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Friday, May 22, 2015

Peterborough VIVACITY needs a sponsorship wrangler with a bit of culture thrown in...

Key Theatre Summer Season 2015
Vivacity. Current Key Theatre offers.  Where is the local production content?
All 'four walls' productions with profits going outside of this City.
Until the Key Theatre markets its own in house productions for touring.
The theatre will continue to limp along.
Ideally the Broadway should be gifted to the City (before it falls down)
(or sold for exactly the same money paid to the liquidators
of Peter Boizots bust Mistvalley company - it wasn't much)  and both venues
used to draw people into the City. That of course will need vision...

If this isn't a clear indication to the new Council members that 'Vivacity' is not fit for purpose, has totally and utterly lost its way, a financial disaster, and needs closing down; just read this newly released job specification for what they term a 'Director of Cultural Services.'

The blurb from the recruiter seems to be impressive, but its not so much Cultural Services but a salesman generating profits for this 'not for profits' organisation. 

The PBROTRIB suggests the council take it all back, divide the current set up into three operations  


This will give both focus and identity to three operations and make them attractive to potential sponsors and international organisations.  At present the generic VIVACITY (sounding like a Mexican cartel)  is meaningless and clearly totally unattractive to major sponsors.. 

Simply the appointee has to be adept at proffering the corporate begging bowl, at a time when the Arts Council under the Conservatives have slashed budgets. The salary is also a joke for this level of responsibility circa £50k ... a fraction of what the Vivacity Chief executive trousers even though he promised to make the non-profit making organisation self financing and not reliant on council handouts.

If you think you can take this shambles on, this is what the recruiters ad. says:

Director of Cultural Services

A strategic senior management team role with Vivacity, Peterborough’s leading  [ie only]Culture, Sports and Leisure provider.

Full time
Peterborough, Cambridgeshire

£48,641 to £53,577 plus benefits

Vivacity is an independent, not-for-profit organisation managing many of Peterborough’s most popular culture and leisure facilities. Our vision is to enable and deliver inspiring cultural and leisure activities to the residents of and visitors to Peterborough, including arts, heritage, libraries and sport.

As Director of Cultural Services reporting directly to our Chief Executive, your overarching brief will be to increase the numbers of people enjoying higher-quality cultural services and to increase both revenue and profit margin.

As the member of our senior management team spearheading the development of relationships with key cultural providers and stakeholders, the Director of Cultural Services will plan strategically the development of all of Vivacity’s cultural assets, in addition to managing our programme of volunteer services. Key accountabilities as Director of Cultural Services include:

• strategic oversight and direct management of all budgets
• strategic planning and delivery of the successful development of our arts, heritage, library and archive services
• leading on large-scale capital and other major arts, heritage, library and archive projects
• leading in partnership with the Grants Manager, the maximisation of external funding opportunities • playing a key role in maximising sponsorship.
Educated to degree level and/or with an equivalent professional qualification, you must have a proven track record of delivering successful customer service at senior level, underpinned by in-depth knowledge of at least one of: arts; heritage; archives, or library services.

With excellent interpersonal and all-round communication skills, you’re strong on creating, leading and managing medium-sized teams to deliver results. A first-class analytical and conceptual thinker, with high-level skills in handling press and public relations, you’re also skilled in managing and developing high-quality programmes encompassing large-scale (5,000+ people) events. Your other attributes include:

• the ability to secure sponsorship from private sector or equivalent partners
• business and budget management skills – revenue £0.5m; capital £1m
• consultation with customers including hard-to-reach groups.

 Further information is available at the Vivacity-Peterborough website.

Closing Date: Friday 12th June 2015

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