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Senior Cultural Development Officer
  • Employer: Wokingham Borough Council
  • Reference: 712488
  • Published: Wed 17/08/2022, 12:00 PM
  • Closing on: Sun 25/09/2022, 23:00 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 37 hours per week
  • Salary: £39,571 - £44,624 per annum
  • DBS Check: No
  • Location: Shute End/Home Working, Berkshire

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Senior Cultural Development Officer

Wokingham Borough Council has an ambitious agenda over the coming years and see arts and culture as having a central role in supporting communities and economic growth in the Borough.  The Economic Development and Growth Team plays a key role in the place shaping of the Borough.  We are working towards sustaining economic growth as part of the Covid recovery plan for the Borough. We have declared a climate emergency and are working towards net zero carbon by 2030.  We are also continuing to invest in a significant housing development programme across the Borough, providing more affordable homes and regenerating communities.

We are looking for a highly motivated and passionate arts and culture professional who is able to promote and advocate the value of arts and culture to the lives of our residents and contribution to a thriving economy.   This is a strategic and developmental role where you will embed arts and culture into the work of the Council, ensuring effective alignment with other key corporate priorities and strategies.  You will co-ordinate the implementation of the Wokingham Borough Council Arts and Culture strategy, working with internal and external stakeholders to deliver the key objectives.  You will actively develop other new and existing partnerships, such as the Cultural Education Partnership, to deliver positive outcomes for the cultural sector in the Borough, the Council and its communities.  You will help enable the Cultural Alliance (the Alliance) to operate as the key partnership for delivering Arts & Culture initiatives. 

Key duties and responsibilities:

  • Co-ordinate the Council’s corporate response to delivering against the priorities of the Arts and Culture Strategy and provide regular monitoring of the annual Arts and Culture action plan.
  • Ensure that Arts and Culture is embedded in the council’s strategic framework and adds value to corporate priorities. Including, climate emergency, tackling poverty and the equality, diversity and inclusion and wellbeing agendas.
  • Integrate the role of culture in placemaking, economic development, planning and regeneration.
  • Represent the Council on the Arts and Cultural Alliance alongside the Executive Member for Arts and Culture.
  • Work with the Alliance to identify and initiate projects and programmes that deliver against the priorities of the Wokingham Borough Council Arts & Culture Strategy.
  • Monitor, evaluate and report on the impact of projects and programmes, including using social value methodology where appropriate.
  • Engage with wider stakeholders, including arts and culture organisations, Arts Council England, Town & Parish Councils, other agencies such as health, the voluntary and private sector.
  • Identify potential funding streams that could fund project activity and to support the Alliance or partner organisations on bidding processes.
  • Support the development of our public facing programmes, through commissioning, contracting, and partnering with other organisations.
  • Coordinate marketing and communication activities relating to arts and culture on behalf of the Council to ensure services are communicated well to the relevant audiences and influencers.
  • Ensure that diversity and inclusion are key considerations in the development of arts and cultural projects and programmes with a particular focus on engaging those who might otherwise not access high quality cultural opportunities.
  • Transitioning Arts and Culture into the Council`s service areas to ensure longevity and sustainability of cultural activities.

Skills, attributes and experience

You will be a passionate and experienced arts and culture professional, highly organised with excellent communication, negotiation and persuasion skills who is able to advocate and drive forward the arts and culture agenda across the Council, its partners and the Borough’s communities.  You will also have strong project management skills and experienced in developing and cultural programmes to a wide range of audiences, able to realise the benefits of arts and culture across a range of different agendas including community cohesion, health and wellbeing, and economic development.  

For an informal, confidential discussion about this role, please contact the recruiting manager Rhian Hayes, Assistant Director Economic Development and Growth at

Closing date for applications is Sunday 25th September 11pm with interviews for the position planned to take place on both Monday 3rd and Friday 7th October (subject to change).  Please note, if shortlisted you will need to be available for both dates. 

Wokingham Borough Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults and expects all staff, other workers and volunteers to share this commitment.
Wokingham is an equal opportunities employer.