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Culture Development Officer
  • Employer: Reading Borough Council
  • Reference: DEN0355
  • Published: Thu 22/10/2020, 13:56 PM
  • Closing on: Wed 04/11/2020, 13:56 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time, Part Time
  • Hours: 37 hours per week, full time fixed term for 12 months, then permanent - 2.5 days per week thereafter
  • Salary: £27,041 - £29,577
  • DBS Check: Enhanced
  • Location: Reading, Berkshire

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Culture Development Officer

This post sits in the Cultural Services team. Until June 2021, the primary focus is Reading, Place of Culture, which is one of 16 Great Places Schemes funded by Arts Council England, Historic England and the National Lottery Heritage Fund’. It is jointly led and delivered by Reading Borough Council, Reading UK CIC and the University of Reading with the aim of making Reading a better place to live, work and visit. This post leads on Reading’s Cultural Commissioning Programme, which focuses on supporting local organisations to develop cross-sector partnerships in order to engage Reading’s most marginalised and hard-to-reach groups in culture, and to provide genuine social, health and well-being impacts. It also aims to mainstream the commissioning of cultural activities for social outcomes.Other priority areas include the Cultural Education Partnership, a new Partnership Investment Fund from Artswork, and the Ageing Well Partnership



About the role

This role will develop and deliver innovative arts, culture and heritage offers by, with and for the town’s community by working with a range of cross sector partners.

  • Ensure Reading, Place of Culture meets its objectives and project outcomes
  • Ensure the Cultural Commissioning Programme is completed and that delivery partners achieve the outcomes set out in their contracts
  • Actively develop new and existing partnerships to deliver positive outcomes for Reading’s cultural sector, the council and its communities
  • Coordinate and facilitate partnership meetings with cross sector involvement e.g. Cultural Education Partnership, Ageing Well partnership, Partnership investment fund
  • Monitor and evaluate projects and their programmes, including using Action Research and Social Impact Measurement.
  • Keep up to date with current priorities locally and nationally, including applying for funding where relevant.
  • Manage Budgets and Contracts
  • Promote the role of economic development and regeneration
  • Develop and maintain links with community groups and organisations, particularly reaching grassroots groups and marginalised communities who would not otherwise engage
  • To promote equality and diversity in all aspects of your work by developing and maintaining relationships, ensuring that colleagues are treated fairly and with respect/dignity and activity contributing to developments that support the councils strategy for widening access, inclusion and diversity
  • Working with diverse communities
  • Partnership working and networking
  • Developing and delivering cultural programmes involving a wide range of audiences
  • Organising workshops, partnership meetings and events




About you

  • An understanding of cultural commissioning and its potential
  • Evaluation and reporting of community projects
  • Ability to think and work creatively and inspire others
  • Highly organised – effective administration skills
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills, and ability to negotiate effectively at all levels
  • Excellent writing skills and be able to produce clear concise proposals and reports
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Good levels of computer literacy and IT skills
  • A working knowledge of current issues affecting community engagement and the cultural sector



Our offer

We offer a supportive environment to grow and develop your career with the opportunity to put your ideas across. Innovation and ambition is strongly encouraged, and you’ll get a great feel for that working in our friendly and collaborative environment.


A competitive salary alongside a range of benefits including:


  • Generous holiday entitlement - 24 days holiday each year plus bank holidays - rising to 32 days after 10 years' service, with the option to buy additional leave
  • A wide range of flexible working opportunities
  • Modern working environment at the Civic Offices in the heart of Reading
  • Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS)
  • On-site day nursery (Kennet Day nursery) rated outstanding by Ofsted, and a salary sacrifice scheme to help lower the cost of your nursery fees
  • Season Ticket Loan - to help with the cost of your rail/ bus journey, to & from work
  • Lease car salary sacrifice scheme allowing you to lease a brand new, greener car for three years. The monthly fee includes insurance, servicing and road tax


For more information on this position please contact  


Closing Date: 4th November 2020

Interview Date: TBC

Interview format:      Question & answer panel interview based on Job Description (at least 3 panel members). Approximately for 45 minutes



Please note that the closing date is given as a guide. We reserve the right to close this vacancy once a sufficient number of applications has been received. Therefore, it is strongly advised that you complete and return your application as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.


Reading Borough Council is a Disability Confident Employer and is committed to the recruitment and continued employment of people with disabilities.