City of London
Southbank Centre is the UK’s largest arts centre and one of the UK's top five visitor attractions, occupying a 17 acre site that sits in the midst of London’s most vibrant cultural quarter on the South Bank of the Thames. We exist to present great cultural experiences that bring people together and we achieve this by providing the space for artists to create and present their best work and by creating a place where as many people as possible can come together to experience bold, unusual and eye-opening work. We want to take people out of the everyday, every day.
The site has an extraordinary creative and architectural history stretching back to the 1951 Festival of Britain. Southbank Centre is made up of the Royal Festival Hall,
Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room and Hayward Gallery as well as being home to the National Poetry Library and the Arts Council Collection. It is also home to four Resident Orchestras (London Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, London Sinfonietta and Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment) and four Associate Orchestras (Aurora Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra, Chineke! Orchestra and National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain).
Now more than ever it is important that cultural organisations engage with public policy as they look forward to reopening. The Southbank Centre has an exciting opportunity for an External Affairs and Policy Officer to join the External Affairs team to help ensure Southbank Centres voice is heard where it counts as we contribute to the culture sector's recovery.
The External Affairs and Policy Officer will support all areas of the External Affairs team’s work to deliver a robust external affairs strategy based on Southbank Centre’s organisational objectives and business priorities, maintain and safeguard Southbank Centre’s position and corporate reputation within the external climate as a leading global arts organisation and thought leader and support the wider work of Southbank Centre’s teams, where necessary.
At Southbank Centre we aim to provide safe participatory and creative opportunities for all the children and young people who take part in our programme and visit our site. As this role will require you to work closely with children and/or vulnerable adults, you would be required to apply for a DBS check if you were offered the role. This is in line with our Safeguarding Policy and is a key requirement of this role.
We present work for everyone and we welcome applications from everyone. We particularly welcome applications from people from a BADE background or those who are Deaf or disabled as they are currently under-represented in our workforce. If you wish to discuss reasonable adjustments for this role please indicate this on your application form and we will be in touch with you.
By attracting people to work for us from a broad range of backgrounds with diverse attitudes, opinions and beliefs we can continue to look at the world with fresh eyes and find new ways of doing things. We offer a stimulating and professional environment in which to work - and the pace and scale can be breathtaking. This is a remarkable place to work and our people require the ability to work in The Southbank Centre Way - to think, act and learn with speed and agility.
The Southbank Centre Way
The Southbank Centre Way is a framework that sets out how we want our people to work together, enjoying what we do. It describes the qualities that drive our ability to inspire, provoke and transform lives and illustrates behaviours that make Southbank Centre a warm and welcoming destination in which to work, perform or visit. The language that forms the Southbank Centre Way comes from the people who work here. We have captured their words to help everyone we work with understand us. We believe it is vital for our staff to display these qualities and behaviours for us to be the world class organisation we aspire to be and we will be looking for these attributes as part of our selection process for this role.
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We reserve the right to close the advert early if enough applications are received.