General Manager

Surface Area Dance Theatre

What can you receive?
£30,000 per annum


16 June 2023

Surface Area Dance Theatre seeks a General Manager and strongly encourages a candidate who identifies as D/deaf, Hard of Hearing, or disabled to apply for the role. This role is full-time, contracted 35 hours a week over five days.

Flexibility in Hours – We understand the importance of a work-life balance and offer our colleagues the flexibility to vary their location between the office and home — working 35 hours flexibly from Monday to Saturday in consultation with the Executive Director.

Location: Dance City, Temple St, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 4BR.

Our office space and facilities within Dance City, Newcastle, are accessible. A candidate may be eligible for additional support and assistive technology via Access to Work. Representatives from Surface Area are skilled in Access to Work applications and will assist the candidate in completing an Access to Work application.

Further access includes:

  • Accessible parking in Newcastle is on the ground level of Grainger Town Multi-storey car park.
  • Level access to the Dance City building Lift access between all levels
  • Accessible toilets, showers and changing rooms.

About Surface Area Dance Theatre

CIO Surface Area Dance Theatre is a UK-based charity and equal opportunities employer accredited as a Disability Confident Leader. We are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment for all, where team members are valued for their skills, experiences, and unique perspectives. We want to reflect the many communities we serve and provide equal opportunities for all our employees. We are proud to celebrate our diverse voices! Please let us know if you require reasonable adjustments at any point in the application or interview process.

Surface Area Dance Theatre CIO works across live and digital performances, interdisciplinary collaborations, and international cultural exchange. Founded in 2007 and based at Dance City, the North East’s leading development organisation for dance in the UK. Surface Area Dance Theatre promotes equality and diversity in all that we do; in recognition of this commitment, our Company has advanced to a registered Disability Confident Leader Committed Employer as recognised by the Department of Work and Pensions.


The General Manager is responsible for the administrative operations and management of the Company’s outputs — working closely with the Executive Director to deliver strategic aims, build relationships and support the Company’s diverse artists and communities.

The General Manager will manage the logistical functions of the organisation and be responsible for implementing reporting systems that ensure the Company operates efficiently and effectively.

Person Specification for General Manager

  • Essential skills and experience Strong project management skills
  • Excellent team player and working skills. Experience in managing and monitoring budgets.
  • Strong financial management, monitoring and reporting skills.
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills, managing relationships strategically and tactfully, including Board and contracted artistic and production staff.
  • Exceptional organisational skills, including an organised and systematic approach to scheduling and budgeting.
  • An ability to work under pressure and on initiative and to prioritise workload.
  • Strong administrative skills

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