Vacancy ID:
4297
Location:
Leicester
Department:
Attenborough Arts Centre
Salary details:
Competitive
Hours per week:
37.5
12 Dec 2021
About the role

The University of Leicester is seeking a dynamic Director, with a passion for championing diversity and inclusion, to take the Attenborough Arts Centre (AAC) to the next stage of its development both as a cultural leader in the sector but also as a ground-breaking, creative hub, fostering public engagement in the arts for university staff, students and communities.

Our Director, Michaela Butter MBE, will shortly be retiring after 12 years leading the AAC through a major period of growth supported by Arts Council England as a National Portfolio client. Audiences have increased from 25,000 in 2010 to over 110,000 and the venue doubled in size with the creation of a major gallery extension for the display of contemporary art.  A new commissioning programme, craft shop and award-winning education and outreach programme were established, alongside a new Creative Fellowship programme to foster links between artists and academic research.

The AAC now has a national reputation for the quality and range of its inclusive and multi-disciplinary programme, which fosters creative risk taking and talent development whilst removing barriers to access, working closely with a strong network of local, national and international creative partners.

The successful candidate will lead on developing a cultural policy for the wider university with links to research and teaching excellence.  You will have a proven track record both as a strategic thinker but also as somebody who delivers results. You will have strong negotiating and influencing skills for fostering creative and funding partnerships; recognise the opportunities and challenges of working within a complex environment and command respect from both staff and artists in recognition of your dynamism and strong inter-personal skills.

Interviews will take place on Thursday 13th January 2022 with an expected starting date of mid- April 2022 subject to notice periods, to allow time to feed into the next NPO funding application.

For more information on the role and its responsibilities please see the Job Summary Form.
Additional information

For informal enquiries, please contact Michaela Butter, Director of the Attenborough Arts Centre at michaela.butter@leicester.ac.uk.

Applications should consist of a curriculum vitae detailing relevant qualifications and experience, full employment history and achievements. CV's should be accompanied by a 2 page covering letter describing briefly how you feel you meet the criteria outlined in the Job Summary Form, your achievements, why the appointment is of interest and what you'd like to achieve in the role. 

The University of Leicester has been changing the world, and changing people’s lives, for 100 years. When you join us, you’ll become part of a community of Citizens of Change, which includes not only our staff and our current students but also thousands of Leicester graduates around the world.

As a diverse and forward-thinking employer, we embed the principles of equality, diversity and inclusion into everything we do. That includes not just our core missions of teaching and research, but also our support for staff, students and our local community.

We’re committed to the wellbeing of all our staff and to the sustainability of our environment, on our campus and beyond. We offer a competitive salary package, excellent pension scheme and a generous annual leave allowance, along with opportunities to develop your career in a supportive and collaborative environment.

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