The Cyfarthfa Foundation has been established to take forward an ambitious plan to transform Cyfarthfa Castle - a museum and gallery - and 100ha of surrounding parkland at Merthyr Tydfil in south Wales into a cultural centre and visitor attraction of national significance. Cyfarthfa and other ironworks in the town made it a crucible of the industrial revolution in the 19th century.
Creation of the Foundation follows the publication of a 20-year masterplan prepared by a consultant team led by Ian Ritchie Architects. The plan embodies three themes of history and heritage, the natural environment and creativity. Together they are also intended to generate social renewal in the area.
Following receipt of development funding from the Welsh Government, the Foundation now wishes to appoint a Project Director to lead the development phase of the Cyfarthfa Plan, reporting to the Board and working alongside a multi-disciplinary team of consultants and in close collaboration with Merthyr Tydfil Council.
This development phase of the work will involve:
i) Setting up the team, policies and business plan for the new Foundation
ii) Developing consultancy and design briefs that secure the multidisciplinary team needed to support the translation of the masterplan’s ambitious goals into a detailed, deliverable and prioritised plan and series of projects that will realise the established vision and business plan goals
iii) Establishing a fundraising strategy and developing relationships and partnershipbuilding with funders and sponsors to secure significant development funding to build on the seed funding received from Welsh Government
iv) Work with community and commercial partners to develop a series of activation projects that will generate excitement, charitable benefit and revenue for the Foundation in 2022 & 2023
v) Adopting a creative approach within the project to realising the aims of the Welsh Government’s Wellbeing of Future Generations Act
vi) Laying the basis for long term community engagement and an events programme
The Project Director will be comfortable working in a start-up environment, demonstrate experience in managing projects of scale and quality and involving extensive community engagement, as well as being skilled in financial management. Ability to speak Welsh would be welcomed but is not a condition of appointment.
The Foundation will also look for an understanding of the critical importance of culture and creativity and a commitment to high quality design in all aspects of the project.
Reporting line :The Project Director will report to the board of the Foundation, via the Chair.
Nature of contract: To be negotiated
Remuneration: c. £75-80k
Applications with a CV should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by 12:00 Monday 24 January 2022.