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Expired Vacancy
Executive Director

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   Location: London
   Salary: £47,000+
Experience: 5 years +
Deadline: 25 June 2018

Please note that this vacancy has expired and you can no longer apply.

Job Summary & Responsibilities
Following the unique and fabulous steerage of founder members Tim Webb (Artistic Director), Max Reinhardt (Musical Director) and Claire de Loon (Head of Design) over the last 36 years, Oily Cart is seeking new
leadership – an Artistic Director and Executive Director to lead the company confidently into the future.

Fun, joy, warmth, approachability and humour reflect the essence of Oily Cart with multidisciplinary, interactive, immersive, original work at its core. The company is particularly and centrally audience-led. Firmly established as constant deliverers of cutting edge, immersive practice, its remit is focused on work for very young children and young people with complex disabilities, in particular Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities (PMLD) and Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC) and more recently deafblind young people.

This original, highly-crafted and multidisciplinary work tours far and wide, nationally and internationally, including intimate one–to-one shows, participating in the Manchester International Festival or touring to New York. The new creative leadership team will need to continue to deliver the level of audience provision provided to date, enabling the company to grow and develop over the coming years.

The company is looking to appoint an Executive Director offering a clear vision for the future development of the company. This would be a full-time position. You may have worked in one or several areas of the arts but should have a strong track record in innovative art production. Passion and creativity should be at the fore.

This post will work alongside a highly experienced full-time Artistic Director (also being recruited) with equal status. Oily Cart is open to consider a range of models of leadership. Please feel free to suggest alternative ways to deliver the job descriptions. We are ultimately looking for creative leadership that will continue and develop the unique ethos of Oily Cart’s original and innovative productions and provide the strategic leadership and business skills to steer the company.

You will be a highly experienced arts manager and be respected in your field of work. You could come from any performing arts background e.g. immersive theatre, children’s theatre, visual arts, music, etc. You may have an interest in children’s work but not necessarily direct PMLD, ASC or deafblind experience. You will offer inspiring and visionary leadership, that support Oily Cart’s ethos and together with the Artistic Director, you will jointly be responsible for ensuring that the company achieves its artistic, audience and financial objectives.

As the Executive Director you would:
• offer strategic leadership externally (public) and internally (company)
• act as an articulate and persuasive advocate of the company nationally and internationally
• have a high-powered fundraising ability with experience in alternative and inventive ways of securing funding and corporate partners.
• oversee all marketing and public relations strategies.

You should have 5 or more years of senior management experience including some theatre management and be respected in your field of work. You should be a dynamic, outgoing person, confident in the public realm, known and acknowledged in the creative world and strategic and creative thinker with proven communication skills, a high-powered fundraising ability and a wealth of experience in alternative and inventive ways of securing funding and corporate partners.

Together, the Executive Team of Artistic Director and Executive Director should be in a position to open doors to new sponsorship opportunities, donations, fundraising schemes, collaborations and events, whilst achieving substantial and long-term support particularly through Trusts and Foundations.

You are a proven leader who supports the development of colleagues and encourages all voices to be heard in order to shape growth and sustainability of the company.

The current Artistic Director, Tim Webb has kindly agreed to retain a six-month advisory role in the company and is happy to be called upon to assist in areas of artistic work or mentoring required to allow the new creative leadership to establish itself. The Board will facilitate and monitor requests made to Tim. The retiring Musical Director and co-founder, Max Reinhardt, is also willing to advise or contribute to create any new musical work if required and free to do so.

A full job description can be found in the application pack below.


The closing date for applications is 5pm on Monday 25th June 2018. 

Please apply with your C.V.,  letter of application and Equal Opportunities Form. 

Your C.V. and letter of application should state what you would bring to the organisation and how you meet the person specification (no more than 3 sides of A4 please).

Please mark clearly at the top of your application that you are applying for the Executive Director post and get in touch if you need to submit your application in another format for accessibility reasons. If you are making an application as part of a partnership that will cover both roles (i.e. if you are applying for the ED post alongside someone applying for the AD post) then please state who the application will be from for the other role.

Please also complete and return the Equal Opportunities Form with your application, which is unattributed and will be separated from your application at point of receipt.

All applications will be dealt with in confidence. We will respond to each applicant on receipt of their application by email and with regard to the progress of your application.

Proposed interview dates for Executive Director:
Round 1: Thursday 2 August
Round 2: Thursday 9 August
Round 3: date TBC

Oily Cart ED pack Final
Equality Monitoring Form

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