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Leeds 2023

Photo by Alina Grubnyak on Unsplash

Leeds 2023 is an international cultural festival which will harness the energy, creativity and ambition of the Leeds bid to be European Capital of Culture in 2023 which was cut short by Brexit in 2017. It is more than a festival though – it’s about delivering the cultural ambition of the UK’s third largest city and engaging the next generation of cultural leadership.

What are we looking for?

We are looking for an exceptional External Relations Director with significant experience gained in a role of similar responsibility and complexity. The successful candidate will sit across the communications and partnerships activities and will have a proven and impressive track record of establishing and building partnerships and delivering high profile marketing strategies and campaigns including fundraising, ideally within the cultural sector or creative industries.

The Director of External Relations will work closely with the Creative Director and Executive Director to develop and implement audience and partner engagement, marketing and communication strategies which will maximise Leeds 2023’s profile and tell our story powerfully,  locally, nationally and internationally.

As Director of External Relations you will have:

  • Considerable experience of working in a communications and/or partnerships and development role at a senior level
  • Experience working with national and international press and media ideally within the arts and cultural sector or a creative agency environment
  • Significant experience in developing communication and partnership strategies and media relations activity across multiple platforms to multiple stakeholders
  • Demonstrable passion for Leeds, a dynamic communicator and ability to sell a vision with enthusiasm and credibility

This is a fixed term contract until March 2024.

Download the recruitment pack

To apply

Please send your CV and cover letter to JenniferGridley@leeds2023.co.uk, please address your cover letter to Kully Thiarai, Creative Director of Leeds 2023.

If you have any questions relating to your application please contact: Jennifer Gridley at JenniferGridley@leeds2023.co.uk

Closing date for applications: Thursday 6th February 2020