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Arts and Culture Programme and Partnership Manager

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.

The Role

In December 2021, Wandsworth Council adopted an ambition ten year Arts and Culture Strategy 2021-31. The strategy sets out  how we will be innovative, collaborative and successfully embed Arts and Culture at both the heart of Council’s work and within residents’ lives. As we move into delivering this vision, we are expanding the team to manage the different goals within the strategy.

A key area within the new Arts and Culture Strategy is health and wellbeing, and in particular building connections between the borough's cultural/community organisations and public health, the clinical commissioning groups, local hospitals, other healthcare providers and the social prescribing / link workers within the borough. Wandsworth's cultural social prescribing programme should align with our new Health and Wellbeing Plan 2023-2025, around the themes of “start well”, “live well” and “age well”. As part of this work, funding has been secured for 24 months to fund a full-time post and provide a commissioning pot to design and establish an offer that will have legacy once this initial funding has been exhausted.

To carry out this work, we are seeking an experienced and dynamic arts professional(s) to join the team as full time Arts and Culture Programme and Partnership Manager on a fixed term basis until 30th June 2024. The candidate should have experience in establishing and commissioning cultural social prescribing programmes for a range of ages, and working closely with both cultural and public health sectors.

Your supporting statement, as part of the application process, should demonstrate your ability and experience of developing and commissioning culture programmes that support residents’ health and wellbeing as well as familiarity with the social prescribing model.

The successful candidate(s) will join a proactive and award-winning Arts Service, within a borough that prides itself on delivering a wide range of creative opportunities for everyone living, working and visiting the borough. For more details on the work already happening in the borough visit Wandsworth Council’s Arts section, Wandsworth Arts Fringe and Wandsworth Art.

We are open to hybrid working and particularly welcome applications from sections of the community who are currently under-represented within our teams, including back and ethnic minority communities. We understand the value of what a diverse workforce brings to our local authority and therefore strongly encourage candidates from these backgrounds to apply for this position.

At Richmond and Wandsworth Councils, we care more about how you work and what you achieve, rather than where you work on any given day. The difference you can make to our local communities is what really matters most to us, service delivery must always come first. We have carefully considered agile ways of working to provide the best experience for residents, stakeholders and our staff. Our agile working strategy actively supports and encourages a dynamic work environment and daily working experience. Agile working helps put the needs of our staff at the centre of everything we do, so if specific flexible working arrangements helps you with this, feel free to let us know.

Your wellbeing and the flexible way in which you can work is and will remain a key priority for Richmond and Wandsworth Councils. We want you to thrive and feel empowered in your work!

We recognise the importance of a good balance between work and home life so we do everything we can to accommodate flexible working including, working from home, compressed or part-time hours, term time only, job shares and other arrangements. Please just let us know in your application or at any stage throughout the process (and beyond) if these are options you’d like to explore. We also offer a generous holiday allowance of 39 paid days (pro rata) including bank holidays and a wide range of learning and development opportunities.

In addition, we offer a comprehensive range of staff benefits such as membership of the Local Government pension scheme, childcare vouchers, new technology scheme, interest-free loans on annual travel cards, discounts with many leisure activities, restaurants, shops and other establishments.

Indicative Recruitment Timeline

Closing Date:  5th June 2022

Shortlisting Date: W/C 6th June 2022

Interview Date: W/C 27th June 2022

Please note that these dates are only indicative at this stage and could be subject to change. We reserve the right to close this vacancy once a sufficient number of applications has been received.

Useful Information:

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. We strongly advise you to complete your application as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

Please note that the advertised dates for interviews may change due to the current Covid-19 situation. If they do, we will let you know as soon as possible.


Your health and wellbeing is our top priority. Should you become unwell due to Covid-19 during the recruitment process we would very much appreciate receiving an update from you as soon as possible.

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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