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Engagement & Skills Manager

  • Full time
  • £30,000
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 25th January 2019

  • Advertised from 14th January 2019


This is a full-time fixed-term contract for two years, creating a new specialist role to build connections between the Edinburgh Festivals around their community engagement and knowledge sharing projects. We would welcome job-share proposals as well as individual applications.

This new role will help the festivals to engage with more communities and creatives, sustaining Edinburgh's leading festival city position locally and globally, by:

  • mapping the community engagement opportunities of all the festivals, creating easy to access information to increase awareness of their offers, and extending connections with new areas and new partners across Edinburgh
  • increasing knowledge sharing on festivals management with creative professionals across Scotland through networking, peer support, information and advice

Key areas of activity:

(i) Community engagement co-ordination and promotion (70% of time)

  • Develop and maintain up to date shared data covering all festivals’ community and schools engagement initiatives, grouping opportunities for similar audiences, ages and stages to make them clearer and more accessible
  • Collaborate to pool data into a structured geographical information system being developed with city partners that can help inform strategic decisions about targeting engagement with schools and communities
  • Build understanding and shared purpose with targeted cultural, educational and community partners across Edinburgh; research and document their activities, interests and needs; and share intelligence with festivals and other relevant partner organisations
  • Create an online promotional resource to provide a clear overview and signposting to schools and community opportunities available through each festival, and raise awareness of opportunities through partner channels
  • Identify areas with concentrations of activities and under-served areas, and provide information and advice to help broker new partnerships and opportunities
  • Work with city partners to develop a programme of activities for community and schools contacts to share interests and needs with festivals to identify areas of potential collaboration
  • Provide information and advice to prospective partners to help them understand the festivals and help the festivals to identify new prospective partners in particular beyond the culture sector

(ii) Professional knowledge sharing & support network (30% of time)

  • Work with festivals and partners such as Edinburgh Performing Arts Development, Creative Edinburgh, Event Scotland and Federation of Scottish Theatre to research knowledge and skills needs across festivals and wider culture sector nationwide
  • Identify gaps in existing provision and priority needs that the festivals could help to address for mutual benefits
  • Map festivals’ current offers in professional skills development, raise awareness through partner channels, and identify scope to increase opportunities for Scottish creatives to participate
  • Develop a programme of open knowledge sharing sessions based around Festivals Edinburgh working group meetings, featuring internal and invited speakers
  • Organise at least 12 knowledge sharing opportunities annually on festival management themes, and one annual nationwide networking event each year in 2019 and 2020
  • Create online formats such as interactive webcasts and podcasts, based on selected content of the knowledge sharing programme, to widen access to knowledge sharing nationwide

Person Specification:

You will have a minimum of three years’ experience in cultural project management and/or the management of engagement programmes, and a good knowledge of the cultural, educational and community sectors in Edinburgh and Lothians. You will be an energetic and enthusiastic professional who combines a natural flair for collaboration with highly developed organisational skills. We are looking for an excellent communicator who has an ability to make everything happen on time, on brief and on budget.

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Application notes

Please email a CV and covering letter demonstrating your relevant abilities and outlining how your skills and experience meet the person specification to Niall Heseltine, Festivals Edinburgh Administrator, at

The closing date for this position is Fri 25th January 5pm.

Interviews are planned to take place week of the 4th February.