Chief Operating Officer | New Adventures

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New Adventures is an iconic, ground-breaking British dance-theatre company, founded by celebrated choreographer Matthew Bourne, famous for telling stories with a unique theatrical twist. Since 1987, New Adventures has changed the popularity of dance in Britain, creating works that have altered the public perception of what is possible when it comes to telling stories without words.

New Adventures was established as a charity in 2008 and joined Arts Council England’s National Portfolio in 2015. The company tours nationally and internationally, our award-winning repertoire inspiring and thrilling millions of people worldwide. We are passionate about diversifying the dance landscape and investing in the future of dance through delivering inclusive projects for people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds alongside development opportunities for emerging artists. We deliver a wealth of transformative programmes year-round. 

We are seeking a Chief Operating Officer (COO) who will be accountable for the human resources, financial and operational sustainability and efficiency of New Adventures, both the charity and its subsidiary companies. They will ensure that all regulatory and statutory requirements are met, and the necessary operational systems are in place across all areas of the business to deliver the highest possible standards. 

In this newly created role, the COO will have lead responsibility for staff development and for promoting an engaged and positive workplace culture, ensuring best practice and the highest possible standards in all areas of activity.

The ideal candidate will have proven experience of working in a leadership or senior management role in the cultural or charity sector. They will have broad general management experience across a range of business functions, as well as a track record in creative problem-solving and innovative thinking, with experience in identifying and converting opportunities for an organisation, whilst robustly managing risk. Excellent business and financial acumen, together with exceptional leadership, interpersonal and communication skills, are all essential for this role. 

We encourage and welcome candidates from different backgrounds with different experiences, skills and stories to apply, particularly individuals who are underrepresented in the cultural sector. We are happy to discuss solutions that allow people to balance their caring responsibilities with their working lives, for example through job shares or flexible working.

For further information, please download the Job Recruitment Pack from new-adventures.net/opportunities or aeminternational.co.uk/chief-operating-officer-new-adventures/

For an informal and confidential conversation about the role, please contact our Recruitment Consultant Heather Newill, Director of AEM International, on + 44 (0) 1728 660026.

Deadline for applications: Friday 18 February 2022, 5pm.
 

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