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Head of Cultural Services

Employer: London Borough of Sutton
Location: Sutton Civic Hall
Salary: £64,086 - £76,929 per annum (£80,775 unconsolidated maximum)
Published Date: 12 Oct 2018
Status: Permanent, full time
Ref: LBS1210

Job Description

Head of Cultural Services
Grade 11 - £64,086 - £76,929 per annum (£80,775 unconsolidated maximum, achievable through performance-related progression)
Full-time, 36 hours per week
Permanent contract
Location - Sutton Civic Offices

About us
Sutton is an ambitious borough with a newly adopted Cultural Framework designed to leverage Council cultural assets and community-based arts and culture. We’ve made a great start, investing in a major transformation programme including staff restructure, complete refurbishment of Sutton Central Library, digital and other improvements right across the library network of 8 branches, plus completing a major Heritage Lottery funded refurbishment of one of the Borough’s historic houses in Cheam. Sutton has also taken on the lead role for the shared services offered by the London Libraries Consortium.The task now is to deliver the next phase of modernisation of cultural services, ensuring they are efficient and continue to meet the changing needs of Sutton residents. This is an exciting opportunity for an energetic, capable and dynamic individual, ready to join us in realising our ambitions for the people of Sutton and its cultural offer.

About the role
This is a senior leadership role with responsibility for delivering the Library Strategy 2019 to 2023, a new Cultural Framework for Sutton and the Heritage and Arts offer across the Borough. Sutton is the lead authority for the London Libraries Consortium and the Head of Cultural Services is the strategic lead for the consortium comprising 17 members.

The role includes management responsibility for a number of posts and supporting the Assistant Director of Wellbeing in the strategic development of the service.

About you
To succeed in this role you need to be highly motivated, an innovative thinker and able to lead change with a passion for delivering high quality public services despite the financial challenges facing the sector. Sound business skills are required and commercial awareness. You will be experienced in managing a significant budget and in making a contribution to cultural strategy and planning in a similar sized organisation. Confidence in your ability to provide strong and inspiring leadership to staff of all levels is essential. You will also be comfortable supporting and advising political leaders, and helping shape strategy at a corporate level.

This role provides an excellent opportunity for an ambitious, qualified cultural sector professional who is ready to take the next step in their career and keen to gain strategic experience in influencing, leading and shaping strategic thinking for a successful and innovative London Borough, whilst benefiting from the large range of development opportunities that a 21st century service can provide.

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.

In addition we offer a modern working environment for our staff allowing you to work flexibly from our Sutton Offices and at home following the introduction of Google Chromebooks and Google Apps, which have acted as a key enabler for collaborative and streamlined working.

We also offer a huge variety of staff benefits including:

  • 31 days annual leave plus bank holidays
  • Local and national discounts for shopping, eating out and leisure activities 
  • Interest free season ticket loans
  • Local Government Pension Scheme 
  • Bicycle loan facilities and cycle to work scheme 
  • Childcare vouchers 
  • Subsidised gym membership



You can find out more about our Cultural Services, our team and structure, and working for us on our website - click on the Apply button below to access this.  

Structure chart.pdf

For an informal discussion about the role please contact Jan Underhill, Assistant Director Wellbeing on 020 8770 4359

Please apply online by uploading your CV and a supporting statement outlining why you would be a great fit for this role, and what skills, experience and knowledge you can bring. Please ensure you refer to Role Profile.pdf when completing your supporting statement.

Closing date for applications - Sunday 4 November 2018

Interview date(s) - W/C 12 November 2018


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