Chief Operating Officer (COO)

Location: Manchester, UK

Salary: £43,000-46,000

Hours of work: 5 days per week (37.5 hours)

Reports to: Director

Application deadline: Midday, 29 June 2023

esea contemporary is currently seeking a highly motivated and driven Chief Operating Officer (COO) to work closely with the Director in the strategic management and operations of the organisation. The COO will play a key role in delivering effective procedures for operations management, finance, commercial affairs, legal matters, and human resources for the organisation. The COO will embody and lead a work method that is strategic, collaborative, inclusive, and will build positive relationships with colleagues, artists, audiences, and a diverse range of regional, national, and international stakeholders.

The COO will work closely with and report to the Director in the management of operational, financial, commercial, legal and HR-related procedures for esea contemporary. The role will be aligned with the organisation’s sustainability goals, which involves coordinating operational and financial planning, overseeing maintenance, and compliance, and leading the Finance Manager and Operations teams to maintain a high standard of operational efficiency. The COO will collaborate with the Programme team for effective financial and business management, including personnel administration, policy maintenance, and financial administration oversight. The COO will also support the Director in robust business development, including strategic planning, fundraising, trading activity, and nurturing sponsorships.

Communications and Engagement Manager

Contract: 1 year (with possibility of extension)

Hours: 4 days, 30 hours per week including weekends

Salary: £28k – £30k pro rata

Location: Manchester, UK

Reporting to: Director

Preferred start date: July 2023, to be negotiated with the successful applicant

Application deadline: Midday, 18 June 2023

Interview dates: 27 – 29 June 2023

esea contemporary is seeking a talented and driven Communications and Engagement Manager to join our team. In line with our organisation’s mission, the role will be dedicated to presenting and platforming artists and art practices that spur dynamic critical exchanges. The role will work with artists, communities, stakeholders, and wider partnerships to build our local and global audiences through projects and events, both in our Manchester venue and our digital platforms.

Working closely with the Programme team, the successful candidate will play a key role in developing and implementing communication and engagement strategies that align with our boundary-pushing programming to grow our physical and digital audiences, and will contribute to the delivery of our artistic programmes. The role will also encompass audience development, including data collection and analysis, and engagement-related fundraising.


This is an incredibly exciting time to join the team as a volunteer. We are looking for volunteers to bring the gallery to life as we get ready to open our upcoming exhibition and programme.

Volunteering is a great opportunity to meet new people, and develop new skills and knowledge. Get behind the scenes and gain experience working for a unique contemporary art space in the centre of Manchester.

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