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You’ll find the latest vacancies for staff members, openings to join our volunteer Board of Directors, and paid opportunities for Artists and Project Managers here.

CAN is committed to equality across the communities and Artists we work with, our Board of Directors, Staff, and Volunteers.

The application deadline for this post has now passed

CAN is seeking to recruit the following position: Creative Director

Community Arts North West (CAN) is a leading UK organisation in the field of participatory arts, migration and social change. CAN’s pioneering work aims to create expression and visibility for the diverse communities and artists based in the region through dynamic partnerships and inspirational programmes of work. CAN is an Arts Council England – National Portfolio Organisation and Manchester City Council Cultural Partner 2023-2026.

We’re looking to recruit a new Creative Director to join our talented team, at our city-centre base in the thriving Northern Quarter of Manchester. This post is a key role within CAN, and provides an excellent opportunity for an outstanding and talented individual, to lead CAN’s artistically diverse, socially engaged arts programme; responding to the cultural aspirations of Greater Manchester’s diverse communities.

In 2023, we worked with the Manchester International Festival, developed the Horizons Festival with HOME, and were featured in a high-profile exhibition A Great British Welcome curated by UNHCR.

The Creative Director will work closely with the Executive Director, responsible for the business development and operational management of the company. In your role as joint CEO you will share in the cooperative joint stewardship of the company ensuring the company achieves its artistic, audience and financial objectives.

CAN is an inclusive employer, and is dedicated to building a diverse and equitable environment, and strongly encourages applications from people from diverse communities.

CAN will support the right candidate into the role, through training, mentoring and other support.

Please click here for the full Creative Director – Job Description and Person Specification document if you are interested in applying.

A dyslexia-friendly version of the Creative Director – Job Description and Person Specification document is available here.

A version of the Creative Director – Job Description and Person Specification that includes an index, is also available here. If you require the Job Description and Person Specification in a different format, please email recruitment@can.uk.com

If you would like to apply please download the Creative Director Application Form, and return your completed application form to recruitment@can.uk.com by 5pm on Wednesday 10 April 2024, together with the CAN Diversity Monitoring Form.

Please also read the Job Applicants’ Privacy Notice and an Extract of the CAN Business Plan 2023-24. 

Interviews will be held on Wednesday 1 May 2024 – in person.


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