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Phoenix Dance Theatre


To provide strategic leadership of Phoenix Dance Theatre by developing and implementing the company’s vision which will build on the expansive legacy and achievements of the company and spearhead the organisation into an exciting new stage of its development. You will set the development programme determining the direction of travel and the new Business Plan 2022 – 2026 working closely with the Board of Trustees, the Executive Director and the Artistic Director.

The role is a part time role and is initially a two-year appointment to March 2023 when the new Business Plan will be implemented. The role is intended to lead PDT through a period of reframing and reset at a time of immense change within the sector and society as a whole. The Chief Executive Officer will demonstrate high levels of ambition and enthusiasm in establishing and delivering our strategic goals and objectives for developing the organisation further as an internationally significant dance company. The new Chief Executive Officer will create innovative models of operation for all activities, by developing business plans for a sustainable cultural and financial future.


Strategic Direction

  • Providing strategic leadership of Phoenix Dance Theatre working closely with the ED and AD
  • Developing a sustainable business model which takes account of current and future challenges and risks whilst identifying opportunities and being innovative and exciting.
  • Originating and progressing new ways of working that are sustainable and that meet the needs of stakeholders, audiences and participants
  • Identifying new business and income opportunities for PDT
  • Developing a new Business Plan for the period 2023 – 2027 and taking lead responsibility for the NPO submission in Autumn 2021 that will ensure a sustainable financial future for the company
  • Strategic development and management of a network of international and national partners and stakeholders
  • Working closely with all heads of departments to ensure that marketing & communications, access & education, technical and administration functions and teams all contribute to maximising impact and artistic outcomes
  • Monitoring and understanding sector developments and policy and political change which impact the organisation


  • Attending and servicing all board, and sub-committee meetings
  • Supporting the Chair with an ongoing programme of board development

Team Leadership

  • Setting the tone in the organisation with clarity of direction, strong ethics and exceptional leadership
  • Supporting the ED and AD and ensuring both have the support needed to fulfil their roles in the rapidly changing environment
  • Provide effective inspiring direction and guidance for all the company’s activities and for the whole team
  • Ensuring successful internal communication and clear lines of authority and delegation
  • Encouraging ongoing CPD and a culture of creativity and support
  • Ensuring good communication of the mission, vision and values internally, so that the vision informs and influences the Company’s practice and delivery
  • Ensuring compliance with all employment and HR issues

External Relations

  • Acting as an advocate and ambassador for PDT and ensure effective advocacy with all stakeholders, external agencies and partners consulting and keeping them informed
  • Ensuring good communication of the mission, vision and values externally
  • Ensuring the nurturing and maintenance of all relationships required for successful delivery of PDT’s strategy and objective.
  • Developing existing and building new partnerships
  • Promoting the company’s profile and reputation through participation in sector events and positioning the company as a reliable and trusted partner




  • Significant and inspirational senior leadership in the arts and cultural sector
  • Substantial experience in a senior leadership role with a track recording of inspiring the teams you manage
  • Experience of confident representation of organisations on a public stage
  • A proven track record in strategic planning, organisational development and change management
  • Experience and knowledge of the policy environment and trends
  • Experience of managing teams and proven ability to motivate and support  
  • Significant experience of negotiating, building and maintaining successful partnerships to support new developments
  • Deep knowledge and understanding of the arts funding system and infrastructure in the UK
  • Experience of governance and direct working with a Board
Skills & Ability
  • Excellent organisational skills: ability to deal effectively with multiple workload demands
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to work with a broad range of people
  • Excellent negotiation skills
  • Proven and sound financial understanding and the ability to manage budgets
  • Excellent written communication skills
  • Ability to represent the company to a broad range of donors and stakeholders and ability to attract new support
  • Confidence in building and maintaining relationships with public, private and corporate donors
  • Creative flair and entrepreneurial spirit with a keen eye for opportunities
  • A passion for and commitment to live dance
  • Commitment to equality
  • Assurance and confidence
  • Values driven


  • Significant senior leadership in the dance world
  • International experience and networks
  • Knowledgeable and passionate about the work of Phoenix Dance Theatre


Salary: £50,000-£55,000 (pro rata)
Contract: Two years
Reporting to: Board of Trustees
Responsible for: ED and AD
Location: Head Office, Phoenix Dance Theatre, St Cecilia Street, Quarry Hill, Leeds, LS2 7PA. This role requires you to oversee a number of tours and projects running simultaneously and may therefore require you to work evenings and weekends as well as travel the UK and internationally.
Hours: 20 per week but negotiable – a self employed contract would be considered  
Probation: Six months

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