A competition to appoint a new Chair, Vice- Chair and three members to the Board of the Arts Council NI has been launched.
This is an open competition and applications are welcome from a wide range of people with an interest in public service.
Applications from women, ethnic minorities, young people and people with disabilities are particularly welcome.
The Arts Council has a key role to play in developing and improving the knowledge, appreciation and practice of the arts, and increasing public access to and participation in the arts. The Arts Council is also responsible for the distribution of Lottery grants. Its statutory functions are set out in The Arts Council (Northern Ireland) Order 1995.
All applications for appointment are considered strictly on merit. The closing date for applications is 12 noon on Friday 30 October 2020. A Guaranteed Interview Scheme (GIS) will be used. The aim of the GIS is to provide applicants with a disability the opportunity to demonstrate their abilities beyond the initial application stage.
You can also contact the Department on the following: Telephone: 028 9081 9417, Text Relay Service: 18001 028 9081 9417.
Notes to editors:
1. This is a competition to appoint a new Chair, Vice-Chair and members to the Board of the Arts Council of NI. The appointments are all for a term of up to four years from 1 January 2021, with the final decisions resting with the Minister for Communities.
2. The Chair position attracts remuneration of £10,100 per annum. Travel and subsistence allowances are also payable in line with NI Civil Service rates. This post will require a commitment of at least 40 days per year. In addition, the Chair will be expected to ensure the visibility of the Council by attending arts events on a regular basis.
3. The Vice-Chair position attracts remuneration of £3,535 per annum. Travel and subsistence allowances are also payable in line with Civil Service rates. This post will require a commitment of at least 20 days per year.
4. Member positions are unpaid. However travel and subsistence allowances are payable in line with NI Civil Service rates. These posts will require a commitment of at least 11 meetings per year.
5. Appointments are made in accordance with the Code of Practice for Ministerial Public Appointments in NI in accordance with the requirement of the Commissioner for Public Appointments NI. All appointments are based on merit and political activity plays no part in the selection process. However, the Commissioner for Public Appointments for Northern Ireland requires the political activity of appointees to be published.
6. The Department for Communities is committed to the principle of public appointments based on merit with independent assessment, openness and transparency of process. The Department is committed to equality of opportunity and welcomes applications from all suitably qualified people irrespective of religious belief, gender, disability, ethnic origin, political opinion, age, marital status, sexual orientation or whether or not they have dependents. The Department particularly welcomes applications from women, young people, people from an ethnic minority and people with a disability for these positions as these groups are currently under-represented at Board level across NI.
8. The Executive Information Service operates an out of hours service for media enquiries between 1800hrs and 0800hrs Monday to Friday and at weekends and public holidays. The Duty Press Officer can be contacted on 028 9037 8110.
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