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Vacancy: Experienced Foundation Director

The Stuart Hall Foundation is seeking an experienced Executive Director to lead the development of our work as we grow the foundation.

Role Summary

The Executive Director will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for the Stuart Hall Foundation’s mission, staff, programme, development, and implementation of its mission. He or she will provide the highest level of executive leadership, management and business planning. Working with the Foundation’s Trustees, the Executive Director will implement the Foundation’s strategic plans and develop collaborative partnerships in order to achieve the Foundation’s vision and objectives.

Job Description

Under the strategic guidance of the Chair, Vice-chair and the Board of Trustees the Executive Director will be responsible for the following areas of work:

Strategy and Planning

  • Develop a sustainable shared vision for the Foundation in consultation with the Board of Trustees, staff and principal stakeholders.
  • Provide executive leadership, principally through the effective development, management and monitoring of the Foundation’s strategic plan and programme of activities.
  • Lead the Foundation’s commitment to the principles of cultural diversity and equality.

Scholarships and Fellowships Programme & Residencies and Commissions Programme

  • To develop and lead the Scholarships and Fellowships & Residencies and Commissions programmes, setting up and running activities and initiatives, both nationally and internationally.

Public Programme

  • To develop and lead the public programme, setting up and running a programme of activities and events (including film screenings, panel discussions, book launches etc.).


  • Plan and execute a fundraising strategy to ensure the development and sustainability of the Foundation through the identification of funding opportunities in the public and private sectors.

External Communications

  • To maintain and enhance the company’s reputation within the relevant sectors and amongst the general public.
  • Develop and maintain high-level; external relations, including major donors and political decision-makers.
  • To develop and deliver PR, marketing and profile raising strategies for the organisation, liaising regularly with stakeholders to ensure that the organisation’s vision and mission are understood and supported.
  • Act as an ambassador for the Foundation and develop its national and international profile.


  • Provide effective and inspirational leadership to the Foundation’s staff, embedding a culture that embraces continual improvement and that enables innovation, risk-taking and excellence to flourish.
  • To oversee financial management, to set and maintain annual budgets.
  • To ensure the delivery of timely management accounts.
  • Ensure that the Foundation, its Board and staff comply with all legal obligations and the highest ethical standards expected of charitable organisations.


  • Lead the relationship with the Foundation’s Board and be responsible for effective communication with the Chair and Trustees; also with the Foundation's partners including universities, and with Fellows and donors.
  •  Report regularly to the Board on progress in achieving the Foundation’s vision and objectives and on the implementation of strategic and business plans.
  • To support the achievements of the Board’s individual and collective objectives.


Experience and Abilities


  • Ability to work strategically, delivering a vision for the organisation and drawing up and delivering a business plan;
  • Ability to develop and deliver an artistic programme, including running of events;
  • Ability to work collaboratively with a range of partners;
  • Knowledge of financial management and reporting, including strong budgetary skills and financial analyses;
  • Knowledge of necessary legislation and appropriate policies;
  • Outstanding communication and advocacy skills to influence at the highest levels and engage with national and international audiences and media;
  • Experience of successful fundraising both from the public and private sectors;
  • Knowledge of governance and of working with a Board of Trustees;
  •  At least 5 years’ experience of running an organisation.


  • Knowledge of Stuart Hall’s work;
  • Experience of developing and delivering an online programme;


Appointment process and how to apply

Salary: £60,000 per annum pro rata

Working hours: up to 3 days per week

Holidays: 25 days’ holiday plus statutory public holidays per annum on a pro rata basis

Location: Central London (TBC)

Appointment subject to an initial 3 months’ period of probation, during which performance will be regularly reviewed. On completion of the probationary period, notice will be one month on either side. References essential.

To apply please send your CV accompanied by a covering letter (one side of A4 maximum) explaining why you are seeking this position and how you fit the criteria. Please provide contact details of two referees, we will not contact your referees without your permission.

For any enquiries, please contact Ilze Rieba at

Closing date for applications Friday 17th March.