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Efficiently manage the day-to-day operations of ‘bnb-side.’
  • Uphold and enhance standards of hospitality, cleanliness, and maintenance.
  • Control budgets and finances to ensure fiscal success, especially during peak seasons.
  • Work with the b-side team to achieve our ambitions of hosting artists in residence.
  • Address and resolve issues promptly to maintain a positive guest experience.
  • Embracing a flexible schedule, including weekends, bank holidays, and irregular hours.

Who are we looking for?

You will ideally have previous experience in hospitality management but more importantly be able to demonstrate exceptional organisational and communication skills and a collaborative, problem-solving approach where pro-activity defines your day-to-day approach.

How to apply:

Please download and read the full job description and recruitment pack below. As well as written applications, we can accept audio and video applications too. If you want to apply for the Manager role via video or audio, please record your video / audio response, save it on YouTube / Vimeo / Google Drive / Dropbox and then add the link to your application email. Audio / video submissions can be up to 7 minutes length maximum.

If you share our passion for community engagement, the arts and hospitality we would love to hear from you. To apply, please submit your application, in your chosen format to Please ensure your application contains –

  • An up-to-date CV (max 2 sides of A4)
  • A cover letter – outlining how you would approach the role
  • Contact details for two referees

Apply by: midnight, 14 January 2024

Shortlist: week of 15 Jan 2024.

Interviews (in person on Portland): week of 22 Jan 2024.

Commence: February or March 2024