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Executive Director & Deputy CEO

Contract: Permanent, full time

Salary: £45-50K

Location: Newcastle upon Tyne

Dance City is recruiting for an Executive Director & Deputy CEO. The Executive Director reports directly to the Artistic Director & CEO and is accountable to him and to the Board of Directors.

The key responsibilities of the Executive Director are in the areas of facilities & operations, IT, finance, HR, governance & compliance.

We are looking for a dynamic person – someone who balances the stringent requirements of being a charity while pushing the boundaries of what is possible. A person who appreciates that strong administration lays the foundation for great art to thrive. You will believe that entrepreneurialism and a cohesive team culture can help many more people to experience the joy of dance. You are someone who wishes to learn more from the people around them and the communities we serve.


Independent consultant Gregory Nash is supporting us with our search for an Executive Director and Deputy CEO. If, in the first instance, you would like to have a confidential conversation with him about the opportunity please get in; and he will be pleased to set up a time with you. If mutually agreeable, Gregory will then arrange a follow-on conversation with our Artistic Director and CEO Anand Bhatt.

To apply please send your CV and a covering letter – on no more than two sides of A4 – outlining the skills, experience and qualities you feel you can bring to the role and telling us why you would like to become our Executive Director and Deputy CEO at this time.

The application pack is available to download below, which contains the full job description and person specification. The most recent Annual Review is also available to download below, which give an overview of Dance City’s activities during the first year of the pandemic (2020-21).

Applications should be sent to no later than 17:00 on Friday 24 June 2022  

If you require this information in a different format, or would rather submit a video or audio file application, please let Gregory Nash know and we can enable this to happen.

Interviews for the role will take place on Monday 4 July at Dance City, Newcastle.

Dance City actively encourages applications from those with less visibility in the arts. We specifically welcome applications from women, disabled people and those from Black, Asian, ethnically diverse, LGBTQ+ and international backgrounds with the right to work in the UK.

Executive Director Application Pack

Executive Director Application Pack (word version)

Dance City Annual Review 2020-21 low res

Board Members

The Board of Dance City is looking to appoint new Board Members to provide inspirational leadership and strategic vision to take the charitable organisation onto its next stage of development. New Board Members will help us to ensure a sustainable business model that successfully serves our audiences, communities and stakeholders for decades to come.

Dance City is a charity and its main objective is that of promoting, maintaining, improving and educating by the encouragement of the arts. We primarily focus on dance, but touch on drama and music and many other artforms too.

These are voluntary roles and no financial remuneration is offered to any board member beyond reasonable travel expenses.

Time Commitment:

Minimum of four board meetings per year (usually late afternoon in Newcastle or on Zoom).

Annual Board Away Day.

Occasional individual meetings with Executive team or Chair.

Sub-committee meetings as required (at least quarterly)

Attendance at least two Dance City events per year.

The overall time commitment is estimated at 1-2 days per quarter.

Application process:

You are invited to apply by sending your CV together with a description of what you feel you can contribute, including areas of specialism you can bring to the Board and examples of how you meet the requirements of the role.

Your application can be in written, video or sound recording format. Please also include details of any business or other interests which might give rise to conflicts of interest, and how you would address this should your application be successful, plus any other information, including other board or advisory roles, that you think will help the panel.

We are recruiting Board Members on an ongoing basis throughout 2022.

If you have any access requirements or need support with the application process, please contact Philippa McArdle at

We actively encourage applications from who self-identify as black, Asian, ethnically diverse, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, neurodiverse, disabled. We also welcome applications from people under 30 years of age.

Please read carefully the Board Recruitment Pack and complete the Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form and return this with your application to

View the latest Annual Review here – Annual Review 2020-21

Dance City Board Recruitment Pack

Dance City Board Recruitment Easy Read 

Dance City Equal Opportunities Form