Executive Director

Newcastle Contemporary Art

Newcastle Contemporary Art is looking for an Executive Director.

You will be responsible for resource and partnership development, building assets for NCA, managing communications with key funders, promoting NCA and its work, as well as working with our Gallery Manager. You will ensure the education and cultural sectors in Newcastle are part of the programme design and development.

You will manage organisational development, including the creation, implementation, oversight and auditing of NCA ‘s policies and ensuring all relevant staff and freelancer training is completed and evidenced. You will line manage our Gallery Manager, and be the designated Safeguarding Officer for Newcastle Contemporary Art.

The Executive Director will lead on strategy development, informed by our region’s cultural and economic development strategies and identifying ways for NCA to contribute to these agendas within a relevant business plan. You will oversee programme and artistic development, making sure the programmes NCA deliver are of the highest quality in artistic and engagement terms, and finding innovative ways of centring the engagement of young people, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds. You will commission and monitor programme reporting, and publicise impact among stakeholders and the wider public, to grow audiences and appetite for NCA’s.

You will manage NCA’s finances, set and manage organisational budgets, and prepare and clearly present NCA’s accounts to the board when requested.

There is a fundraising target of £30K in the first 3 months and an ultimate goal of £90K after 1 year. A bonus will be paid of £5K for raising this amount within 12 months.

Finally, with the Gallery Manager: you will manage the governance of the organisation, reporting to the Board, setting agendas for meetings and making sure meetings are minuted, so the Board can properly oversee operations. You will undertake a skills audit of trustees and recruit new Board members to fill gaps in expertise and knowledge.



  • Demonstrable experience of fundraising
  • Demonstrable experience of partnership development and management
  • An appetite for innovation and entrepreneurialism
  • Experience of working in cultural education and / or the educational sector
  • Experience of managing budgets, preparing and presenting financial reports
  • Understanding of Cultural Policy
  • Well organised with close attention to detail
  • Experience of managing creative projects


  • A leadership role in a similar organisation
  • Experience of working with young people
  • Experience of governance
  • Experience and understanding of marketing and PR
  • Experience of managing people
  • Experience of recruiting people


The Executive Director is responsible to the Board of Trustees for the following, as detailed in the job description:

  • Resource and Partnership Development
  • Organisational Development
  • Strategy Development
  • Programme / Artistic Development
  • Financial Management
  • Governance