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Chief Executive (maternity)

Application deadline: July 26th 2019

Poet in the City is seeking a dynamic and experienced leader to direct the charity while our Chief Executive is on maternity leave. You will be responsible for leading our national strategy to produce transformative poetry experiences connecting people and places, and developing the live poetry sector through trailblazing talent development. You will be a bit of a chameleon, equally comfortable devising ambitious artistic partnerships, fundraising across many income strands, astute at financial management of large budgets, and leading a brilliant and committed small team of producers and project managers.

Poet in the City is a producer challenging the boundaries of poetry as an art form and how it is experienced, so you will need to have a strong insight into cutting edge large-scale show production in major arts venues and everyday spaces, interdisciplinary working and best practice in co-creation and audience collaboration. Critically, to support this, you must be able to articulate and drive forward our artistic vision at a strategic, organisational level and meet ambitious fundraising targets. We are at an incredibly exciting moment, and are looking for someone to be a part of this journey.

We are open to applications from those interested in taking on the job on a like-for-like basis, or from those operating at a senior consultancy/freelance level who will deliver specifically in artistic leadership, fundraising and team leadership on a part-time basis.

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Please submit a CV and covering letter outlining your interest in the position and how you meet the criteria in the person specification part of the pack. The deadline to apply is Midnight on Friday July 26th.

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