LAS seeks to appoint a new Chair in early 2017 and welcomes expressions of interest from potential candidates. A description of the position and the candidate qualities sought is attached below. The person appointed will have a sound knowledge of Scottish literature and languages at a local, national and international level, familiarity with the principles and practice of leadership and management and knowledge of the principles of corporate governance.
The Chair serves for a term of three years, which is renewable for a further term of three years.
As Literature Alliance Scotland is a SCIO (Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation), the position is unremunerated but expenses reasonably incurred in connection with carrying out the duties of Chair will be met.
How to Apply
If you are interested in putting your name forward for this position, please send a CV and covering letter by email to Dr Donald Smith, Vice-Chair on firstname.lastname@example.org by 31 January 2017.
- Advance the interests of Scottish literature and languages at a local, national and international level.
- Fulfil a strong ambassadorial role for Scottish literature and languages in consultation with members of Literature Alliance Scotland.
- Provide leadership to the Board of Trustees and Members of Literature Alliance Scotland and ensure that Trustees and Members fulfil their duties and responsibilities as a SCIO (Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation).
- Provide leadership to the Board of Trustees and Members in setting the future strategy for Literature Alliance Scotland.
- Ensure that the values and objectives of Literature Alliance Scotland are regularly reviewed.
- Chair Board and Member meetings and oversee an effective administration.
- Represent Literature Alliance Scotland and promote the organisation to government, local authorities, external partners, stakeholders and funders.
- A sound knowledge of Scottish literature and languages at a local, national and international level
- Familiarity with the principles and practice of leadership and management
- Knowledge of the principles of corporate governance
- Active involvement with Scottish literature and languages in one or more fields
- Acquaintance with leadership and management within the public sector
- Familiarity with working collectively and in partnership
- Strategic thinking and problem solving
- Strong ambassadorial skills
- Sound independent thinker and ability to think creatively
- Ability to work as a member of a team
- Managing finance and accounts
- Excellent spoken and written communications skills
- Strong commitment to the values and objectives of Literature Alliance Scotland
- Convenient access to Edinburgh is desirable since most (but not all) meetings are held there.