Creative Edinburgh is recruiting a permanent Director

Job description

Job Title: Director (Permanent Role)

Reports to: Chairman of the Board of Directors

Supervises: Small team of admin, marketing, digital content and programme producers


Creative Edinburgh Overview

A rare opportunity for a creative professional to guide


As the largest, and rapidly growing, network of almost 4,000 creative industry practitioners in Scotland, Creative Edinburgh is committed to advancing the value and impact of creativity. Creative Edinburgh is a community that increases its members’ capacity to experiment, innovate and succeed.


We enable intergenerational and intercultural dialogue and community building locally, nationally and internationally with peer support and advice aimed at igniting working relationships across sectors. 


After six years of growth and development Creative Edinburgh is seeking a permanent Director.  The role has been temporarily filled in an interim capacity since April 2017 but following a successful Creative Scotland RFO application we are in a position to make the role permanent.


Principal relationships

The primary responsibility is to our members to ensure they enjoy a meaningful and valuable experience from their membership.



  • Funders

  • Sponsors

  • Media

  • Industry stakeholders

  • Key suppliers (many freelance and often drawn from membership)

  • Contemporaries in other networked membership organisations

  • Members


  • Colleagues

  • Members of the Board and Steering Group

  • Operational Support Director

  • Members


The Role

We require an energetic, articulate, well-connected creative practitioner with good experience of event and programme creation and curation to develop and build our extensive membership programme that includes events, training and mentoring.


The successful candidate will have a natural aptitude for engaging with, managing and growing a diverse membership with creative and marketing flair.


An important aspect of the role is to build and maintain strong relationships within the City Authority, Government and key strategic players and partners in the creative and technology sectors, through a planned programme of advocacy.


Key Responsibilities

  • Implement, (and later develop) with the Board, our strategic plan

  • Drive the continued growth of the organisation

  • Act as an advocate for both Creative Edinburgh and the Creative Industries in Edinburgh as a whole; locally, nationally and internationally

  • Engage with and nurture members’ needs and ideas

  • Work well with a dynamic Board and Steering Group, demonstrating good governance skills

  • Enthusiastically manage a small team of specialist staff

  • Identify, build and maintain strategic and funding partnerships/ relationships/ collaborations (both cultural and commercial)

  • Develop new income streams

  • Help recruit Operational Support Director to work in close collaboration with the Director.


Operational challenges, such as managing funding reports, membership records, finances and administration, will be the responsibility of a new Operational Support Director.


Application Process

Applicants should send a CV and covering letter to Mark Gorman, Chairman of Creative Edinburgh, 16 Ashburnham Loan, South Queensferry, EH30 9LE or


If you wish to receive further information before making an application, please contact Mark on 07771 970 325.


Location: The job will be based at Codebase, Studio 107, 38 Castle Terrace, Edinburgh EH3 9DZ

Hours of work: Office hours are 9:00am to 5:00pm but the post holder will be expected to work as the job requires, including evenings and weekends.

Holidays: 25 days plus public holidays per annum

Salary:  Salary is commensurate with experience


Interested candidates should send a CV and short covering letter explaining why they feel they should be considered for the role to Chairman of the Board, Mark Gorman at


The closing date for applications is 12 noon on Monday 5th March.  Interviews will be held in Edinburgh during week commencing 17th March.


Creative Edinburgh is a limited company and operates with rigorous equality standards.