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Relationship Manager, Combined Arts, Arts Council England

Relationship Manager, Combined Arts

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Contract: Fixed term maternity cover until 31 March 2024, working 35 hours per week (Arts Council also recognises the benefit of flexible working as a valued part of the way we work, and welcome applications from individuals who require flexibility)

Salary: £33,708 per annum plus benefits including a final salary pension scheme, generous annual leave, and flexible and hybrid working

Location: Manchester (The role will be based at the Manchester office; however, we are operating a hybrid way of working and support our staff to make use of remote working options when combined with regular on-site contact days with other members if the team, normally 1-2 days a week) 

Do you want to help shape and influence the way arts and culture is delivered today?  Help more people in more places take part in more great art and culture? Help arts and cultural Organisations better reflect the diversity of our communities?

We are looking for someone to work with our Combined Arts portfolio across the North of England, supporting an exciting range of Organisations and artists working across art forms.

In this key role you’ll have a focus on building empowering and enduring relationships with a portfolio of funded Organisations. This will include awareness of their performance against their business plan, their funding agreement with Arts Council England, and of their artistic work.

The role will include monitoring the performance of funded Organisations, advising applicants on our funding programmes, and working with stakeholders to identify opportunities and challenges within the sector.

Key requirements: You will have specific knowledge and expertise in the arts which could include festivals, outdoor work and carnival, or could be a broader experience of working with artists and Organisations across different art forms. You will also have a good understanding of the cultural sector in England and of the current challenges and opportunities facing it, and excellent skills in collaboration, influencing and advocacy, with the ability to work both independently and as part of a team.

You will need a good understanding of organizational dynamics including business planning, financial reporting, performance management and governance. With a diverse portfolio of external partner relationships to maintain, you will be self-reliant and enjoy travelling and meeting new people. Experience of working with local authority and other strategic partners would also be an advantage.

Internally, you will be part of the North Area team and the national Combined Arts team, working with colleagues, sharing your expertise and helping to shape our strategy locally and nationally.

Equality Diversity and Inclusion Statement: Arts Council are committed to building an inclusive employer and workplace and recruiting a workforce that is as diverse as the communities we serve. However you identify, and whatever background you bring with you, we welcome you to apply for a role at Arts Council.

If there are any adjustments that would help support you in your application, please do let us know when you apply. If you are disabled Evenbreak are able to provide support with your application, for further information please visit their website at here

Disabled, D/deaf and/or neurodivergent people and those from Black, Asian and Ethnically Diverse backgrounds are underrepresented in our workforce so we particularly encourage applications from people in these groups.