Contracts & Opportunities

Become a Trustee

International Documentary Festival Sheffield (Doc/Fest) is inviting applications for three new voluntary Trustees to join our Board.

We are currently looking for Trustees who will work with the Board, Festival Director and Senior Management Team to help oversee the governance of the festival including all legal, financial and compliance aspects. And to help deliver a strategic vision for the charity over the next six to ten years. In particular we would welcome applicants with previous experience of charity governance, cultural festivals, social enterprise, independent theatrical film, visual and digital arts, public arts institutions, academia, community engagement and learning & participation. 

More generally, the role of the Trustees is to act as public advocates for the festival nationally and internationally and to be on hand to help problem-solve where necessary.  

We are looking for people who are not only passionate about non-fiction storytelling but are also committed to championing diverse stories told by diverse storytellers.

Our jobs are like our festival, open to all. We welcome applications from across all the nations and regions of the UK and from appropriately experienced younger people, LGBTQI+, community, D/deaf, disabled, or people of colour. 

The Board meets 4 times a year with additional ad hoc meetings if required. Meetings are currently held remotely. The role is voluntary, though travel / expenses will be covered.

To download a PDF description of the role, please click here.

How to Apply

The closing date for this position is March 22, 2021.

The start date is May 2021

You can apply for this role by submitting an up-to-date CV with a covering letter (2 pages max) explaining your interest and why you think that you would be a good fit for the role. 

Please address applications to: Corrigan Lowe, Administrative & Executive Assistant

Email address: recruitment@sheffdocfest.com 

Subject heading: “Trustee Application”. 

If you wish to arrange a confidential conversation with the Chair of Trustee Alex Cooke, please email recruitment@sheffdocfest.com to arrange a good time to talk.

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Equal Opportunities Statement

Our jobs are like our festival, open to all.

Sheffield Doc/Fest believes that documentaries, and those working in the arts and in media – including ourselves - have a part to play in creating a society which is proud of its diversity and its multi-cultural heritage.

Doc/Fest’s programme-centred approach to inclusiveness puts diversity at the forefront of its activity. Through the documentaries we showcase and the talent we develop, we aim to celebrate diversity, promote equality and challenge discrimination.

Equally, we are committed to providing a welcoming, accessible, inclusive and positive experience for all festival attendees, team members and volunteers – regardless of age, disability, sex, gender, sexuality, marital/civil partnership status, pregnancy/maternity/paternity, race, religion/belief, or socio-economic background. We’re proud to be a Disability Confident committed employer, supporting disabled people in the workplace. Sheffield Doc/Fest is BFI Diversity standards approved, an organisation that encourages equality of opportunity and addresses under-representation in the screen industries.