Opportunities for Black and Global Majority Heritage Scholars to join the TaPRA Executive Committee for One Year  

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The TaPRA Executive Committee has two roles to fill:
Working Group (WG) Coordinator Maternity Leave: You would be replacing Claire Hampton and would be working closely with our other WG Coordinators, Anna Harpin and Tom Cornford (who job share). The role of the WG Coordinators is: liaising with the convenors of TaPRA’s Working Groups and representing their needs; supporting WGs in planning and disseminating information related to the annual conference; and supporting WG convenors to organise TaPRA events outside the annual conference.
Communications Officer Job Share: You would be sharing this role with Katie Beswick. The role includes: acting as the main point of communication between members and the Exec; curating and sending out the TaPRA newsletter; taking responsibility for social media campaigns and regular social media updates; maintaining and developing the website; liaising with conference convenors to promote the annual conference and enable booking online; running online elections; writing and editing updates and notices.
Both will begin at the earliest opportunity and will end on the final day of our annual conference in September 2021. Both role holders will be fully involved in the planning and facilitation of this conference, which will take place at Liverpool Hope University.
Both new role holders will become full members of the TaPRA Executive Committee and are expected to attend Executive Committee meetings (currently held monthly via video conferencing). While there is no remuneration, all expenditure related to fulfilling the roles is paid by TaPRA, including reasonable expenses toward attending the 2021 annual conference (including travel, accommodation and conference fee).
TaPRA’s Articles of Incorporation, as agreed by the membership at the AGM on 6 September 2019, state that “If the election of postholders by membership, and confirmed at the AGM, does not result in broad representation, then the Executive Committee is empowered to co-opt appropriate representation from within the membership.”

As such:
We are only accepting Expressions of Interest from theatre & performance researchers (at any career stage) who identify as Black and/or a Person of Colour or of Global Majority Heritage and are located in the UK.
Should we receive more Expressions of Interest than roles available, three members of the TaPRA Executive Committee will interview everybody who meets this eligibility requirement and who submits an Expression of Interest. Interview questions will be circulated in advance and no preparation will be required.
Expressions of Interest (no longer than 500 words), accompanied by a CV (no longer than two pages), must be sent to exec@tapra.org by 19 September 2020.
Expressions of Interest should briefly explain how you meet these three criteria: excellent communication skills; commitment to theatre and/or performance research; commitment to working with others to develop and nourish a welcoming and inclusive community. Please indicate which of the roles you are interested in (or if you’d be interested in either one).
All Executive Committee members must be members of TaPRA (current fees are £18 or £10 for unaffiliated/postgraduate colleagues). Although you do not need to be a member in order to express an interest in these roles, you would need to join in order to accept one.
If you are interested and would like to discuss these opportunities further before making an Expression of Interest, please send a confidential email to exec@tapra.org.
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