Senior Level
Hull Truck Theatre - Executive Director (Maternity Cover)
Hull Truck Theatre

Salary: £45,000-£47,000

Closing Date: Monday, 26 March 2018

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Job Description

The Executive Director (Maternity cover) will be expected to work with the Joint CEO’s and Board to implement the theatre’s business plan through strategic planning and efficient management.

Structure and Team

The Senior Management team comprises:

  • Artistic Director (Joint CEO)
  • Executive Director (Joint CEO)
  • Executive Director (Maternity Cover)
  • Financial Controller
  • Head of Engagement and Learning
  • Director of Communications
  • Director of Development
  • Head of Technical and Production
  • Artistic Associate (Changemaker – 2-year ACE scheme)

Principal Duties:

Strategic management and governance:

The Executive team ensure the Theatre’s vision is achieved through the implementation of clear plans and management objectives, overseeing delivery against the business plan with reference to detailed financial forecasting, risk analysis, marketing and audience development, and overall operational planning. The Executive Director (Maternity cover) will work closely with the Board through its Chair to ensure rigorous achievement of its financial, artistic, operational and production targets. Working in partnership with the Artistic Director to deliver the theatres 4-year business plan and the proposals set out in its NPO application to Arts Council England. Working with the Executive Director (Joint CEO) on strategic decision making during the planned Keeping in Touch Days.


Responsibility for

  • Ensuring effective co-ordination and smooth running across all aspects of the organisation
  • Ensuring compliance with all legal obligations and requirements including Companies’ Act, Charity Law, Insurance, Health & Safety, Employment Law, Data Protection, etc.
  • Ensuring maintenance of and compliance with necessary licenses and leases
  • Maintaining and developing projects and links with other organisations within the region and nationally including Arts Council England and Hull City Council.

Finance and Income
Responsibility for

  • Actively (alongside the Financial Controller and Director of Development) seeking opportunities to increase income and maximise revenue streams
  • Responsibility (alongside the Financial Controller) for ensuring that effective financial systems and procedures are in place and implemented to ensure the Theatre’s creative and financial viability are respected and protected
  • Effective financial and reporting systems exist to ensure the efficient and solvent financial management of the company

Staff Management
Responsibility for

  • With the Artistic Director, creating a positive organisational culture which encourages responsibility and develops line management skills so that the potential of staff can be maximised at all levels within the organisation
  • Provide leadership in health, safety and environmental performance
  • Working with HR Dept to deliver all HR and personnel matters including overseeing recruitment, employment contracts, disciplinary’s etc
  • Maximising the engagement and motivation of the staff
  • Provide direction and leadership in all aspects of operational delivery and commercial control

The Board
Responsibility for

  • Providing the Board in a timely manner with necessary background, briefing and other documentation to assist it in making considered decisions on all matters of policy, planning and budgeting
  • Administration and development of HTEC Limited, the trading company, and HTEL Limited, the ‘Landlord’ body which owns the theatre building, including servicing both Boards

Other Duties

  • other delegated reasonable duty requested of them to assist the Company in achieving its business objectives. Such tasks will not be of an unreasonable nature and shall be commensurate with the level of the post.

Person Specification:

The successful candidate will need to possess the following attributes:


  • Substantial experience previously working in a senior strategic position in a cultural organisation (at least 3-5 years) staff, budget & operational management responsibility and demonstrable ability in team leadership
  • Experience of business planning, policy setting and implementation at a senior level 
  • Experience of planning, managing and controlling budgets at a senior level and of significant size
  • Experience of leading, managing and motivating staff at a senior level
  • Understanding of arts funding system in England
  • Experience of sourcing public and private funding and other means of income generation. 
  • Experience of overseeing a programme of work to meet required income generation targets. 
  • Committed to accessibility and equality of opportunity for all
  • Experience of building partnerships and designing and implementing projects together 
  • Excellent negotiating and ambassadorial skills 
  • A passion for producing theatre and the role it can play in its local community development and cohesion 
  • Proficiency in the use of Word, Outlook and Excel and be Computer Literate
  • Willingness to lead on and embrace the theatre’s values.
  • The ability to empower people, working openly and collaboratively to maximize overall organisational health


  • Experience of working in a producing theatre environment 
  • Experience of working in partnership with local authorities and other strategic bodies to develop and encourage engagement with theatre and the arts

Terms and Conditions:

