We are the RISE Collective. If, like us, you believe that young people have a right to connect to their power and take their place in leading social change then this could be the role for you.
What will you be doing?
We are looking for an experienced, enterprising and talented advocate of youth development and the arts to chair RISE’s board at an exciting time for our organisation. They will help us develop and implement a strategic plan, deepen our financial sustainability and strengthen our governance. They will provide inclusive, balanced and inspiring leadership to the Board and ensure that each trustee fulfills their duties and responsibilities for the effective governance of our charity. They will hold the Board to account for RISE’s mission and vision and always uphold our values.
We are an inclusive and diverse organisation and recognise the impact of privilege and power
We aim to be fully youth-led and are working incrementally towards this
We believe inequality equals a lack of opportunity, not a lack of potential
We believe in the inherent capability of young people to fulfil their potential and support them to fight for equal access to the resources that they need.
WE ARE LOOKING FOR STRATEGIC LEADERSHIP
Championing the inclusion of marginalised young people in society through the arts
Leading the development of RISE’s Strategic Plan 2020 -2023 including emerging opportunities and risks and monitorable objectives
Supporting RISE to achieve a diversified funding model; achieving medium to long-term sustainability
Raising the professional and public profile of RISE and its members in the UK
Continuing to build positive relationships with a range of partners and stakeholders
Leading the identification and selection of trustees to diversify and strengthen our Board
Remuneration: The role is not accompanied by any financial remuneration, although expenses for travel may be claimed.
Time commitment: Four board meetings per year - generally held in London - regular meetings with the Directors/Co-Founders, representation at various events and meetings with key stakeholders. Approx. 10 days per year.
Reporting to: Board of Trustees
What are we looking for?
Success in delivering growth and change management - including strategic development (essential)
Successful fundraising or entrepreneurial activities (essential)
Experience of external representation, delivering presentations and managing stakeholders (essential)
Experience of chairing meetings and events (essential)
Experience working within the creative arts/ media or the positive transformative effect of creative activity on young people (desirable)
Experience of charity/corporate governance and working with or as part of a Board of Trustees (desirable)
Commitment to amplifying the voices of marginalised young people, both within and out of the organisation
Innate understanding of culture, privilege and power
Willingness to positively challenge the Board and Directors and introduce new ways of thinking
A strong and visible passion and commitment to RISE, its vision and values
The personal gravitas needed to lead the Board of a growing organisation
Strong interpersonal and relationship building abilities and ability to thrive in an ambassadorial role
Tact and diplomacy with the ability to listen and engage effectively
Strong networking capabilities that can be utilised for the benefit of the charity
We want our Board to play a key role in embedding and safeguarding equality and diversity throughout our mission, strategy and culture. As such you will:
What difference will you make?
We began looking for a Chair all the way back in March of this year. Right on the cusp of lockdown. At the time we could not have anticipated how long the lockdown was going to last and how RISE would respond in such unpredictable and unprecedented times. After several delays we decided to postpone the recruitment process until such a time as we could meet applicants in person, and bring our young people into the recruitment process. We also decided that rather than furloughing it was even more crucial to reach those not only experiencing the isolation of lockdown, but also living in the aftermath of the killing of George Floyd. On reflection these were the right decisions; it showed us how agile RISE is and we have in fact grown over the last 6 months, through the development and funding of new projects and our transition into online delivery, which has in fact enabled us to reach more young people than before.
RISE has always played its small part in standing in solidarity with a number of local and global movements. We stand in particular with the Black Lives Matter movement and we strive to be an actively anti-racist organisation whilst proactively using the arts as a tool to make a stand against racism and discrimination. It is with this in mind that, amongst other qualities, we actively seek a Chair who will strengthen our solidarity with BLM and who will emulate our organisation’s willingness to not only take a stand against those that perpetuate inequality but who comes from a place that sees the power in people rather than what has been taken away. And we seek someone that doesn’t always seek to operate within the system, but creates strength and structures outside of and in spite of the system.
What's in it for the volunteer?
Social inequality does not mean a lack of potential and all young people have the energy, creativity, passion and innovation to create their own futures and make our society a better place. We also know that arts and creativity ignites and unleashes the energy, passion and innovation that exists amongst disenfranchised youth, leading to self-empowerment and strengthened communities. Being a part of the RISE Collective is exciting, inspiring and gives you the opportunity to connect with and strengthen the power that resides within our young people.
A few more details
We particularly welcome applications from those who understand and who may have shared experiences with the young people we prioritise as an organisation; especially those from minoritized groups, women, those who identify as non-binary, the LGBTQI+ community, people with disabilities (including mental illness), and/ or people who identify as working class (or have done so in the past). We want our board and organisation to benefit from the advantages that a cross-section of life experiences bring.
Before you apply
Please send your CV highlighting relevant experience and a short statement addressing the role description and person specification.
Round 1: Through application by CV AND Cover Letter/Video Statement.
Round 2: Interview rounds; including meeting young people, directors and trustees.