Yasmeen Ghrawi performing From the Daughter of a Dictator at Shubbak Festival 2023. Image by Merass Sadek.

**This vacancy is now closed**

Shubbak seeks an Executive Director to join our small and dynamic team in a period of transformational change after the hugely successful delivery of Shubbak Festival in 2023. This is offered as a part-time, permanent position.


We are looking for an experienced, passionate Executive Director to work with our Artistic Director & CEO as we continue our work bringing together communities from across the UK to connect through Arab arts and cultures. The Executive Director assumes control and oversight of all financial and administrative processes for the operation of Shubbak, including capacity and resource management, finance & fundraising. It is essential that the post holder brings to the position an ability to assimilate broad, comprehensive views of the organisation’s objectives, as well as an ability to establish and implement the necessary steps for successful project and festival delivery as outlined by the Artistic Director & CEO. It is also important that the post holder brings a desire to work in an environment that centres collective care and liberatory practice.

The Executive Director is accountable for all of Shubbak’s operating affairs, financial management and reporting to the Board of Trustees. They will line manage the General Manager and the Marketing & Communications Manager. Together with the Artistic Director & CEO, the Executive Director will foster a positively inspirational, inclusive, and nurturing environment that provides a caring and cultivating environment for our team, artists and the communities we serve. 

The role works closely alongside the AD & CEO and with the support of the General Manager. 

For more information about the role, please download the Executive Director Job Description (PDF)


Please complete the Google form HERE. In it you will be invited to answer the following 3 questions (with a 2000 character limit per question) along with a request to attach your CV. 

  1. What excites you about the prospect of working with Shubbak? (2000 characters or less)
  1. Please tell us about your relevant skills and experience and how you would apply this to Shubbak.  (2000 characters or less)
  1. Please tell us about one relevant achievement in your work history (such as acquiring a significant new funder/redesigning a process/running a fundraising event or campaign) and explain how you would apply the learning you gained to this role. (2000 characters or less)

If you would prefer to answer the questions using an alternative method, such as video, you are invited to do so and can upload this using the form. If choosing to apply using this method, please note that 2000 characters equate to more or less 4 minutes. 

If you experience any technical difficulties please feel free to email your submission, (following the guidance above relating to questions and character count) to recruitment@shubbak.co.uk.

All applications must be received by midnight on Sunday 14 April 2024. Please also remember to complete the Equal Opportunities Monitoring form HERE.

Everyone will receive acknowledgment that their application has been received.

We are working to a tight schedule and will be reviewing applications week commencing 15th April. All candidates will be notified of the outcome of their application on 17 April and successful candidates will be invited to interview on 19 April. Our preference will be to meet you in person at our offices at 1 Gough Square, but we understand that due to the tight turnaround this interview may need to be virtual. Second interviews are expected and will take place w/c 20 April. 

Should you have any access needs around this process, please contact Shyam Persaud at shyam@shubbak.co.uk.

For a confidential conversation about the role, please contact Artistic Director & CEO, Alia Alzougbi at alia@shubbak.co.uk.