We’re looking for a Co-director

Deadline: Passed

ONCA Co-director (job share) 2-3 days per week, £30k pro rata

ONCA is a Brighton-based arts charity that bridges social and environmental justice issues. This role is a job share with ONCA’s current director. It is being created in order to:

  • increase ONCA’s fundraising capacity and financial sustainability
  • develop the organisation’s resilience, relationships and audiences
  • raise ONCA’s national profile.

We are particularly keen to encourage applications from people who may face barriers to employment in the arts (e.g. BME, LGBTQ+, disabilities).

About the role


  • Work with the team to develop a fundraising strategy, identifying and maximising opportunities to increase income and participation e.g. via public funding, corporate partnerships, trusts and foundations, major donors, individual giving, crowdfunding, relationship fundraising. Develop ONCA’s donor database.
  • With co-director and relevant trustees and staff, define long-term organisational strategic and creative goals and develop ONCA’s funding plan with projected costs, income and timescales
  • Develop ONCA’s business plan and lead on the delivery of its commitments
  • Support and help steer the team’s work on marketing and audience development, broadening ONCA’s reach and social relevance
  • Help develop ONCA’s activities reaching wider audiences and participants who engage less with the arts
  • Help shape ONCA’s working practices to become more inclusive and anti-racist
  • Represent ONCA at events and attend relevant conferences and meetings, providing a ‘go-to’ face for the charity when and where it is needed
  • Meet regularly with co-director, full staff team and trustees, and support staff to lead in their own roles.

Experience and skills sought

  • At least 3 years’ previous experience of strategic planning at a senior level in an arts/cultural/not-for-profit organisation, or equivalent experience. 
  • A good network of contacts across the cultural sector
  • A commitment to equality and anti-racist practice
  • A commitment to environmental justice and social inclusion
  • Experience of managing larger budgets (£50k+) and financial reporting
  • Evidence of successful fundraising and familiarity with the arts funding environment
  • Experience of working with diverse stakeholders
  • A clear understanding of arts marketing and audience development
  • Good computer literacy
  • Knowledge of the UK arts sector and arts infrastructure
  • A familiarity with the policies of national and governmental arts bodies, including Arts Council England.


The ONCA Co-director is a 0.4 – 0.6 post and is offered at a salary of £30,000 per year pro rata. The nature of this post includes the requirement to work occasional evenings and weekend events.


ONCA is an equal opportunities employer. We acknowledge structural exclusion in the arts, and are actively striving to make ONCA a more inclusive organisation. We are keen to encourage applications from people who may face barriers to employment in the arts (e.g. BME, LGBTQ+, disabilities). If you have a disability and would prefer to apply in a different format or would like us to make reasonable adjustments to enable you to attend interview please contact or call the office.


Please email with ‘Co-director vacancy’ in the subject line, and the following attachments:

1) A letter or video indicating why this post is right for you now, what you can bring to ONCA, why it excites you and what you hope to gain from the post. Please include your earliest available start date/notice period. (Letters should be no more than 2 sides of A4, videos up to 5 minutes.)

2) Your CV, with your employment history and the key responsibilities held in relevant roles. Please include two referees (one relating to your current/most recent work).

Please let us know if you have specific access requirements.

Deadline to apply: midnight, Friday 26 April 2019

Interviews: Wednesday 8 May 2019