Programming and Community Engagement Manager, Southampton City Council


Southampton is preparing a bid to become the UK City of Culture in 2025.

The team are now seeking an experienced Programming & Community Engagement Manager to work with the Bid Director, stakeholders and wider communities within the city to develop an inclusive and impactful programme for the journey to 2025 and for the year itself. Working with the City’s diverse communities you will undertake proactive community engagement shaped by our consultation framework and encompassing a range of activities, to ensure the bid and programme reflects the needs and ambitions of the City’s residents.

You will be able to demonstrate experience of developing cultural programmes or projects across a range of different artforms. The ability to demonstrate experience of engaging inclusively with communities and stakeholders, together with devising and producing a wide range of cultural activities is essential. You will be able to demonstrate strong written and verbal communication skills and have a flexible approach across a wide range of cultural partners. The ability to work at pace and balance multiple priorities simultaneously is required.

Southampton is a diverse global city, committed to culture centrally driving change and growth for its communities and residents. This is an exciting moment to join the Bid team working with city, regional, national and international partners. Working flexible hours including some evening and weekend work as required, recovered through time off in lieu or flexitime.

If you feel you have the necessary background, experience and skills to undertake this role we would like to hear from you.

This vacancy may close early if sufficient applications are received, therefore please apply as soon as you can.

For further information and details regarding the position please contact Tom Tyler, Project Manager,, 02380 832695.

Additional information:

  • Please note the salary quoted is based on full time hours (37 hours). 
  • The Working Hours for this role are 37 hours per week.
  • This post is fixed term until 31st March 2022.
  • It is usual for successful candidates to start at the bottom of the pay grade.

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