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Programme and Partnership Manager

Job Reference randw/TP/621/7160

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Contract Type:
Permanent – Full Time (36 hours)
Salary From £40,854-£49,503 Depending on Skills and Experience
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Location (Please use London or Greater London):
Twickenham, Middlesex, United Kingdom
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Job Category:
Environment and Community Services
Business Area:
ECS - Contracts and Leisure

About Us

Job Title: Programme & Partnerships Manager, Richmond Arts Service

Salary Range: PO3 

Contract: Permanent, Full Time 

Location: London Borough of Richmond upon Thames


 Objective of role  

Do you want to lead an ambitious, dynamic, and forward-thinking creative team?  

Do you have experience developing arts programmes that have impact?   

Are you passionate about building relationships with cultural organisations and artists? 

Do you want to make a difference to local people and places?


About the role 

 Richmond Arts Service aims to build community through creativity. We foster creativity and enjoyment of the arts, enabling people to reflect on their lives and develop new ways of seeing the world. We bring experimental art to the borough and cultivate a network of individuals, organisations, and programmes that nourishes the arts, local organisations, and communities.  

Richmond Arts Service provides strategic thinking and leadership for the local authority ensuring that local people benefit from a vibrant, engaging, and ambitious arts ecology. 

Richmond Arts Service delivers a diverse and thought-provoking public programme in partnership with artists and communities, including international festivals, arts sector development, and creative learning partnerships. One example is Cultural Reforesting, an ambitious arts programme which is instigating community-led adaptations to the ecological crisis across the borough. We are commissioning artists through on-going research, multi-disciplinary projects, participatory events, and artworks, working with cultural and science partners as well as service across the council.

The role also oversees the public programme at Orleans House Gallery. Recent projects have included working with artists Himali Singh Soin, Dexter McLean, Something & Son, and Phoebe Boswell, as well as with creative practitioners living and working within the borough. 

The Programme & Partnerships Manager is pivotal to the success of the service. You will build strong local, national, and international partnerships and lead the team that is responsible for the creation and delivery of the programme. 

To do this well you will need to know about current best practice in cultural development and creative programming, and how to use evidence to deepen and broaden engagement. You will also need to know how to get the best out of creative teams as well as understanding key issues relating to procuring, commissioning, contracting, and partnership working. 

Essential Qualifications, Skills and Experience 

Management Skills- You will have experience of managing innovative and complex public-facing creative programmes, with multiple partners 

Collaborative working- You will have experience of working with senior leaders and /or politicians, including the management of ‘political’ and sensitive matters 

 Leadership skills – You can effectively manage and lead teams in a fast-moving dynamic environment 

Audience Planning- You will have experience with audience development including the diversification of audiences and strategic planning around Marketing & Communications 

 Financial Management- You will have financial experience including income generation from trusts and other sources · 

 Planning- You will have the ability to forward plan and manage relevant risk processes for assets and services · 

 Negotiation Skills- Do you have the ability to communicate and negotiate clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing, with a wide range of individuals


Recruitment Timeline 

Closing Date: Sunday 23rd June 2024 (23:59)

 Shortlisting Date: Week Commencing 24 June 2024

 Interview Date: Thursday 11th July 2024 

 Test/Presentation: Presentation


Richmond and Wandsworth Councils are committed to making our recruitment practices as inclusive as possible for everyone. We are committed to promoting equality and diversity and developing a culture that values differences, recognising that employees from a variety of backgrounds bring important and positive contributions to the Councils and can improve the way we deliver services. 


We are proud to be a Disability Confident employer. If you require any reasonable adjustments throughout the recruitment and selection process, please let us know. 


We are also committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people/vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Some posts may be exempted under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and as such appointment to these posts will be conditional upon the receipt of a satisfactory response to a check of police records via Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).


We offer a wide range of benefits designed to attract, develop, and reward our employees such as 40 days annual leave (including Bank Holidays), flexible working and a generous pension plan.  

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