Freelance Project Manager – Chichester Season of Culture 2022

Location:Chichester Salary:Up to £15,000 Main duties:

This role will be supported by the organisations represented on the Programme Board. The key
tasks associated with the first phase of the project are to:

• Project Manage the initial stages of the Season, developing the concept for the Season,
developing and maintaining a project execution plan (PEP), schedule and risk register, and
collating content for the Season’s potential programme.
• Develop and monitor the budget for the Season, in close collaboration with the Programme
Board. A working budget is required in order to better understand the scale of fundraising
required to achieve a meaningful and impactful Season, including the potential scale of a
commissioning fund for community organisations.
• Act as the main point of contact for the Season stakeholders in the development of the
• Formalise the Season Boards, facilitating the membership and terms of reference for each.
This includes managing an application process in order to establish a Youth Board. Record
and circulate minutes and action points from Board meetings. Track and coordinate the work
of these groups and translate into programme development.
• Facilitate a collaborative review of the aims, objectives and themes of the Season of Culture
with the Season Boards.
• Liaise with prospective cultural partners across the District and host event(s) to
communicate the objectives of the Season widely in order to involve the broadest range of
cultural organisations across the District. These events may be virtual.
• Consider and make recommendations on the need and financial feasibility of appointing an
overall Creative Director for the Season, particularly in relation to commissioning bespoke
• Work collaboratively with the Season’s Boards to embed Access, Inclusion and Diversity and
environmental sustainability into the Season.
• Develop a case for support for the Season in collaboration with the Programme Board and
identify potential sources of funding and support, including grants, corporate sponsorship
and media partners.
• Facilitate joint funding applications on behalf of Chichester District Council and the
Programme Board, including an Arts Council England Project Grant application. Note,
significant support will be provided by the partner organisations.
• With input from the Youth Board, consider how to engage and involve Chichester’s large
student population at the University of Chichester and Chichester College with the Season.
• Brief and work closely with Visit Chichester, who are responsible for promoting The Great
Sussex Way, to establish the scope of their role in support of PR and marketing for the
Season. Facilitate the development of a joint communications strategy for the Season
working in consultation with the Programme Board and Visit Chichester.
• Facilitate the development of a brief for commissioning the Season’s brand, and a sub-brand
for fringe events, which in turn will generate guidelines for the application of the brand.
Again, significant support will be provided by the partner organisations.
• Liaise with Chichester BID and local businesses across the District to identify business
partnerships understand how the Season can best meet the needs of local businesses.
• Establish the methodology for formative and summative evaluation of the Season and carry
out early formative evaluation as part of wider consultation on the Season

Interview date:03/02/2021 Closing date:25/01/2021 Job Description:

Would you like to play an important role in shaping an ambitious and inclusive Season of Culture for Chichester in 2022?

The summer of 2022 marks major anniversaries for a number of Chichester’s key cultural organisations including: Chichester Festival Theatre (60th); Pallant House Gallery (40th); Chichester International Film Festival (30th) and The Novium Museum (10th), as well as the Festival of Chichester (10th).

Chichester District Council is working in partnership with these organisations to initiate and support the delivery of a Season of Culture to showcase and celebrate the extraordinary cultural offer across Chichester District. This is a wonderful opportunity to work collaboratively with a wide range of cultural organisations across Chichester District.

We are seeking an experienced freelance Project Manager to manage the first phase of the Season’s development from mid-February to mid-June 2021. The aim of the role is to drive the Season forwards, bringing together various strands of work in order to shape and structure the project and facilitate fundraising initiatives. It is hoped that the position will be extended to manage
the delivery of the Season, subject to funding.

We are looking for someone with experience of managing complex cultural projects involving multiple partners and stakeholders. Knowledge of, and passion for, the arts and heritage sector is essential, and direct knowledge of, and enthusiasm for, Chichester’s cultural scene is desirable.

The freelance Project Manager will be appointed by Chichester District Council and will report directly to Sarah Peyman, Divisional Manager for Culture and Sport. They will also report indirectly to the Programme Board. It is anticipated that the work will be carried out both remotely and at each of the key organisations represented on the Programme Board.

The maximum fee available for this position is £15,000 based on an average of 2.5 – 3 days a week for the duration of the appointment from mid-February to mid-June 2021. As a freelance opportunity, the person appointed will be responsible for their own National Insurance and tax.

Please refer to the brief for full details about the opportunity, including how to
apply, here:

The deadline for submissions is midday on 25 January 2021.
Interviews are likely to take place on 3rd and/or 4th February 2021.

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