Project Director (Down To Earth)

Project leader at front of class

Creative People and Places and Arts Council logo.

Harnessing the power of arts and culture to transform people’s lives

£42,391 – £46,812

Down To Earth, a pioneering initiative in collaboration with Arts Council England, is seeking an exceptional individual to lead our mission in the vibrant Wigan Borough.

About Down To Earth:

Our programme was so named to reflect local people’s love for green spaces and their grounded attitude. We believe in the profound impact of using Wigan’s green spaces as platforms for cultural engagement. From our homes, our bustling streets, parks, schools and best-loved places, we’re on a mission to create powerful cultural experiences that are accessible and enriching.

Through a collaborative consortium comprising of Groundwork, Wigan Council, Lancashire Wildlife Trust and Everything Human Rights, we’re creating pathways for everyone to become not just observers, but active participants, shapers and advocates of our shared cultural heritage.

About You:

We’re seeking a visionary leader who champions inclusivity, collaboration and the transformative power of the arts. If you’re passionate about empowering communities and believe in the strength of genuine collaboration, you could be the perfect fit. As our Project Director, you’ll be at the forefront of this movement, leading a talented team to realise our vision.

The Ideal Candidate: 
  • Strategic Thinker:
    You’re able to navigate complex landscapes and identify opportunities for growth and sustainability.
  • Team Leader:
    You thrive on fostering a supportive team culture, nurturing talent and empowering colleagues to excel.
  • Effective Communicator:
    From engaging with senior stakeholders to building relationships within communities, your communication skills are second to none.
  • Proactive Role Model:
    You lead by example, demonstrating enthusiasm, initiative and a commitment to success.

As Project Director, you’ll be the driving force behind the project, leading the delivery team in achieving our goals. From developing the business plan and managing the budget, to identifying new opportunities for strategic growth, you’ll be instrumental in shaping the cultural legacy of Wigan Borough.

Join Our Team:

If you’re ready to make a difference, inspire change and leave a lasting cultural legacy, we want to hear from you.

Application Pack



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How to apply

Please download and complete the above Application Form and email to or send by post to Groundwork, 74-80 Hallgate, Wigan, WN1 1HP by the closing date.

Alternatively, email  or phone 01942 821 444 to request for an application pack to be sent to you.

Pre-application discussion

We have set aside Friday 17th May for anyone who would like a discussion about the role prior to applying. If you would like to book an appointment (up to 30 mins) you will need to do this in advance by contacting: or telephoning 01942 821 444.

INTERVIEWS: Friday 31st May 2024 (in Wigan)