Head of Creative Programming - Swindon

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The National Trust
31 Oct 2018
14 Nov 2018
Contract Type
Full Time
Head of Creative Programming - Swindon

Permanent f/t (37.5 hrs pw) | £50,000 per annum

You will lead a step-change our culture and practice which enables our places to develop, design and deliver ambitious creative and cultural programming for current and new audiences. Externally networked, you will build our reputation with interpretation designers, creative suppliers and partners as a brilliant collaborator. You will bring together internal people developing and delivering programming at our places, develop new co-investment/ co-production models between national and regional teams, and produce policies and frameworks to improve the standard of smaller scale property creative and cultural programmes. You will provide strategic and practical support ensuring outstanding quality and impact of our major investments in interpretative programming (over £150K).

What it's like to work here

This role will give you the opportunity to use your expertise to influence the bigger picture. Working with regional teams, you’ll understand how we’re doing and what people want. Leading collaboratively, you will work with regional teams to capture ideas and expertise to set overall objectives and standards, generate income or support, and ensure we walk tall on the national stage. If you want to use your experience to influence change and make differences that benefit our people, visitors, and volunteers on a national scale, then this role is for you.

What you'll be doing

You will convene and inspire a cohort of properties across the National Trust to enable them to deliver ambitious creative and cultural programmes, ensuring quality, audience reach and engaging experiences. You will develop a new model of co-investment between properties and whole trust, setting ambitious criteria, while ensuring medium-scale (approx. £40-100k) property programmes which meet that criteria have access to the practical and financial help they need to deliver.

You and your small core team of Contemporary Art and Creative Production specialists will also directly support our major investments (£150k+) in creative programming and interpretation at our properties as either project team or project board member. As a team you’ll enable us to maximise these investment opportunities and enrich the experience of current and potentially new audiences.

You will develop and embed confident professional practice is devising, commissioning and project managing creative and cultural programmes through to delivery. Working collaboratively with property and consultancy teams, project management and procurement communities, and people services (on training and development) you’ll draw on your external relationships and industry knowledge to develop the relevant policies, frameworks, guidance, training and development, and networking opportunities to make that happen

You will work with the delegated model of the National Trust – so while you’ll create, inspire, and enable others, you will rarely own and execute creative programmes yourself. Your brief will be to create the conditions within which whole teams of property and consultancy colleagues can devise and delivery outstanding creative and cultural programmes, providing support and direction where needed. And while you’re heading up creative programmes, you’ll work collaboratively with curation and experience colleagues leading other types of programming (off-property, nationally curated public programmes, seasonal programming, outdoor programming etc) to help property teams develop and deliver the right layered programme for their place and their audience.

Who we're looking for

You will have a background leading creative programmes and/ or interpretation in a visitor facing organisation. As well as being a creative thinker, we will be looking for you to demonstrate;

Detailed understanding of audiences and market insight relating to creative and cultural programmes and / or interpretation
An excellent understanding of the creative industries, experience of creative commissioning process and creative project/ programme management and proven ability to commission, deliver and evaluate creative projects
Strong leadership and people management skills, ability to coach and mentor professionals, and experience of people leadership across multidisciplinary teams.
Collaborative, open-minded and creative; able to involve audiences and partners in shaping and delivering your work, and able to inspire others with new ideas and approaches
A background of leadership in a visitor-facing organisation including significant experience in successful delivery of major investments and smaller-scale improvements in experiences for visitors, ideally within the field of programming or interpretation
Proven experience developing and delivering against business cases for creative programmes and/ or interpretation (or related activity) at an organisational level
Proven experience of strategic thinking and influencing at a senior level both within and outside of an organisation
Ability to build strong internal and external partnerships, including with funders
Experience of working in a cross functional way across an organisation to deliver tangible results, including delivering through other teams, sponsoring or delegating projects.

The package

Looking after you

Health cash plan – from as little as £3.09 per month for you and your dependents
Pension contribution match up to 10%
EAP and proactive Health and Wellbeing
Discounted gym membership at over 100 leisure facilities across the country

Looking after your career

Grow your career through professional training courses across the Trust
Develop your skills with an internal secondment
Pay review linked to values and behaviours, commitment to progression
Income protection due to illness

Unique to Us

Work in some of the most beautiful, iconic and unique locations in the UK
Free entry to NT properties for you, a guest and your children (under 18)
20% off in our Retail and Food & Beverage outlets
Discount up to 35% off a National Trust holiday cottage booking

Closing date: Sunday 11th November 2018

First stage interview date: Tuesday 20th November 2018

Second stage Interview: w/c 3rd December 2018

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