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We're hiring: Executive Director

Creative Edinburgh is looking for a new Executive Director to lead us in supporting the city’s creative community as it emerges from the uncertainty of Covid and responds to the rapid evolution of our creative world.

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To apply, please complete this [ Application form] + [ Equal Opportunities form ]

Please send both completed forms to info@creative-edinburgh.com by Wednesday 28th April at 5pm.

The opportunity

We’re sharpening our strategy to make sure we’re providing the most effective support possible. You’ll lead our small team to translate that strategy into business and activity plans across all of our programmes. You’ll need plenty of ideas and ambition, but will need to match this with practical plans to develop new revenue streams, prioritise our activities and ensure Creative Edinburgh continues to pioneer support for all of our members.

You’ll be supported by our tight-knit executive team, a steering group drawn from the membership, and by the board, which pulls together experienced creative practitioners and leaders from across the creative world.

The creative industries are a vital part of Edinburgh’s future, so alongside our own programmes, leadership and advocacy, we’ll need to work closely with other aligned organisations, to ensure the city remains the cultural capital and a global inspiration.

The person

We’re looking for someone who understands the reality of life in the creative industries, especially for those micro businesses or freelancers, who form so much of our sector, but who often remain unrepresented.

You’ll need to enjoy working with people from a wide range of backgrounds, sectors and skillsets, and be able to utilise the energy, creativity and viewpoints that they bring.

You’ll be comfortable outside your comfort zone, and willing to learn quickly in order to represent our members needs and adapt to the rapid evolution of the creative industries.

We know that nobody knows everything. So you’ll need to be willing to ask for help when required. You’ll have support from the executive team, steering group and board whenever required.

You’ll find details of the essential and desirable knowledge, skills and experience in the job description. We’re happy to help the right person to grow and develop into this exceptionally important role.

The creative industries are incredibly diverse and we welcome applicants from all backgrounds and skillsets. We particularly encourage people from underrepresented communities to apply, including but not limited to disabled people, those who are D/deaf, Black/+ People of Colour, those from minority ethnic communities, those who are part of the LGBT+ community, and all those who feel their voices are not commonly represented.

The organisation

Creative Edinburgh has been supporting the city’s diverse creative community to connect and thrive for over a decade, and has built a membership of nearly 5,000 creators, practitioners and producers across all sectors of the creative industries, from graphic designers and comedians, to publishers and dancers.

Our members value the networking opportunities, practical career support and advocacy that we provide. We have created a full calendar of regular events. Our annual awards celebrate the success of Edinburgh’s creative community. Through a one to one mentoring programme and a partnership with the city’s universities, we support creative people to work better and achieve more.

We receive core funding through Creative Scotland, create revenue through our partnerships and sponsorships and provide a range of paid services to our members, with a turnover of nearly £200,000.

During 2020 we responded swiftly, reformatting our events and taking our whole programme online, to ensure that every member was supported to navigate the challenges of Covid and its ongoing impact upon so many creative industries.

Dates for interviews are yet to be confirmed

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