Southwark is a large, ambitious and progressive council with a ‘can do’ attitude and enviable reputation. As a Council, we are successful, passionate and forward-thinking. We are committed to our ‘Fairer Futures for All’ promise which ensures that our residents and businesses are central to everything we do. If you want to make a difference at a local level, apply to Southwark Council today.
The new post of Senior Projects Officer (Culture & Events) has been created following a restructure to enhance the senior project management capacity across the council’s culture and events teams, so it is an exciting time to be joining us. You will lead a range of ambitious and innovative projects as part of the council’s Cultural Strategy, working primarily across our culture and events services, but occasionally across libraries, heritage and youth services too. Key to the role will be conceiving, designing, implementing and reporting on the delivery of discrete, strategically important projects that improve both our offer to residents and our support of the sectors with whom we work.
Examples of current projects that the role might take responsibility for include the effective implementation of the council’s new Events Environmental Sustainability Guide, the facilitation of a community-led consultation on how the council can best support and celebrate Black culture in the borough, and an impact assessment of the implementation of our new anti-racist and inclusive Public Art Policy.
You will have an expertise in the role of culture, in its broadest sense, within a local ‘whole place’ context, and you will be highly skilled in rigorously effective project management, including an instinct for building positive relationships with a wide diversity of stakeholders working together on complex issues. You will have exceptional verbal and non-verbal communication skills, with the ability to analyse and present data, proposals and reports clearly at a senior level.
You may not previously have worked in local government, but you will have a good, demonstrable understanding of the role of local government in supporting the cultural sector and creative industries and be confident and competent at navigating local government processes and structures.
We are looking for someone who is motivated, resilient, and forward-thinking, who can manage the demands of multiple projects simultaneously, and who is passionate about the challenge of driving forwards the council’s priorities for culture and events.
Benefits and More Information:
Interview date: 14 February 2023.
We are an organisation who is passionate about our people and understands that richness of diversity is a requirement to provide the best possible services to our communities. This is demonstrated through our council-wide ambitious commitment to tackle racial inequality in our communities and workforce through our Southwark Stands Together initiative. We particularly welcome applications from members of the Black, Asian and ethnic minority communities to increase representation at senior management level in the Council.