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The Stuart Hall Foundation is seeking a new Trustee with experience and skills in Financial Management and Accountancy to join our Board of Trustees at an exciting time in our development, we are keen to appoint talented individuals who are as passionate as we are about public education, addressing urgent questions of race and inequality in culture and society. 

About The Foundation

Inspired by the life and work of Jamaican-born British public intellectual Professor Stuart Hall, founding figure of British Cultural Studies, key arts supporter, inspirational educator and leading voice for social justice, the Stuart Hall Foundation is a young charity established in 2015. We have committed our efforts to enriching public education through events and resources that address urgent questions of race, class and intersecting inequalities, as well as providing opportunities for creative and intellectual inquiry amongst scholars, artists and activists from under-represented groups. We aim to change consciousness amongst the widest possible public as the basis for a change in policy and decision-making.

We collaborate with individuals and institutions across the UK and internationally to bring the arts (imagination), education (thinking) and politics (people and policies) into dynamic and transformative dialogue, to continue Stuart Hall’s life-long commitment to public education. We aim to create a new and more inclusive public, which is diverse and intergenerational, who see and think about the world differently.

About The Role

The Foundation’s Board of Trustees is instrumental in enabling growth and development of the Foundation, working towards a racially just and more equal future. As a Trustee you will be responsible for the overall strategic direction of the Foundation, business planning and making sure that the Foundation is delivering the highest quality services in the best interest of its stakeholders. We are looking for individuals who are as passionate as we are about our aim to create a new and more inclusive public, which is diverse and intergenerational, who see and think about the world differently.

Role Title:
Trustee

Commitment:
Four Board meetings per year plus attendance at Finance and selected Committee meetings, strategic planning meetings and social events equivalent to a commitment of 1 day per every month.  

Location:
Remote, with occasional travel to London.

Stipend:
This is a voluntary unpaid role; reimbursement of reasonable expenses will be offered where appropriate.

Main purpose of role:
Working closely with the Stuart Hall Foundation’s team, the Board of Trustees is the governing body. Trustees are jointly responsible for the overall strategic direction and control of the organisation, including programme development, business planning, fundraising, allocation of financial resources, setting the evaluation and monitoring criteria against which the Foundation’s activities are assessed, making sure that the Foundation acts in the best interests of its beneficiaries and delivers high quality services in accordance with the Foundation’s values and governing document.

Duties:

  1. Ensure that the organisation functions within its legal and regulatory framework and in line with governing documents, continually striving for best practice in governance; act in the best interests of the organisation and its beneficiaries at all times.

  2. Ensure the financial stability of the organisation; oversee the management of the organisation’s resources, ensuring income and expenditure are in line with budgets and meet accepted standards and policies.

  3. Contribute to the overall direction and development of the organisation through strategic planning and fundraising.

  4. Enthusiastically participate in the governance, management and administration by reading all relevant papers and reports in advance and contributing constructively to debate and discussion and maintaining confidentiality.

  5. Maintain an up-to-date knowledge of Stuart Hall Foundation’s strategic and operational progress and keep abreast of external developments within culture, arts, educational, political and business world to ensure decision-making is well-informed.

  6. Represent the organisation at functions, events and meetings as required, acting as spokesperson where appropriate, thereby demonstrating commitment to the ethos of Stuart Hall Foundation.

  7. Demonstrate understanding of, and commitment to, equality diversity and inclusion.

  8. Any other duties commensurate with the role.

Stuart Hall Foundation is a growing organisation. This job description will be periodically reviewed to take account of changing demands.

Person Specification

Essential:

1.     Understanding the public and political context and operating environment of a cultural and educational organisation and demonstrate the ability to think strategically and entrepreneurially within it. 

2.     Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, resulting in good contacts with relevant stakeholder groups and ability to foster additional relationships with partners, stakeholders, funders and other industry figures.

3.     Ability to interpret complex information, comprehend issues and assess risks relating to the operation of Stuart Hall Foundation as an organisation.

4.     Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, including excellent listening skills and the ability to communicate with diplomacy, tact and sensitivity. 

5.     Sound judgement, an understanding of the need to maintain objectivity and an ability to set and maintain professional boundaries.

6.     Available for the time commitment required: 4 Board meetings per annum and other duties equivalent to 1 day per every month.

7.     Knowledge and expertise in financial management and accountancy skills.

8.     Enthusiasm for and commitment to the Foundation’s mission and aims.

Desirable

1.     Good understanding of governance issues.

2.     Knowledge of how the not-for-profit and/or education sector operates. 

3.     Enthusiasm for and commitment to Stuart Hall’s work and legacy and the Foundation’s mission and aims.

We are an inclusive organisation that counts anti-racism among our core values. We particularly welcome applications from people of colour, other ethnic minorities and under-represented groups. 

How To Apply

To apply: please send a one-page A4 cover letter and a CV to info@stuarthallfoundation.org.

Closing date for applications: 10am on Monday 21st November 2022.
Applications received after this date and time will not be considered.

Interviews will be held via Zoom on Wednesday 30th November.

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