Arts Alive seeks new Trustees

Arts Alive seeks new Trustees

Trustee/Governor
J68043
At a glance

Skills

  • Digital Trustees
  • Social media marketing
  • Financial management
  • Fundraising strategy
  • Researching funders / writing proposals
  • Database
  • General management
  • HR
  • Volunteer management
  • Governance

Where

Bishops Castle, SY9 5AQ
Mainly at home
Travel limit? we could consider a 'digital trustee' - but i imagine some face to face meetings would be required.

Time

Either in or out of office hours Estimate of time needed:
0-5 hours / month
The time commitment for trustees is attendance at 4 meetings per year, plus a biennial away day. There may be some work between meetings.

Deadline

10 Aug 2020

Running for 21 years, Arts Alive, incorporating the award winning Flicks in the Sticks is a much loved local organisation working in Shropshire and Herefordshire. We have some gaps in our expertise and would love some new energy!

What will you be doing?

Trustees will be involved in:

  • Regular attendance and contributions to our quarterly board meetings and our bi-annual away day
  • Acting as a sounding board for our staff team and sharing your individual areas of expertise
  • Feeding into the business planning process and policy development to ensure Arts Alive is operating strategically
  • Building, strengthening and maintaining relationships with our core funders, donors and audiences
  • Supporting us to find new sources of income and feeding into the development of our fundraising strategy
  • Bringing a range of connections from the wider artistic and business communities
     

Other Information

The time commitment for trustees is attendance at 4 meetings per year, plus a biennial away day. There may be some work between meetings to help fulfil specific strategic issues, but this will depend on the Board members and their availability.

Board papers are emailed in advance of meetings and are available on our online portal. Preparation prior to the meeting is expected.  We will also encourage board members to provide additional time to support specific tasks or initiatives and to provide a sounding board to the staff and other board members. Meetings are normally located in Ludlow, but this can change to suit Trustees.

The role of a trustee is a volunteer position and is not remunerated, but expenses including travel and child care may be claimed.

We believe it is vital board members see our artistic work and would also encourage board members to represent the company at networking and other events.

What are we looking for?

Arts Alive welcomes all applications, but trustees wish to increase their diversity and expertise in particular areas, and would particularly welcome applications from:

  • Individuals from ethnic minorities and socially diverse backgrounds
  • Those who would consider themselves to have a disability – to promote equality, diversity and inclusion through the work we do
  • Individuals who have experience in fundraising – to offer experience and advice to the organisation
  • Individuals knowledgeable in digital practices – to act as a Digital Trustee to drive and support Arts Alive’s future digital development

We do not expect any one individual to fulfil all these roles!

 

All trustees will be expected to:

  • Assist in monitoring financial information
  • Support fundraising strategies
  • Advocate on our behalf
  • Assess priorities for action planning
  • Have knowledge and enthusiasm for the arts, cultural and heritage sectors
  • Comply with all legal requirements, e.g. Charity Commission
  • Monitor Arts Alive in delivering its mission, aims and objectives
  • Evaluate the performance of the organisation and the board

 

Trustees will be involved in:

  • Regular attendance and contributions to our quarterly board meetings and our bi-annual away day
  • Acting as a sounding board for our staff team and sharing your individual areas of expertise
  • Feeding into the business planning process and policy development to ensure Arts Alive is operating strategically
  • Building, strengthening and maintaining relationships with our core funders, donors and audiences
  • Supporting us to find new sources of income and feeding into the development of our fundraising strategy

Bringing a range of connections from the wider artistic and business communities

What difference will you make?

The Board of Trustees has some long standing and loyal Trustees, but of course from time to time, and often through personal reasons, Trustees move on. This has left us with some gaps in certain skills, and of course in terms on numbers and the energy and passion this brings.

We have a great team running Arts Alive and Flicks in the Sticks, but they of course need support from the Board, and particularly with some skills that may be lacking in the team.

We really want our board to be diverse - from all sorts of backgrounds, communities, faiths. So anyone that embraces diversity would be welcome.

This year has of course been very difficult with all our events cancelled. Our village venues are beginning to consider putting on events, but this may be far and few between. Our funders are supportive so there won't be any issues with regard to us financially, this year at least. However, it does feel like a pivotal time for the organisation, and with this period of reflection, and a new business plan being formulated it would be a great time to join us.

What's in it for the volunteer?

Arts Alive has been through a great period of change but there is a real sense that we are now set to develop our work like never before! To help us achieve this, and make a real difference to people who live in rural communities in our area, we would really welcome anyone that shares our passion for the arts and what it can achieve, and the effects on peoples lives. The work for you will be enjoyable and should give you a real sense of achievement and satisfaction. You will be able to go to events and see the differences it makes to whole communities.

A few more details

A phone call or zoom chat with our chairman is available for questions if required.

Before you apply

Arts Alive is committed to working towards Equal Opportunity for all and is determined that in its provision of services it will seek to ensure equality of opportunity. We are particularly interested in receiving applications from potential trustees from culturally diverse backgrounds or who would consider themselves to have a disability.
Causes
  • Arts
  • Local / community
  • Voluntary sector support
  • Arts Alive and Flicks in the Sticks works with over 140 local communities in rural areas to bring great cultural events to village halls, chosen by and hosted by the local community. These events...