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Job Opportunity: Director (Maternity Cover)

Posted: 15 December 2022

We are looking for a Director (maternity cover) to lead NewBridge over 9 months, providing inspiring and nurturing leadership to our amazing staff team, and maintaining our ongoing projects, operations, business plan and organisational values. They will continue to ensure the organisation supports, collaborates with, and remains responsive to artists, communities, and its locality in Shieldfield.

Salary: £30,000

Hours: This role could be 4 or 5 days a week depending on preference (salary for 4 days would be pro rata)

Contract: 9 months

Deadline: Monday 23 January, 12pm

Interview Date: Thursday 2 or Friday 3 February. Second interview Friday 10 February

The NewBridge Project is looking to appoint a dynamic Director (maternity cover) to lead the organisation whilst our current Director is on maternity leave.

Over this period, the Director (maternity cover) will lead the organisation, providing inspiring and nurturing leadership to our amazing staff team, will oversee our ongoing projects and operations, and will continue to ensure the organisation supports, collaborates with, and remains responsive to artists, communities, and its locality in Shieldfield.

The role is multi-faceted and will include overseeing and maintaining our ongoing programme, operations, business plan and organisational values, and will include some strategic development, fundraising, creative input, financial oversight, facilities management, and audience engagement.

NewBridge provides a wide breadth and diversity of programme and provision – from studios and facilities, to artist development, exhibitions, workshops and deep social and community engagement. We have always and continue to ensure that the artists and communities we serve are at the heart of planning across our programme and organisational development. We do this through listening and learning – the Director (maternity cover) will be committed to this approach, working with our team to ensure the activities we produce both respond to and are produced in collaboration with these artists and communities. Please see the job pack to learn more about the role and NewBridge’s work.

We are looking for someone passionate and inspired by NewBridge’s work and values, who will bring enthusiasm and determination to the role. The role is well suited to someone reliable, organised and self-motived, who works well both independently and as part of a team. You will have a unique understanding of working with and supporting artists and local communities, and be committed to equality, diversity and inclusion. You’ll be a strategic thinker and problem solver; and someone willing to get stuck in with all that comes with running an artist-led organisation.

Please download the job pack for full details about the role

Diversity Monitoring

We encourage applicants to complete our Equal Opportunities Form which helps us monitor the diversity of our organisation and our work. Your responses will be treated with full confidentiality, if there are any questions you would rather not answer, please just tick ‘prefer not to say’ or skip to the next question.

How to Apply

The deadline for applications is Monday 23 January, 12pm

All applications must be sent to with the subject heading Director (maternity cover) application

We have a number of different ways to apply for this role. You can do this through:

  • A single PDF document containing the information outlined below
  • A video or audio file containing the information outlined below
  • A mixture of written and video or audio application (e.g. an audio application but written Equal Opportunities Form)

If you require any adjustments to the recruitment process, please contact us directly so we can discuss how to support you in your application.

Please read this job pack (download above) carefully before applying – the job description and skills outlined should help you to make a strong application.

Selection process

Applications will be assessed by at least 3 members the NewBridge team and board. We use a matrix based assessment system and use the answers given in your statement for initial shortlisting. Please note we do not use CVs as part of the initial shortlisting process, so please ensure any information you need us to see is included in your statement.

Equal opportunities monitoring information may be taken into account at final shortlisting stage to help us achieve our diversity and inclusion goals, this is part of our commitment to taking positive action to achieve equality of opportunity throughout our recruitment process.


Interviews will be held on Thursday 2 or Friday 3 February. Please indicate in your application if you cannot make either of these dates.

This will include a panel interview with NewBridge staff and trustees, and an informal building tour and cup of tea with other team members.

It is likely that we will hold a follow up interview so that we can ask any further questions. This will be on 10 February.

If you are shortlisted for interview, we will contact you via email, giving full details of the time, date and who you will be meeting at interview.

We will also provide you with the questions you will be asked in advance, though we may ask some follow up questions during the interview.

Getting in touch

If you’re thinking of applying for the role but still have some questions, we are holding an Online OPEN DAY on Thursday 12 January, where you can sign up to have a chat with Rebecca (Director) and Ilana (Chair of Board of Trustees) about the role. Please sign up for a slot HERE.

Once your appointment is confirmed we will email you a zoom link, or we will request a phone number to reach you by telephone if you’d prefer.

We are also happy to meet in person if you prefer, or to arrange a time on another day if the 12 January doesn’t work for you.

We can also answer written questions via email, please send your query to with the subject heading Director (maternity cover) Query. Please don’t leave it too late with any questions though, so we can make sure we have time to get back to you.