City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council

Cultural Partnerships Manager

Post Reference: 241436
Band/Grade Special A £44,628pa - £48,229pa 
1 x 37hours per week

Based at Argus Chambers 

Bradford Metropolitan District Council is seeking a dynamic cultural manager to advise its senior leadership, manage the Council investment in arts and culture and ensure that culture is a critical consideration in all City strategies. 

Bradford is the sixth largest city in the UK and it sees culture as an important driver of its future social and economic prosperity. It has a cultural heritage that embraces the Brontes, JB Priestley, the first UNESCO City of film, David Hockney and Dynamo. It is home to the National Science & Media Museum and has a vibrant independent cultural sector with an emerging new generation of cultural leaders.   

This is a particularly exciting time for culture in Bradford. The City has already won national funds to develop Bradford Live a new music venue being created in a vast former Odeon cinema in the heart of the city and has also been announced as one of the two national pilots for Arts Council England’s Producing Hub.  

In September, Bradford will formally launch a bid to be UK City of Culture in 2025 as part of a far-reaching set of cultural plans to reposition the City. The City has also announced plans for a new Cultural Strategy for the next decade 2020 to 2030 which will reflect its changing demographics as the youngest city in Europe and one of the most diverse in the UK. 

Key purpose of the post:

  • To advise the Council’s senior leadership , Elected Members, CEO and Leader at a strategic level and to maximise cultural partnerships for the city with local, regional, national and international partners and horizon scan for opportunities in the arts, heritage, creative industries and place development; preparing the city to take advantage of funding and partnerships which lever increased resources into the city and might benefit the social and economic development of the City through culture.
  • To manage the Council’s investment in Culture and Cultural organisations. Leading and supporting the culture and events operational team responsible for direct delivery of cultural programmes and  major events and festivals around the district and working with the sector and for example the Arts Council England, National Lottery Heritage Fund, Channel 4, BBC and others to explore their footprint in Bradford. To manage external partners and any work with external consultants and support major bids on behalf of the City. 
  • To work across the Department of Place ensuring joined-up working that culture supports a consideration of all Council strategies, commissioning research and building a strong evidence base for the benefits to the City of its investment in culture. 

To apply

For futher information including a Job Profile and how to apply visit Bradford City Council's job portal.

Closing date: Monday 23rd September 2019