Job Opportunity: Programme Manager

The Architecture Centre is seeking a creative and experienced Programme Manager to join our exceptional team.

You will be the lead producer on the hugely successful Bristol Open Doors festival and support the development of our world class annual programme.

Be part of our exciting new vision for the future.

The Application Pack can be downloaded to the righthandside, or see the full job description below.

Deadline for applications: 9 am on Mon 14th January 2019


Job Title: Programme Manager
Employment Basis: 30 hours per week (0.8 FTE)
Salary: £28,000 pro rata
Employer: The Architecture Centre
Location of Post: The Architecture Centre, 16 Narrow Quay, Bristol, BS1 4QA
Reporting to: Director
Probationary Period: 3 months
Period: 2 Years (fixed term, with an ambition to extend, subject to funding)
Holiday: 25 days pro rata, excluding bank holidays

All offers of employment are subject to the receipt of satisfactory references.


We are seeking an exceptional individual to develop our public programme and act as lead producer on the hugely popular Bristol Open Doors. The Architecture Centre is undergoing an exciting period of transformation and you will play a large part in the next stage of our evolution.


Producer Public Programme including Bristol Open Doors

  • Plan, co-ordinate and deliver an inspiring and sustainable Bristol Open Doors programme with a range of partners including local venues, education partners and the Built Environment Sector. Note that we have recently been successful in a ‘Homes for Heroes’ bid to HLF to include a project around the history and future of council housing locally for September 2019.
  • Support the planning and delivery of an inspirational world-class programme across the city
  • Lead on co-ordination of the Architecture Prize with the RWA
  • Work with the Director, Urban Design and Education leads on programme design internally, and build programming relationships across the region and nationally/internationally
  • Ensure all programme is carried out successfully and safely
  • Be prepared to chair and host public events where required


Income generation is part of all roles at The Architecture Centre. Developing a financially sustainable programme is a key part of this role. Specifically, the successful candidate will:

  • Identify funding and partnership opportunities and lead on grant applications to support the programme.
  • Build successful partnerships with sponsors for Bristol Open Doors and our high-profile events.
  • Work with the Marketing and Development Manager to identify audiences and income-generating opportunities for events.
  • Work closely with the Marketing and Development Manager to ensure ticketing and donation targets are met.
  • Build relationships with funders and evaluate and report successfully on our programmes to funders and the board.


  • Recruitment and management of volunteers (including training), interns and production support as required.
  • Management of venue and stakeholder relationships for Bristol Open Doors and co-ordination of the wider Architecture Centre programme advisory group.
  • Budget management for Bristol Open Doors and elements of year-round programme.
  • Successful evaluation and reporting to multiple funders and the charity commission against programme areas.

Communications & Advocacy

A good understanding of communications and modern audience development is required for the role. Specifically, the successful candidate is expected to:

  • Support the Marketing and Development Manager by contributing copy, creative ideas and images to the programme marketing.
  • Present and advocate on behalf of the Architecture Centre to external stakeholders.


  • Be an informed, collaborative and enthusiastic member of the organisation.
  • Attend relevant programme and networking events nationally and across the city.
  • Take an active interest in the Built Environment and new technologies.
  • Undertake any other duties as deemed reasonable, as requested by the Director to support the success of the organisation.
  • Occasional evening and weekend work required (TOIL system).



  • At least 3 years’ experience of coordinating complex multi-stakeholder projects.
  • Experience of raising income from public funders, trusts, foundations and sponsors.
  • Experience of managing budgets over £50K.
  • Strong interest and enthusiasm for heritage, culture and the built environment.
  • Excellent organisational skills and strong project management.
  • Experience of managing volunteers and contractors/freelance staff.
  • Experience of organising successful festivals, events and marketing.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills including a high standard of written English and attention to detail.
  • Understanding of a strong story and how to drive audience development in a digital world.
  • Evidence of successfully developing audiences to deliver financial growth.
  • Excellent digital skills and experience, including using social media channels and use of website content management systems.
  • Practical experience of procedures for ensuring public safety.
  • Experience of evaluation and reporting on successful grants.
  • Educated to degree level or equivalent.
  • Ability to work effectively and calmly under pressure.
  • Excellent people skills and the ability to work with people from a range of different backgrounds.
  • Commitment to continuing own personal development & keeping up-to-date with legislation & best practice.

It is essential that the post holder is free during and in the immediate lead up to Bristol Open Doors: 13 – 15 September 2019


  • Experience of working or volunteering on an HLF-funded project.
  • Experience of organising training and development activities.
  • Experience of commissioning artists.
  • Understanding of the needs of different audiences within the culture and heritage sector.
  • Experience of commissioning digital work (short videos etc).


Please provide us with a current CV and a letter of application outlining your interest in and suitability for the role. Please refer specifically to the Responsibilities and Person Specification, ensuring your letter is no longer than three pages. Address your letter to the Director.

EMAIL applications to
DEADLINE: All applications must be received by 9 am on Mon 14 January.
START DATE: February 2019, exact start date to be negotiated with the successful candidate.
INTERVIEWS: Anticipated Interview Date: Mon 21 January

The Architecture Centre is an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of their race, sex, disability, religion/belief, sexual orientation or age.