Stanley Halls is seeking Centre Manager



Are you ready to take on the challenge of managing a heritage community and performance venue?

This is a self-funding position, so could you bring in new business to our public halls?

The Stanley Halls, a few minutes’ walk from Norwood Junction Station, is a complex of unique Edwardian buildings built between 1903 and 1911.  They are Grade II listed and include a concert hall capable of seating up to 300 people.  There are two assembly rooms and several meeting rooms, a gallery, cafe/bar facilities and rooms that have been used for residential accommodation but are now being prepared to host small businesses.

The Halls will be managed by The Stanley People’s Initiative (SPI) – a newly formed charity which is just about to takeover the lease from Croydon Council.  The Halls are to be used for the benefit of the people of SE25 and the surrounding areas, both as a community resource and as the only performance venue in South Norwood.

As Centre Manager you will be accountable to SPI’s Chair and Board of Trustees.

As a frontline person, in constant contact with the public including those hiring the Halls’ facilities, you will be responsible for all staff and a number of supportive and enthusiastic volunteers.  Alongside Trustees and other volunteers, you will help develop and monitor the Halls’ programme of entertainment and community activities, as well as helping implement the start-up systems and maintaining these, including a booking system, financial systems, security, maintenance, recruitment, health and safety and marketing.

We are seeking significant funding for a major capital works project at The Stanley Halls, so the complex is currently in a ‘meanwhile’ phase. Experience of managing a changing environment and dealing with the public perception of a developing site would be an advantage.

Initially offered as a one year contract, this is very much a start up project which would suit an individual with vision and enthusiasm. You will need to work flexibly including frequent evenings and weekends.  You will need to offer us staff and centre management experience.

Salary: £32,000 – £35,000

Hours: Full time – 37 hours

For further information or to apply for this job contact the Trust Secretary, Judith Burden.

Job description and person specification are attached.

Please submit a CV and covering letter, outlining why you want this job, what you can bring to the role, and how your skills and experience fit into the person specification.

Closing date:  3 July 2015

Interview date: 16 July 2015

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About seancreighton1947

Since moving to Norbury in July 2011 I have been active on local economy, housing and environment issues with Croydon TUC and Croydon Assembly. I am a member of the Love Norbury Residents Associations Planning & Transport Committees, and Chair of Nobury Community Land Trust. I write for Croydon Citizen at I co-ordinate the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Croydon Radical History Networks and edit the North East Popular Politics database. History Project.. I give history talks and lead history walks. I retired in 2012 having worked in the community/voluntary sector and on heritage projects. My history interests include labour movement, mutuality, Black British, slavery & abolition, Edwardian roller skating and the social and political use of music and song. I have a particular interest in the histories of Battersea and Wandsworth, Croydon and Lambeth. I have a publishing imprint History & Social Action Publications.
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