Community Partnerships Manager

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Job Description

We are looking for a Community Partnerships Manager to join our small and friendly Communities & Neighbourhoods team on a maternity cover contract, initially for 7months until end of March 2022, but with the likelihood of extending this until Sept 2022.

The role will be working on our Community Partnerships Programme. This programme is funded by Arts Council England and focuses on nurturing collaborative relationships between the Barbican and community organisations who work with people who are often excluded or ignored by dominant culture due to financial, health or social barriers.

You will lead the programme, managing current partnerships with Headway East London, Accumulate, Key Changes, Age UK, and May Projects as well as nurturing strong relationships and open communications with a wide range of locally based charities and community organisations.

You will play an essential convening role both within and beyond the organisation. Bringing together colleagues, peers, communities, and neighbours with different lived, learnt and practiced experience to share, learn and collaborate together.

We are looking for someone who is excited by the possibilities and opportunities of collaborating with partners and inspired by the deep insight, skill, expertise, and creativity that exists within our diverse local communities.

  • You care about social impact and the civic role of arts and culture.
  • You love working with people, and thrive on personable, inspiring exchanges.
  • You are a generous collaborator, a good listener and enjoy working with others to make interesting things happen.
  • You believe deeply that everyone’s contribution matters, and that we should invest in, nurture, celebrate, encourage and support everyone to make and share their cultures and creativity in a breadth of ways.
  • You are committed to racial, social and economic justice and to developing your learning in this space.
  • You feel comfortable tackling prejudice and stereotypes in order to cultivate deeper understanding and connection between people.
  • You are happy holding conversations with anyone, making people feel confident they are being listened to and that their words matter.
  • You can bring new skills, insights, and perspectives to our team and/or have lived experience that allows us to examine our work from new perspectives.
  • You are comfortable with and excited by change.
  • You are able to reflect on how projects and activities have gone, gather and synthesis viewpoints and fold that learning into working out what happens next

More about the team

We are currently working remotely, and once the Centre reopens, we are intending to have a blended model of part working in the office and part remotely. If you need flexibility in how you work, we will do our best to accommodate it.

We offer a wide range of staff benefits including a great pension scheme, season ticket, cycle to work scheme, free access to museums and galleries, discounts on retail, healthcare and on-site cafes and restaurants. You will have access to Employee Assistance Programme, trained Mental Health First aiders and City of London staff networks. We worked hard over the last year to make our office and public spaces Covid-safe and have rigorous safety measures and practices in place to support it.

As a team and an organisation, we are committed to Equal Opportunities, and would welcome applications from all sections of the community, particularly those currently underrepresented in the arts. We are also a member of Disability Confident scheme, and you will have an opportunity to indicate if you would like to be considered through this scheme in the application process.

Application process and interviews:

  • Deadline for applications is Midday on Tues 3rd Aug 2021
  • Interviews will be held on Thurs 12th and Fri 13th Aug via zoom

All interview questions will be shared with candidates in advance of the interviews.

If you have any questions about the role, our team, the wider organisation or the application process you can book at 15min chat with one of the team. You might want to find out more about the kind of work we do, how we’re responding to Covid-19 or just ask a quick practical question about the application process.

Please note that we are unable to accept late applications. As we are part of the City of London, you will need to visit City of London recruitment pages to complete your application online on the City of London at

Alternatively, please contact 020 7332 3978 (24hr answerphone) quoting reference number BC890. A minicom service for the hearing impaired is available on 020 7332 3732.

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