Cultural Innovation Forum Project Development Manager

Briefing document for response by midnight on Sunday 16th July

Nine Higher Education institutions in the South East have come together to develop a Cultural Innovation Forum as a framework for collective action. Our ambition is to work collaboratively to ignite positive change in our region through culture and creativity. We have received funding from Arts Council England to extend the Forum’s impact, and are therefore seeking a Project Development Manager to work with us to help us achieve our goals.

The Project Development Manager will work across the institutions and the complex London and South Eastregion to produce events, knowledge sharing and research activities as determined in discussion with the Steering Group.

Cultural Innovation Forum Project Development Manager

 We wish to appoint a Cultural Innovation Forum Project Development Manager to work with us to help us torealise our ambition to maximise creative impact, engagement and legacy, and to ensure that diversity is embedded across the Cultural Innovation Forum and its activities.

They will work with forum members to identify and engage young people, artists, academics, business, funders and other stakeholders in the planning and co-creation of events, knowledge sharing and research activities. In the course of this work, the role will also involve increasing partnership with other HE and FE institutions across the South East to diversify and develop the forum membership, and engaging with Culture Forum North and EastMidlands Higher Education Forum to ensure there is a national as well as regional overview. A key aspect of this role will be the identification of future funding streams, and development of strategies to ensure the sustainability and legacy of CIF activity.

The Project Development Manager will lead and manage all aspects of this exciting project. They will facilitate:


  • dialogues/events/research to address key issues facing the Cultural and Creative Sector with a view to working collaboratively to develop innovative solutions and new ways of working;
  • research to provide robust evidence and proof of the social, cultural and economic value of creative education;
  • development of thinking and modelling of the role and impact of the Civic University;
  • consideration of what we can do collectively that we cannot do as individual


Key Tasks

  • Successfully deliver the work of the forum in relation to the ACE funding brief, resources and timeframe.
  • Work closely with the Steering Group (currently including representatives from UCL, CCCU, Bedford, Essex and Kent).
  • Develop new
  • Develop our communications with stakeholders and partners, including through the Cultural Innovation Forum website.
  • Develop strategies for the future financial sustainability and legacy of Cultural Innovation Forum activity, identifying potential new sources of funding, and encouraging the mainstreaming of the work within partner organisations.
  • Be an inspirational ambassador for the project, and represent it at local regional, national and international levels.
  • Develop clear and effective communication systems and practices that ensure all partners are fully informed and supported.
  • Identify and work with partnership organisations and individuals that can broaden access for diverse communities.
  • Produce a headline evaluation report by the end of the


Key Skills and Experience

  • Proven track record of developing and delivering cultural projects in a complex
  • Experience of working with or in an academic
  • Demonstrable experience of establishing and maintaining positive and effective working relationships and partnerships across multiple stakeholders.
  • Understanding of academic research and/or commercial R&D
  • Knowledge/relevant work experience relating to local growth, local government or place- focused policy making.
  • Experience of preparing and presenting proposals to potential funders and collaborators and successfully securing investment.
  • Commitment to delivering equality, diversity and
  • Understanding of the need to pro-actively recruit partners from diverse communities and
  • High levels of organisation with excellent communication
  • Ability to work on own initiative and organise workload to achieve deadlines with good time management skills


Timetable and Payment Schedule

 Deadline for applications: Midnight on Sunday 16th July.

Interviews if required: w/c 19th July.

We would expect the contract to commence no later than: 1st August.



 The total fee will be £21,250.


Submission information

 To apply, please provide the following:


  1. A covering letter outlining your approach to this work of no more than 1 side A4.
  2. A minimum of two examples of recent, relevant previous experience.
  3. An indication of your availability.
  4. A copy of your CV.
  5. Two recent referees.


Selection Criteria

 We are particularly interested in hearing from individuals from Black, Asian, Disabled, d/Deaf and Minority Ethnic communities and all those who feel their voices and stories are not commonly represented.


Contact and deadline

 Please email any questions to in the first instance, and submit your proposal to that email address by 16th July. Your submission will be acknowledged by return email.


The Forum

The Forum brings together the following HEIs.



University of Westminster

University of Essex

University for the Creative Arts

Pearson College

University of Bedfordshire

Canterbury Christchurch University

University of Sussex

University of Kent


Supported by Arts Council England