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Festival Executive

LeedsBID (business improvement district) wishes to appoint this post to lead the development and delivery of the Leeds International Festival 2019 (LIF). This is a pivotal role across the wider LIF team covering artistic and strategic & operational planning, events submission process, programme curation, festival production logistics, external affairs business & community engagement and general management tasks focused on growing this new, young, exciting festival of new ideas and innovation in the city of Leeds.

Following significant and rapid growth from year one (2017) to year two in April-May of 2018, LIF has an energy and ambition to boldly grow into the UK’s leading metropolitan festival of new ideas and innovation. With a line-up of incredible names who have all been part of our amazing journey so far, including: Lauren Laverne, Vinnie Jones, Rag n Bone man, the Vaccines, Lulu Kennedy, Christopher Raeburn, Matty Bovan, Mykki Blanco, David Hoyle, Dr Kate Devlin, June Sarpong, Dr Sue Black, Sarah Beeny, Helen Sharman, Graham Park, House Gospel Choir, Cosy Fanny Tutti, Nick Hodgson, Lucas Raddebe, Steve Lamacq.

For 2019, the festival is evolving its structure to present two distinct programmes: a CORE programme and an OFF programme. The CORE will continue the festival’s theme of new ideas and innovation, bringing some of the world’s leading thinkers, innovators and pioneers to Leeds to explore new ideas about both the world of today and the future. The OFF programme will focus on giving local creators an international platform to showcase new and experimental works, creating a vibrant, unpredictable and eclectic programme of fringe events across the city.

Leeds International Festival is a Leeds BID project: an organisation at the forefront of driving the transformation of one of the north’s most vibrant cities.

For further information on Leeds International Festival please view our brand book at

If you have the skills and experiences below, please get in touch, it could be you we’re after:

  • Festival management and/or operations experience
  • Track record of securing funding from multiple sources, including but not limited to Arts Council, with knowledge of the funding landscape
  • Experience in building and maintaining partnerships with acts, agents, promoters, content and media partners
  • Ability to work with design & marketing teams on development of visual & marketing communications
  • Proven track record in seeking and securing new investors, partnerships and supporters across a range of business and public-sector organisations
  • Production delivery experience including managing the physical staging of events, equipment and technical teams/staff and logistics
  • Lead architecture of festival programme and curate event line-up supported by management team
  • Ability to work with artistic and creative directors, events producers to agree commission proposals for projects via an open call process, selecting only the best opportunities for the festival brand and ambition
  • Maintaining excellent relationships with key partners, to secure deals and ensure the success of projects creatively and financially
  • Take the lead on contractual negotiations with partner organisations ensuring parity between negotiations across a range of projects
  • Actively engaging with the organisation’s vision and policies regarding equal opportunities and diversity, artistic ambition, participation and engagement, health and safety, evaluation and monitoring
  • Knowledge of and passionate enthusiasm for a range of arts and culture, preferably from programming and producing perspectives
  • Good national and potentially international networks across either music, technology, fashion, games, film or TV networks
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate with people from all backgrounds at an individual level and in group situations including excellent networking skills
  • Excellent organisational skills and ability to manage multiple priorities effectively
  • Proven people and client management skills including the ability to influence and negotiate
  • An understanding of production models used across different genres, ie commercial music, visual arts & communications etc


  • Salary – £35-38,000 p.a.
  • Fixed contract for 12 months initially with potential for extension following successful delivery and evaluation of 2019 festival.
  • Hours – 37.5 per week as the operating standard at LeedsBID though flexible patterns of working, overtime (paid back as time in lieu), evening and weekend work are also expected in this role.
  • 25 days holiday p.a. plus bank holidays
  • Contributory pension scheme whereby LeedsBID pays in 7%, employee 5%
  • Company Healthcare scheme
  • Based in LeedsBID main office on Briggate, Leeds city centre

In order to apply for this role please email a covering letter and your CV to

Deadline for applications for this role is Tuesday 4th September