Arvon is searching for a new Chair. Could it be you?
Arvon has been the UK’s home of creative writing for over 50 years. Our programme, led by highly acclaimed writers, spans poetry to playwriting, song to screenplay, fact to fiction, starting to finishing, and we offer grants to help with course fees for those who need it.
Our next Chair may come from one of many walks of life. We are keen to hear from people who share Arvon’s belief in the power of the imagination and our conviction that the benefits of creative writing should be available to everyone, regardless of their background or circumstances.
The Chair will be leading the Board in its discussions and decision-making at an exciting time. In 2020, in response to the pandemic, we opened our fourth writing house, Arvon at Home. This ‘virtual house’ has vastly increased our reach. Our three physical writing houses started to re-open in May, but Arvon at Home will continue, signaling our intent to become ever more inclusive and accessible.
We welcome applications from individuals who will be able to demonstrate most of the following: an understanding or experience of the arts and/or education and a belief in the transformative power of self-expression; leadership skills that include sound judgement, strategic thinking, the ability to listen to others as well as steer and conclude discussion; management skills sufficient to understand Arvon’s operating model and consider both creative ambition and long-term financial stability; an interest in fundraising and willingness to play a leading role in our fundraising activities; a commitment to Arvon being an equal, diverse and inclusive organisation.
Terms of appointment:
- This is a voluntary role and is unremunerated although reasonable expenses can be claimed
- The Chair is appointed by the Board on a four-year term with the option to renew for one further term
- The Board meets 4-6 times a year, with at least one meeting held face-to-face at one of the three Arvon writing houses
- It is expected that the time commitment for the role will be the equivalent of three days a month.
To download a full job pack including details of the application process, please click here. If you would like to discuss the role or have questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. We particularly welcome applications from all underrepresented groups.
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