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Talent Development Manager - Maternity Cover

Job Title                                 Talent Development Manager

Reports to                             Head of Learning and Talent Development

Line Manages                       Talent Development Coordinator


Salary                                   £28,000

Hours                                    Full time



The Crafts Council is the national agency for contemporary craft, responsible for advancing craft in the UK. We harness the power of craft to inspire new audiences, champion new makers and support new making. We are committed to supporting artists and enterprises to flourish creatively and commercially.

Our professional and business development initiatives support makers at every career stage to achieve artistic and professional excellence. Our bite-size workshops and 1:1 advice surgeries are delivered across the country and our Hothouse is the Crafts Council’s national bespoke programme for talented craft business start-ups focussed on business and artistic excellence. We are also developing a Fellowship programme to support established makers to make bold steps with their practice.

Managed by the Head of Learning and Talent Development, the role works closely with the Talent Development Coordinator, one other Talent Development Manager, the Learning Manager and the Learning Coordinator, as well as colleagues in other teams across the organisation, including communications, exhibitions, development and enterprise. The Talent Development Manager also works closely with delivery partners, trainers, mentors and others across the country to ensure high quality delivery of the programme.

This maternity cover is a standalone role based in Newcastle at our first ‘regional’ work space allowing us to broaden our reach and deliver our programmes across the north and in Scotland. The job entails frequent travel, including overnight stays and monthly trips to the London office.

We would welcome applications from candidates either looking for a Fixed Term Contract or on a Freelance basis. 



  • Manage effective, high-quality delivery of Crafts Council talent development initiatives including workshops, 1:1 advice surgeries and Hothouse.
  • Build productive collaborative relationships with cultural, business and education partners.
  • Engage with Crafts Council organisational and Learning & Talent Development team activities remotely and in monthly visits to London main office.



Job Description & Person Specification

Please send a copy of your CV and Covering letter to hr@craftscouncil.org.uk. Applications need to be received by midday on 8th January 2018. Successful candidates will need to be available for interview in Newcastle on 18th January 2018 with a start date in early March 2018. 

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