Fertile Ground seeks Development Director

Peter Lathan

Fertile Ground, the North East's early career dance company based in Newcastle’s Dance City, is looking to appoint a Development Director.

Established in 2013 to give the best employment opportunities to early career dancers, Fertile Ground performs and gives workshops across the region and beyond. The company now has a new business plan, an Audience Development Plan and a Children’s and Young People’s Strategy.

Applicants for the Development Director post should be skilled in several areas of strategic development and operational management. The appointment will be for an initial period of 24 days commencing late October 2017 through to January 2018 with the initial priority being fundraising. (S)he must be capable of delivering on the upscaling of the company, working alongside Founding Artistic Director Dora Frankel and Board, to secure funds for 2018, consolidate established whilst building new partnerships, and lay down the foundations for future sustainability.

The fee will be £5,000 for the 24 days but it is planned that this post will be extended into a permanent post of 3 days a week working with the successor to Founding Director Dora Frankel who steps down in early 2018.

The closing date for receipt of applications is Thursday 19 October. Interviews will be held in the week commencing Monday 23 October at Dance City, Temple Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 4BR.

“I'm delighted that Fertile Ground has received funding from Arts Council England to move forward with the upscaling of the company and to begin the process of securing a Development Director in the autumn and then a new Artistic Director in 2108,” said Dora Frankel. “These are very exciting times!”

For further information and to receive an application pack, anyone interested should contact Dora Frankel on 0191 269 5581 or by e-mail to dora@fertileground.org.uk or to the Chair, Dr Matt Sutherland, at m.sutherland@northumbria.ac.uk.