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Chief Executive Officer

Job description

Phoenix, a cultural and community organisation in Leicester, is in search of a commercially-minded, values-driven and visionary Chief Executive Officer to spearhead the charity into its next phase of growth. The CEO will play a pivotal role in providing strategic leadership, ensuring organisational sustainability, and championing the delivery of high-quality arts and community initiatives. This leadership position is an exciting opportunity to contribute to the cultural vibrancy of Leicester, shaping the future of Phoenix's impact on the community, and putting this exciting charity firmly on the national map.

Phoenix is a vibrant organisation in Leicester dedicated to enriching the city's cultural and social tapestry. Committed to fostering creativity, inclusivity, and robust community engagement, Phoenix delivers a diverse array of artistic and educational programmes centred on film, art, and digital culture.

The charity has recently completed a major capital redevelopment project, and now features four cinema screens, a digital art gallery, a brand-new restaurant / café space and fantastic event  / conference spaces. The potential is huge, but we also face significant sector challenges such as rebuilding our audiences to pre-pandemic levels, restricted funding from local and national arts and culture partners, and reaching all sections of Leicester’s diverse community to ensure our audience reflects our city. This makes it a really exciting time to join as our CEO, as there is huge scope to set the defining vision for Phoenix.

Key details:

Role: Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at Phoenix

Salary: £60,000 - £70,000

Contract: Full time, permanent 

Location: Leicester, with an average of 4 days per week on site

We want to hear from you if you have:

  • Proven and recent experience in strategic leadership at an organisation of comparable scale and complexity. Proven ability to develop and communicate organisational strategy and vision, providing clear direction for all stakeholders.

  • Proven ability to develop and communicate organisational strategy and vision, providing clear direction for all stakeholders.

  • Entrepreneurial mindset with the demonstrable ability to identify emerging trends and opportunities, bring in new income, and build partnerships for tangible organisational development and growth.

  • Experience in leading organisations or major programmes with multiple stakeholders, building and maintaining relationships to achieve organisational goals.

  • Track record of working with diverse populations, showcasing understanding and a commitment to inclusivity.

  • Experience of working effectively with non-executives.

  • Substantial experience in initiating and managing significant organisational change.

  • Demonstrable leadership in managing staff, fostering a collaborative and supportive work environment, and a successful track record of building and inspiring highly effective teams, particularly in complex situations.

To download the appointment brief, with full details including how to apply, please click here:

Closing date for applications: 9am Monday 8th January

Harris Hill Charities Recruitment Specialists operates an equal opportunity policy and commits to treating all of our candidates and jobseekers fairly. We welcome and encourage applications from everyone regardless of age, disability, sex, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief and marriage and civil partnerships.