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We are currently recruiting for  a new Chair of our Board of Trustees and new members of our Board of Trustees.

If you are interested in finding out more come along to our Meet & Greet event on Zoom with CEO/Artistic Director Hannah Robertshaw and Exec Director Bhuvan Sharma on Thursday 8th September. This is a chance to get a flavour of the team, find out more and bring your own questions.


Chair of the Yorkshire Dance Board of Trustees

Voluntary position covering out of pocket expenses

Are you passionate about the arts and dance and its impact on communities to create a positive change? Are you interested in leading a group of creative thinkers and strategists and using your strategic leadership skills to help Yorkshire Dance, a registered charity to thrive?

Following the completion of her 6-year tenure, our Chair, Shirley Parks is stepping down, having guided the organisation brilliantly creating growth and stability. This coincides with the CEO Wieke Eringa, who has been in post for 15 years, moving to a new role at University of Leeds. During this time the organisation has seen huge growth in (inter) national and cross sector partnerships, reputation and has developed greater clarity of strategic vision and purpose.

As a pro-active and forward-thinking board, we are taking this opportunity to review the organisational leadership structure. This means that the new chair will be able to contribute to the review process and help to shape the leadership of Yorkshire Dance for the future.

We are looking for a highly motivated, values driven, senior professional strategist who is passionate about social justice, community, and leadership. Our Trustees bring specific skills and expertise, including in HR, finance, legal, fundraising, digital, capital development and artistic development. This means we are seeking a chair with broad strategic skills and ideally strong, relevant professional networks in Leeds and the region.

As the chair of the board, your role will be to:

· With the board and executive team, set the organisation’s strategic aims, be a critical friend and ensure the necessary financial and human resources are in place for us to meet our objectives;

· Provide leadership of the organisation within a framework of prudent and effective controls which enable risk to be assessed and managed;

· With the board and executives, set the organisation’s values and standards and ensure that its obligations to its stakeholders, key funders and others are understood and met;

· Keep the executives of the organisation up to date with any changes/trends within your field of expertise which might impact the organisation directly or indirectly;

· Represent the organisation at various events and networking opportunities and be an advocate, where appropriate.

We pride ourselves on being a welcoming board where diverse perspectives are sought and respected. Our governance has been hailed as a model of good practice by our core funders including Arts Council England.

“I immediately felt welcomed, valued and heard. I’ve learned a great deal from the other board members and the wider organisation – the passion, commitment, and drive of Yorkshire Dance makes you want to be part of that positive energy.” Maria Maynard, Yorkshire Dance Trustee

Further information

Please download our Chair role pack to find out more. Browse our current Board of Trustees here. If you would like to have an informal, confidential chat about this opportunity, or have any queries, please contact our consultant Gregory Nash

How to apply

There are three ways to apply. A letter of up to 2 pages, an audio recording of up to 8 minutes (MP3 file ) or a video application of up to 8 minutes (MP4) using WeTransfer.

Please explain why you are interested in becoming Chair and outline how your skills and experience meet the Chair Profile in the role description pack. Please include your CV and email to admin@yorkshiredance.com with the subject ‘Chair of the Board’.

The deadline for applications is: 10am on Monday 19 September 2022


Members of Yorkshire Dance Board of Trustees

Voluntary position covering out of pocket expenses

Are you someone who is passionate about the arts, dance and its impact in the community to create positive change? Would you like a chance to use your skills to help the community? Are you interested in creative thinking, strategic planning and expanding your network within Yorkshire?

We are especially keen to hear from individuals with one of the following areas of expertise:

  • HR: a good understanding of UK Employment law, able to guide the organisation on various HR related issues, including updating related policies and maintaining best practice.
  • Finance: The trustee will lead the Finance & HR sub-committee and ensure the organisation’s financial position is in control and the various controls set are being maintained. Having a deep knowledge of charity accounts, experience in audit and a background in financial accounts is desirable as is being a qualified accountant.
  • Legal: Qualified Lawyer, specialising in litigation, able to support the Exec team in their management of our (paid) legal service providers.

As a Trustee, your role will be to:

  • With the board and executive team, set the organisation’s strategic aims, be a critical friend and ensure the necessary financial and human resources are in place for us to meet our objectives.
  • Provide leadership of the organisation within a framework of prudent and effective controls which enable risk to be assessed and managed.
  • With the board and executives, set the organisation’s values and standards and ensure that its obligations to its stakeholders, key funders and others are understood and met.
  • Keep the executives of the organisation up to date with any changes/trends within your field of expertise which might impact the organisation directly or indirectly.
  • Represent the organisation at various events and networking opportunities and be an advocate, where appropriate.

Further information

Please download our Trustee role pack to find out more. Browse our current Board of Trustees here. If you would like to have an informal, confidential chat about this opportunity, or have any queries, please contact our Executive Director Bhuvan Sharma.

How to apply

There are three ways to apply. Send a covering letter, an audio recording of up to 4 minutes (MP3 file ) or a video application of up to 4 minutes (MP4) using WeTransfer.

Please explain why you are interested in becoming a Trustee and outline how your skills and experience meet the Trustee Profile in the role description pack. Please include your CV and email to bhuvansharma@yorkshiredance.com with the subject ‘Trustee Recruitment’.

The deadline for applications is: 10am on Monday 12 September 2022

 


About Yorkshire Dance

Each year Yorkshire Dance supports 200 local dance artists, hosts 4 dance festivals, runs 4 sub-regional dance networks and delivers 1,500 weekly community dance sessions for over 1,500 participants. Dance sessions take place in our studios, in community centres and care homes throughout Leeds and Bradford. You can find out more about our current programmes on our website and social media.


Benefits of working at Yorkshire Dance

 

  • Hybrid working including time in the office and at home (if required).
  • Training opportunities both relevant to your role and the organisation (e.g. the full staff team have recently undertaken training in anti-racism, Dementia Awareness and Trans Awareness)
  • Pension scheme
  • An annual Go See Fund to purchase tickets for dance performances (and complimentary tickets for most performances run by Yorkshire Dance).
  • Membership of the professional bodies (where relevant)
  • Maternity and sickness pay in line with our policies
  • Tech scheme
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Bus to Work scheme (discounts on First Bus and Trans Dev)
  • Eye care

Recruitment Statement

Our jobs are open to all.

We recognise the positive values of diversity, promote equality and challenge discrimination. We welcome and encourage job applications from people of all backgrounds.

Our jobs are open to all and we particularly welcome applications from D/deaf, disabled and neuro-diverse people, people of African or Caribbean heritage and people of South, East and South East Asian heritage, as they are currently under-represented at Yorkshire Dance.

We will commit to interviewing people who are ethnically diverse or have a disability who meet the essential criteria of for the role.

We operate a transparent scoring system, applying a score against each response the candidate gives to the essential skills and experience required by this role. If you would like more information about the scoring system please contact us by emailing admin@yorkshiredance.com.

There is a tick box on the application form which asks: Do you wish to be considered for this role due to experiencing racism or a disability?  [  ]

Please tick this box if relevant to you. We will never ask for clarifying or supporting information at application stage. Information collected within the equal opportunities form is kept separately and anonymously and does not form part of the selection process.

If you require support in completing your application, or would like to receive or submit the application in an alternative format, please contact our Administrator Lizz on: admin@yorkshiredance.com

 

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