16 March 2021
Third Text has established itself as the leading international journal dedicated to the critical analysis of contemporary art in the global field. It has brought with that analysis a particular focus on both the impact of globalisation on cultural practices and the lessons of postcolonial theory. The journal has created a significant archive of critical knowledge to benefit artists, researchers and art historians. Third Text offers a platform to pursue timely dialogue about experimental cultures, to advance independent education, and to study the historical and current conditions of art’s practice, reception and distribution worldwide. Please see our Mission Statement ≫
Following the recent retirement of three Board members, we are seeking three to five exceptional individuals to join the Board of Trustees and to help guide the organisation into its next exciting phase.
Trustees work together with Third Text’s Editor in Chief, Richard Dyer, on governance, financial and strategic matters, and relationships with key stakeholders.
We are looking for individuals with a range of skills and experience, including those relating to one or more of the following: organisational and strategic leadership; fundraising; advocacy skills; and financial oversight. Above all, new Trustees must have a passion for Third Text and its mission.
The position of Trustee is a voluntary role. Trustees are appointed for an initial term of three years, after which they may be reappointed for a further term, the duration of which may be negotiable.
Trustees have independent control over, and legal responsibility for, Third Text’s management and administration. Third Text is a registered charity, with Trustees assuming responsibilities as defined by the Charity Commission; it is also a registered company, Third Text Ltd, and as such the Trustees are acting directors (with a limited liability).
Your roles and responsibilities will include:
● Attend Board of Trustee meetings (approximately 3–4 annually), and meetings with other stakeholders as required. (Ordinarily meetings are held at the Third Text office, London, but due to the pandemic are currently held on-line. It is hoped that future meetings will revert to being in-person, but on-line attendance will remain possible.)
● Guide and ensure good governance
● Exercise financial oversight
● Review and approve internal reports and other Board Papers
● Monitor and approve current and future business arrangements
● Guide and support the Editor in Chief, editorial freelance associates, and the Editorial Board in relation to fundraising, future event planning, and relationship-building, as required
Relevant experience and skills:
● A good understanding of the cultural, artistic, economic, social and political context that Third Text operates within
● Fundraising experience, ideally in the Arts
● Business development, particularly in publishing
● High-level advocacy, communication and influencing skills
● Be active in relevant, established and diverse professional networks
● An excellent understanding of good governance, and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of the trusteeship of a charity
● A commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion
Third Text Ltd is committed to equality, diversity and inclusion. We therefore welcome applications from those with diverse backgrounds, identities, orientations, and activity limitations.
If you would like an initial, informal and confidential discussion about the role prior to submitting your application please contact the Chair of the Trustees, Alice Correia, at email@example.com
If you would like to become a Trustee of Third Text, we ask for a letter of application setting out why you are interested in the role and what skills and experience you would bring to Third Text (no more than two pages), and your CV.
Please submit application documents to the Chair of the Trustees, Alice Correia at firstname.lastname@example.org
Deadline for applications: 1 May 2021
Interviews will take place in the week commencing 17 May 2021
If successful, you will be required to complete a Charity Commission declaration of eligibility and responsibility; please see www.gov.uk/government/publications/confirmation-of-charity-trustee-eligibility ≫
For further details about becoming a Trustee of a Charity, please see www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-essential-trustee-what-you-need-to-know-cc3/the-essential-trustee-what-you-need-to-know-what-you-need-to-do ≫