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Place Vision Lead

  • Full time or Part time
  • £24,193
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 23rd January 2020

  • Advertised from 9th January 2020
  • post can be paid on payroll or as a freelancer. Fixed term contract February 2020 – May 2020.


This exciting new project is supported by a steering group made up of local stakeholders including: Wester Hailes Community Trust, Living Well Wester Hailes, WHALE Arts, Edinburgh Napier University, About Youth, The Youth Agency, The Health Agency, City of Edinburgh Council, Prospect Community Housing and the Scottish Government.

This project complements and builds on existing place-making activity in Wester Hailes, building on current momentum in this area to develop a Local Place Plan. It will also introduce an innovative collaboration of academic and community researchers.

As both an overarching idea and a hands-on approach for improving a neighbourhood, city, or region, placemaking inspires people to collectively reimagine and reinvent public spaces as the heart of every community. Strengthening the connection between people and the places they share, placemaking refers to a collaborative process by which we can shape our public realm in order to maximize shared value. More than just promoting better urban design, placemaking facilitates creative patterns of use, paying particular attention to the physical, cultural, and social identities that define a place and support its ongoing evolution.

With community-based participation at its centre, an effective placemaking process capitalizes on a local community's assets, inspiration, and potential, and it results in the creation of quality public spaces that contribute to people's health, happiness, and wellbeing.

The role of Place Vision Lead is pivotal to the success of this project. The post holder will work with local residents in the different neighbourhoods of Wester Hailes to recruit and coordinate a small team of community researchers, collaborate with academic researchers at Edinburgh Napier University and create a range of events and resources which will deliver a lasting, transformational, community-led change for the area.

This is a four month project which follows on from work carried out by local organisations, residents along with City of Edinburgh Council and from the work carried out with the community by Ian Gilzean, Chief Architect at Scottish Government, who is currently seconded to City of Edinburgh Council to start to help lay the foundations for a Local Place Plan for Wester Hailes.

For further information, please download the Job description below.

Application notes

Apply by email, enclosing/attaching

  • An up to date CV detailing relevant education and employment experience.
  • A covering letter demonstrating how your skills meet the Essential and Desirable Skills criteria of the job description – no more than 2 pages.
  • Details of two referees, including at least one previous employer.

Applications should be submitted no later than 13:00 on Thursday 23 January 2020. Late applications will not be considered. Please send these to

Interviews will be held at WHALE Arts on Thursday 30 January 2020.

The successful candidate will be appointment to the role subject to confirmation of PVG Scheme Membership.

Equal Opportunities Monitoring

WHALE Arts Agency is committed to recruiting high quality candidates whose skills and experience are most suited to the job regardless of sex, race, colour, ethnic or national origin, religion (or beliefs), marital status, sexual orientation (or perceived sexual orientation), disability, age or political affiliation. Please complete the Equal Opportunities form enclosed with the application pack. This information is for monitoring purposes only, will be treated as confidential and will not be used in the selection process.

Enquiries can be made to:

Dawn Smith, Edinburgh Napier University,, 0131 4553354.

Leah Black, Chief Executive, WHALE Arts Agency, 30 Westburn Grove, Edinburgh, EH14 2SA 0131 458 3267,