This is a Fixed Term Appointment until 31st March 2022
Nine Elms is an area undergoing rapid change; development in the area is creating a whole new part of central London, with people already living in 1000s of new homes and over 6.5million square feet of commercial space being created which will support the employment of 25,000 people. The rate of change is already accelerating as the area prepares for the opening of the Northern Line Extension in Autumn 2021.
To achieve the vision of a vibrant and successful ‘place’ connected to the surrounding communities and wider London, the Council is investing in an ambitious programme that puts culture at the heart of bringing people together and creates a sustainable eco-system of cultural organisations and infrastructure that thrive in the area.
We are now seeking a new Strategic Lead for Culture to build on our current momentum and the opportunities presented ahead of the new tube stations opening in Autumn 2021 when the area will experience a step-change in resident, visitor numbers and business openings.
Over the last 18 months, we have delivered Café Culture events, Happy Streets Festival, community meals to celebrate Harvest, Light Up Nine Elms, and a takeover by award-winning Stan’s Cafe and Matthew Harrison of a disused Royal Mail depot hidden behind the new US Embassy. We’ve also supported the move of our first cultural anchor tenants – Matt’s Gallery and World Heart Beat – to the area. Working with partners and London and national stakeholders, you will ensure we continue to deliver a high impact cultural programme that raises the profile of Nine Elms, attracts significant cultural anchor tenants to the area and supports the wider objectives of the Nine Elms programme in relation to community engagement, placemaking, meanwhile use and inward investment.
The successful candidate will have a proven track record of brokering and delivering partnerships with nationally and internationally recognised cultural institutions that benefit local residents and raise the profile of the borough, and experience of commissioning high profile, high-quality pan London public arts programmes. You will have knowledge of regeneration best practice and a good grasp of planning obligations and how culture and creativity can support place-making. You will be able to provide creative advice and expertise to our development partners as they develop their own cultural strategies and integrate these into the cultural place-making activity across the Opportunity Area.
To achieve all this you will have exceptional communications skills, a good grasp of local politics and be able to build relationships at all levels in order to foster a culture of partnership working.
If successful you’ll be part of a team that’s working on an internationally recognisable regeneration project and committed to making Nine Elms the best place that it can be, ensuring all residents benefit from the regeneration of the area, in line with the Council’s aim to be at the forefront in innovation in local government.
In return, we can offer you working arrangements that will enhance your work-life balance. These include home working (dependent on service need), and a generous holiday allowance of 31 days plus bank holidays.
In addition, we offer a range of staff benefits such as membership of the Local Government contributory pension scheme, childcare vouchers, new technology scheme, interest-free loans on annual travel cards, discounts at many leisure activities, restaurants, shops and other establishments. A wide range of developmental opportunities is also offered.
For an informal discussion please contact Kathryn Stewart on 020 8871 6415
Indicative Recruitment Timeline
Closing Date: 11:59 pm Sunday 22nd March 2020
Shortlisting Date: Tuesday 24th March 2020
Interview Date: W/C 30th March 2020
Please note that these dates are only indicative at this stage and could be subject to change.
The closing date is given as a guide. We reserve the right to close this vacancy once a sufficient number of applications has been received. Therefore, it is strongly advised that you complete and return your application as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.
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