Job: Highlight Arts seeks Executive Director1st February 2016
Highlight Arts Executive Director Job Advert
Closing date: midday, Monday 29th February 2016
Salary: £30,000 pro rata (equivalent of 2.5 days/week)
Full Time Equivalent: 0.5, 37.5 hours/week
Term: permanent with Key Performance Indicators review at 6 months
Responsible to: board of trustees
Responsible for: part time arts administrator, team of independent Highlight Arts producers
Based: ideally Edinburgh but remote working considered from UK
Highlight Arts is seeking to appoint a part time Executive Director to develop the organisation and its programme of work.
The Executive Director will provide leadership and direction for Highlight Arts and be the public representative of the organisation. The individual will be responsible for developing the organisation’s profile and importantly securing a sustainable funding base.
The Director will benefit from the organisation’s excellent track record of delivery, with active, ongoing projects live in the Arctic and Pakistan, and a dedicated team of Highlight Arts artistic producers and creatives.
The employment of an Executive Director marks a transition to a new organisational structure in order to assist Highlight Arts in expanding its capacity to deliver more high quality projects, events and festivals. As a result the first 6-9 months of this post will see an emphasis on fundraising and a development of key income streams.
Currently based in Edinburgh, our preference is for a Scottish-based candidate though we welcome applications from throughout the UK should remote working prove feasible.
About Highlight Arts
Highlight Arts creates new narratives through personal interactions, collaborations and exchange in the context of conflict: inequality, prejudice, war or environmental disaster.
We organise festivals, curate new artistic collaborations and generate new work.
Established in 2007 as Reel Festivals we became Highlight Arts in 2014.
We have a track record of delivering highly engaging, provocative work, using all forms of the arts to explore pressing and contemporary geo-political issues, using innovative and progressive artists from abroad and Britain.
We are unique in the UK in taking this approach and as a result have an excellent reputation with artists, audiences and funders.
Strategy & Development
- Lead the organisation in achieving its strategic aims and priorities, engaging the board and other key stakeholders
- Build networks and partnerships and establish and build collaborative relationships
- Develop a strategy for fundraising and be responsible for the preparation and submission of funding applications to achieve this. Report to Trustees on progress against this strategy at quarterly meetings.
- Develop and maintain relationships with existing and new funders and identify opportunities to secure additional funding for current existing and new projects.
- Identify potential opportunities and new sources of income, where necessary preparing applications, tenders and meetings.
- Communicate with Highlight Arts’s trustees, partners and stakeholders to keep them informed of progress against strategic objectives.
- Working with artistic producers, oversee the programming and development of a coherent and high quality artistic programme that meets the vision, mission and values of Highlight Arts
- Support and invest in our team of artistic producers as they develop, project manage and deliver discrete events, festivals and projects.
- Ensure producers are resourced, supported and networked within the organisation as they deliver projects
- Oversee the collection and recording of key indicators (audience figures, satisfaction etc) to enable the Trustees to evaluate the quality, impact and effectiveness of our artistic programme
Leadership & Management
- Lead, manage and involve Highlight Art’s operational team including our arts administrator, producer artists and where necessary consultants
- Encourage autonomy, responsibility and professional development within the team
- Set clear objectives and manage the team against performance indicators.
Finance and Administration
- Oversee the arts administrator‘s financial management activity to ensure you are aware of the organisation’s status and strategic progress
- Ensure income levels are sustainable and potential sources of earned and granted income are identified and developed; expenditure is controlled in line with budgets and all risks are identified and managed.
- Oversee the creation of a Marketing and Communications strategy to guide public engagement activity and set an appropriate tone and voice for external communications.
Compliance, Governance and Good Practice
- Ensure all risks associated with Highlight Arts are identified and where necessary mitigated and that the Trustees are made aware via a Risk Report at quarterly meetings
- Ensure Trustees are made aware of any developments, strategic or operational, that affect the organisation.
- Act as the primary point of contact at Highlight Arts for stakeholders and the public
- Undertake any other appropriate duties which may reasonably be allocated from time to time.
- Build a high quality, sustainable organtisation.
At least two years’ experience of managing an organisation, large scale project or autonomous division within a large organisation
Plus at least seven of the following:
- Experience of delivering a leadership/management role
- A proven track record in fundraising with experience of building a long term, strategic approach to fundraising a programme or set of projects
- Existing relationships and/or experience with with key funders, specifically Creative Scotland and/or Arts Council England, European Union and well known charitable trusts
- Experience of work within the Arts Sector
- A demonstrable understanding of the ‘political’ positioning of the organisation, ie its work in areas of conflict, its support of international artistic collaboration and interpersonal communication
- Excellent communication skills with experience of making presentations to a variety of audiences and/or stakeholders
- A track record of supporting the work of artist producers
- Experience of building an artistic programme
- Experience of problem solving and creative thinking
- A track record of networking within a specific sector and/or area
- Experience of building and cultivating partnerships and networks to support projects and programmes
- Practical experience in budget planning, reporting and monitoring.
If there are too many applicants to shortlist, the number of these competencies that the candidates must demonstrate may be increased.
Please submit a covering letter outlining your suitability for the role, including educational and professional experience against the key person specification criteria listed above.
Also please include a CV.
Please email your application to: firstname.lastname@example.org by midday Monday 29th February 2016.
Interviews to be held in first week of March, either in Edinburgh or over Skype depending on location and availability.