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Interim Head of Arts & Culture - JW3

  • Location: NW3
  • Sector: Community
  • Salary: 34-38K pro-rata
We’re looking for an Interim Head of Arts and Culture to lead and manage an innovative and diverse year-round programme of high quality, creative arts and culture programmes, activities, events and opportunities here at JW3. If you can get up to speed quickly in a new working environment, are articulate, passionate and dynamic and have great leadership qualities, then we’d love to hear from you. 


Development, Management and Delivery of Programme
  • Manage a team of Arts and Culture Programmers responsible for delivering specific programming areas; Cinema, Literature and Talks, Music, Live Performance and Comedy.
  • Maintain seasonal planning calendar to ensure coherence of programme, and appropriate rhythm
  • Manage the Programme production pipeline for Arts and Culture team
  • Be present at key events, overseeing and providing support where needed.
  • Take responsibility for appropriate risk assessment of activities and events to ensure that they comply with any relevant JW3 policies, e.g. safeguarding, health and safety etc.

Programme Partners and Providers
  • Work with existing partner organisations, generating collegial and vibrant frameworks for the development of appropriate events and festivals.
  • Work with the Director of Programme to identify, develop, negotiate and manage appropriate new programme partnerships and agreements.
  • Manage the relevant quality control systems and processes to ensure that all performances and other events are delivered to an appropriate, high standard.
Management of Staff
  • Line-manage all Arts and Culture team, including planning and carrying out regular 1-2-1 supervision meetings and team meetings
  • Manage relevant freelance staff and interns as appropriate.
Financial Management/Budgets
  • Take responsibility for effectively and efficiently managing the overall budget for the Arts and Culture programme, including working towards financial objectives set with Director of Programming, and following relevant reporting requirements.
  • Ensure relevant Partners and Providers work to agreed financial parameters.
  • Identify opportunities for external programme funding and work with Director of Programming and Director of Development to attract external funding to the programme. Monitor grant programmes and budgets, and monitor performance against budgets.
Other General Responsibilities
  • Undertake other reasonable duties as required by the Director of Programme or a member of the Senior Leadership Team.
The successful candidate must wholeheartedly buy into JW3’s mission, vision, values and guiding principles. A belief in the importance of inclusivity and working cross-communally, and a commitment to high quality Jewish engagement, arts and culture, and community-building is critical.

Essential Experience, Skills and Knowledge
  • Track record at the appropriate level within the cultural sector.
  • Track record of successfully planning and delivering relevant programmes/activities in at least one of the areas specified in this job description (eg in an arts venue or arts festival.)
  • Proven leadership and management experience appropriate to the level of the role, including successfully managing and supporting staff through performance management systems; managing budgets.
  • Record of developing and implementing effective plans and working in accordance with the objectives, timescales and budget of an organisation.
  • Experience of successfully working under pressure, with multiple demands and in a busy, changing environment.
  • Experience of building, developing and maintaining effective relationships with partner organisations and individual providers (e.g. educators, workshop facilitators, etc).
  • Experience of implementing effective monitoring processes and evaluation frameworks in order to evaluate projects.
  • Understanding of best practice within an Arts venue.
  • Effective team working and collaborative skills.
  • Organisation: high level planning and organising skills in order to produce strategic and operational plans that are translated into multi-strand programmes.
Desirable Skills, Knowledge, Experience (NB any of the following would be a bonus):
  • Demonstrable experience and understanding of Jewish culture.
  • Experience of interim positions.
  • Successful event management.
  • Experience of working in a busy venue.
  • Curating arts or cultural festivals.
  • Experience in fundraising for the Arts, particularly for grants from trusts and foundations.
  • Experience within the British Jewish Community.
  • Experience of working in a community centre or a cultural centre