The Arts Development Company (TADC) was set up in July 2015 as an employee-led social
enterprise and is registered as a Community Interest Company (CIC). The company was set up by
members of Dorset County Council arts development team with help from the government’s
Mutuals Support Programme. It is the only dedicated arts service in the country to become a public
service mutual in this way and we are now running as an innovative social enterprise. TADC is an
exceptional company driven by a desire to find new and enterprising ways to support, develop and
promote arts, cultural and creative industries in order to help make the sector sustainable and
ensure that arts and culture thrive at the heart of community life in Dorset and beyond. There is also
a recognition of the growing importance of arts, cultural and creative industries to the economy and
their part in making Dorset, Bournemouth and Poole a more attractive place for creative businesses
to start up or relocate to.

Among the programmes of work which TADC currently manages are:

  • A substantial three-year programme of business development for arts, cultural and tourism
    organisations in Dorset, Bournemouth and Poole in partnership with the Dorset Growth
  • Linked to this programme, research and development focused on innovative approaches to
    social investment that could support for arts and cultural activity in new ways.
  • Delivery of a Short Breaks programme providing creative sessions for SEN children.
  • Two projects working with young people not in education to open-up opportunities for
    employment and training.
  • Working with the Dorset AONB to deliver Stepping into Nature activities for those with
  • The management and development of the county’s key collaborative group – Dorset Arts
    Together (DAT) – and the associated ‘outcome hubs’ which deliver projects across Children
    & Young People, Arts & Environment, Access & Participation, Economy and Health &

The current CEO is stepping down from the post and the company is now seeking to appoint a new
chief executive. The appointee will:

  • Lead the company into a new phase of business development.
  • Continue to build on the reputation of the company as an innovative force for change in the
    arts and cultural sector.
  • Work with key partners and stakeholders to ensure that arts and culture continue to play a
    central role in Dorset communities, and that the company continues to operate in a strategic
    role in relation to this goal.
  • Represent the company locally, regionally and nationally with funders and other prospective
    partners, creating business value and impact through these partnerships.
  • Continue to oversee and develop the culture and running of the company as an employeeled
    entity committed to ideas of collaborative shared management and driven social
  • Post induction and probation period, take a director seat on the board and work closely with
    other directors to further develop and extend the shape and functioning of the board and
    overall governance of the organisation.
  • Search out and implement new business and trading opportunities to reduce the
    dependency of the company on public funding.
  • Oversee the successful operation and further development of all our key business functions
    (e.g. communications and marketing, finance, governance, social impact, HR) ensuring
    continuous quality improvement in these areas.

Key Attributes

  • Confidence and commitment to delivering exceptional projects and programmes and highquality
    customer service.
  • Team management and a collaborative ethos to ensure smooth and effective running of the
    business and its staff team.
  • Negotiation skills, creativity and the ability to create social and financial value by working
    with others.
  • A commitment to developing ideas and responding positively to other creative team
  • Great communicator and comfortable using a range of tools and channels for this purpose.
  • Building and maintaining existing strong relationships and business with organisations and
  • Efficiency and organisational ability to ensure that all internal and external obligations are
    met, including report writing and reporting back to boards and stakeholders.
  • Resourceful and strategic approach to project and business management; seeking
    opportunities and horizon scanning to create value and ensure the best environment for the
    organisation to flourish.
  • Continue to build a socially enterprising culture in the organisation that creates social impact
    and financial value.
  • Ability to run and develop effective and efficient businesses and organisations from an
    operational perspective.

Experience, Knowledge and Skills

  • Extensive experience of managing business-based activity with a strong connection to
    creative and cultural industries.
  • Experience of the arts and cultural sector and business development – particularly in any of
    the following areas: cultural tourism, mentoring and leadership development, social
    investment and business planning.
  • Strong project management skills and previous experience of co-devising and leading large
    scale, multi partner projects.
  • Excellent financial and budget management skills including experience of cash-flow and
    forecasting and financial reporting, as well as the business systems needed to underpin
    successful and effective organisations.
  • Ability to work under pressure and to tight deadlines.
  • Stakeholder management, advocacy skills and confidence in dealing with individuals at all
    levels in order to produce social impact and positive financial results.
  • Enjoys being part of a team as well as the ability to work alone and take responsibility.
  • Experience of setting and monitoring key performance indicators, reporting effectively to
    stakeholders and supervising/overseeing external consultants or partners.

Personal qualities

  • Hard-working, flexible and comfortable working in a demanding, complex and fluid
  • Confidence in suggesting new ideas and ways of working.
  • Reliability with an ability to adapt to developing circumstances.
  • Hands-on approach and a willingness to help other members of the team when required.
  • A commitment to equitable team structures, high quality performance and good
  • A commitment to quality, service, value and impact.


  • Knowledge of Dorset’s cultural and creative sector (including publicly funded organisations,
    SMEs and freelancing) and an understanding of the current economic climate and challenges
    facing the creative sector.
  • Previous experience working in partnership with some of the following partners – HEIs, LEPs,
    local authorities, festivals and digital/new media businesses.

£40,000 per annum, the role is full-time with flexibility required to work some evenings and
weekends. TADC operates a flexible working policy which enables employees to take reasonable
time off in lieu. Some travel across the county and beyond will be required. The company is a
member of the NEST pension scheme.
The CEO will be accountable to the board of trustees and will manage the company in line with the
attached organogram.

Please send an up-to-date CV and a covering letter (no more than two sides of A4) explaining why
you would be suited to the post. In your letter, you should pay particular attention to the key
required skills of the role and explain how your experience to date addresses these.
The Arts Development Company is committed to equal opportunities both in the provision of
services and as an employer. It is our policy that no job applicant receives less favourable treatment
on the grounds of ethnic or national origin, marital status, gender, sexual orientation, religion or
belief, socio-economic background, disability, age, pregnancy or spent convictions.

Your application should be emailed to
[email protected] 
Please mark your application CEO application in the subject box.
Applications must be received by 0900 on the 8th January 2018
Applications received after this time will not be read.
The provisional interview date is 19th January 2018. Interviews will be held in Dorchester.
If you have any queries or require further information about this job specification please ring
Mike Hoskin on 01305 224937
Or email [email protected]