Fun Palaces is about bringing people together; it’s about recognising the genius in everybody; it’s about believing that creativity in the community can change the world for the better and it is clear that this is more important now than ever.

Person specification

If you believe that everyone’s cultural life is equally valuable and that communities pulling together can change the world, this may be the job for you. We are looking for an individual who has the courage, inspiration and experience to share the leadership of Fun Palaces through the next chapter of our development and the uncertainties and complexities of the emerging post COVID landscape.

We are thinking widely about this role and are keen to hear from people from all backgrounds with a variety of ideas and interests.  We will always want different perspectives, experience and knowledge contributing to Fun Palaces’ future.

If you believe in the work and have ideas of different ways we could pursue our objectives; directions we could go in; people we might team up with; or ideas we should try – please apply.

About the role

We are looking for an inspirational leader to join the team, with a variety of experiences, specifically in the cultural, voluntary and / or community sector; someone who is passionate about working with communities everywhere and who has experience of being a bold advocate / campaigner for diversity, inclusion and cultural democracy.

The work of Fun Palaces HQ is multifarious and involves encouraging the creation of Fun Palaces in communities nationwide; supporting skill sharing and capacity building in the arts, sciences and heritage sectors; building a profile for the campaign both with the public and with decision makers; measuring the difference we are making; fundraising and strategic planning for the future.

The co-director role is responsible for all of this and more, and therefore demands a wide range of skills and experience. Job descriptions at Fun Palaces are very flexible and have so far been dictated by the skills and interests of the team.

This is a leadership role and we would expect those interested to be able to provide most (not necessarily all) of the following:

  • clear and strategic leadership for the next evolution of Fun Palaces;
  • knowledge and experience of the voluntary and / or community sector;
  • advocacy for the values of the campaign and cultural democracy to a diversity of stakeholders including high profile presentations and
  • experience in marketing and communications;
  • equal, fair and flexible team management;
  • experience in strategic financial management and fundraising.

How to apply

Please visit our website to learn more about what we do.

Download the job description and application pack (PDF) including info about what to send us and when.

If you would like an informal conversation before applying, please email and we will put you in touch with one of the team.