Creative & Cultural Skills is looking for its next CEO. If you’re passionate about developing a diverse, inclusive and skilled cultural sector, then we want to hear from you.

Creative & Cultural Skills

Chief ExecutiveFlexible LocationSalary – circa £70,000

Creative & Cultural Skills (CCSkills) works to create a fair, skilled, and inclusive cultural sector in the UK. We support the sector by shaping skills, education, and employment best practice. Through a blended programme of training, tools & resources, events, one to one support, sector updates and research, we provoke action and enable learning opportunities that drive change. In the current climate, our work is arguably more important than ever. As the UK faces the highest levels of unemployment in recent history and the cultural sector’s operations have largely been suspended, now more than ever we need to address skills gaps and shortages to aid the sector’s future sustainability.

As Chief Executive you will lead our small, agile, UK-wide team,  working with cultural employers and alongside multiple partners and key stakeholders including education providers and careers professionals, to provide services that support the UK’s cultural workforce. You will help us ensure we secure for the sector the widest pool of talent, regardless of background, personal circumstances or previous educational achievement. This is an exciting, challenging time to be joining. The UK’s creative industries now account for £111bn in GVA each year. Pre Covid-19 we were growing at five times the rate of the economy and accounted for more than 2 million jobs. We can no longer predict what our sector will look like the other side of the pandemic, but we know it will be different. As such, we need someone who is able to lead through ambiguity, provide clear vision and offer direction. We also require someone capable of bringing about a different kind of thinking, able to influence policy makers and funders.

You will bring a successful senior leadership track record, ideally in the cultural or commercial creative industries or in the post-16 educational system. You will also have direct experience of public sector funding. We are keen to secure someone with the ability to generate interest, energy and momentum around our vision and mission through a wide array of internal and external stakeholders, and you will be able to demonstrate your ability to manage and influence complex relationships. Strategic, innovative, and impact-focused, you will be key in helping CCSkills create the conditions which help the next generation train for the real jobs in our sector, a sector that should lead the way not just for its creative outputs but for the way it supports fair access to work.

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Closing date for applications: 08:00am Monday 13 July 2020

Closing date: 13/07/2020

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