Job Vacancies


Purpose of the Role:
Ballet Black have recently joined the Arts Council National Portfolio Organisations 2018-2022. As we embark on this new exciting time, we are looking for an experienced leader to be our Chair of Trustees with the commitment and expertise to help us deliver our ambitious plans for the future.

Main Responsibilities:

  • Hold overall responsibility for the strong governance of the organisation and for the legal duties of the Board of Trustees, in accordance with charity best practice
  • Act as a proactive advocate for Ballet Black, representing the company at functions, meetings and through print and broadcast media, supporting the CEO/Artistic Director
  • Be passionate about Ballet Black, its work, its people and its aims to promote and increase diversity and excellence in classical ballet
  • Working closely with CEO/Artistic Director to provide outstanding leadership to the organisation
  • Leading the Board of Directors through the application of tact, diplomacy and powers of persuasion

Leadership of Board of Trustees:

  • Chair and plan Board meetings
  • Encourage and support fellow Trustees to contribute to the smooth functioning of Ballet Black
  • Oversee the recruitment, development and appraisal of trustees


  • In collaboration with the CEO/Artistic Director, establish the strategic direction for Ballet Black
  • Support Ballet Black to deliver its objects
  • Ensure the performance of Ballet Black is monitored and the organisation is sustainable
  • Take the lead, with the support of the Finance Manager, Operations Manager and the Treasurer, to guarantee Ballet Black is well governed and meets its statutory requirements
  • Ensure an effective relationship between the Board of Trustees and Ballet Black staff


  • Act as a spokesperson and ambassador for Ballet Black, encouraging other Trustees to do the same and to support the CEO/Artistic Director
  • Promote and sustain effective partnerships and collaborations with other organisations
  • Once established in the role, to establish and cultivate networks within arts and business to support Ballet Black throughout the UK and beyond

How to Apply:
Please send your CV and covering letter with the subject ‘Chair of the Board’ to by 17:00 on Monday 15th October 2018


Responsible to: Chief Executive Officer/Artistic Director
Day rate: £200
Time commitment: 4 days per month

Purpose of the Role:
The Operations Manager will support the operations management of Ballet Black and the development of its strategy and policy; and act as the Secretariat for Board meetings. This role would suit someone who enjoys working proactively, has a logical and systematic approach and excellent communication skills. You will have a genuine commitment to the organisation’s success, values and work. The role will be based in our offices in Marylebone.

Core Duties and Responsibilities: Operations:

  • Act as Secretariat for Board meetings, liaising with the Chair and CEO/Artistic Director to develop forward meeting schedules, plan agendas, send out notices of meetings, take minutes, and track follow-through on agreed actions.
  • Maintaining Company policies and documents to ensure up-to-date compliance with Charities Commission and Companies House
  • Act as Company Secretary
  • Maintaining and developing HR systems, policies, and procedures within the framework of employment legislation and good practice
  • Manage Board recruitment where necessary, in consultation with the Artistic Director and Chair
  • Assist in any other relevant work as directed from time to time

Other Duties/Tasks:

  • Carry out all responsibilities within the philosophy and equal opportunities policy of Ballet Black
  • Have broad experience of preparing contracts for staff, suppliers and freelance contractors


Qualifications and Experience

  • At least 2 years relevant experience
  • Experience in accounting software, including Quickbooks, good working knowledge of MS word and Excel
  • An understanding of the requirements of good governance
  • Excellent communication skills; written and verbal
  • Experience of working in the Arts or Charitable sector
  • Good knowledge of charity compliance and legislation
  • Ability to build policies and procedures where required
  • A passion for what Ballet Black does


  • Strong written and verbal communication skills including the ability to present clear reports to the Trustee Board
  • Strong interpersonal skills: the ability to work well with people at all levels
  • Outstanding organisational skills and the ability to work on own initiative, managing multiple priorities
  • Understanding of financial legislation and Charity Commission regulations

How to Apply:
Please send your CV and covering letter with the subject ‘Operations Manager’ to
All applications must be received by: 17:00 on Wednesday 31st October 2018