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Deputy Director Grizedale Arts, Grizedale Arts


Job Summary

Deputy Director (full-time) Salary: £34-£38k. Full-time (40 hours per week). Permanent contract. Based at The Farmers Arms, Lowick Green, Ulverston, Cumbria LA12 8DT, U.K This new role has been created to support the next phase of Grizedale Arts development.

Job Description

Grizedale Arts has become an influential model for a new kind of arts institution nationally and internationally. Based in the Lake District, the organisation currently runs both Lawson Park and The Farmer's Arms, near Ulverston. Our underlying philosophy is that art and artists can affect change and benefit society. Grizedale Arts is a registered charity no. 1076662 and is part of the Arts Council England's current National Portfolio of Organisations (NPO).

The new Deputy Director / Director Designate will have a high level of expertise and originality in the curation and delivery of contemporary art and/or cultural programming. This is a new opportunity to nurture a unique arts organisation at a critical stage in its evolution, as longstanding director Adam Sutherland nears the end of his tenure. The Deputy Director role will begin with primary responsibility for developing and delivering a range of linked initiatives along Coniston's Crake valley, including Grizedale Arts' artists' residency Lawson Park and The Farmer's Arms, a historic inn purchased by the organisation (supported by community investors) in 2021. These initiatives will play an important role in the succession planning of the organisation.

Working in the rural Lake District can be challenging. You will need to be able to drive, to be prepared to work flexible hours, and to be exceptionally resourceful. To navigate the area's many contingent influences (agriculture, climate change, tourism to name a few) whilst keeping creativity front and central, demands determination, grit, humour and patience.

If that sounds like you, we hope you'll apply.

Job Requirements

Person Specification: Essential:

  • Min. two years of working in a managerial role in an arts or charitable organisation

  • Demonstrable experience of strategic planning and administrative systems management

  • Demonstrable experience of staff management and team working

  • Capacity for some flexibility in working hours

  • A commitment to equality and diversity, inclusive programming, and environmental


  • Excellent verbal and written English, and an ability to communicate with a broad range of people

  • Excellent IT skills including the use of Word, Excel, databases, e-mail, Internet, PowerPoint and finance packages

Job Responsibilities

Governance and business planning

With the Director, develop and deliver the business plan for Grizedale Arts (GA).

Working with stakeholders and the GA team, ensure effective use of resources and support the delivery of the organisation's vision and mission.

Manage relationships and represent Grizedale Arts with major stakeholders including Arts Council England, Architectural Heritage Fund and Westmorland and Furness Council.

Deputise for the Director

Work with the Finance and Administration Officer to support the running of the day-to-day finances.

Work with our external finance team to deliver management accounts, cash flow forecasting and budget reporting.

Ensure compliance with all relevant legislation and reporting requirements to stakeholders including Charity Commission, HMRC, Companies House.

Drive income generation targets for The Farmer's Arms and other activities including accommodation lettings and shop sales, and to support other GA staff in these aims

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How to Apply

To apply please visit www.grizedale.org/opportunities to submit:
A single PDF document that includes both your Curriculum Vitae and a covering letter
outlining your interest in this position (max. 3 x A4)
If you have access needs and would like to apply in a different format please email Adam Sutherland at adam@grizedale.org by April 22nd 2024 to make alternative arrangements.

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