  • This is a fixed term maternity cover post anticipated to be 9 months from the beginning of June 2018 till the end of February 2019 (or when the employee whose work being covered returns to work from maternity leave) with some handover time in May and March. Normal core hours of work are Monday to Friday between 9am/9.30am and 6pm/6.30pm. Flexible working proposals will be considered.
  • There will be some evening and weekend work. The post-holder will be expected to offer reasonable flexibility in their working arrangements where it is considered necessary to undertake the duties they have been employed to perform and to enable them to fulfil the role
  • This is a Senior post. Proposal salary Circa £45,000-£47,000. Paid monthly in arrears. 
  • No overtime is payable due to the seniority of the role, although Time Off In Lieu for weekend overtime will be given
  • Holiday – 28 days per annum (including public holidays) rising by one day per every complete year worked, to a maximum annual holiday entitlement of 33days including public holidays. Part time working: pro rata. The Theatre is open over Christmas / New Year (except Christmas Day and New Year’s Day) and all departments are required to be staffed during normal working hours during this time.
  • There is a two-month probation period during which time the notice is 1 month. Upon confirmation of appointment after successful probationary period, the employee is required to give 3 months’ written notice to the company and the company will give 1-month written notice to the employee.
  • Hull Truck operates an auto enrolment pension scheme through Now Pensions. Further details are available. 
  • Staff are entitled to tickets for shows, subject to terms and conditions and discount at the Theatre’s catering operations. 
  • Hull Truck Theatre’s staff handbook outlines the terms on sick pay, maternity leave/pay, paternity leave/pay, grievance/discipline and all other relevant staff matters.
  • On appointment, the successful candidate must be able to provide the correct documents as proof of their right to work in the UK.

Inclusion and Equality:

  • At Hull Truck Theatre we want to create and sustain a productive, diverse and inclusive working environment. We ask everyone who works with us to champion this ambition and embed it in their day to day work. We actively seek and encourage applications from those under-represented within our sector and welcome opportunities to facilitate job shares and flexible working to ensure our recruitment process and workforce is as open and accessible as possible.

Environmental sustainability 

  • We aim to be an environmentally sustainable organisation and ask that our all our teams work to support this. In doing so we are seeking to promote efficient and sustainable practices that create minimal impact.

How to Apply

To apply please submit an expression of interest by CV and covering letter (to include how your experience supports the role and responsibilities set out) by 26th March 2018. Interviews will be held on the 5th April 2018.

Background Information
Hull Truck Theatre

In Summer 2013 Mark Babych (Artistic Director) and Janthi Mills-Ward (Executive Director) joined Hull Truck Theatre as the new Executive Team. A new refreshed artistic programme prides itself on delivery of QUALITY, intelligent and imaginative work with a powerful NORTHERN VOICE. Through an extensive community engagement programme and commitment to growing the next generation of exceptional talent, Hull Truck Theatre uses its unique resources to bring local people, artists and audiences closer together. We tell extraordinary human stories that offer fresh and imaginative perspectives on the world, presenting each project to the highest artistic standards and encouraging the growth of people and ideas.

Hull Truck Theatre has just delivered its most ambitious year yet as a key partner in Hull2017 the UK City of Culture. The theatre delivered an exceptional year of drama with 7 new commissions, including partnerships with the Royal Shakespeare Company, Northern Broadsides and The Market Theatre Johannesburg and over 88,000 thousand people seeing the theatres work, an increase of almost 20,000 on the previous year, and of which 45% were first time visitors to the theatre.

Recent awards include: The Arts and Culture Award at the White Rose Awards (2017 and 2016); Most Welcoming Theatre in Yorkshire in the UK Theatre Awards (2016); Cultural Venue of the Year in the Hull Lifestyle Awards (2017); and the Remarkable Visitor Attraction in REYTA’s (2016).


A pioneering theatre with a unique Northern Voice, locally rooted, global in outlook, inspiring artists, audiences and communities to reach their greatest potential.


To produce and present inspiring theatre that reflects the diversity of a modern Britain. We provide the resources, space and support to grow people and ideas. We are an ambassador for our city, a flagship for our region and a welcoming home for our communities.



We make enjoyable and enriching theatre that reflects the diversity of our nation.
We champion close contact with the arts to build a better, fairer and just society.
We provide a safe and welcoming environment for all to enjoy and be inspired by theatre.
We embed equality of opportunity throughout our organization, regularly evaluating our work to ensure best practice.

We use our talent and resources to grow people and ideas.
We work with exceptional artists to refresh and re-imagine great theatre.
We fire the imagination, raise aspiration and transform lives.
We develop new pathways to overcome social and economic barriers to participation.
We creatively respond and adapt to change, embrace new thinking when tackling obstacles and adopt imaginative solutions to the challenges before us.

INTEGRITY We make choices and decisions that align with our mission, vision and values.
We balance artistic ambition with financial stability.

We develop our resources to maximize opportunities and strengthen our capacity.
We deliver quality and excellence across our entire operation, knowing that every contact we make with people matters.

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