Director of Creative Learning - Southbank Centre
London
Salary: Competitive

Southbank Centre is a place that stimulates, inspires, educates and amazes with a dynamic year-round artistic programme and an inclusive ethos. The UK’s largest arts centre and one of the UK’s top 10 visitor destinations, Southbank Centre presents a broad programme covering classical and contemporary music, art, performance, dance, literature, festivals and talks. It reaches 6.25 million people a year, and presents events featuring world-class artists from across the globe. Southbank Centre sits in London’s most vibrant cultural quarter on the southern bank of the Thames.

The site is home to the much loved Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room, Hayward Gallery, National Poetry Library, and Arts Council Collection of visual art, as well as all the indoor and outdoor performance, cafe and retail spaces in between.

We are proud to present as many free activities as possible alongside our ticketed events and our creative learning programme is a key part of this, reaching thousands of schools, young people and adults each year across a wide range of art forms. Our education events give many children the chance to experience art for the first time.

We are now looking for a strategic, passionate and innovative individual for the new role of Director of Creative Learning. This is a hugely exciting opportunity to shape and deliver an inspiring and dynamic new model for creative learning at the UK’s largest arts centre. The role holder will lead on the creative direction and implementation of unique, trail-blazing and impactful learning initiatives which engage all audiences with our art forms, and will work with the Creative Learning team and internal and external stakeholders to ensure all are engaged and motivated to deliver excellent programmes. The Director of Creative Learning will be a champion for diversity and inclusion in our educational activities, ensuring the widest possible reach regardless of age, background, heritage and particular circumstances, and as a member of the Executive team will shape the strategic direction of Southbank Centre as an organisation.

The ideal candidate will have experience of working at a senior level in an educational capacity in an arts organisation, with substantial experience of strategic development of innovative learning and participation programmes on a local and national level. They will have a good understanding of the education system and experience of working with schools, and of Southbank Centre’s audiences and potential audiences, stakeholders and communities. They will be a skilled leader with a passion for developing high performing teams and will have advanced presentation, negotiating and interpersonal skills across audiences from the widest diversity of backgrounds.

A role of this scope and significance requires an exceptional individual. In return, we can offer a unique role in a supportive, stimulating work environment with a talented and motivated team, together with a competitive salary and benefits package.

We present work for everyone and we welcome applications from everyone. We particularly welcome applications from people from a BAME background or those who are Deaf or disabled as they are currently under-represented in our workforce. If you wish to discuss reasonable adjustments for this role please indicate this in your application and we will be in touch with you.

For an initial discussion about the role, please contact William Pringle at Berwick Partners.

Closing date for applications: Friday 14 December 2018

Interview date:January 2019

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