Executive Director

Closing date:

Newcastle Contemporary Art

Newcastle Contemporary Art is looking for an Executive Director.

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

The postholder 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. They will line manage the Gallery Manager and be the designated safeguarding officer for Newcastle Contemporary Art.

The Executive Director will lead on strategy development, informed by the region’s cultural and economic development strategies and identifying ways for NCA to contribute to these agendas within a relevant business plan. They 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. They will commission and monitor programme reporting, and publicise impact among stakeholders and the wider public.

The postholder 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 of £5k will be paid for raising this amount within 12 months.

Finally, with the Gallery Manager, the Executive Director 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. The postholder 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

Budget £30,000 p.a. FT, four-day week (fixed term with option to extend)

Deadline 26 June 2024

High Bridge Works 39 High Bridge Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 1EW

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Please apply by email with:

Your contact name, address and email
Covering letter (no more than 2 sides of A4) which must contain at least 5 bullet points with your plans/ideas for how you will help the organisation achieve its aims. If you are selected for an interview, you will then be asked to make a presentation which expands on what you write in your covering letter.

Please see the NCA website for more information.


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