Creative Edinburgh is looking for a new Executive Director to lead the organisation and support the city’s creative community as it emerges from the uncertainty of Covid and responds to the rapid evolution of our creative world.
The organisation is looking for someone who understands the reality of working in the creative industries, especially for those micro businesses or freelancers, who form so much of the sector and who often remain unrepresented.
Candidates will 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.
They must be comfortable outside their comfort zone, and willing to learn quickly in order to represent our members needs and adapt to ongoing convergence of the creative industries.
With such a diverse range of sectors within the creative industries, nobody will know absolutely everything. So candidates will need to be willing to ask for help when required. They’ll have support from the executive team, steering group and board whenever required.
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.
Members can access networking opportunities, practical career support and advocacy. Creative Edinburgh has 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.
The organisation receives core funding through Creative Scotland, creates revenue through its partnerships and sponsorships, and provides a range of paid services to members, with a turnover of nearly £200,000.
Throughout 2020 Creative Edinburgh responded swiftly to the Covid-19 crisis, reformatting events and taking its whole programme online, to ensure members were supported to navigate the challenges of lockdown and its ongoing impact upon so many creative industries.
The creative industries are incredibly diverse and Creative Edinburgh welcomes applicants from all backgrounds and skillsets. They 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 LGBTQ+ community, and all those who feel their voices are not commonly represented.
Find out more and apply here.