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Culture Development Officer - Reading Great Place Scheme

Employer: Reading Borough Council

  • Reference: CUL0180
  • Published on: Fri 01/09/2017 08:00 AM
  • Closing on: Fri 15/09/2017 23:55 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time, Contract
  • Hours: Full-time, 37 hours per week (potential for home working).
  • Salary: RG5b (SCP 28-31) £24,964 - £27,668 pa
  • DBS Check: No
  • Location: Reading

Three year fixed term contract

We are seeking a Culture Development Officer to work closely with the Reading Great Place Management Team, to develop and deliver an innovative cultural offer for the town’s community as set out in our Reading Great Place Scheme plan. This is an exciting opportunity to work on one of only 16 schemes across the country, which is a new joint funding initiative by Heritage Lottery Fund, Arts Council England and Historic England.

The aim of the Scheme is to put arts, culture and heritage at the heart of the local vision for 16 places across England, making a step change in the contribution of culture in those areas and embedding them in the places’ plans for the future.

The role will involve working closely with commissioning officers to develop and grow cultural commissioning to deliver social benefit and well-being outcomes.

Your role will also involve working with the cultural sector to develop and deliver ‘place making’ art and heritage events/project working to support senior Councillors and Officers to develop and support a new sustainable cultural partnership, that will also act as the Great Place Board.

To be successful in this post you will be required to support completion of documentation required for the funding bodies, Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), Arts Council England (ACE) and Historic England (HE), and participate in programme-level evaluation as directed by the funders.

You will take responsibility for monitoring the programme and provide financial and progress reports to relevant stakeholders. Also, you will work with partners to market and advertise activities/events for the Reading Great Place Scheme.

You will work closely with internal and external partners to strengthen partnership working for cultural activities and where necessary establish new partnerships.

You will need to demonstrate experience of developing and delivering cultural programmes involving a wide range of audiences, partnership working, and an understanding of cultural commissioning, project evaluation and reporting.

You will also need to be able to think and work creatively, independently and as part of a team. Good organisational, administration and report writing skills are also required. In addition good communication and negotiation skills will be key to success.

We offer flexible working as an option. Occasional evening and weekend working may be required.

Internal Reading Borough Council employees must login via Employee Self Service to apply. If you have not yet been issued with your Employee Self Service account, or you have any queries, please email with details.

Visit for more details on how to apply online. Alternatively, call the Recruitment Team on 0118 937 2039 (24 hour answerphone) quoting the job reference number and the job title of the post you are interested in.

Please do not send a CV: for the purposes of equal opportunities, we can only accept Reading Borough Council application forms.

Closing date: 15 September 2017

Interview date: 28 September 2017

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