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23/11/21

Join Creative Edinburgh’s Board to help Edinburgh’s dynamic creative sector to flourish

What does the Board of Directors do?

The Board is responsible for setting the organisation’s strategy and supporting our Executive Director Ola Wojtkiewicz and team to deliver it effectively. Apart from Ola all members are volunteers and bring their own life and professional experience to the role.

The Board meets at least five times a year to review progress, and we also ask members to be involved in at least one of our working groups, contributing insight and experience to help the Creative Edinburgh team to solve specific challenges they face. Our Board members are also invited to our annual strategy planning days with the Creative Edinburgh team and their Steering Committee.

Who are we looking for?

Creative Edinburgh’s 5,000 plus members are a diverse bunch across the creative industries and it’s important to us that we have a similar diversity of voice and experience on our Board.

You’ll have:

  • some experience of working in any of the creative industries (but that includes early career applicants)
  • an understanding of the challenges facing our sector in Edinburgh
  • an interest to help your peers.

You probably won’t have experience on a Board. That’s an advantage – we have plenty of people with board experience already who will be happy to support you. You might not think that this opportunity is aimed at people like you. That’s not the case if you meet the three criteria above.

What is Creative Edinburgh?

We’re a growing network of thousands of people working in the creative industries in Edinburgh, uniting creative thinkers across the city and beyond. We represent the wide breadth of creative industries, from graphic designers to musicians, ceramic artists to software designers, writers and filmmakers to product designers, and many more creatives in between.

We are recognised for our regular programme of events and we help our members to thrive through networking opportunities, mentoring, practical business support and advocacy. We also host annual awards to celebrate the achievements of Edinburgh’s creative industries.

As well as supporting those starting out in the creative sector, we are fostering a strong community and look to support creatives at every stage of their career. Often creatives are working alone or in micro-enterprises, or providing their creative skills to help larger more well-established organisations to progress too.

We’re funded through Creative Scotland, through our involvement with partnerships like Creative Informatics, which brings academia and creatives together to use data effectively, and our income generating activity that we are looking to develop further.

What else do I need to know?

The board meets early evenings, currently via Zoom and with plans to continue hybrid meetings in most cases. Annual awaydays are normally face to face.

Board positions are not paid, but we will reimburse reasonable expenses to allow you to participate, including any access requirements you may have.

If you would like an informal chat about the opportunity with a current board member, drop an email to info@creative-edinburgh.com

How do I apply?

If you’re ready to apply, you can either send us a 3-5 min video taken on your phone (it’s not about the production quality) or a written submission of less than 500 words to info@creative-edinburgh.com covering why you’re interested in the opportunity and what you feel you would bring to the Board. We will shortlist from this and conduct interviews as needed. If you have access requirements, please also get in touch on the same email address.

We encourage applicants of all ages who identify as carers, parents, non-binary and genderqueer folk, people who identify as neurodiverse or with a disability, people from Black, Asian or minority ethnic background, people from working-class backgrounds and people from different religious backgrounds.

Deadline for applications is Wednesday 15 December 2021 at 17.00.

Interview are currently scheduled to take place on the week of 10 January 2022.

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