Southbank Centre passionately believes the arts have the power to transform lives. This vision attracts over 25 million visits a year. Our employees are at the centre of delivering our mission, which is ‘to draw everyone possible to this loved site and captivate them through our unique arts programme and warmth of our welcome’.
Southbank Centre’s WOW – Women of the World festival is a global network of festivals which provides a platform for interrogating the question: ‘why is gender equality taking so long to achieve?’ Our mission is to champion gender equality, celebrating the achievements of women and girls everywhere and examining the obstacles that keep them from fulfilling their potential. Launched in 2011 on the centenary of International Women’s Day by Jude Kelly, Artistic Director of Southbank Centre, WOW has since grown internationally, with 15 festivals on five continents to date.
An exciting opportunity has emerged to help Southbank Centre take WOW to the next stage of its development on a worldwide scale. The role will involve devising an in depth business plan for WOW that will define its mission and reach, putting together a blueprint for success and scoping out the long-terms goals of the Festival. Creating a lasting governance structure supported by strong financials is crucial.
The establishment of WOW the brand both nationally and internationally is critical to the development of the Festival. This in turn requires high level partnerships with venues and curators to make the WOW vision a reality. Internal partnerships are also key; the role will need to work closely with colleagues in our fundraising team to increase investment and income for national and international WOW festivals.
The success of the role will be measured by the ability to phase in frameworks for Being A Man (BAM) and What’s Happening for the Young? (WHY?) Festivals to create self-sustaining business models with national and international reach.
The successful applicant will have international experience in the arts, cultural or a similar sector. As well as being a strong collaborator and possessing excellent communication skills, their expertise in contract negotiation and management, business planning and budgeting, and project management are truly vital. An adept negotiator who is able to make the most of scarce resources whilst remaining agile to adapt to the fast-moving environment, they will have high level analytical skills and experience of brand development. A strategist, a motivator and a negotiator, with the ability to spot, and deal with, potential problems before they materialise. A focused and results orientated senior manager who works well at gaining buy in from stakeholders and finding answers to intricate problems. Experience of managing, leading and motivating teams is an essential skill for success in the role.
For more information and details on how to apply, please visit the website.
Contract: Two years, fixed-term.
Closing date for applications: 17:00, 21/003/2016
Interviews: Week commencing 04/04/2016
We reserve the right to close the advert early if enough applications are received.