Culture/SHIFT officer

  • Full time
  • £27,231
  • Edinburgh (currently hybrid)
  • Closing 29th May 2022

  • Advertised from 5th May 2022
  • 35 hours per week
  • Contribution to a personal pension of 3% of salary


Creative Carbon Scotland (CCS) believes in the power of the arts and culture to help achieve sustainability in Scotland and the world. The arts inspire, illuminate, communicate, educate, entertain and encourage new ways of thinking and shared experience – all attributes needed to tackle climate change. That’s why we support individuals and organisations in the arts and culture sector to be sustainable themselves and to lead and influence climate action through their creative work, including by collaborating with environmental experts and organisations working directly on climate change.

We are a nimble, positive, influential and growing charity in a dynamic field. We are experiencing great demand and enthusiasm for our work in carbon emissions reduction and climate change adaptation from both the cultural and the climate change sectors. Our founding partners are the Edinburgh Festivals, the Federation of Scottish Theatre, and the Scottish Contemporary Art Network. We receive significant long-term funding from Creative Scotland, the public body that supports the arts, screen and creative industries in Scotland.

We recently worked with Creative Scotland to help write its bold and ambitious Climate Emergency and Sustainability Plan, which places the creative and cultural sectors as key agents of change in the transformation to a sustainable Scotland. It will shape Creative Scotland’s funding, policy and work until 2045, and ours as well.

The culture/SHIFT team

The culture/SHIFT team within Creative Carbon Scotland works with artists, cultural and climate change organisations to harness the power of our arts and culture and support the sector to lead and influence on climate change through its creative work. We do this by demonstrating the value of embedding artistic practices in collaborative climate change projects and developing the capacity of artists and cultural organisations to make this contribution to transforming society. The culture/SHIFT programme has a number of key strands:

· Building the capacity of the arts community and people working on climate change to instigate and participate in cultural and climate change collaborations through projects such as our Green Tease event series event series and the Library of Creative Sustainability

· Developing and delivering special projects which support artists, cultural and climate change partners to collaborate on climate action such as Climate Beacons for COP26,, the Seas of the Outer Hebrides project and embedded artist projects

· Undertaking research and development to better understand the role of culture in tackling climate change, grow the programme and our methodologies, and share our learning with national and international audiences

Main purpose of job:

To develop and deliver events, produce resources for the Creative Carbon Scotland website and elsewhere, and support new connections and collaborations between artists, cultural organisations and climate change organisations to harness the role of Scotland’s arts and cultural sector in addressing the climate emergency.

Application notes

A Job Pack is available for download below.

In summary, the anticipated schedule is:

Application deadline: 23:59 on Sunday 29 May

Invitation to interview: Issued to those on the shortlist by Monday 6 June via email

Interviews: Virtually via MS Teams on the week commencing 13 June

Candidate commences: 1 August or as agreed

Feedback: Offered to all applicants via email from around 27 June