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Deputy Director Vacancy
Deputy Director Vacancy
Post Date: 28 Jul 2023


Opportunity type: Part-time, 3 days per week, 3 months probation period Working hours: 22.5 hours per week. Occasional evening and weekend hours as necessary, to be compensated in time of in lieu
Salary: £37,000 – £40,000 pro rata
Annual Leave: 20 days (plus 8 statutory holidays)
Location: Mimosa House, 47 Theobalds Road, WC1X 8SP, London Start date: ASAP
Status: 1 year fixed term contract, with a view to becoming permanent, subject to funding

Applicants must hold the right to work in the UK.

We particularly encourage applications from Disabled people, those from Black and minority ethnic backgrounds and those identifying as LGBTQI+, who are currently under-represented within the workforce of arts organisations. Our office is currently accessed via two flights of stairs and we regret that there is no wheelchair access. If you have any questions about access please don’t hesitate to contact us for more information.


Founded in 2017, Mimosa House is an arts organisation that exists to challenge the lack of diversity in the arts, in the UK and beyond. Throughout everything we do, we centre the voices and experiences of women and queer people, with a particular focus on people of colour, and the intersections between. We are the only (non-commercial) visual arts organisation in the UK to do this, as a key objective in our constitution.

Mimosa House produces 3-4 exhibitions per year and numerous events at our multi-storey venue in Holborn, central London. We have established ourselves as a safe and empowering community space for the wider public to meet, share ideas, and build cross-cultural connections. Through raising awareness about issues of inequality and discrimination, and celebrating diversity, we want to help the public to imagine and create a more equitable society.


Initially registered as a Community Interest Company, Mimosa House recently became a registered charity. For the first time we will also be awarded Arts Council England’s National Portfolio Organisation (NPO) funding, over the next three years. In addition to funding from Arts Council England, we are currently developing other streams of income both commercial, such as artwork sales and venue hires, and private, such as income through patrons and exhibition circles. We also have a pipeline of trust and foundations that we will be applying to, to support forthcoming projects.

Mimosa House is currently run by a small team of two: Daria Khan (Artistic & Managing Director) and Divya Osbon (Gallery Manager/Producer), with occasional support from freelance staff including a bookkeeper. Mimosa House also has the support of a Board of Trustees, who ensure the organisation is carrying out its purposes for the public benefit; set the strategy, make key decisions and oversee the running of the organisation. As a very small team, emphasis is placed on an adaptable and supportive environment that prioritises collaborative working, inclusivity and problem solving.

Our current priorities as an organisation are to continue to deliver an outstanding diversity-led programme, champion under-represented talent, and increase our financial resilience.


The Deputy Director is a new role created at Mimosa House. Reporting to the Director, the Deputy Director will be accountable for the financial, operational and organisational management of Mimosa House.

To oversee general operations, finance, HR and governance

Develop and implement a fundraising strategy, in particular writing funding applications and managing a pipeline of grants and foundations

Take responsibility for monitoring Mimosa House’s performance against key objectives and working with the Director to strategically develop the organisation against these aims
To be responsible for ensuring we understand our impact, and we are measuring and meeting our performance.

To be a passionate and proactive advocate; representing Mimosa House amongst stakeholders and deputising for the Director as appropriate.


Develop and pursue fundraising strategies which include researching, identifying and soliciting new sources of funding and sponsorship from trusts, foundations and corporate sponsors to fund the programme and running costs.

Take a lead on the writing and timely submission of applications, as well as reports due to trusts and foundations, with support from other team members.

Responsible for an overview of commercial activities and earned income, including venue hires.

To oversee reporting and evaluation to funders, in particular against the Arts Council England National Portfolio funding agreement.


To ensure good governance in all aspects of the company activity.

Update the Business Plan, Strategic Risk Register, Key Performance Indicators and other strategy documents, in close collaboration with the Director.

Maintain (and implement where relevant) policy documents to ensure the ethical and robust operation of the organisation, including health & safety, safeguarding, due diligence on donations and grievance procedure policies.


Responsible for the careful financial management of the organisation, acting as key liaison between bookkeeper, auditors, Treasurer and the Board, to ensure that financial records are accurately kept and reported to the appropriate authorities and public bodies (e.g. Charities Commision, Arts Council England and other funders) on a timely basis.

Work with the Director to set and manage budgets and financial resources, in line with organisational priorities and procedures.

Responsible for the production of quarterly management accounts and cashflow forecasts, with support from the bookkeeper.


To oversee the day to day running of Mimosa House, ensuring smooth operation and efficient use of resources and capacity.

To lead on the drafting and management of supplier, partnership and freelancer contracts.

Take all reasonable steps to ensure that Mimosa House, its staff, the artists, works shown and the visiting public are adequately protected with regards insurance cover and all Health and Safety legislation.


To carry out any other duties that may be reasonably requested by the Board of Trustees from time-to-time.
Occasionally attend events and meetings outside of office hours (for example board meetings held from 6-8pm, four times per year, as well as occasional evening fundraiser events).

This description is a guide to the nature of the work and it is not wholly comprehensive or restrictive. As we are developing the organisation, we will examine job descriptions and update them to ensure that they accurately reflect the job required to be performed, or to incorporate proposed changes to said job description.


–     Significant management experience, ideally in a museum, gallery or cultural organisation
–     Significant experience of financial management
–     Substantial track record of successfully fundraising from trusts, foundations and public funders
–     Outstanding organisational skills and the ability to work under pressure and manage multiple priorities
–     Excellent interpersonal and problem-solving skills
–     Strong IT skills
–     An understanding of, and commitment to, equality, diversity and inclusion, and environmental sustainability
–     Passion for contemporary art and culture and for Mimosa House’s vision in particular


–     Understanding of the legal requirements for charities and companies, including the requirements of the Charities Commission
–     Experience of using small business accounting software


Application by cover letter with a copy of your CV should be submitted as email attachments to [email protected] with subject “DEPUTY DIRECTOR APPLICATION”.

Please also send a completed Equal Opportunities Monitoring form, downloadable from our website.

The closing date for the receipt of applications is midnight on Monday 28th August 2023

Interviews will be held 13-15th September


London, UK

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