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(Part Time 22.5 hours per week /3 days)
Location: Leeds City Centre

£25K Pro Rata plus Company Pension and Training

Do you have strong Finance and Administration skills & experience?
Do you have strong attention to detail, always setting high standards?
Do you have the ability to work under pressure, in a fast-paced environment and meet deadlines?
Do you have an enthusiasm and strong desire to promote diverse Arts & Culture?

We are looking for an organised individual with an entrepreneurial spirit focused on excellent customer service to join our small, dynamic and busy team.

South Asian Arts-uk (SAA-uk) is an innovative organisation based in Leeds, established in 1997. We are renowned for excellence and pushing the boundaries in how traditional and contemporary South Asian (India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka) music and dance is performed, presented and experienced by participants, audiences and artists. Our artistic programme has 3 clearly defined strands: Performance, Learning and Participation and Special Projects.

The Finance & Administration Officer has lead responsibility for financial management, reporting and compliance.  The successful candidate is responsible for the operational aspects of the Company and are expected to work within the legal, financial, artistic and charitable aims and requirements of the Company.

The successful candidate will highly ethical (particularly in confidentiality and professional due care), be highly organised and enjoy organising others, be confident using IT particularly Sage Line 50 and Excel, have an equally confident telephone manner and be able to prioritise and manage multiple tasks. You will have a clear commitment to providing excellent customer service and enjoy working in a lively, professional environment.

Closing Date: Monday 12th Nov 2018
Proposed Interviews w/c:  19th Nov 2018
Proposed start date: 3rd Dec 2018 (to be negotiated)

For an Application Pack on how to join this dynamic and creative team, please email Darren Tiffney (Finance & Operations Manager): darren@saa-uk.org

SAA-uk is an equal opportunities employer and committed to Safeguarding children, young people and vulnerable adults.  A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure will be requested upon offer of employment.

SAA-uk welcomes applications from all parts of the community and particularly from black and minority ethnic candidates as members of these groups are currently under-represented in this area.  All appointments will be based on merit.


South Asian Arts-uk is looking for passionate, professional and highly committed individuals to join our Board of Trustees, to re-invigorate and take forward our charitable cause and ambitions.

South Asian Arts-uk (SAA-uk) is a centre of excellence in Indian Classical Music and Dance. For over 20 years this registered Charity has focused on educating, celebrating and promoting South Asian classical music and dance, making a significant contribution to the UK cultural landscape and the preservation and evolution of these ancient artforms.

South Asian Arts-uk’s mission is to enrich people's lives through engagement and participation in traditional and contemporary South Asian music and dance. We believe South Asian Arts are integral to the UK’s cultural diversity and deserve to be championed.

The work of South Asian Arts-uk is made possible by direct support from Arts Council England, local authorities led by a close and sustained relationship with Leeds City Council, academy class fees and the box office income from its audiences. South Asian Arts-uk is overseen by a Board of Trustees, which is responsible for the overall governance and strategic direction of the Charity and for developing its aims and objectives.

Ideally, we are looking for Individuals who have attended South Asian Arts-uk’s events or are passionate about the arts and its potential to impact an individual or community through engagement. The organisation’s fundamental belief is that everyone has the right to experience the rich arts and cultural offer.
Board meetings take place once every three months (4 times a year) and last approximately 2 hours. One board and staff away-day takes place once every two years.

Joining the board is an exciting and rewarding experience, which offers the opportunity to support this unique organisation to grow and become imbedded in the arts and culture scene of England.

For more information please download the board recruitment pack



Becoming a part of SAA-uk is all about empowering others through the arts. You will be part of small team governed by a very supportive Board and we are all part of a large big hearted extended family made up of participants, artists, volunteers and audiences.

Employees have the opportunity to contribute to the over arching Mission of the charity through the skills and expertise that they bring, while developing new skills, knowledge and experience in and about working in the arts sector.

You have the unique opportunities:

  • to gain a deeper understanding of diversity
  • to develop your own creative potential
  • give something back to the community

SAA-uk is an equal opportunites employer and operates a safer recruitment policy.

Testimonial by Eleanor Jones – University Leeds School Music

Ellie JonesOver the past 9 months I have been working as the Education and Outreach Intern at SAA-uk. Applying to work with SAA-uk was one of the best decisions I have ever made and throughout the placement I have grown both professionally and personally. Working as part of such a small team has enabled me to learn about many different aspects of how an organisation is run and also allowed me to really make a difference. Jemma and the whole team have been wonderful and really supportive to help me get the most out of my time with SAA-uk. They have allowed me to work things out for myself but always been on hand if I need extra support.

As well as developing my professional skills such as: marketing, public speaking, organisation and planning, initiative and team working to name a few, I have also matured a great deal and found that my self-confidence and cultural awareness have grown exponentially.

I have really loved working for SAA-uk this year and know that the knowledge I have learnt will help me enormously wherever my future career takes me.

Thank you SAA-uk! X