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Chief Executive, Bath Festivals

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  • Job title Chief Executive
  • Salary & benefits £55,000 + performance bonus
  • Full time/part time Full time
  • Contract type Permanent
  • Job location Kingston Buildings, Bath BA1 1NT, UNite Kingdom

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Job description & requirements

  • Job description We see five critical elements in the chief executive role:

    1. Put strategy into action. Grasp the learning from the May 2017 Bath Festival to make 2018 bigger and better and to ensure all that we do furthers our core purpose, in particular our educational goals.

    2. Deliver artistic excellence. Guide the work of our artistic directors, contractors and staff within a brief agreed by the board to deliver multi-arts programmes which delight the audiences we are keen to reach.

    3. Build our relationships. Develop and maintain mutually beneficial connections with the Arts Council, Bath&NES Council, Bath Tourism Plus, our sponsors, patrons, members and volunteers, schools, other festival providers and the local business and charitable community.

    4. Increase our reach and reputation. Make Bath Festivals literally more visible in the city and attract more customers locally, regionally, nationally and internationally.

    5. Maintain our financial health. Further reduce our dependence on public funding, secure new streams of income and spend our money well.

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  • Required experience You have experienced the practicalities of how the festivals and arts world operates: constructing programmes which are both bold and deliverable, inveigling people of all kinds to be part of the adventure, getting big things done on a shoestring, upwardly managing a board which is both marvellous and maddening, drawing a deep breath and going for it.

    You will have your head round the basic disciplines of production, marketing, fundraising, contracting, people management and financial control but you are neither bureaucrat nor prima donna. You will bounce back from inevitable disappointments. You will not need much sleep during the festival itself. You will keep asking ‘What if…?’ but you will also see good ideas through to results.
    Your enthusiasm for the arts will be boundless but grounded in reality.
  • Additional information The job is based at Bath Festivals’ office in central Bath and is envisaged as full time, though four days per week with salary pro rata would be considered. In addition to salary there is a potential performance bonus linked to meeting audience and financial targets.
  • Posted on December 22, 2016


  • How to apply For further information and to discuss the role informally please contact Stephen Taylor (Chair, Nominations Committee) at
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  • Application deadline December 17, 2016
  • Interviews Week commencing 3 January 2017