London Bridge

Medi-Culture District

Programme Manager

Job Description

Reports to – Chief Executive, Team London Bridge

Part time role – 2 days a week, preferable Monday and Tuesday, fixed-term contract to April 2021

Based in London Bridge, SE1

Vision of the Medi-Culture District:

To become one of the world’s most significant Medi-Culture Districts that celebrates its 900 year-long heritage of life-changing work.

The cultural and medical organisations located in London Bridge have a strong narrative synergy around the themes of science, healthcare and medicine. Their current presence in the area is rooted in the historical significance of London Bridge as a hub for medical and healthcare developments. When brought together, they present a varied palette of cultural engagement that tells a story.

For centuries, the area has been the site of the world’s most significant developments in healthcare, science and medicine; life-changing work that continues now and into the future.

Funding Partners

Team London Bridge, Science Gallery London (King’s College London), Old Operating Theatre Museum and the Florence Nightingale Museum.

The District

London Bridge has been a commercial dynamo for centuries and is today home to a community of businesses that range from multi-nationals to art, educational and health institutions and seats of government. It is a thriving commercial hub and destination. The 400+ businesses located here employ more than 60,000 workers and London Bridge Station accommodates more than 350,000 travellers a day. There are 3,000+ residents in the immediate area and over 10 million visitors a year.

Team London Bridge (TLB) - The Organisation

One of the UK’s leading Business Improvement Districts (BID) with a vision to make: London Bridge a ‘globally significant, historic and vibrant place of modern commerce, enterprise and creativity’. Team London Bridge delivers a range of services for its 350+ business members including security, cleaning, greening, area promotion, placeshaping, CSR, arts programming and events. TLB are committed to shifting the perception of London Bridge as a destination 'to go to' rather than 'go through'; to become the destination for everyone to experience what makes London one of the most creative and culture-rich cities in the world. 

Person Specification

This is a key role, reporting to the Chief Executive directly and working with the Medi-Culture District Steering Group. 

Key Responsibilities

Further develop the vision and ambition, while developing the concept and creating a Medi-Culture District that brings social, economic and cultural benefits to the area and its communities. It needs to enhance the contribution that the District makes to the capital, raising the profile of its health and medical excellence and offering a new cultural dynamic. 

Audience Consultation and Engagement

Audience consultation is a key initial step in understanding the appetite amongst current and potential audiences for a unified district and progressing this initiative.  This is to be delivered through one-to-one consultations, focus groups, and broad-engagement surveys, thereby steering the optimum approach for further efforts in establishing formal governance and collaborative programming. 

Governance and Resources

Bring together key partners in building the Medi-Culture District to ensure collaborations, strategic partnerships and opportunities are identified.  Understanding the capacity for governance amongst the linked institutions to ensure the successful delivery of the vision. Develop a report modelling required resources and governance structures to ensure the vision is sustainable.  Funding for the ongoing development of the programme will be required.

Shared Learning Hub

The development and identification of a shared space for all members of the community to access, with particular focus on members within the context of the wider Medi-Culture District.  Day to day use will be primarily by Science Gallery London, the Florence Nightingale Museum and the Old Operating Theatre Museum and Herb Garret for community engagement and learning activities, based on the Clore Duffield model.

Meanwhile Programming

By way of fostering awareness and developing the unifying vision, a programme of ‘Meanwhile’ events should be rolled-out. These must be located across the District and immediate areas, activating unexpected spaces and promoting exploration. These should be programmed alongside the development of the vision to champion the ambition of the project, test audiences and brand values, and achieve broad stakeholder buy-in.

Take the Project to the next delivery phase

Candidates interested in this new role must have:

-      An understanding and experience of private / public partnerships with experience in a range of governance models and setting up management structures

-      Knowledge of funding streams and ability to raise considerable match funding

-      Experience of leading, managing and delivering complex, ambitious projects

-      Demonstrable experience in managing stakeholders within a variety of complex organisations, including cultural venues, commercial businesses, local government

-      Experience and ability to implement demonstrable economic and social impact measures

-      Experience of qualitative and quantitative audience research

-      Demonstrable experience of audience segmentation and engagement methodologies

-      A network of relationships and understanding within the arts and culture sector

-      A personality and approach that will inspire collaboration

-      An ability to analyse research and use it efficiently

-      Knowledge of the London artists and arts scene; interest in design, architecture and heritage.

Essential Skills

-      University degree or formal qualification

-      5+ years professional experience working in the Arts

-      Strong organisational and project management skills

-      Practical understanding of physical spaces and how they are funded, used and developed

-      Strong collaborative practice, working with a small hands-on team

-      Self-direction and confidence with accountability

-      Demonstration of solid numeracy ability

-      Strong verbal and written articulation for multiple audiences

-      An inventive and creative approach to arts delivery

-      An ability to commission artists and manage proposal processes

Desirable Skills

-      Tenancy, leasing and property management

-      PR and communications know-how

-      Fundraising experience with major donors, grants etc

-      Public realm or non-traditional venue production

-      Strong London network within arts sector

-      Experience in multi-disciplinary arts, or in multiple arts genres.

Working Hours – a flexible approach to working hours required.

Please submit your CV and a cover letter to:

Closing Date is Monday 22 July 2019

For further information on the Medi-Culture District

Medi-Culture Background

Medi-Culture Report