Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society seeks Community Engagement, Access and Learning Manager

Closing Date: 20 January 2020

Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society

Location: Edinburgh

Remuneration: The salary for this post is circa £32K per annum.



This role will manage, develop and deliver projects which increase inclusion and participation in the Fringe for our three core audience groups: D/deaf and disabled people; teachers, children and young people; and Edinburgh residents. The Community Engagement, Access and Learning Manager will continue champion and drive forward the Fringe Society’s plans to create as an inclusive festival as possible to achieve demonstrable and effective results.

Role and responsibilities
You will perform a wide range of duties, including but not limited to:
• Leading the work of the CEAL team, ensuring that planned work is delivered on time, on budget and meets the requirements of the business plan.
• Managing and delivering projects committed to for the 2020 Fringe.
• Managing and reporting on the Fringe Society’s PLACE funded activity for communities and schools in 2020, and into 2021.
• Embedding work and priorities of the CEAL team across the organisation, working with colleagues on existing initiatives and projects.
• Identifying expertise and opportunities for shared working to support the growth of aims and ambitions of the CEAL team.
• Ensuring key priorities of the team are effectively communicated to senior management to achieve maximum impact.
• Project management of the design, development and implementation of projects, including stakeholder engagement and resource management (including recruitment and contracting).
• Monitoring and evaluating projects and initiatives, acting on the results and developing clear and deliverable objectives.
• Developing and maintaining effective partnerships and relationships with local and national companies, communities, charities, local authorities, key Scottish and UK Government departments, educational bodies and relevant project partners, developing a platform for the ongoing development of community engagement, access and learning work throughout the year.
• Developing, maintaining effective partnerships and relationships with a broad range of Fringe participants.
• Line management of the CEAL team.
• Working with the Development team to support funding and income generation activities associated to the work of the CEAL team and in line with short and long term project and strategic aims.

Person specification
• Experience of working in a similar role focused on widening participation in arts and culture with schools, or communities or in an access role.
• Experience of leading and motivating a team.
• Knowledge of best practice in community engagement, access and learning in the arts or cultural sector.
• Extensive and demonstrable project management skills including multi-stakeholder communication, budget management, monitoring and evaluation.
• Excellent customer service and communication skills.
• Excellent interpersonal, problem solving and organisational, and time management skills.
• Demonstrable experience of developing meaningful partnerships, with both stakeholders and customers.
• Ability to lead and influence change, confidence and credibility in engaging stakeholders and providing expert advice to project partners.
• Understanding and experience of working to the Equalities Act 2010.
• Experience of working with a marketing and PR team.
• A thorough working knowledge of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
• Creative and flexible in response to problem solving.
• Strong communication, presentation and influencing skills.

• Knowledge and understanding of the Scottish and/or wider UK arts sector or knowledge of the community engagement and outreach sector, the disability sector or the learning sector.
• Experience within a charitable organisation.
• Experience of fundraising.

We welcome and encourage job applications from people of all backgrounds. We particularly welcome applications from D/deaf and disabled people. Reasonable adjustments will be made for applicants to attend the interview.

Salary and Benefits
The salary for this post is circa £32K per annum, plus 4.5% pension contribution. We offer 34 days annual leave including 6 public holidays over Christmas/New Year and Easter.

Normal working hours are 10:00 to 18:00, Monday to Friday. Some additional evening and weekend work may be required. There is no overtime entitlement, but the Society does maintain a TOIL policy outwith the festival period. For this role we are open to discussing the possibility of flexible working.

During the festival you will be required to work six days a week (42 hours). Due to intense activity during certain periods of the year, the fact that no TOIL is accrued during the festival period and that only six public holidays are recognised, the Society feels that employees benefit from an extended holiday over the Christmas and New Year period. The Society will award six “Festival Fringe” days over and above your annual holiday entitlement to count towards this period.

Some overnight travel outside Edinburgh, and attendance at events outside normal working hours, may be required.

Please apply via our website at https://www.edfringe.com/learn/jobs