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Chief Operating Officer | new adventures


new adventures is an iconic and groundbreaking British dance theater company, founded by renowned choreographer Matthew Bourne, famous for telling stories with a unique theatrical twist. Since 1987, New Adventures has changed the popularity of dance in Britain, creating work that has altered public perceptions of what is possible when it comes to telling stories without words.

New Adventures was established as a charity in 2008 and joined Arts Council England’s national portfolio in 2015. The company tours nationally and internationally, our award-winning repertoire inspiring and thrilling millions of people in the world. We are passionate about diversifying the dance landscape and investing in the future of dance by providing inclusive projects for people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds, as well as development opportunities for emerging artists. We offer a multitude of transformative programs throughout the year.

We are looking for a Chief Operating Officer (COO) who will be responsible for the human resources, financial and operational sustainability and efficiency of New Adventures, both the charity and its subsidiaries. They will ensure that all regulatory and statutory requirements are met and that the necessary operational systems are in place across all areas of the business to deliver the highest possible standards.

In this newly created role, the COO will have primary responsibility for staff development and fostering an engaged and positive work culture, ensuring best practices and the highest possible standards across all areas of business.

The ideal candidate will have proven experience of working in a leadership or senior management role in the cultural or charitable sector. They will have extensive general management experience across a range of business functions, as well as experience in creative problem solving and innovative thinking, with experience in identifying and converting opportunities for an organization, while by robustly managing risks. Excellent business and financial acumen, as well as exceptional leadership, interpersonal and communication skills, are all essential for this role.

We encourage and welcome candidates from different backgrounds with different experiences, skills and histories to apply, especially people who are underrepresented in the cultural sector. We are happy to discuss solutions that allow people to balance their family responsibilities with their professional life, for example through job sharing or flexible working.

For more information please download the recruitment pack at new-adventures.net/opportunities or aeminternational.co.uk/chief-operating-officer-new-adventures/

For an informal and confidential conversation about the position, please contact our recruitment consultant Heather Newill, Director of AEM International, on + 44 (0) 1728 660026.

Deadline for applications: Friday, February 18, 2022, 5 p.m.