Creativity Culture and Education

Director of Development

Salary: £60K+ per annum
Location: 20 Portland Terrace, Jesmond, Newcsatle upon Tyne, NE2 1QQ

About CCE:

Creativity, Culture and Education (CCE) is an international foundation dedicated to unlocking the creativity of children and young people in and out of formal education.

Creativity, Culture and Education (CCE) was created in 2008, originally to manage the then Government’s flagship creative learning programme ‘Creative Partnerships’ which had been created in 2002 and had been run via Arts Council England until that point.

CCE is technically set up as a company limited by guarantee and registered charity.

From 2008 to 2011, CCE ran Creative Partnerships (CP) and the Find Your Talent (FYT) pilot programme across England, employing over 100 staff across two offices in London and Newcastle upon Tyne, managing an annual budget of over £50 million and working with over 4,000 schools a year.

Funding was withdrawn from the CP and FYT programmes following the change of Government in 2012.

CCE now operates without any public funding, with a small team of six staff (soon to be 7!), developing a range of creative learning programmes around the world, based upon CP principles, but refreshed and modified on an ongoing basis by our experience in classrooms and by emerging theories and research findings.

We currently generate around £500k of income from our work each year, which is not yet sufficient to cover our annual costs, though we are fortunate to have levels of historical financial reserves which have enabled us to build our business. The aim is to reach a point where CCE can at least break even on an ongoing basis and hence guarantee our continued existence to carry out our charitable purpose of unlocking the creativity of children and young people.

You can find out a lot more about CCE, the principles behind our approach, our work around the world and our customers and partners at

Background to the role:

The post of Director of Development is a new post, which is being established at a key moment in the development of CCE. Over the last few years, CCE has developed and supported the delivery of a range of programmes, while providing additional services such as consultancy and training.

The two main programmes CCE supports is Creative Partnerships, an ever-evolving approach to creativity and learning based on a programme which originally ran in England from 2002 to 2011. In addition, it is now piloting the Art of Learning programme, which is designed to improve attainment among children from disadvantaged backgrounds by strengthening their executive functions, and hence their capacity to learn.

All CCE’s programmes are designed to utilise the potential of artists and the arts to improve the quality of learning in formal education.

The design and the continuing expansion in the delivery of these programmes places great demands on existing staff and, in our view, supporting the delivery of the existing programmes has brought us to capacity. This in turn is constraining CCE’s capacity to continue to grow.

As CCE wishes to continue to keep its place at the cutting edge of educational practice while continuing to grow and innovate, it needs to create new capacity within the organisation.

We see this being achieved through the appointment of a Director of Development.

The role of the Director of Development will be to research new approaches, ideas and products which CCE can add to its portfolio of activities.

The Director of Development should be prepared to look backwards and explore the evidence we have already generated to see what else can be learnt and what new ideas this material might suggest.

S/he should also forge new relationships nationally and internationally to identify new innovative collaborations which can take forward our work. These collaborations will involve new countries, regions or cities, new grant giving foundations and new academic institutions with which CCE can form long term partnerships.

Throughout, however, the focus must remain on developing programmes which impact directly on the lives of children and young people, and programmes in which the children and young people also have a voice and a central role in determining the outcome of the work.

In investing in this role, it is recognised that there will need to be time to research, to develop new ideas and to form new partnerships.

However, the post holder will be expected to become at least self-financing by the time of its second year and, by doing so, contribute significantly to the long term sustainability of CCE.

If you find you have a question which isn’t answered above or in the attached job description and person speficiation, please feel free to give Sue Archbold, Office Co-ordinator, a call on 0191 239 0853 or email her at

To Apply:

The full application pack can be found on our website