£49,500 - £60,000 per year
Permanent, Full-time
Job description

A global opportunity to make a difference through the power of the arts

We are looking to recruit an Executive Director to work closely with our Trustees in order to shape and implement our aims and ambitions of the organization.

Base Salary: £49,500 – £60,000 per annum (dependent on experience) with additional performance incentives

Start date: January 2022


About us

The International Schools Theatre Association (ISTA) is a not-for-profit membership organisation and charity with over 40 years’ history, comprising over 250 member schools and organisations across the world. ISTA believes that the future of our world depends on confident, internationally minded, collaborative and culturally literate people who are empowered to engage with and change the world responsibly. To this end, ISTA brings together people from all walks of life to explore, brainstorm, play, collaborate, express and share. Harnessing the power of the arts, we deliver transformational learning experiences, led by an inspirational and diverse community of performing arts experts. Educators play a key role in the fulfillment of our mission. We therefore offer educators worldwide the opportunity to come together to develop themselves, their pedagogy and their skills, equipping and empowering them to bring about this change through theatre. Further, ISTA brings together young people, artists and teachers from different countries in different settings to experience, create and learn about theatre. We passionately value diversity and collaboration, celebration and play, friendship and collegiality. 

As we look to develop ISTA through the 2020s and to what our world needs in terms of compassionate, global citizens, the Executive Director will expand and modernise our structures and systems, while keeping true to our core beliefs, values and culture, and ensure effective collaboration across ISTA’s central team, Trustees, and wider membership. Working closely with a range of key stakeholders, the Executive Director will have responsibility for allocating and prioritising resources so that we can continue to extend our remit bringing people together to question their place and role in the world, form new identities, communities and partnerships through the power of the arts. 

This is an exciting opportunity to be a lead advocate for ISTA, and work closely with the Chair, Vice Chair and other members of ISTA’s Management Team to shape and implement our vision. Together you will help shape ISTA's strategic vision and development, and be responsible for ensuring key goals are realisable and attained.

The Executive Director will be responsible for effective leadership and execution of the Board of Trustees’ agreed strategic objectives; the operational day-to-day management of ISTA with primary responsibility for budget setting, financial and membership management, as well as the development of new funding opportunities and engagement with prospective partners and supporters to make ISTA a more diverse, inclusive and vibrant organisation.

The role would suit a highly motivated individual who is prepared to be actively ‘hands on’ and pragmatic in their approach, and to undertake daily tasks, especially in relation to the ISTA’s operations and organisation.


Who we are looking for

This is an exciting opportunity for an internationally-minded person with considerable experience of running not-for-profit global programmes and events  / arts / educational  / membership organisation or close equivalent. ISTA’s values of collaboration, international-mindedness, learning, play, creativity, diversity and connection should resonate strongly with the next Executive Director. 

To be successful in this role you will bring expertise in strategic planning, operational management and financial management within an arts /  membership organisation to ensure ISTA’s programmes, financial model and ambitions are achieved and sustainable.

This role requires financial, operational and strategic input, so we are seeking someone with high levels of financial acumen, business planning, budget setting and operational resource management. Previous successful line management is essential.

For the full job description and to apply: please visit our website

Closing date: 23 October,  2021

Online Interviews: Provisionally scheduled from Monday 1 November, 2021

ISTA is committed to equal opportunities and welcomes applications from all sections of the community from all corners of the world

UK Registered charity number: 1050 103 


Posted on: 24 September 2021
Closed date: 23 October 2021
Tags: Fundraising, Senior Management

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