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Job Opportunity: Executive Director, LIFT Festival

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LIFT is looking to appoint an Executive Director to join the team and work with Artistic Director/CEO Kris Nelson to lead the organisation into its next exciting stage.

For over three decades LIFT has presented the stories of the world to every corner of London, pioneering new forms of theatre and setting the benchmark for internationalism in the arts. Working closely with major theatres, dance houses, museums and galleries, LIFT produces a biennial London-wide festival with commissioning at its heart, as well as year-round activity including large scale projects, national touring and participatory work.

We are now seeking to appoint an Executive Director to work with Kris Nelson, the Board and the LIFT team as we create and deliver the fantastic next chapter of LIFT’s story.

The successful candidate will have strong experience in strategic planning, generating income and developing effective relationships, with a successful track record working in a senior management position within the cultural sector. Working in partnership with and reporting to the Artistic Director/CEO, the Executive Director will provide LIFT with strategic leadership, business planning, fundraising and partnerships, as they lead the team and oversee the organisation’s operational, administrative and finance functions.

A full job description, person specification and further information about LIFT can be found in the Recruitment Pack.

To apply for the post, please submit your CV and a brief statement (maximum two A4 sides) describing your suitability for the position and specifically how your past experience matches the job description and person specification.

Please submit your application and completed equal opportunities form by email with ‘Executive Director’ in the subject line to recruitment@liftfestival.com by 10am on Monday 8 April 2019.

Applicants should provide contact details for two references, we will seek your permission before making direct contact with any referees. Please note that it is likely we will seek to take up one reference for candidates progressing to second interview, prior to making an offer.

All offers of employment will be subject to the receipt of satisfactory references.

LIFT is committed to being a truly inclusive organisation – from our Trustees and team members to our audience and participants. We treat all job applications equally, regardless of age, disability, gender identity or gender expression, race, ethnicity, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation or any other equality characteristic. We particularly encourage applications from groups who are underrepresented in the cultural sector including disabled people and people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds.

Our organisation has a flexible and adaptive environment that allows our small, dedicated team to flourish. We are open to discussing the possibility of reduced hours, remote working, flexible start and finish times, or compressed hours. We will explore this with candidates at interview stage.

LIFT is based at Toynbee Studios in East London. The building and office are fully accessible to wheelchair users.

To download recruitment pack, head here.


To download equal opportunities form, head here.

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