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Arts Emergency is committed to being a welcoming and inclusive organisation. We currently recruiting a Director of Programmes.

We particularly welcome applications from disabled people, LGBTQIA+ people, Black, Asian and minority ethnic candidates. We guarantee to interview anyone with a disability whose application meets the person specification for a post.

  • We will always disclose the salary when we advertise new roles.
  • We are an accredited Living Wage employer.
  • We welcome flexible working arrangements.
  • We offer 28 days annual leave in addition to statutory public holidays (pro rata for part-time staff).
  • Staff are currently working in our offices and remotely with equipment provided.

We are not able to provide feedback to everyone who sends in their application but we will inform you if you have not been successful.


As an organisation we follow the principles of safer recruitment as we have a responsibility to promote the welfare of all children and young people, to keep them safe and to practice in a way that protects them. We believe that children and young people should never experience abuse of any kind. The welfare of children is paramount in all the work we do and in all the decisions we take. For more information read our safeguarding policies and procedures.

All appointments will be subject to references and an enhanced DBS check.

Director of Programmes

Permanent contract
Full-time, Monday to Friday

The Director of Programmes is a new role and part of the Senior Leadership Team which will provide leadership and strategic direction for all of Arts Emergency’s programmes, projects and delivery partnerships.

Your role will be to make ambitious plans for the future direction and development of our programmes, projects and delivery partnerships while ensuring high quality, person focussed, asset-based and sustainable services for young people.

You will be a creative thinker with an understanding of issues affecting young people, and a genuine passion for developing high quality programmes that achieve meaningful outcomes.

You will have substantial experience of running programmes at a national level, working collaboratively, and always take a creative and proactive approach to developing and deepening impact.

You will have a track record of working with fundraisers to secure grant funding for projects, as well as experience of leading on corporate and delivery partnerships. You will also have experience of working on the frontline in a service delivery environment and be ready and willing to step in and support a small and busy team when required.

You will be passionate about building and developing strong teams, and will develop and implement ambitious plans for scaling our programmes by making best use of our large community of young people and wider national network of volunteers and organisations across the Arts, Humanities and in the Cultural and Creative Industries.

The appointee will have the choice to work remotely, from the London or Manchester office, or a hybrid of both.

To apply

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The deadline for applications is Friday 16 January 2023