Major Cultural Post for Olympics Now Open

The London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG) is seeking a pre-eminent cultural leader to drive the successful implementation of the Cultural Olympiad. This ambitious four year cultural programme will mirror and enhance the sporting excellence and excitement of the London 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games.

The successful candidate will report to the Director of Culture, Ceremonies and Education, and work from Canary Wharf, London E14.  Salary will be "competitive".

The Cultural Olympiad will have three main components;

1. Mandatory Ceremonies (e.g. Opening/Closing Ceremony, Torch Relay etc).
2. Specific Major Projects outlined in the bid and the host city contract.
3. The broader vision for an accessible cultural programme involving a raft of 'Inspire' projects all around the UK and moments of mass participation and celebration on the model of the recent 'Open Weekend'.

The Head of Culture will be responsible for the shaping and implementation of the Cultural Olympiad over the next three and a half years, with the exception of the mandatory Ceremonies. The post holder will, therefore, have responsibility for the Major Projects and UK-wide cultural programme.

Key responsibilities will include:

  • To lead and manage the work of the London 2012 Culture Team and offer creative direction to the UK-wide network of 2012 Regional Creative Programmers.
  • To nurture and manage a network of partnerships (local, regional and national – public and private) with whom to implement and deliver the cultural Olympiad.
  • To ensure that the Olympiad is curated with flair and creativity in such a way that, alongside its diversity, it has unique and consistent personality, focus and impact to both mass popular audiences and specialist groups.
  • To maintain and enhance London’s and the UK’s reputation for cultural excellence and innovation around the world through the creation of a number of global standard events.
  • To refine and prioritise the ‘Major Projects’ according to impact, focus and deliverability.
  • To build a range of funding packages through external partners (public and private sectors) to deliver the various projects, festivals and events.
  • To work with London 2012 brand and marketing teams to implement a flexible branding framework which underpins the delivery of the programme.
  • To liaise closely with other London 2012 Organising Committee departments to ensure that the Cultural Olympiad is appropriately integrated with the rest of the London 2012 Games.
  • To ensure that key stakeholders (particularly, but not exclusively, the GLA, DCMS and Arts Councils, MLA, UKFC, BBC) are fully engaged with and supportive of the Olympiad.
  • To work with tourism and promotional bodies such as Visit London, Visit Britain and others to market the Cultural Olympiad to UK and global audiences.
  • To ensure that the Cultural Olympiad has outstanding impact between 2008 and 2012 but that it is also created in such a way as to deliver lasting value and enduring legacy.
  • To manage the internal London 2012 Organising Committee budgets allocated for the Cultural Olympiad (acknowledging that most of the funding will be externally sourced).
  • To work with the London 2012 Organising Committee Commercial Department, partners and sponsors to enhance the cultural programme with their support and involvement.

Closing date: Wednesday 21 January

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