Chief Executive

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Sunderland Culture

The Chief Executive will lead Sunderland Culture during a time of change, being accountable, with the board and partners, for all its business from long term strategy and plans to day-to-day operations, and act as an advocate for culture as a means of delivering the ambitions for the city and its people.

Job description

Strategic and creative leadership

  • Work with the board and staff team to set the vision and direction for the organisation
  • With staff, artists and creative colleagues throughout the city, lead the organisation to deliver an excellent creative programme, to meet the ambitions for the future and the commitments of today
  • Develop and implement business plans and performance management approaches to ensure that strategic plans for Sunderland Culture are achieved for the benefit of all its communities
  • Lead, develop and inspire the staff team through good management processes
  • Work with partners to ensure consistent staff management practices across the organisation, in light of the mixed staffing model for Sunderland Culture

Stakeholder relationships

  • Manage relationships with the three founding partners and wider networks to maximise the resources for culture and arts available to the city
  • Work closely with the strategic and operational managers at partners’ venues to ensure joined up activity and communications
  • Deliver on all current funding agreements and build new ones for the future in the light of changes to venues
  • Build new partnerships and relationships with social, civic, business and cultural partners locally, regionally and nationally
  • Advocate for the role culture can play in improving lives by leading and participating in networks across the city and beyond

Job Requirements

  • An inspirational leader with a demonstrable commitment to Sunderland Culture’s vision and values
  • Demonstrable personal integrity, authenticity and emotional intelligence with an ability to engage constructively with a wide range of stakeholders
  • Energy, enthusiasm and an entrepreneurial outlook, balanced with pragmatism and the ability and resourcefulness to ensure delivery across a diverse programme of work at a time of change
  • Evidence of successfully leading change and growth in a diverse, public-facing charitable purpose business by devising and delivering on strategic business plans
  • A track record of developing and enabling high performing teams
  • Experience of identifying, managing and delivering change
  • Experience of having led the development of strategic partnerships and delivery of projects in the arts and cultural sector

Job Responsibilities

  • To lead Sunderland Culture during a time of change, being accountable, with the board and partners, for all its business from long term strategy and plans to day-to-day operations
  • To act as an advocate for culture as a means of delivering the ambitions for the city and its people, and to act as an advocate for Sunderland and the region to celebrate the impact of Sunderland Culture’s work
  • To lead, inspire and motivate the organisation, guiding it securely through necessary change and laying the foundations of long-term sustainability and success
  • To support the existing strategic partnerships and to work in ways which improve life for everyone in Sunderland through culture
  • To develop an organisation that combines entrepreneurial flair with awareness of the charity’s standing as a leading cultural organisation in Sunderland and as an incubator for new cultural bodies and skills
  • To develop the profile of Sunderland Culture as a model and an exemplar for other localities elsewhere in the country
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Budget £62,000 – £72,000 p.a.

Deadline 7 June 2024

c/o National Glass Centre Liberty Way Sunderland SR6 0GL

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Applications should be sent to Naomi Mather.

First interviews will be held in Sunderland on 25 June, with second interviews on 2 July.

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