We are now recruiting for an energetic, results-driven senior manager to work alongside our joint CEOs Alia Alzougbi and Taghrid Choucair-Vizoso during this exciting new phase for the organisation. The General Manager will join our small and dynamic team as we begin preparations for the return of Shubbak Festival in 2023. This is offered as a part-time, (negotiable) permanent position.

The General Manager assumes control and management of all administrative and operational processes including finance. The ideal candidate will be able to assimilate the Company's aims and objectives, and demonstrate the ability to establish and implement the necessary steps for successful project and festival delivery.

Shubbak strives to be an inclusive organisation and valuing diverse lived experiences sits at the heart of our work. We recognise this means revisiting our working habits every time a new member joins the team. We actively encourage Deaf and Disabled candidates to apply. Please do not hesitate to contact Jodie Gilliam to talk through the role should you have any questions or if you require the job details in a different format.

Deadline for applications: 10 am, Friday 20 May (BST).

For more information about the role, please download the job description (large font version available here). Apply to recruitment@shubbak.co.uk with the name of the position in the subject line and:

  • a covering letter of no more than 2 A4 pages setting out your relevant skills and experience for the role and why you would like to work with Shubbak
  • a C.V. (2 pages maximum)
  • the contact details of 2 referees
  • a completed equal opportunities monitoring form

About Shubbak

Shubbak (meaning 'window' in Arabic) champions contemporary Arab art and culture through an award-winning, biennial festival, national touring and original engagement programme. Its artistic excellence was recognised in 2018 by Arts Council England when it achieved National Portfolio Organisation status.

Since its inception in 2011, Shubbak Festival has become Europe’s largest festival of contemporary Arab arts and culture. Its multi-art form programme of new and unexpected voices and established artists have reached combined audiences of over 280,000 over the course of 6 festivals, and an audience of millions through its extensive media coverage and online platforms. The most recent market research findings show that the festival attracts a more ethnically diverse audience than is generally seen in London arts audiences. Its achievements were acknowledged in 2018 when the Festival was awarded the UNESCO Sharjah Prize for Arab Culture for its work in promoting intercultural dialogue, developing Arab culture and enhancing mutual understanding.