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Chief executive, Sunderland Culture

Chief executive, Sunderland Culture

locationSunderland, UK
ExpiresExpires: 07/06/2024
Strategy and Consultancy
Permanent position

Closing date: 7th June 2024 at 12pm

Salary: £62,000 – £72,000 per annum

Working hours: Full time with some evenings and weekends and some flexibility

Location: The role is based at the National Glass Centre, but occasional hotdesking is required at other Sunderland Culture venues, and some remote working is possible.


Are you a leader ready for your next challenge?

Sunderland Culture is a unique and highly regarded partnership of organisations comprising the three main funders of arts provision in the city, Sunderland City Council, University of Sunderland and Sunderland Music, Arts and Culture (MAC) Trust into a single, independent, and resilient delivery model. We are a not for profit, limited company and registered charity in England and Wales, and an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation.

We are searching for our next Chief Executive, after our current post holder leaves us for a major job at Arts Council England. We want to find someone who will build on our brilliant, innovative and highly regarded partnership to deliver on our ambitious programme for change and growth in Sunderland and to deliver our mission – to improve the lives of everyone in Sunderland through culture.


What we're looking for

  • An inspirational leader with a demonstrable commitment to Sunderland Culture’s vision and values
  • Demonstrable personal integrity, authenticity and emotional intelligence with an ability to engage constructively with a wide range of stakeholders
  • Energy, enthusiasm and an entrepreneurial outlook, balanced with pragmatism and the ability and resourcefulness to ensure delivery across a diverse programme of work at a time of change
  • Evidence of successfully leading change and growth in a diverse, public-facing charitable purpose business by devising and delivering on strategic business plans 
  • A track record of developing and enabling high performing teams
  • Experience of identifying, managing and delivering change
  • Experience of having led the development of strategic partnerships and delivery of projects in the arts and cultural sector
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills and the ability to build rapport and partnerships with a variety of stakeholders
  • A skilled communicator, confident in articulating Sunderland Culture’s vision in any context
  • Intellectually able to translate ambiguity and uncertainty into clear messages to inspire trust and confidence and empower staff and partners
  • Extensive knowledge of the arts and cultural sector including appreciation of curatorial approaches
  • Understanding and appreciation of, and a commitment to implementing steps to support, the Creative Case for Diversity
  • Sound knowledge of financial and business planning and project/ programme management


The employer reserves the right to close the listing and stop accepting applications sooner than the original deadline. Therefore we strongly recommend applying at the earliest opportunity.

We welcome and encourage applications from candidates who are under-represented in the creative industries. 

Please state in your application that you found this role through Creative Access.

Level of experience

  • Senior

Required languages

  • English