Job: Highlight Arts seeks Executive Director

1st February 2016

Greens & Blues

Highlight Arts Executive Director Job Advert

Closing date: midday, Monday 29th February 2016

Salary: £30,000 pro rata (equivalent of 2.5 days/week)

Full Time Equivalent: 0.5, 37.5 hours/week

Term: permanent with Key Performance Indicators review at 6 months

Responsible to: board of trustees

Responsible for: part time arts administrator, team of independent Highlight Arts producers

Based: ideally Edinburgh but remote working considered from UK


Highlight Arts is seeking to appoint a part time Executive Director to develop the organisation and its programme of work.

The Executive Director will provide leadership and direction for Highlight Arts and be the public representative of the organisation. The individual will be responsible for developing the organisation’s profile and importantly securing a sustainable funding base.

The Director will benefit from the organisation’s excellent track record of delivery, with active, ongoing projects live in the Arctic and Pakistan, and a dedicated team of Highlight Arts artistic producers and creatives.

The employment of an Executive Director marks a transition to a new organisational structure in order to assist Highlight Arts in expanding its capacity to deliver more high quality projects, events and festivals. As a result the first 6-9 months of this post will see an emphasis on fundraising and a development of key income streams.

Currently based in Edinburgh, our preference is for a Scottish-based candidate though we welcome applications from throughout the UK should remote working prove feasible.

About Highlight Arts

Highlight Arts creates new narratives through personal interactions, collaborations and exchange in the context of conflict: inequality, prejudice, war or environmental disaster.

We organise festivals, curate new artistic collaborations and generate new work.

Established in 2007 as Reel Festivals we became Highlight Arts in 2014.

We have a track record of delivering highly engaging, provocative work, using all forms of the arts to explore pressing and contemporary geo-political issues, using innovative and progressive artists from abroad and Britain.

We are unique in the UK in taking this approach and as a result have an excellent reputation with artists, audiences and funders.

Principal responsibilities

Strategy & Development

Artistic Programme

Leadership & Management

Finance and Administration

Compliance, Governance and Good Practice


Person Specification

Shortlisting Criteria

At least two years’ experience of managing an organisation, large scale project or autonomous division within a large organisation

Plus at least seven of the following:

If there are too many applicants to shortlist, the number of these competencies that the candidates must demonstrate may be increased.

Submission Process

Please submit a covering letter outlining your suitability for the role, including educational and professional experience against the key person specification criteria listed above.

Also please include a CV.

Please email your application to: by midday Monday 29th February 2016.

Interviews to be held in first week of March, either in Edinburgh or over Skype depending on location and availability.

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