The Post is funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation and is a 2 year fixed term consultancy.
The post holder will need to be on site in the Lake District at least 3 days per week
Salary is £35-40K negotiable
Expenses and operating costs to be agreed
Lead the development of the partnership working initiated by the Joint Management Committee (JMC) which brings together the historic Coniston Institute, (www.conistoninstitute.uk), The Ruskin Museum (www.ruskinmuseum.com) and the contemporary art organisation Grizedale Arts (www.grizedale.org) and its residency base Lawson Park farm (www.lawsonpark.org)
The organisations are all dedicated to developing and creating an entity that will impact on the social, economic and cultural conditions of the valley communities, and to finding visionary new ways to bring the historic, social and contemporary cultures into productive partnership.
Underpinning the ethos of all 3 organisations is a belief in education as the principle mode for community development – an idea that has a long history in the Institute building and the museum’s namesake John Ruskin. The project has the potential to develop new ways of thinking and working for the cultural and education sector creating innovative blueprints drawn from this historic and inspirational place and combination of elements.
The post holder will develop a new umbrella organisation that retains the existing authenticity and core values of the organisations while re-presenting the programme in an international context as a leader in the field and a blueprint for future working that would have a resonance across the sectors. Our fundamental vision is about connecting communities and society initiating a creative and fulfilling way to living.
The role will sit independently as a consultancy position for a fixed 2 year term.
The post will be monitored through a number of fixed deliverables and milestones set in the initial phase of the project with the successful candidate. These will identify key achievements in the evolution of the project, for example the completed audit of assets, the agreement of potential future partners as well as more specific aspects like the submission of grant applications to stated bodies.
Much of this work is underway and ongoing in these instances the role will be to review and contribute to these elements.
Key activities & deliverables will include the following:
Review the operation and management of partnership activities in Coniston
Develop recommendations regarding governance, organisational and staffing structures
Review of constitutional arrangements to simplify and streamline governance.
Secure agreement of the appropriate legal status and constitutional arrangements for the next period, allowing also for future development and expansion
Audit resources and assets and make recommendations regarding long term security and organizational structure
Review and support the development of business plans to support each of the organisations
Develop a shared business plan for the three organisations that identifies long term sustainability alongside a dynamic programme, that makes maximum use of the partner organisations resources and ensures that they work effectively together.
Support the expansion of volunteers within the Museum and across the Valley Programme
Work with the three organisations to build a programme of creative events and activities in Coniston Village and the Crake Valley that deepen engagement and participation by local people, local businesses and visitors with local, national and international artists.
Investigate the potential for the creation of a Valley Trust to hold and manage the valley assets and organisations
Secure further partnership funding and strategic support for The Valley regionally and nationally
The post holder will report directly to the Joint Management Committee and will
Service the Joint Management Committee
Deliver regular reports to the Joint Management Committee, (which currently meets quarterly) in consultation with the chair
Deliver monthly update reports to the operational sub-group of the Joint Management Committee as agreed by the chair
Act as a conduit between the JMC and the partners’ respective boards
The post would be supported by the full staff of the 3 organisations as necessary and will be managed on a day to day basis by the Director of Grizedale Arts.
Experience and skills
Demonstrable experience of
Legal and managerial requirements of charitable organisations and community ownership
Management of complex change programmes across multiple organisations
Development and management of programmes across multiple organisations
engagement with Board members, senior managers’, front line staff and the public
Development of business plans
Development and negotiation of staffing and managerial structures
Fundraising and agreement and management of budgets
Personal attributes will include
An interest in contemporary art, museums and community organisations
Practical skills and proactive attitude to getting things done immediately
An ability to engage with a wide range of stakeholders
An enthusiasm and commitment to an advocacy role
A demonstrable interest in the aims and ambitions of the project – the function of culture and heritage as outlined by the 3 organisations – best articulated on the Grizedale website
Please send CV and a supporting letter plus two referees to email@example.com
Deadline 5pm on Monday 5th December 2016
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