Closing date: 10:00 Monday 31 January 2022
Interview date: Week commencing 14 February 2022
Start date: As soon as possible / 21 March 2022

Background

The idea at the heart of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe is simple: anyone with a desire to perform and a venue willing to host them is welcome. No individual or committee determines who can or cannot perform at the Fringe.

It all began in 1947 with eight companies – six of them from Scotland – taking a risk, turning up uninvited and performing on the ‘fringe’ of the inaugural Edinburgh International Festival. Over 70 years later, the Fringe has grown to become the greatest platform for creative freedom in the world, second only to the Olympics in terms of global ticketed events.

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society is the charity that was established by artists to act as the custodian of the Fringe. We exist to support, advise and encourage everyone who wants to participate in the Fringe, provide information and assistance to audiences, and promote the Fringe and what it stands for all over the world.

CEAL team

This role is part of the Community Engagement, Access and Learning team. The CEAL team works to address the gap between the ambition of the Fringe to be an inclusive and accessible festival and the reality of the multiple barriers that prevent participation. We do this through a mixture of long-term strategic work, and shorter-term project work. Our work addresses the specific barriers that make the festival inaccessible to many people.

Purpose of the role

You will report to and work closely with the CEAL Manager to develop and deliver a programme of work which ensures that more children, young people and teachers in Scotland are actively engaged with the Fringe, focussing on three key areas:

  1. Engage teachers (initially in Edinburgh and the Lothians) with the Fringe as a valuable cultural experience for their children and young people by making it easier for schools to see work (either in person or online) and perform at the Fringe, and by connecting Fringe artists with schools for projects year-round.
  2. Work with secondary schools, further and higher education institutions and third sector and governmental organisations to promote careers in the performing arts and creative industries, using the Fringe as an example.
  3. Support the CEAL Manager and the Senior Management team to engage in dialogue with teachers, cultural organisations and culture and education policy makers to ensure that we are a key part of a strategic approach to creative learning.

You will also work alongside the Community Engagement Officer and the Access Projects Officer to contribute to the development and delivery of the CEAL programme where relevant, in line with the Fringe Society’s broader strategic objectives.

Role and responsibilities

  • Working with the CEAL Manager to develop, deliver and evaluate a schools engagement programme for the Fringe, including the delivery of existing projects – leading to growth of engagement in key target areas, eg development of a schools audience.
  • Collaborating with the Box Office team and Artist Services team to develop ticketing options for school groups.
  • Supporting the CEAL Manager with the development and delivery of partnership projects with external organisations.
  • Developing and delivering a skills programme and careers resources exploring the opportunities presented by the Fringe for secondary school students.
  • Collaborating with the Artist Development Manager to develop opportunities for performing arts students to engage with the Fringe.
  • Facilitating opportunities for Fringe performers and venues to engage with schools, both in person and digitally.
  • Collaborating with the Operations Manager and Street Events team to create opportunities for schools’ performances during the festival.
  • Writing copy for edfringe.com about opportunities at the Fringe for schools.
  • Assisting the Development team with funding applications for the Fringe Schools Programme.
  • Collaborating with the Marketing and Communications team to ensure that the Fringe Schools Programme is marketed appropriately and included in Society communications.
  • Building and maintaining effective relationships with schools, educational bodies and arts organisations, eg Education Scotland, Creative Scotland, City of Edinburgh Council, Developing the Young Workforce.
  • Keeping up to date with educational policy in Scotland as it relates to primary, secondary, and tertiary education (including further and higher education settings).
  • Acting as the first point of contact for enquiries including managing inboxes and maintaining contact lists.
  • Managing budgets where appropriate.
  • Assisting the CEAL Manager to recruit and manage freelance workers where appropriate.

Person specification

Essential

  • Demonstrable understanding of the role of the performing arts and creativity in learning and education.
  • Demonstrable experience of work using arts/creative learning methodologies within a school/learning or community organisation.
  • Knowledge of the educational system within Scotland, and demonstrable knowledge of the Curriculum for Excellence.
  • Strong project-management skills for the successful delivery of projects.
  • Experience of delivering partnerships with external stakeholders.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Creative thinking and problem-solving abilities.
  • Ability to work independently and on own initiative.
  • Excellent organisational and time management skills.
  • Creative and flexible in response to problem solving,
  • An understanding of the barriers that affect participation of marginalised groups within the Arts sector.

Desirable

  • Experience of writing copy for a variety of platforms and audiences.
  • Experience of promoting projects to specific audiences, in line with project goals.
  • Experience of working in a festival environment.
  • Good working knowledge of Microsoft Office, particularly Excel, Outlook and Word, and MS Teams.
  • Knowledge of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and the work of the Fringe Society.
  • Experience of helping schools to engage with the performing arts online.

Salary and Benefits

The salary for this post is circa £25,000 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. We are a flexible working employer and therefore are happy to discuss flexible working at any stage of the application process.

During the festival you may 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.

We use positive action under section 159 of the Equality Act in relation to disability or race. This means that if we have two candidates of equal merit in our process, we will seek to take forward the D/deaf, disabled, Black, Asian or ethnically diverse candidate in order to diversify our staff team.

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The Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society is committed to reducing its environmental impacts in its everyday operations. We are also committed to maintaining the open-access policy of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. We are an equal opportunity employer and welcome applications from all sectors of the community. We are also proud to be a Disability Confident Employer and aim to successfully employ and retain disabled people and those with health conditions. We expect employees to support these commitments and to assist in their realisation.

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Application deadline: 31st January, 2022