Salary: £40,000 pa
Terms: two years fixed term contract with potential for extension
This is a pivotal time for Sunderland. Over the next decade the city will be transformed through a nationally inspiring £60m programme of cultural regeneration; ensuring the power of great art, heritage, culture and creativity is harnessed for everyone who lives here. This is a rare opportunity for an exceptional Development Manager to be part of the team at the heart of this pioneering approach, to shape and deliver Sunderland Culture’s Resilience Programme and make a tangible difference on a city-wide scale.
Sunderland Culture is a new organisation created in 2016 to realise the ambition of a city brimming with creative potential. It brings together University of Sunderland, Sunderland City Council and Music, Arts and Culture (MAC) Trust, to take forward an ambitious cultural vision for the city. The organisation is a non-profit making, limited company, currently undergoing registration as a Charity in England and Wales.
Sunderland Culture manages the programme for the city’s major cultural venues including National Glass Centre, Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens, Arts Centre Washington and the Fire Station. It also provides strong governance for the delivery of major city-wide projects such as the recent UK City of Culture 2021 bid.
you will be an excellent and persuasive communicator with a proven record of delivering successful development strategies
In July 2017, Sunderland Culture was awarded National Portfolio Organisation status by Arts Council England for the period 2018-2022. It was also successful in its bid for £1.25m to be one of 16 pilot areas for the Great Place scheme; jointly funded over three years by Arts Council England and Heritage Lottery Fund to put arts, culture and heritage at the heart of communities.
In March 2018 Sunderland Culture launched its Twenty Four Seven programme; an ambitious seven year £60m project running to 2024 that will improve the city’s profile and reputation, strengthen the creative economy and increase the number of Wearsiders taking part in arts and culture. Twenty Four Seven has been built from the excitement, drive and imagination of everybody who took part in the City of Culture consultations and will incorporate the bid’s themes of Light, Friendship and Inventiveness. It will deliver much of what was in our bid plan.
We are seeking an exceptional Development Manager who can drive forward an innovative programme of work which will underpin Sunderland Culture’s approach to income generation and financial resilience between 2018 and 2020. This will include identifying and implementing potential income sources, commercial products and services across our operations, preparing funding applications, managing relationships with key trusts, foundations, donors, business partners and cultivation events.
The successful applicant will need to be a team player and an excellent and persuasive communicator with a proven record of delivering successful development strategies and achieving income targets. The Development Manager will join a passionate and dynamic team who are committed to bringing the best of arts and heritage to the people of Sunderland, the north east and beyond.
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Closing date: 5pm on Friday 27 April 2018.
Interviews: Shortlisted candidates will be invited to interview 18th May 2018.