This is an exciting volunteer opportunity to join the Board of Directors at the John Peel Centre for Creative Arts in Stowmarket, Suffolk. 2021 represents a pivotal time in the history of the JPC. The arts and leisure industries have been significantly impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic and we cannot there will be more challenges to come. However, we are also determined to come out of this pandemic with an arts and community space and programme that will support our community in its recovery and thrive once again. The first exciting step in this journey came in January 2021 when Mid Suffolk District Council committed to leasing 11 Market Place to the John Peel Centre for a nominal rent. This is a huge opportunity for growth and marks a step-change for the JPC and our delivery. For this reason, we are looking to increase the skills and knowledge base within our leadership team.
As Director of Inclusion, Accessibility & Diversity, you will lead a small committee responsible for ensuring regulatory compliance and embedding a culture of learning and continuous improvement so that the JPC can demonstrate the highest possible standards to our stakeholders. As well as building expertise within the organisation, making sure that our legal position is robust, you will work with staff to ensure learning is captured and embedded.
This position seeks to help all people feel welcome and valued at the JPC, and to ensure that stakeholders of all backgrounds, beliefs, and abilities are able to come together for the common purpose of enjoyment of the arts. As a Director, you will work at the heart of driving the JPC forward, and we are looking for someone with the personal credibility and authority to influence, and confidence and curiosity to ask difficult questions, coach and challenge JPC team members at all levels. We anticipate that the role will include the following areas:
Research & Continual Best Practice – We are looking for someone to steer the way, acting as a focal point for best practice in relation to accessibility Diversity and Inclusion; someone who is a strategist who can implement an approach to best practice; and a visionary who can inspire the wider organisation and JPC Stakeholders. You will identify interventions required and lead in their implementation. You’ll work closely with external influencers and advisory groups so that you can showcase success and bring current thinking and best practice into our constantly evolving processes. You will work with staff and other Directors to plan and deliver relevant community/stakeholder consultation, around organisational delivery, programming, and structural developments. As a key member of the board of directors, you will support staff to create a clear roadmap and action plan that ensures tangible impact and that drives continual, long-term improvements. You will also actively support staff to stamp out, report and record any acts of discrimination, which will be used for ongoing learning.
Policy Development - You will be responsible for shaping the JPC inclusion and diversity policy as well as reviewing, monitoring and updating the JPC Equal Opportunities policy and relevant procedures. You will be coming in to shape our culture and set a clear direction for a future in which we will deliver the best environment for our people and our customers.
Advocacy - You will have accessibility, inclusion and diversity for employees, volunteers, customers, performers, and all stakeholders at the centre of your ambitions in relation to the JPC. You will lead in promoting changes within the JPC and the wider community. Your influence will empower the JPCs people to deliver events and services that align our organisational values.
• Ideally 3 years’ experience on issues of equality and non-discrimination
• Demonstrable awareness of diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility best practices
• Excellent people management skills, able to operate with a clear, concise and accessible approach.
• A confident leader and communicator who can translate strategy into real-life action
• A natural collaborator with the empathy and assertiveness.
• The ability to foster constructive dialogue with different groups, establish ongoing communication structures, and work in collaboration with others to ensure an inclusive environment
• Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills with experience in facilitation and presenting to groups/leading consultation
• Highly organised, with good time management skills
• Experience of building relationships with key stakeholders and decision makers
• The ability to build the trust of community groups
• Negotiation and persuasion skills
• The ability to work as part of a team
• Conflict-resolution skills
• Self-motivation and an ability to use initiative
• Flexibility and the ability to work across all levels and meet changing requirements.
The John Peel Centre for Creative Arts is an ambitious project to provide a lasting tribute to the life and career of the much-loved broadcaster and create a high quality, community-owned, Arts Centre in the heart of Suffolk. The team behind the project set out to bring an unused and decaying historic building back into use and create an inspirational environment to foster the creative energy of local people and enable wider enjoyment of the arts.