Project Manager: Torbay’s Great Place Scheme

£37,306-£40,056  Fixed term contract until March 2020

We’re seeking an experienced Project Manager to work with the Executive Director, Torbay Culture Board to lead the implementation of Torbay’s Great Place Scheme programme between 2017 and 2020.


Background - Project Manager: Torbay’s Great Place Scheme

Torbay adopted a new ten year cultural strategy in 2015 ( and partners across the Bay are working with Torbay Culture Board to transform cultural provision and engagement in the region.

With support from Arts Council England and a recent grant of £1.2m from the new Great Place Scheme (, we are investing heavily in our cultural infrastructure and heritage assets; in skills development and in effective, ongoing audience development.  We’re improving the existing arts offer and seed-funding a broader cultural programme.  Helping residents feel connected to and proud of this place and visitors share our sense of what makes it unique. 

We want to put Torbay on the map as a great cultural centre, brilliantly communicated; to grow our reputation for innovative, community-driven arts and heritage in unusual places and spaces and to help our cultural venues to thrive, however they are governed.  We’re funding creative direction and new commissions of cultural work, creating great cultural product to amplify and celebrate our natural and built assets.  We are also working collaboratively with strategic partners to develop a sustainable creative commissioning programme, so that Torbay can exemplify the power of arts and heritage to contribute to social and economic outcomes.

We’re seeking an experienced Project Manager to work with the Executive Director of the Culture Board to lead the implementation of Torbay’s Great Place Scheme programme between 2017 and 2020, putting culture at the heart of local plans and communities and maximising social and economic impact.

Key tasks include:

  • Successful implementation of the three year Great Place Scheme programme, in line with agreed aims and objectives, measures of success, forward planning mechanisms and reporting protocols, leading to a sustainable, impactful networked arts, heritage and cultural offer
  • Partnership delivery of key initiatives around the Great Place Scheme programme, including an expanded cultural programme; townscape development projects; new creative commissioning test and learn projects; cultural tourism product development; marketing and audience development support; on-going artist-led creative consultation; a creative industries baseline study and support for new models of governance
  • A robust infrastructure for effective joined up evaluation of the programme and its impact
  • A robust framework for financial management and reporting of the programme.
  • You will have relevant experience of managing arts, heritage and cultural partnership projects and the ability to inspire trust amongst diverse stakeholders and communities of interest.  You’ll be able to work independently but also have effective inter-personal and team working skills and the ability to form and maintain partnerships.  You’ll be great at working in an innovative manner, thinking beyond boundaries and traditional ways of doing things.  You’ll have the ability to communicate complex ideas and issues to a variety of audiences/readerships.  You’ll also have highly effective IT skills and the ability to manage fiendishly complicated budgets and adhere to the highest standards of public accountability.

We’re looking for someone with in depth knowledge and understanding of contemporary cultural policy issues and the inter-relationship between culture and health/well-being, economic development, place-making, sustainability, education/lifelong learning, diversity, community engagement and the visitor economy.  Ideally, you’ll also have some knowledge of the social and economic issues facing Torbay, other coastal towns and the SW region and an understanding of the principles of networked arts, heritage and culture.

If this sounds like you, we’d love to hear from you.  For an informal discussion about the role, get in touch with Executive Director Kate Farmery via

As a social enterprise, TDA offers flexible working hours, 25 days holiday a year, family friendly policies and a pension scheme.  You’ll be based at TDA’s offices in Torquay, but be out and about meeting with project partners and stakeholders on a regular basis.

Application documents

Please email completed application forms to or post to her at TDA, 3rd Floor, Tor Hill House, Union St, Torquay TQ2 5QW

Closing date 2nd July at midday (12pm). Interviews are likely to be held on 13th July.