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JOB OPPORTUNITY: Executive Director / Co-Director (CLOSED)

We are looking for a dynamic and inspirational business leader who will be responsible for delivering the organisation’s business plan and strategic objectives.

This article features images of Naho Matsuda’s artwork, titled ‘Every Thing Every Time’

Role: Executive Director / Co-Director 

Contract: Permanent. 32 hrs per week (4 days). Flexitime

Salary: £42,000 pro rata. FutureEverything operates a fair and equal pay policy

Location: Manchester city centre 

Application Deadline: 5pm, 31 May 2021


Established in Manchester since 1995, FutureEverything is a non-profit creative media organisation who initiate, curate and deliver critical artistic projects – in Greater Manchester, the UK and internationally – exploring digital culture and the impact of technology in society and culture.

Through a curated programme of events, art commissions, critical conversations, collaborative projects and prototyping, FutureEverything pushes creative boundaries and stimulates new ways of thinking, across a diverse range of sectors, disciplines and audiences. Taking an action-research, artist-led and human-centred approach, FutureEverything is passionate about bringing people together to discover, share and experience new ideas for the future, creating opportunities to question and reflect on the world around us. Our work is international from US, Qatar, Singapore to Europe, Russia and Taiwan, and we have worked with prestigious and exciting partners including British Council, Ars Electronica Linz, Sonar, CTM and many more.


Resilience and Response to Covid-19 and role purpose

Over the past few months, and as the world began navigating its way through the current pandemic crisis, FutureEverything focused on the need to reflect on their work and evaluate their role as an arts organisation. This period – after internal/external conversations, exchanges with artistic communities, colleagues and audiences, and more importantly after rescoping and redesigning programmes in response to the pandemic – has confirmed the agility and resilience of the organisation, placing it in a favourable position and positive trajectory for the future. 

Organisational strengths, with emphasis on open, collaborative, research and artist-led approach, have played an important role in this response and proved to be valuable methodologies in resisting the crisis and moving to the next phase.



FutureEverything have adopted a co-Directorship approach encompassing a joint strategic leadership role between the Creative Director and the Executive Director to provide organisational vision and effective and inspiring leadership of the organisation.

Both Co-Directors take a full strategic overview of FutureEverything and take joint responsibility for ensuring business goals are achieved, strategic change is planned and realised and critical issues are addressed. Collaboration between co-directors is essential whilst clear areas of responsibility are in place to ensure that each Director has complementary skills and resources are well allocated.

You will work collaboratively with the Creative Director to strategically lead the organisation and ensure its continued position as an arts and digital culture leader nationally and internationally. You may already be leading an organisation, or looking to make this next step, and you will already have several years of high level experience as a business leader. You will have the insight and understanding of creative and artistic practices – such as conceiving and delivering conferences and events, large scale art installations, participatory design and innovation, and consulting-style work. You will be comfortable writing funding applications and tenders, and be excited to lead, motivate, manage and develop your team. You will be curious, creative, well-networked and intellectually excited by this space.

Considering potential restrictions, the role might involve remote working at the start, and from our central Manchester office. Full details on the role can be found in the Job Description (key documents).

We particularly welcome applications from those with disabilities (both seen and unseen), LGBTQ, and Black and Minority Ethnic candidates, as they are under-represented within our organisation. 


How to apply:

Please submit the following in PDF files: CV (max 2 sides A4); Equal Opportunities Form*; a covering letter (1000 words max) detailing your interest in the role, relevant skills/experience and how you meet the criteria in the job description; a page with up to five links to relevant media / websites etc demonstrating your track record; two professional references with current knowledge of your experience and ability to inspire and lead a team. Please send these to: by 5pm Monday 31st May 2021. 

*All information provided in the Equal Opportunities Form will be treated in the strictest confidence and held separately for reporting purposes. This information does not form part of the selection process.


Key Dates:

The deadline for applications is 5pm on Monday 31st May 2021. Interviews will be held w/c 7th June 2021.

Key Documents