Chief Operating Officer - Institute of Contemporary Arts
London
Salary: c£80,000

70 years ago, the ICA founded the model: Institute of Contemporary Arts. It remains our unique responsibility to continuously innovate and adapt this model to the world today.

Our agenda setting programme of exhibitions, films, talks and events, positions artists and thinkers as our patrons, participants and audiences at the centre of all our activities. The ICA has always anchored its program within the socio-economic conditions of its times. Today the ICA continues to address some of the most complex challenges of the 21st Century: Ecology, Social Justice, and Migration.

The ICA Council appointed Stefan Kalmár as the new Director in September 2016 and, like the ICA founders before him, he is invested in a radically progressive vision of an organisation in which different cultural modes of production support each other and thrive on engagement with each other.

The COO of the ICA is a leadership role that forms part of the Senior Management Team. The COO leads the Finance, Sales and Visitor Services, and Events teams, ensuring the development and implementation of a finance and commercial strategy that maximizes the income generation opportunities of the ICA.

A forthcoming capital project will see the first refurbishment of its premises on the Mall in over 50 years. The COO role requires a highly entrepreneurial and commercial approach with strong financial and business acumen and project management skills to increase the potential of the organisation's strategic and commercial opportunities and realise the capital Project.

The role:

• To develop, articulate and implement with Council and the Director a long-term strategic, commercial and financial plan consistent with the ICA’s vision and mission.

• To be responsible for the overall financial position of the organisation, ensuring that budgets are adhered to, that effective cost control mechanisms are in place, that revenue is maximised and that there is timely and accurate financial reporting to the Finance & Audit Committee, to Council and to appropriate funding bodies.

• To meet the income targets of the commercial strategy as agreed with Council and the Director, with the support and resource of the Commercial, Sales and Visitor Services and Events teams.

The person:

• A qualified accountant with extensive strategic, operational and financial management experience, preferably in an arts venue, gallery or cultural space.

• An experienced leader with the ability to develop, motivate and inspire performance in a demanding environment.

• Result orientated with a proven track record of achievement in delivering financial and commercial growth.

• Ideally will have experience of delivering a capital project on time and to budget.

• Able to demonstrate a passion for the ICA, its history and importance within the cultural landscape of the 21st Century.

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