Culture Forum North Project Manager
University Of Leeds
Leeds, United Kingdom
12d ago

Do you have the knowledge and experience to make a significant contribution to the development and support of effective partnerships between universities and cultural organisations?

Are you able to network effectively, building relationships as well as focus on the business growth of an emerging organisation?

This is an exciting time in the development of Culture Forum North and we are looking for someone to join us for twelve months to help effect change and establish the organisation on a sound footing.

Culture Forum North (CFN) is the first network of its kind in the UK. Launched in 2016, it aims to increase resilience within the cultural sector in the north of England, through partnership between cultural and higher education (HE) organisations.

Its mission is to strengthen the sustainability, diversity, adaptability, impact and breadth of skills within arts organisations to support positive social change.

CFN grew out of a knowledge sharing group of universities and arts organisations that first met in 2012. The Forum currently comprises 69 members, including 28 universities and 41 arts and heritage organisations spanning all art forms, geography & scale across the North.

CFN is widely regarded as the leading organisation of its kind nationally. Its work has been endorsed by national bodies including Arts Council England, Arts & Humanities research Council, BBC, and National Archives, and the level of participation in CFN activities demonstrates demand from both higher education and the cultural sectors.

The launch symposium in May 2016 had representation from 89 different cultural organisations and 28 universities.

The purpose of the CFN Project Manager is to drive the growth of this nationally significant initiative during a crucial period of its development.

It is an exciting opportunity to shape the future of the network while working with high-level individuals across the HE and cultural sectors and beyond.

The Project Manager (PM) role is funded through an Arts Council England Lottery Grant and is fundamental to CFN’s upcoming intensive period of growth, a driving force that will report to the CFN Steering Group to lead the development and delivery of an ambitious strategic plan.

  • The PM cultivates productive relationships with and increases the number of member organisations and connections with sector and other bodies regionally and nationally, with a remit that includes establishing a new governance structure and creating business, fundraising and communications plans;
  • designing and delivering events, developing material such as case studies and tool-kits; and disseminating material and information online and through social media.

    The PM has the support of an administrator one day per week.

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