We’re Hiring: General Manager

We are looking for a new General Manager! Could you be the glue that holds CDS together and manages the building, events and people within it? 

Chisenhale Dance Space is seeking a General Manager to run the day to day operations of CDS. As a member of the management team, they will work closely with the Executive Director on business planning and operational work plans to ensure CDS makes best use of the resources available to us, and that our studio spaces are busy and the people using them are happy. They will be responsible for maximising every opportunity they can to keep our building active, seeking out and responding to new opportunities and overseeing the planning and delivery of events and activity for the CDS artist community and audiences in collaboration with the Producer: Membership.

This is a great opportunity for an arts, events, office or stage manager looking for a new challenge, an experienced freelancer looking to work in a venue for the first time or someone with lots of the right skills that wants to take a step up. We’re looking for someone who wants to contribute to making active change, is eager to work as part of a dynamic team and who is excited to put their stamp on the role and the organisation by bringing bold new ideas.

Job Title:
General Manager
Contract Type: Permanent full-time
Start Date: To be negotiated, ideally Jan 2023
Salary: £28,000 FT
Pension: 3% employers’ contribution
Annual leave: 20 days + statutory bank holidays, which equates to 28 days for a full-time employee, or 5.6 weeks.
Line Manager: Executive Director
Manages: Freelancers & Venue Assistants, as required
Days of work: Monday to Friday, however the business is open 7 days a week. Where you are required, with notice, to work a weekend, time off in lieu will be arranged.
Normal Hours of work: 40 hours per week to be worked on Monday to Friday 10am to 6pm.
Location: To work full-time from our offices at Chisenhale Dance Space (64-84 Chisenhale Rd, Bow, London E3 5QZ)

Deadline: Midnight, Friday 18th November, 2022
Start date: Early Jan 2023, exact date negotiable

For more information about this role, please see the job pack below. 

Please send the following to reece@chisenhaledancespace.co.uk by the deadline below:

  • full CV, with two referee contacts (only contacted if offered role)
  • No more than 2 A4 page covering letter OR a 5-minute video telling us why you’re the right person for this role
  • Please complete the equality and diversity monitoring form by clicking here.

We encourage applications from those who are under-represented in our organisation and marginalised in our sector and society, especially those from the global majority, including those of African diaspora heritage, South Asian, East Asian, South-East Asian heritage, mixed heritage, and those who have faced other socio-economic barriers and disabled people. Applicants from one or more of the above under-represented groups who can demonstrate they meet a majority of the essential criteria will be invited to interview.

If you have questions about this opportunity, informal conversations prior to application can be arranged with Executive Director, Reece McMahon. Please contact reece@chisenhaledancespace.co.uk to arrange.


General Manager Job Pack and Application Form as a Word document

Equality and Diversity Monitoring Form a Google Forms link

Image credit: Moving Night Workshop with Shakti Orion, as part of Allotment; Photo by Ollie Smallwood