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Arts Service Manager

The Role

  • Are you looking for working arrangements that enhance your work-life balance?
  • Do you enjoy managing and leading teams in a fast-moving dynamic environment?
  • Do you have previous experience in developing and managing cultural/creative services for the public?

If you answered yes, we want to hear from you!

Who we are:
The Environment and Community Services Directorate is divided into four divisions and this role, reporting to the Head of Culture, is a team role within the Culture services, which incorporates the Arts Service based at Orleans House Gallery, alongside Parks and Sports. 

Over the past three years the service has completed a major NHLF Capital Project at Orleans House Gallery (which reopened in March 2018), undertaken a review and is now in the final stages of implementing a new staffing structure. 

The service, the capital assets and wider Council structure are likely to continue to see substantial ongoing changes, alongside the fast-moving cultural context of the UK and Europe.  

Job purpose:
To lead the arts service for London Borough of Richmond upon Thames. Including management of staff, partnerships and public engagement – and to be responsible for the historic asset of OHG, public access and enjoyment of the site. 

About the role:
The post holder will work closely with staff from across the council, Members, partners, members of the public and members of outside organisations. 

The Arts Service Manager for Arts and Orleans House Gallery is responsible for the management of the Arts Service with both operational and strategic roles, alongside the management of the Orleans House Gallery and public access to the site and the boroughs art collection.  

About you:
You will be a strong empathetic leader who can provide clarity of purpose and build confidence within the new team, whilst developing new collaborative partnerships across the borough and within the Council.  

Both resilience and innovation are core components of the post, which requires someone who is adaptable to ongoing change whilst seizing new opportunities and realising extraordinary new creative schemes.  

The Council is committed to providing a high quality publicly accessible creative and cultural programme across the borough. A service which whilst suitable for the location will offer exciting new ways to deliver creative practice and some surprises. 

You will:

  • Create the right environment to allow for the development of focussed high quality and innovative creative engagement activities. 15 FTE staff members, and up to 100 contractors, sessional staff and volunteers. 
  • Initiate a range of partnerships to develop and deliver creative programmes for the public. Including devising new ways to develop innovative cultural practice and new investment routes.
  • Initiate and work with internal and external partners to increase and diversify the existing usership, and to ensure the benefit of services reaches all parts of the borough. 

Please review the attached Job Profile for the full details on this varied role.

How to apply:
Please register, submit your CV and a supporting statement addressing how you meet the requirements of this role. If you are having difficulty in applying online, please contact the Recruitment Team on 0208 871 8825 or recruitment@richmondandwandsworth.gov.uk to see if we can offer alternative arrangements for you to apply.

Why choose us:
In return, we can offer you working arrangements that will enhance your work-life balance.  These include compressed hours, home working (dependent on service need), part-time working, annualised hours, term time only and a generous holiday allowance of 31 days plus bank holidays. 

In addition, we offer a range of staff benefits such as membership of the Local Government contributory pension scheme, childcare vouchers, new technology scheme, interest-free loans on annual travel cards, discounts at many leisure activities, restaurants, shops and other establishments. A wide range of developmental opportunities is also offered.

Indicative Recruitment Timeline
Closing Date: Sunday 9th February 2020
Shortlisting Date: Week Commencing 10th February 2020
Interview Date: Week Commencing 17th February 2020

Useful Information:
Please note that these dates are only indicative at this stage and could be subject to change.

The closing date is given as a guide. We reserve the right to close this vacancy once a sufficient number of applications has been received. Therefore, it is strongly advised that you complete and return your application as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

Richmond and Wandsworth Councils are committed to making our recruitment practices as inclusive as possible for everyone. We are committed to promoting equality and diversity and developing a culture that values differences, recognising that employees from a variety of backgrounds bring important and positive contributions to the Councils and can improve the way we deliver services. We are proud to be a Disability Confident employer.

Important Information:
Richmond and Wandsworth Councils are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people/vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

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