JOB JOB JOB! – Development Manager

Come and join the NewBridge team – we are looking for a Development Manager…..

TITLE: Development Manager
SALARY: £23,000 pro rata (2 days per week)
CONTRACT: 12months, February/March 2016-February/March 2017 (with potential to be extended)
OFFICE HOURS: 10am-6pm (expected to work some evenings and weekends)

DEADLINE: Thursday 21st January 2016, 6pm

The NewBridge Project is looking for a Development Manager to help us realise our ambitious vision and secure the future of our organisation. We are seeking a highly motivated individual to play a key role in our organisation’s development, feeding into and delivering a new business plan while creating opportunities for The NewBridge Project to grow and expand.

The NewBridge Project, established in 2010, occupies a 29,000 sq.ft. former office block and three shop units in Newcastle city centre. It is home to NewBridge Studios, which houses over 80 artists, NewBridge Books – an artist bookshop –  and NewBridge Project Space, as well as other creative organisations; Makerspace, Alphabetti Theatre and Wunderbar.

The NewBridge Project has occupied its current building for over 5 years on a ‘meanwhile’ arrangement that includes discretionary business rate relief and peppercorn rent while the site awaits redevelopment. This opportunity has enabled the establishment of The NewBridge Project, which has become a core part of the provision for artistic development within Newcastle and the North East.

The premises are within the East Pilgrim Street site – part of the NewcastleGateshead Accelerated Development Zone (more info here and here). The timeframe and plan for the redevelopment of the site is still unknown, but we are aware that we need to be proactive in developing an exit strategy and a next-steps plan that secures our future beyond this building.

The Development Manager will be vital in working with us to decide what comes next and putting systems and action plans in place to ensure this is achieved. S/he will work alongside the small team of FT/PT staff, studio members and stakeholders to develop a strategy to safeguard The NewBridge Project and plan for future transitions. This will include the planned establishment of a charitable trust.

Alongside this work, we are piloting a new, dedicated artist development programme, Practice makes Practice. We anticipate that all staff will feed into this programme (where relevant) by providing mentoring and advice sessions for artists and that the Development Manager will work with the team to provide management support.

This is an exciting opportunity for a motivated individual to join our vibrant, creative and inclusive community of practitioners.


Key tasks:
− Develop and implement an ambitious and creative organisational development strategy and business plan for The NewBridge Project, based on our ethos and core principles
− Manage and develop key strategic partnerships and relationships with stakeholders, partners, developers, property management companies, local authorities and funding bodies to support our future aims
− Formulate an exit strategy for our current premises and explore routes for The NewBridge Project to expand beyond its current site
− Manage the formation of a charitable trust and a board of trustees for The NewBridge Project
− Support fundraising and alternative funding initiatives/models that will feed into our development strategy and business plan

These tasks will include:
− Playing an active role in the planning and visioning of The NewBridge Project, allowing us to realise our ambitions for the future
− Consultation with our studio members and stakeholders to inform our future direction
− Representing and advocating for The NewBridge Project – e.g. giving talks/presentations at events
− Cultivating sustainable networks
− Exploring temporary, semi-permanent and permanent models and solutions for new/additional premises
− Working holistically, ensuring that plans are integrated into all aspects and levels of The NewBridge Project’s activity
− Working on a short-term, immediate basis where necessary while imagining and realising a long-term strategy
− Ensuring our plans are embedded into the North East’s cultural landscape/agenda
− Creating new opportunities for The NewBridge project to develop and grow
− Providing advice/mentoring support to studio members based on relevant experience and knowledge


− Interest in the arts, cultural and creative industries
− Relevant experience of organisational development
− Knowledge and understanding of the North East cultural landscape and where The NewBridge Project fits within it
− Understanding of various business/financial models across commercial and non-commercial sectors
− Ability to think and work on a strategic level
− Relevant fundraising experience from a range of public/private funding bodies
− Excellent analytical skills, capacity for creative thinking and problem solving
− Excellent organizational skills with ability to manage time effectively and work under pressure
− Self-motivated, driven and willing to work as part of a small team
− Excellent communicator (both written and verbal) with ability to communicate ideas to various audiences and cross-sectors

− Knowledge and understanding of the political, social and economic landscape of Newcastle upon Tyne and the North East region
− Experience of working with local authorities, knowledge of planning/redevelopment process
− Knowledge of Charity Commission regulations
− Experience of working within an arts organisation/with artists
− Experience of managing capital projects
− Strong networks in the arts/commercial sector
− An interest in contributing beyond areas of specialist responsibility

About The NewBridge Project

The NewBridge Project is an artist-led community comprising of over 80 artist studios, an exhibition space, a bookshop and a social hub, based in a 29,000sq ft former office block in Newcastle city centre. The NewBridge Project supports artists to investigate and challenge the boundaries of contemporary art practice.

The NewBridge Project was established in 2010 and for over 5 years has provided exchange and support in an engaged and discursive community of artists. The shared workspace is a critical and collaborative environment that allows artists to discuss and develop new ideas and projects.

Our programme of exhibitions, talks, screenings, performances and events is held in our street level gallery space – NewBridge Project Space. It provides artists with an unusual and highly visible location to showcase work while creating public interest in an otherwise unused property. NewBridge Project Space supports the production and dissemination of new multidisciplinary art practice, working closely with artists through the development of new ideas. The programme is curated in collaboration with a rolling committee of studio members and focuses on critique, creative exchange and experimentation.

NewBridge Books is a shop and social space that is unique to the region, providing a platform for artist’s books, zines and art writing from independent publishers and artists who self-publish. With a dynamic programme of discussion groups, talks, screenings and socials, NewBridge Books provides a stimulating context in which to exchange ideas.

Practice makes Practice, our artist development programme, is a new initiative that builds upon our desire to help, support and inform artists. It will launch in 2016 and aims to help bridge the gap between art school and studio practice, studio practice and the gallery and beyond.

The NewBridge Project has a full time Director, who oversees creative programming, fundraising, strategic development and management of the artist studios. It also has two part time members of staff: a Studio & Programme Coordinator, who supports to delivery of the creative programme, day-to-day running of the artist studios and financial administration, and a Bookshop Producer, responsible for the creative programming and management of NewBridge Books. This new role of Development Manager will involve working closely with the Director.

The NewBridge Project is an ambitious organisation and relies on the dedication of a team of volunteers as well as support from studio members and associates.


This is a 12 months contract (from February/March 2016 to February/March 2017) with potential to be extended, start date is negotiable.

The contract is for 2 days per week during this period, days are flexible and negotiable.

A proportion of the role can be worked remotely but you will also be required to work from The NewBridge Project office on a regular basis.

The fee is equivalent to £23,000 pro rata per annum. This role has been designed as a PAYE contract, but we are open to discussions about freelance options.


Please send a covering letter (maximum 2 sides of A4) outlining your interest in the position and your relevant experience with an accompanying CV to

The deadline for applications is Thursday 21st January 2016, 6pm.

Interviews will be held on Thursday 28th January 2016.

If you have any queries about the role please contact Charlotte Gregory on or +44 (0)191 232 8975.

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