Programme Manager


3 weeks ago

Three dancers in front of a live orchestra in a theatre. One dancer is being lifted by the other two and is resting on a dancers shoulders

Cheshire Dance, as the host organisation of Dance Consortia North West (DCNW), is looking for a highly skilled and experienced Programme Manager for a fixed-term freelance contract to deliver its ongoing creative programme.

Dance Consortia North West is a partnership of dance artists, companies, venues and higher education institutions in the North West.  It has been supported by Arts Council England (ACE) as a strategic development initiative since 2018.

The Programme Manager role consists of delivering 2 initiatives:

  • Project Management of the DCNW Research Programme through to completion, including final evaluation, reporting and 2 advocacy events
  • Management of other DCNW Creative Programme 2024 activities, including supporting artists on second stage commissions.

The Programme Manager will work closely with the commissioned Research Programme artists, companies and DCNW partner organisations to deliver the two work strands above as part of DCNW’s ongoing creative programme, with support from the Director, Creative Director and Communications Manager of Cheshire Dance, as well as the Chair of DCNW and the Executive Group of DCNW partner organisations.

The Programme Manager must balance time spent on each programme strand to meet stakeholder needs and ensure progress is made across all initiatives. This includes project management, meeting deadlines, updating budgets and actuals, planning and delivery and conducting robust evaluation.

For full details, please download a DCNW Programme Manager Information Pack.


Key Information: 

Contract Value/Fee:

£9,000 including all travel/expenses and is inclusive of VAT



Application deadline: 23rd February 2024

Notification of interview: 29th February 2024

Interview:  7th March 2024

Start Date:  To be negotiated

Contract end date: End Sept 2024


How to Apply:

Interested applicants are invited to submit a CV and an expression of interest that clearly outlines their experience, skills and knowledge of managing creative programmes.

Expressions of Interest should be directed to Jane McLean, Creative Director of Cheshire Dance at: with ‘PROGRAMME MANAGER APPLICATION’ as the subject.

For an informal conversation about the role, please email with ‘PROGRAMME MANAGER ENQUIRY’ as the subject, or, call the Cheshire Dance office between 9am and 2pm Monday-Thursday and speak to Jane, Suzi or Adam.


For full details, please download a DCNW Programme Manager Information Pack.


Cheshire Dance particularly welcomes Expressions of Interest from under-represented groups in dance and the arts.
Application deadline
5pm Friday 23rd February 2024
7th March 2024
Anticipated Start Date
Application Pack

You can contact the Cheshire Dance team on 01606 861770 or email