Manchester International Festival seeks Cultural Skills & Training Director

Closing Date: 22 May 2018

Manchester International Festival

Location: Manchester

Remuneration: £49,000 PA


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Manchester International Festival (MIF) is the world’s first festival of original, new work and special events, staged every two years. From 2020, as well as producing a biennial festival, we will also run The Factory, a new state of the art building and producing organisation in the heart of Manchester.

Integral to the development of The Factory is the skills and training that the organisation will offer. We are seeking a dynamic and experienced leader to lead the development of this new Cultural Skills Consortium and The Cultural Skills offer for The Factory, building on the programmes and partnerships developed during the initial scoping phase. We’re looking for a person with a track-record in the in strategic development of ambitious and innovative partnerships to have an integral role in the development of this world-leading cultural skills offer.

Main Purpose

In collaboration with partners, lead the development of a Greater Manchester Cultural Skills and Education Consortium, creating an innovative model for new and existing activity. In collaboration with Creative Learning Director, develop a world-leading cultural skills offer for MIF and The Factory. Convincingly articulate the combined contribution of the Consortium and the MIF/Factory programme at a regional, national and international level.


Cultural Skills Consortium

• Through collaborative leadership across GM, develop a sustainable model for a Cultural Skills consortium that will drive new apprenticeships, skills, learning and training activities across the cultural and creative industries in GM

• Design and initiate the financial and governance model for the consortium

• Identify and work with appropriate education and industry partners to develop new frameworks and curricula for cultural apprenticeships and training

• Build strong and innovative partnerships with MCC, GMLEP, GMCA and other relevant bodies

Factory Cultural Skills and Training

• Further develop The Cultural Skills proposition as a fundamental and highly visible key pillar of The Factory and Manchester International Festival

• Set and lay plans to achieve skills, training and education KPI’s in relation to ACE, HMT. DCMS, MCC and other stakeholders where appropriate

• In collaboration with MIF’s Creative Learning, Producing and International teams and its commissioning partners, develop and trial international training programmes and exchanges

• Lead the programme development for pre-opening pilots including partnership working with the main contractor during the construction period

• Further develop partnership programmes with Museum of Science and Industry including the feasibility of a joint venture


• Develop substantive fundraising activity in collaboration with MIF Development team

• Provide and create advocacy, policy expertise and representation for the consortium, MIF/The Factory and cultural skills on local, international and national platforms

• Actively engaging with the organisation’s vision and policies regarding equal opportunities and diversity, artistic ambition, participation and engagement, health and safety, evaluation and monitoring

• Training and talent development will be central to the organisation as we approach The Factory. All job roles are expected to engage with our training and development activity, be willing to support our training programmes

• Any other duties that are commensurate with the post