Job: Director, Tim Stead Trust

20th June 2022

Exterior of The Steading showing the cottage walls, garden and a statue of a bald man sitting on a bench. [Supplied by Tim Stead Trust]

The Tim Stead Trust is seeking an imaginative, enterprising director.

Salary: £35,000
Location: The Steading, Blainslie, Scottish Borders
Place of work: The Steading, Blainslie and remotely on occasion
Contract duration: Two-year contract initially with the expectation that this will be extended
Working hours: Circa 37.5 hours per week with occasional weekend, public holiday and evening work envisaged
Reporting to: Trustee Line Manager
Closing date: Letters of application should reach the Trust mailbox by midnight on Thursday 7 July

This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to be the first director of The Steading. The director will be in at the start-up phase and be the sole employee of the Trust. You will work with trustees, potential volunteers and partners in funding agencies and sister organisations where partnership work benefits all parties and contributes to Scotland’s cultural sector.

You will have a central role in driving forward the wide range of tasks identified in the development plan. Core aspects of this are about preserving the Steading, archive and collection, building upon Tim’s wider legacy and fundraising to support this programme. This will be driven by the recently agreed Project Viability Report. The postholder will have the support of, and report to, the board of Trustees as well as access to an independent mentor.

Job description

  1. Manage the day-to-day running of the Trust’s work, to include running the Steading complex.
  2. Work with the Board to develop strategy, projects and budgets, and also to develop the organisational culture and vision necessary to nurture a creative environment for delivering new ideas.
  3. Co-ordinate and deliver a programme of activities within the Steading and develop an outreach programme.
  4. Develop funding applications, including ongoing support for the Director’s post.
  5. Develop relevant, purposeful partnerships with the community, like-minded organisations, volunteers and funders within the national and local cultural, artistic and learning contexts in which the Trust operates.
  6. Promote the work of the Trust locally and nationally.
  7. Prepare operational and financial reports for the Board.
  8. Draw up and implement specific project plans and proposals with clear budgets and timescales, reflecting the longer-term objectives of the Trust.

Person specification

  • Educated to degree level or equivalent in a relevant discipline.
  • A confident, engaging and influential self-starter with a commitment to the role of arts and culture in addressing the Trust outcomes.
  • An organised, flexible and target-driven individual.
  • Ability to develop and nurture both volunteer and external relationships.
  • Ability to provide effective management of the organisation’s day-to-day financial affairs along with experience in setting, maintaining and reporting on budgets and financial plans.
  • Clear commitment to national equalities, diversity, and inclusion policies.
  • Excellent IT skills, competency with core software packages and confidence with website management and social media.


  • Previous experience working for a charity and working with a board
  • Previous experience in the arts/ culture sector
  • Well-developed project management skills and experience of managing operations and facilities.

Application process
To discuss the post further and to receive more background information, contact our chair, Nichola Fletcher –

To apply please send a copy of your CV together with a brief covering letter by midnight on Thursday 7 July to Nichola Fletcher using the following email:

Read more information about the director role on the Tim Stead Trust website.

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