HOME Slough, Creative People and Places
HOME Slough is at an exciting point of its development and has the potential to radically shift the cultural offer for the growing population in Slough. An exciting, experienced creative leader is needed to help drive this change. HOME Slough is one of 21 Creative People & Places projects funded by Arts Council England, a strong network that provides an excellent source of support and inspiration for the new Director.
Creative People and Places (CPP) is a national initiative that aims to increase the number of people choosing, creating and taking part in brilliant art experiences in the places where they live, particularly where evidence shows that people are less involved in arts and cultural activities than elsewhere in England.
CPP has been designed as an action research programme experimenting with radically different approaches to inspire and excite people about the arts. It will take risks, reflect on what works and what doesn’t and use that experience to shape how the programme develops.
HOME Slough is overseen by a consortium of Slough-based organisations that provides strategic oversight with Rifco Arts as Lead Partner and accountable body. Membership includes Slough Borough Council, also a funder, (including Slough Libraries), Creative Junction, Slough CVS and Slough Museum. There are plans to widen consortium membership to better reflect interests and agendas in the town.
A key part of programme development within HOME Slough is that it should be chosen and created by audiences. The creation of a network of Creative Connectors across the town has started and this group will come together as HOME Slough Forum to inform and influence programming and report to the consortium.
HOME Slough has been granted initial funding to 31 December 2018 with the opportunity to extend the project by three years through an application to Arts Council England in 2018.
You will be a leader able to advocate, influence and instigate long-term change in Slough. You will be able to work across the arts, public and private sector, have a well-founded knowledge of artists working across the UK today, be driven by diversity and have a passion for involving communities in the creation and curation of their own cultural offer.
This role provides the opportunity to use your creative and business skills to their full capacity and we are seeking a Director who can see the enormous potential that exists in Slough. This may be your first Director role but you’ll have the vision, experience and appetite to make change happen. Change in people’s perception of the arts, and of Slough as a creative destination, change in arts and culture consumption, and a shift upwards in the numbers of people engaging in arts and culture.
As Director of HOME Slough CPP you will be employed by Rifco, Lead Partner and accountable body for the project.
This is a new post and the senior member of the staff team of: Programme Manager, Project Co-ordinator, Community Engagement Co-ordinator, Communications Manager. Your responsibility will be to develop and lead the project, manage the staff team, plan and deliver an outstanding programme that strongly engages with the people of Slough.
HOME Slough is in its second year with total funding from Arts Council of £625K (since 2014) and further investment from Slough Borough Council of £30K. You will be responsible for a budget of approximately £540,000 over the next 18 months that includes a fundraising target of £65,000 over the period.
You will work in close partnership with the Consortium, Slough Borough Council, the staff team, Slough’s established arts, cultural and heritage
organisations, businesses and local community organisations to develop and oversee a programme of commissioned and presented works as well as a participatory and engagement programme that centres around a network of Creative Connectors working in the community.
You will build on the work and achievements from the past year and work to ensure the project’s long-term sustainability through sound business planning, fundraising and partnership development.
Key terms and conditions
Applicants must have the right to work in the UK.
All appointments are subject to a Disclosure & Barring Service Check (DBS)
- Key purpose of the role
To provide strategic leadership of the HOME Slough CPP project.
To manage the implementation of the programme with creativity and commitment to HOME Slough’s aims and objectives.
To develop key partnerships in Slough and beyond that will support the sustainability of the project.
- Main responsibilities of the post
The postholder will:
- Facilitate a strong creative vision for HOME Slough through planning and delivering a vibrant, innovative arts programme which offers great new creative and cultural experiences by, with and for the people of Slough
- Implement and develop the refreshed Business Plan (March 2017)
- Build strategic partnerships with a wide range of significant stakeholders across the arts, cultural, charitable, public, private and statutory sectors to secure sustainable financial support
- Lead on developing strategies for raising partnership funding from earned income, business, Trusts and Foundations and other public avenues
- Oversee and contribute to developing strong working relationships with local artists, arts organisations, community leaders and community groups in Slough
- Lead on the relationship with Arts Council England with responsibility for ensuring that the programme meets the delivery and reporting conditions
- Lead on the relationship with Slough Borough Council as funder and as Deputy Chair of the consortium
- Develop new and grow existing audiences for creative projects and events working with the Communications Manager to achieve this
- Work collaboratively with the CPP network, identifying opportunities for joint commissioning, touring, and information exchange
- Recruit and manage project staff, volunteers and freelancers, ensuring that adequate supervision, support and training is provided
- Lead the relationship with the HOME Slough evaluation partner and Critical Friend to ensure that learning from the programme is captured and shared, both locally and as part of the national CPP programme
- Take overall financial responsibility for the project finances, working alongside Lead Partner Rifco’s Executive Director
- Take overall responsibility for ensuring that all programme activity complies with current legislation including (but not restricted to) Equality, Health & Safety, Safeguarding and insurances
- Any other duties as may reasonably be expected for the effective performance of the job
- Person specification
- Three/four years management experience at senior level in an arts or cultural organisation
- Proven experience of directly working with communities to develop and deliver a bold, creative vision or overseeing this activity within a previous post
- Proven ability to develop and manage successful stakeholder relationships and complex partnerships
- An understanding of and commitment to audience engagement including experience of delivering outstanding participatory projects
- Proven ability to raise funds from a variety of sources and to develop and implement fundraising strategies
- Excellent understanding of development of marketing and audience development strategies even if you have not led these yourself
- Excellent financial planning and management skills with experience of managing large project budgets (min. £250K)
- Demonstration of sound and entrepreneurial business acumen that will grow sustainable income streams
- Experience and understanding of monitoring and evaluation processes including effective data collection, analysis and reporting
- Proven commitment to equality of opportunity in the delivery of arts and cultural projects
- Ability to line manage and coordinate project teams including both salaried, freelance, partners and volunteers
- Excellent written and oral communication skills along with the ability to inspire others in a variety of settings
- Understanding and experience of action research projects preferably in an arts or cultural context
- Experience of commissioning arts and culture
- Knowledge of UK arts landscape – professional networks, artists and organisations
- Up to date knowledge of arts and culture policy
Responsible to: Executive Director, Rifco, Lead Partner
Responsible for: Programme Manager, Community Engagement Co-ordinator, Communications Manager
Contract: Salaried (poss. freelance), fixed term to end December 2018 with potential for renewal, part-time (3 days / week)
Salary: £38-40K pro rata (dependent on experience)
Place of Work: HOME office, central Slough
Working pattern: Some unsocial hours incl. evenings and weekends
Probationary Period: 3 months
Holiday: 25 days p.a. (pro rata)
- Application process
Your application should comprise:
- A letter of application setting out why you are applying and your interest in the job and how your skills and experience match the job description and person specification (maximum 4 pages A4).
- Please include 2 employment referees, one being your most recent or current employer
- Your CV
- Equal Opportunities form
Application submission to: firstname.lastname@example.org FAO of Jenny Roberts
Deadline: Monday 3rd July at 10am
Interviews: Week 10th July
For an informal discussion please contact Jenny Roberts, Executive Director, Rifco, in the first instance at email@example.com