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Director of Volunteering

Working as part of the board of charity trustees, we are seeking to recruit an additional trustee to support and manage our volunteers.

About the role

We are recruiting a new trustee to take up the voluntary position of Director of Volunteering (a joint role with an existing trustee). The appointed trustee will be responsible for organising the scheduling of volunteers for both front of house and backstage roles. The workload is shared between the two trustees.

As a charity which operates the theatre’s day-to-day activities and a volunteer base of 150 people, we are looking to recruit an exceptional person who will be crucial in ensuring the effective running of each production. 

The roles involve:

  • Scheduling volunteers according to their availability to ensure full cover for every show, both front of house and backstage.
  • Planning and organising training for new volunteers and preparing them for volunteering at the theatre as well as supporting existing volunteers to expand their range of skills.
  • Communicating with volunteers about news from the Theatre Board
  • Being the first point of contact for the volunteers.

The coordination of the volunteers is mainly done electronically using an online database and communication tools, so having excellent computer skills is a must to ensure you can effectively carry out the role.  Whilst there are established processes already in place, there will be plenty of opportunities for you to make your own mark on how the roles are carried out.

Time commitment

The time commitment varies depending on the activities in the theatre.  However, we anticipate approximately 4-6 hours per week during the busy periods of scheduling and organising the volunteers.

In addition, you will attend 12 trustee meetings each year (approx. 2 hours per meeting, usually held on the first Monday of each month).  Meetings are currently held over video conferencing so you need to be willing to familiarise yourself with this. 

We also ask all trustees to volunteer to act as duty managers for 2-4 shows per month (approx. 4 hours over the course of the evening, usually between the hours of 6-10pm).

Benefits the role would provide

Involvement in one of the country’s top community-led theatres, working with remarkable people from across a wide range of backgrounds to deliver great entertainment to the people of York.

Who we are looking for

We are seeking a new trustee who is able to provide the skills, time and interest in community theatre to help us make a real difference to our volunteers and to users of the theatre. 

As well as requiring excellent computer skills, the role demands first class communication skills and enthusiasm about managing our volunteers. 

The new trustee will have a willingness to get involved in helping run the Joseph Rowntree Theatre, increase our role in local communities and widen participation in our activities.

Interested in finding out more?

If you are interested and want to find out more, email Barbara Boyce, Volunteering Director, on barbara.boyce@jrtheatre.co.uk to arrange to visit the theatre and have an informal discussion about the role with 2 or 3 current trustees.  Following the informal discussion, an interview with trustees will be held for shortlisted applicants.