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Head of Creative Programming and EngagementRef: RMBC/19/00207

Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council, Regeneration & Environment
Culture, Sport & Tourism
Based at:  Riverside House
Salary details: £54,761 - £58,601 (£55,856 - £59,773 from 1st April 2019) 
Job details: 37 Hours, Full Time, Permanent
Closing date: 25 March 2019
Interview date:
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Now is the time to come and work for Rotherham Council’s Culture, Sport and Tourism Services.   

We are at the start of a new chapter in Rotherham’s history with a visionary ambition to transform our events, activities and destinations and make them world-class.  We have established a dynamic new leadership team to drive forward the development of our parks and green spaces, libraries, heritage sites, the Civic Theatre, music hub, learning services and events.  Deeply-loved by our customers, we want to bring more wow to our work and welcome new residents and visitors alike, particularly children and young people.

Through our new Cultural Partnership, we are working with partners in the voluntary and private sectors, including Wentworth Woodhouse, Gulliver’s, Rotherham United and Grimm and Co,  to oversee the development of an exciting offer which strengthens Rotherham’s distinctiveness and repositions the borough as a high-quality, family-friendly destination. Our collective mission is to enable all our residents to get active, creative and outdoors, more often.

In joining Rotherham’s Culture Sport and Tourism team at this extraordinary time, you will be instrumental in the drive to increase participation and strengthen our financial sustainability.  And in doing so, you will show how culture, leisure and tourism can build civic pride, improve health, strengthen community cohesion, develop the local economy and transform perceptions.  This is your chance to help write the next instalment in Rotherham’s story.

Head of Creative Programming and Engagement:  You will lead the development of imaginative events, initiatives and engagement activities, building on the existing programme and developing new ways to surprise, connect and enthral our customers.  You will:

  • Be experienced in developing eye-catching and bespoke products, services and events with a wide knowledge of best practice in the cultural, leisure and tourism industries.
  • Be committed to co-creation and a wide knowledge of best practice in the cultural, leisure and tourism industries.
  • A proactive, inclusive and persuasive leader, committed to co-creation and quality in both process and product.

This is a brand new role and you will have the rewarding task of working as part of a new leadership team to initiate new ways of working with an experienced staff group who are open to new ideas and practice.  

If you’d like to speak to Polly Hamilton, Assistant Director (Culture, Sport and Tourism) to learn more about the service and the role then please e-mail polly.hamilton@rotherham.gov.uk  and we’ll arrange for Polly to contact you.

Applications from Women, people from Black and Minority Ethnic Communities and Disabled People are welcomed as under-representation currently exists at this level within the organisation. Section 159 of the Equality Act 2010 applies.

This post is classed as 'politically restricted' under the Local Government and Housing Act 1989 (as amended). The full details of the restrictions are set out in the Statutory Instrument, but broadly the restrictions prohibit candidature from public elected office; holding office in a political party; as well as involvement in political activities such as canvassing or public speaking/writing.

In order to support the Council’s requirement to save a further £41 million from its budget, by collective agreement, from 1st April 2017 to 31st March 2020 there is a temporary 1.15% pay reduction from the advertised substantive salary quoted, which will be spread out by means of a weekly/monthly deduction (dependent on pay frequency) from each pay period over the full financial year. In recognition of implementing this temporary measure three additional day’s leave (pro rata for part time workers and new starters in year) will be granted.

This post will have access to the Public Services Network, if successful you will be required to apply for a disclosure of criminal records check at the Basic level (unspent criminal convictions).