Now Hiring! New Director

8 January 2018

We are looking for a dynamic, professional Director for an exciting new position at The Barakat Trust, to lead the charity to new heights.

This a new and exciting position for The Barakat Trust, the new Director will play a key role in leading the organisation into a new phase of growth, as well as developing new activities in the area of Islamic arts, heritage and culture.

Job Description Summary

You will have strong managerial experience, preferably in an arts, heritage and culture setting, with proven leadership skills in the areas of strategic planning, fundraising, organisational development and personnel.

You will lead on the management and operation of The Barakat Trust, focusing on financial and staff management, fundraising, arts heritage and culture programme development, relationship building with stakeholders and donors and complying with funders.

You be responsible for generating the income and funds necessary to ensure that the future of The Barakat Trust is financially sustainable.

The post will have a strong emphasis on ensuring smooth daily operations and developing the activities and services offered by The Barakat Trust, to give it a sustainable future, as well as managing its trading arm Barakat Culture CIC.

You will ensuring the overall successful delivery of the charity’s registered objectives, that are “the advancement, improvement, development and maintenance of education in, and the appreciation of, Islamic art by any means the trustees see fit, including through the award of educational grants and the funding of publications and exhibitions…”.

The Trust is currently developing a new three-year strategy and business plan, and as Director, you will be responsible for its subsequent delivery.

Person Specification

The successful candidate will have the following:

  • Knowledge and experience of working in an arts, heritage or culture organisation, with an empathy for the Islamic arts
  • Proven leadership and management ability in the areas of strategic planning, fundraising, organisational development and human resource management for a minimum of 2 years in a senior management role in medium-sized organisation;
  • Experience in applying different fundraising methods including individual giving, sponsorship, applications to trusts and foundations, fundraising events etc.;
  • Successful track record of raising funds and income generation from a wide range of sources and implementing new activities and services;
  • Sound understanding of management accounts and accounting requirements as they relate to charities and social enterprises;

About The Barakat Trust

The Barakat Trust is a UK registered charity established in 1987 and is committed to supporting and promoting the preservation and study of Islamic art, heritage, architecture and culture for future generations.

The Barakat Trust provides financial support for the study and research of the material and visual cultures of Islamic societies, scholarships and grants in Islamic art, history, architecture and archaeology, at the world's most respected academic and cultural institutions at post-graduate and post-doctoral level. The Barakat Trust also supports exhibitions, lectures, conferences, archaeological excavations, conservation projects, surveys and documentation, travel grants and scholarly publications with a focus on promoting the contribution of Islamic arts, heritage and culture.

Recently, The Barakat Trust celebrated 30 years of grant giving, having supported over 600 grantees from over 40 countries. The Barakat Trust is now looking forward to a new stage of its development.

Other information

Salary scale: £45,000-50,000 per annum dependent on experience;

Hours: 35 hours per week;

Contract: Fixed term for one year initially;

Entitlements: 25 days holiday per annum and 5% pension contribution;

Location: Homebased initially, pending securing suitable premises in Central London;

Download the application form and supporting documents from The Guardian

We are only able to accept applications by email and are unable to accept late applications or CVs. The Barakat Trust aims to be an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

The Barakat Trust is a registered charity in England and Wales Charity No 1136842

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