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full time Artist Development Officer (fixed term)

at Edinburgh Festival Fringe Socity in Royal Mile

Anyone involved with a Fringe show from a lead artist to a technician or director is considered a participant and the Participant Services team provides a comprehensive support service for all those attending, from finding a venue and registering their show to information on visas and budgeting. Within this, the Artist Development team provides support and advice on participants’ professional and creative development goals.

The Artist Development Service works closely with the Arts Industry Office, it is open to all registered Fringe participants and is designed to help them maximise their Fringe experience by providing:

-One to one help and advice to Fringe participants regarding their professional development at the festival before August and in person at Fringe Central, the participants’ centre run by the Fringe Society during the Fringe;
-Resources, in the form of guides, templates and information on subjects such as touring, budgeting, fundraising and networking;
-Events and networking opportunities, through the development and delivery of the Fringe Central Events Programme, to aid their professional and/or creative development;
-A development programme specifically designed for Emerging Producers who want to use the Fringe as a career enhancing opportunity;
-Targeted lists and information on accredited Industry professionals who are attending the Fringe; --Support toward the Made in Scotland showcase programme.

Role and responsibilities:
The successful candidate will assist the Artist Development Manager to deliver the creative and professional development programmes offered to Fringe participants. They will perform a wide range of duties, including but not limited to:

-Provision of creative and professional development advice and support to Fringe participants who wish to make the most of their Fringe experience;
-Supporting the writing and distribution of communications to Fringe participants
including bulletins, web content and guidance documents in pdf and web format;
-Supporting the development and delivery of the Fringe Central Events Programme, including working with members of the marketing team to target specific audience groups and helping artists identify events relevant to their development; working closely with the Arts Industry team to facilitate connections between artists and members of the arts industry, including knowledge of professionals accredited with the service, understanding artists’ objectives and providing them with lists of relevant arts industry professionals;
-Supporting the promotion of professional development opportunities including the Fringe Central Events Programme, Made in Scotland and Emerging Producers Development Programme;
-Providing administrative support towards the Made in Scotland showcase, Emerging Producers Development Programme and any other relevant projects;
-Supporting the planning and delivery of events for Fringe Central, Made in Scotland, Emerging Producers and Fringe info sessions;
-Assisting the Artist Development Manager with seasonal staff recruitment and training, and line managing two Artist Development Assistants from July;
-Collecting statistical data and supporting the evaluation of the Artist Development service.

Person specification

Essential:
Proven strong communication skills and a friendly and professional manner;
Experience of working within the cultural industries: festivals, venues, cultural agencies;
Experience and knowledge of touring, fundraising and programming within the performing arts;
A good understanding of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe;
An understanding of the UK Arts Industry sector;
Ability to build and maintain good working relationships with external partners and stakeholders;
Creative and flexible in response to problem solving;
Demonstrable ability to work under pressure and as part of a team;
Excellent organisational and time management skills and ability to prioritise conflicting demands across a varied workload; and
Excellent computer skills and solid experience with spreadsheets and database systems.

Desirable:
Experience in assisting artists and companies in developing and promoting their work;
Experience of putting on a show at the Fringe; and
Event planning and management experience.
Rate of pay and hours of work
The rate of pay for this post is £455.00 per week (35 hours).
Normal working hours are from 10:00 to 18:00, worked over five days between Monday and Friday.

In the run up and during the festival you will be required to work additional days and hours. From the beginning of the festival, shifts are eight hours long from 10:00 to 20:00 (including a one-hour unpaid lunch break) worked over six days between Monday and Sunday. Your working hours will be organised according to a rota system which the Society will notify you of in advance of the Fringe. Your weekly rate of pay will change to reflect the additional hours worked.

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