1 December 2015
The DHS is looking for nominations for successors to our existing Treasurer, who steps down this year. The successful candidate will serve on the Design History Society Committee (Board of Trustees) from (January) 2016 to (December) 2019.
The DHS is an incorporated charitable organisation (incorporated in December 2013), governed by an elected Executive Committee (as the Board of Trustees), supported by a Society Administrator and based in Farringdon, London.
The Treasurer is a fundamental role within the Society, whose key responsibilities are: to manage the budget and cash flow of the organisation within the guidelines of the regulator for charities in England and Wales: the Charity Commission and for the benefit of the Society’s core charitable activities as established in its constitution; to take the lead on making policies for finances and investments. You will be responsible for the governance, strategic direction and continuing development of the DHS working with Trustees and the Society Administrator. Nominees must currently be or be willing to become a member of the Design History Society.
This is an unpaid, voluntary role (reasonable expenses are reimbursed) that demands a commitment of time across the year including some weekends and travel to London and to the DHS Annual Conference. The initial term is for three years. Applicants must be resident in Britain.
A full application is required, with a CV and a completed nomination form, which will act as a covering letter. A detailed role description is provided in an attachment along with the nomination form to complete. Completed applications must be sent by email and received by 5.30pm 15 January 2016.
Chair of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Design History
The Design History Society wishes to invite applications from individuals who can offer outstanding leadership and vision to the role of Chair of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Design History. The Journal, which is published by Oxford University Press in partnership with the Society, is the pre-eminent journal in its field and works to extend the international and interdisciplinary significance of the subject.
The Chair of the Editorial Board is responsible for leading the business and subject- development strategy for the Journal in conjunction with the Publisher on behalf of the Design History Society. The role involves convening and chairing meetings of the Editorial Board and guaranteeing the effective operation of the operation of the peer-review, editorial, and production and marketing processes of the Journal, as managed by the Managing Editor and in conjunction with authors and the publisher.
The Chair of the Editorial Board will be expected to be a leading figure in design history, with a substantial and highly-esteemed international record of research relevant to the field and related professions, commensurate with professorial level. They will have significant experience in the operation and oversight of peer-review processes, to have undertaken noteworthy initiatives in developing design history in academia and beyond, and to have successfully managed staff and budgets in other similar and relevant organisations.
The Chair of the Board will be responsible for the operation of two Journal of Design History Editorial Board meetings, normally in January on Fridays at Cowcross Street, Farringdon, London and at the DHS Annual Conference in September. The Chair of the Board will also be expected to attend quarterly Executive Committee Meetings, held normally in January, April, June and November at Cowcross Street, Farringdon, London and the Annual General Meeting normally held at the DHS Annual Conference in September. The Chair of the Board attends the Annual Journal of Design History Business meeting with Oxford University Press, normally in June, at OUP offices in Oxford. General other tasks, in addition to the above, are estimated to require one day per month. The normal term of office will be for 5 years. The Chair may reside anywhere in the world from where travel to London, Oxford and other DHS conference locations for meetings is practicable. Reasonable expenses for approved travel to meetings and other occasions where the Chair is representing the Journal will be reimbursed. An annual honorarium will be paid by the publisher.
The deadline for applications is 30 January 2016 and interviews are expected to take place in February 2016.
Editorial Board Member: Job Description
The Design History Society wishes to invite individuals who can make a distinctive and dynamic contribution to the development of design history to apply to join the Editorial Board of the Journal of Design History. The successful applicant will be responsible for developing Archives, Collections and Curatorship (AC&C) section of the Journal working in partnership with the Managing Editor and Chair of the Editorial Board. The Journal, which is published by Oxford University Press in partnership with the Society, is the pre-eminent journal in its field and works to extend the international and interdisciplinary significance of the subject.
The Board is responsible, through its Chair, to the Society for the operation of the
Journal within terms of reference which are regularly reviewed. In addition to refereeing a cross section of papers submitted through the Journal’s web-based manuscript management system, each member of the Board plays a leading role with certain submissions, considering referee reports to produce recommendations for the Board, and liaising with the authors about revisions. In addition, each editor develops particular responsibilities for special features, special issues or other aspects of the Journal’s work. Editorial Board members should expect to devote at least two days per month to the Journal, including meetings which take place twice a year, once in London and once at the DHS Annual Conference. Appointment to the Board is for a five year term of office.
Those appointed will enjoy a gratis membership of the Society and may be based anywhere in the world provided they have regular internet access. Relevant expenses are reimbursed, but there is no remuneration. In making its selection, the Committee will consider the extent to which each candidate meets the person specification, as well as the balance of subject expertise and skills of
the Board as a whole. Appointments may be deferred to take balance of expertise on
the Board into account. At the present time applications are sought across the full thematic, geographical and period range of design history, and are also welcome from those in closely related disciplines. Previous applicants are very welcome to re-apply as the expertise most needed by the journal is regularly reviewed.
Applications should be by letter outlining the candidate’s suitability and a curriculum vitae, including a list of relevant publications. The Chair of the Editorial Board, Cheryl Buckley (firstname.lastname@example.org) will be happy to discuss the duties and responsibilities of Board members informally with potential applicants.
The deadline for applications is 30 January 2016. Please email your applications to
Michaela Young (email@example.com