Deadline: 31 January 2020

Are you passionate about sustaining and strengthening opportunities for creative participation across Scotland?

Do you have a good network of strategic contacts in policy and funding?

Do you enjoy nurturing leadership in others?

And do you have the time to commit to four Board meetings a year, plus one-to-one guidance and support as required to our Scotland Director?

If yes, then we would love to hear from you!

Voluntary Arts is currently seeking a new volunteer Trustee to serve on its Board and act as representative for Voluntary Arts Scotland.

This is an exciting time to be part of Voluntary Arts Scotland:

  • We have secure, core funding until 2022 as part of the Creative Scotland portfolio of Regularly Funded Organisations.
  • We have a new Strategic Framework that responds to identified priorities, including strengthening voluntary networks, making the case for how creative participation can lessen social isolation and helping open up civic space.
  • Our small staff team is long-standing and experienced. And there is lots of potential for growth, innovation and creative thinking, building on the leadership of outgoing Chair, Michelle Sweeney from ONFife.

Voluntary Arts has a devolved organisational structure, operating across the UK and the Republic of Ireland. This brings the benefit of autonomy for work delivered in Scotland, as well as mutual support and cooperation from our national counterparts.

We currently have 16 staff divided into 5 departments: Voluntary Arts England, Voluntary Arts Scotland, Voluntary Arts Wales, Voluntary Arts Ireland and our Chief Executive’s Department.

Our Board of 12 Trustees are also all Directors of the Company limited by guarantee. Positions on the Voluntary Arts Board are not remunerated, although travel and subsistence expenses are paid.

The Board of Voluntary Arts meets four times a year. Meetings take place on weekdays (usually Thursdays), with two meetings each year in London for ease and cheapness of travel and the other two meetings taking place in different parts of the UK and Ireland by rotation.

Each department has its own representative on the Board of Voluntary Arts, who is elected for a 3-year period and may serve no more than two consecutive 3-year terms.  In addition, the Voluntary Arts Scotland Chair will work with the dedicated staff team and experienced Vice Chair in Scotland, Rona Alexander.

We are looking for someone with the skills, knowledge and enthusiasm to contribute to the Board as a Trustee, and also to work with Voluntary Arts Scotland to continue our work in supporting and promoting participation in creativity across Scotland.

For more information about Voluntary Arts, please download the following:

Voluntary Arts prides itself on being an inclusive organisation. We will not discriminate in recruitment on the grounds of your race, colour, ethnic or national origins, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, or religious beliefs. To help us monitor our performance we ask you to fill in a confidential monitoring form which will not be seen by those involved in the recruitment process.

Please send expressions of interest by email to [email protected] outlining what you would bring to the Chair role and your motivation for becoming involved. Please also fill out the anonymous Equalities Monitoring Form online.

If you would like an informal chat about the role, please contact Voluntary Arts Scotland Director, Jemma Neville by email initially at [email protected]

Thank you for your interest.