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Development Assistant (permanent)

  • Full time
  • £19,000
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 13th February 2019

  • Advertised from 18th January 2019


The idea at the heart of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe is simple: anyone with a desire to perform and a venue willing to host them is welcome. No individual or committee determines who can or cannot perform at the Fringe.

It all began in 1947 with eight companies – six of them from Scotland – taking a risk, turning up uninvited and performing on the ‘fringe’ of the inaugural Edinburgh International Festival. Over 70 years later, the Fringe has grown to become the greatest platform for creative freedom in the world, second only to the Olympics in terms of global ticketed events. In 2018, 3,548 shows took place in 317 venues across Edinburgh.

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society is the charity that was established by artists to act as the custodian of the Fringe. We exist to support, advise and encourage everyone who wants to participate in the Fringe, provide information and assistance to audiences, and promote the Fringe and what it stands for all over the world.

We are seeking to appoint a dynamic and engaging individual to the position of Development Assistant, who will support the Fringe Society’s Development team and act as the first point of contact for members of our Friends of the Fringe scheme.

As a registered charity, the Fringe Society relies on the financial support of several different funding streams, including our Friends of the Fringe membership scheme, corporate giving, sponsorship, major donors, trust funding and individual giving. This role will provide the administrative function of this work, ensuring that deadlines are met, and accurate customer records are maintained.

You will have first class administration skills, be good at organising yourself and other people, and have high standards of customer service. An excellent communicator, you will be able to respond to customer enquiries confidently and with positivity and warmth. The role requires a flexible, detail-focused problem solver who is enthusiastic about supporting the wider aims of the Development team.

Reporting to the Development Manager, the role sits within the wider Marketing and Development team, which is responsible for promoting the Fringe year-round to key stakeholders (including the media, participants and audience members), and generating public, financial and political support for our charitable activities. The department has a broad portfolio, including pulling together the annual Fringe marketing campaign, production of the Fringe Programme, website, app, managing Street Events, fundraising, and the Friends of the Fringe membership scheme.

Application notes

For further information and to apply, please visit our website

Closing date: Wednesday 13 February 2019 at 17:00

Interview date: Wednesday 27 February 2019

Start date: w/c 25 March 2019 (sooner if possible)