Literature Alliance Scotland is looking to expand our Board of Trustees’ skills and knowledge by appointing two dynamic Trustees with experience or specific knowledge of Equalities, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI), and/or fundraising.
We also want our Board and activity to have broader representation from all communities and actively encourage expressions of interest from potential candidates who self-identify as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Colour) / BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic), disabled, working-class, LGBTQ+ and their intersections.
We would intend for the new appointees to take up their role in March 2021.
Literature Alliance Scotland (LAS) is a membership organisation committed to advancing the interests of literature and languages at home and abroad. With more than 30 member organisations, we’re Scotland’s largest literary network for literature and languages, bringing together writers, publishers, educators, librarians, literature organisations and national cultural bodies.
As LAS is a SCIO (Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation), the Trustee positions are voluntary and unpaid, however, reasonable out of pocket expenses will be met.
Please see below for further information about the role and the candidate qualities and experience we’re looking for.
How to apply
If you would like to join our Board of Trustees, please send a CV (two pages max) and a short accompanying statement (one-page max) telling us why you’d like to get involved and what you think you can offer. Please email your CV and statement to LAS Chair Peggy Hughes via firstname.lastname@example.org
EXTENDED DEADLINE: 12 noon on Mon 8 Mar 2021.
We will contact shortlisted candidates to arrange a convenient time to meet via Zoom with LAS Chair Peggy Hughes, Projects and Communications Manager Jenny Kumar and another Trustee to have an informal discussion.
Any questions? Please email Peggy Hughes via email@example.com
Information about being a Trustee of Literature Alliance Scotland.
Our vision is that LAS is a trusted, strong collective voice for Scotland’s literature and languages, which are celebrated locally, nationally and internationally.
LAS was formed in spring 2015 as successor to the Literature Forum for Scotland, which was first set up in 2001, at the invitation of the then Literature Committee of the Scottish Arts Council. In 2006, following a review of its remit by the Scottish Arts Council, the Literature Forum was formally recognised as a national Advisory Council for Literature and acted in this capacity. In mid-2014, Literature Forum members decided to review the organisation’s future role and to consider how it should develop to become a stronger and more inclusive voice for literature and languages in Scotland and abroad, leading to the transition in spring 2015 to Literature Alliance Scotland.
Our 2021 programme of work places equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) at its heart and offers two interconnected programme strands of ‘upskill’ and ‘connect and collaborate’ supported by effective communications and advocacy that will:
- Deliver a responsive programme for members and the sector to better communicate, connect and collaborate in challenging times.
- Be more inclusive and accessible to engage more people and diverse voices
- Provide professional development opportunities for members
- Utilise improved digital communications to advocate for the sector and tell the stories of Scotland’s literature and languages.
This will give us the tools to become a healthier, more robust, and resilient ecosystem for the collective good of our membership and our sector.
The LAS membership actively participates in shaping and contributing to LAS’ main areas of work: our Writers’ Advisory Group; our Literature Talks series of writing commissions; our “lifechanging” career development programme Next Level for mid-career literature professionals not represented at senior levels; championing the sector through advocacy and at events; our members’ professional development programme; and at our dynamic Member meetings, and annual Sector Away Day & AGM offering rich learning, discussion and connection.
Our income comes from membership fees and funding from The National Lottery through Creative Scotland.
LAS became a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Institution (SCIO) in March 2016. Under its Constitution LAS has a Board of Trustees elected by the membership at the Annual General Meeting, which takes place in the Autumn. The Board is headed by a Chair and Co-Vice-Chair(s) and these office bearer roles, along with a Treasurer, are appointed from amongst the Board of Trustees by the Trustees. Please note that we also intend to appoint a new Chair from the Trustees in the Spring.
The role of the Board of Trustees is to determine the overall strategic direction of LAS, monitoring progress towards our objectives and taking collective responsibility to ensure the good governance of the organisation. Our Trustees should be prepared to act as advocates and to be actively involved in LAS’ programme of work as Task and Finish Leads for our range of exciting projects and activities.
Trustee applications are welcome from within and outwith the membership of LAS. It is not essential to have previous experience as a Trustee to apply.
Our Trustees perform the following functions:
- Ensure the organisation complies with its constitution, charity law and any other relevant legislation or regulation.
- Contribute actively to the role of the Board of Trustees in giving strategic direction to the organisation, setting and maintaining the mission, vision and values of the organisation and evaluating the organisation’s performance.
- Actively help with overseeing/leading projects in LAS’ programme of work
- Establish policies and procedures to govern organisational activity
- Ensure that the charity pursues its objectives as defined in its governing document
- Ensure the effective and efficient administration of the charity and ensure its financial stability.
Time commitment – In these digital times, the LAS Board of Trustees will meet virtually six times a year on Zoom. Trustees will be expected to prepare for and attend these meetings as well as our Annual General Meeting, which takes place in the Autumn. Attendance at our Member meetings is optional. Board meetings, which usually last up to 90 minutes on Zoom, will take place every other month in 2021 on a working day.
Expenses – As we are a SCIO, all Trustees volunteer their time and the role is unpaid, however, out-of-pocket expenses reasonably incurred in connection with carrying out Trustees’ duties will be met.
Candidate Qualities and Experience
- An understanding of and/or passion for Scottish literature and languages and/or the wider artistic and cultural landscape
- Strong commitment to the vision and objectives of Literature Alliance Scotland
- Be committed to devoting the necessary time and effort to the role of Trustee by preparing well for board meetings and actively contributing to them.
- Good independent judgment and the ability to think creatively.
- Familiarity with the principles and practice of leadership and management
- Knowledge of the principles of corporate governance.
- Acquaintance with leadership and management within the public sector
- Familiarity with working collectively and in partnership.
- Experience/ knowledge of Equalities, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) and/or fundraising.
- An understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship.
- Strategic thinking and problem solving
- Strong ambassadorial skills
- Ability to work as a member of a team
- Excellent spoken and written communications skills