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We’re recruiting

Director (Full-time/Permanent) 

The John Hewitt Society seeks to appoint a Director.

Location: The Society’s offices, currently in the Metropolitan Arts Centre (MAC), in Belfast city centre.

Hours: Full-time (37.5 hours per week)

Salary: £26,000 - £28,000 (based on experience) plus contributory pension.

Contract: This is a permanent full-time position. A probationary period of six months will apply.

The John Hewitt Society is a major arts and culture organisation based in Northern Ireland. It provides opportunities for people from Northern Ireland and elsewhere to experience all types of culture from literature to the visual arts as well as political debate, and thereby to explore issues of difference and identity. A core principle of the Society is to work in partnership with other literary and non-literary organisations. 

The Society’s current strategic aims:

  • Consolidate the reputation of the John Hewitt Society as Northern Ireland’s main literary organisation with an artistic reach across the region and beyond.

  • Continuously improve the John Hewitt International Summer School as Northern Ireland’s main literary event.

  • Develop new audiences, including through the expansion of community outreach initiatives, to build a more diverse audience, reflective of the wider regional society.

At time of writing The Society is setting priorities for the company strategic plan 2019 – 2021.The Director will manage the next stage in The John Hewitt Society’s development.

The Director’s overall role is to deliver the Society’s strategy on a day to day basis. The postholder reports to the Society’s governing bodies – its Board and Committee – and works closely with both. In addition, the Director advises on policy and strategy and is therefore well-placed to shape the Society’s development.

The Right candidate

The successful candidate will join the Society at an important and stimulating time in its development and will therefore steer the organisation through its next phase of growth. They will be responsible for the Society’s operational and strategic management and for financial management and fundraising. Their duties will also take in oversight of policy, operational delivery of all projects, developmental work, and a range of engagement activities, including with stakeholders, sponsors and other arts organisations.

To apply

The successful candidate will be selected on the basis of their application form and a 45-minute interview before a three-person panel.

It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure their application arrives in time and in the appropriate format and with the completed monitoring form.

Download Job Specification (PDF)

Download Application Form (Word)

Download Monitoring Form  (Word)

Completed applications to be emailed to hilary@johnhewittsociety.org   

Applications to be submitted by noon on 23 April 2019. Late applications will not be accepted.

Shortlisted candidates will be notified as soon after the deadline as possible.

Interviews will take place 1-2 May 2019.

Please note: CVs will not be accepted.

We are an equal opportunities employer. We do not discriminate on grounds of: age, sex, religious belief, race, sexuality, marital status, disability or political opinion, or on the basis of whether a person has dependents. We practice equality of opportunity in employment to select the best person for the job.

The John Hewitt Society is principally funded by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

Post subject to funding being available.