Creative Community Hubs Lead

  • Part Time Job
  • Edinburgh
  • 24/06/2024
  • Part Time Job
  • Edinburgh
  • 24/06/2024
We are looking for a proactive, experienced Creative Community Hubs Lead to co-facilitate, administer and co-manage our Creative Hubs project.

The Hubs Lead will support a citywide network of community arts organisations to work together to share best practice, training, funding, and advocate for creativity in communities.

Job Title: Creative Community Hubs Lead
Reports to: CEO
Location: WHALE Arts, Wester Hailes, Edinburgh 
Contracted Hours: 14 hours/ 2 days per week
Contract: Fixed term to 31 March 2026 
Salary and Benefits: £27,500 pro rata 

Role Purpose

WHALE Arts are looking for a  proactive, experienced  Creative Community Hubs Lead to co-facilitate, administer and co-manage our Creative Hubs project.

The Hubs Lead will support a citywide network of community arts organisations to work together to share best practice, training, funding, and advocate for creativity in communities.

Main Duties

WHALE Arts is a building-based and place-based community-led charity and social enterprise, founded by local people in 1992. Our mission is to be the creative heart of thriving community. We are lead partner for the Creative Community Hubs Network, funded by City of Edinburgh Council.

The Creative Community Hubs Network currently consists of eight partner organisations based across Edinburgh, made up of: WHALE Arts; North Edinburgh Arts, granton:hub; Duncan Place Community Hub; Out of the Blueprint at OOTB; The Crannie Community Hub; Lyra at ArtSpace and Craigmillar Now. We define a ‘creative community hub’ as an organisation that operates out of a publicly accessible building embedded within an identifiable community or locality, with culture and creativity as a primary concern.

The network has been operating for the last 2.5 years, facilitated by a PAYE member of WHALE staff and a freelance creative. This role would involve working collaboratively with freelance Creative Community Hubs Lead Morvern Cunningham (who works one day per week on the project) in the interests of the network, whose individual partners inform the priorities and strategic direction of the Creative Community Hubs Network.

  1. Co facilitate knowledge sharing workshops and network activities.
  1. Administration  – managing budgets, finance, data, newsletter, coordinating events and activities
  1. Reporting and evaluation for funders and others
  1. Liasing with City of Edinburgh Council as programme funders
  1. Advocacy for the Network via written reports, presentations and public speaking with the Network Facilitator.
  1. Developing partnerships with the culture sector, academia, Scottish Government, funders and others to support the ambitions of the network, share good practice and research
  1. Supporting WHALE Arts Community Development and Placemaking work with the community of Wester Hailes.

Scope of the Job

Strategy

  • Contribute to WHALE Arts organisational strategy
  • Co-lead on strategic planning and delivery for the Hubs Network programme.

Finance 

  • Manage Project budget – planning, administration and management of the project budget to ensure appropriate planning, accurate records are kept, reporting to funders and WHALE Arts Accountant.
  • Make purchases, receive and send invoices for processing, maintain spreadsheets, raise invoices.

Fundraising & Income Generation

  • Develop and write funding applications for the Hubs Network programme.

Governance 

  • Presentations to the Board on progress of the Project as required

Data, Evaluation, Reporting

  • Co-ordinate/collate and manage project data, monitoring and evaluation
  • Complete reporting and evaluation for funders and partners, and for WHALE Arts internal data monitoring and evaluation.

Projects & Programming 

  • manage, coordinate and contribute to  regular project meetings, training and events.
  • Facilitate the Hubs project
  • Collaborate with and support creativity with community of Wester Hailes

Marketing and Communications

  • contribute to the website, social media,
  • newsletters, and annual report
  • writing reports/ publications
  • repress releases,
  • coordinating film and photography,
  • making presentations, talking at conferences)

Community and Network Development, Regeneration and Placemaking

  • manage, coordinate and contribute to  regular project meetings, training and events.
  • Facilitate the Hubs project
  • Collaborate with and support creativity with community of Wester Hailes
  • support and develop our Membership, community and cultural networks,
  • work with local groups and organisations to support development and delivery of the Wester Hailes Place Plan.

Other Duties 

  • To be a key holder, opening and securing the building out of office hours when required.
  • To help with reception cover over lunchtimes and occasionally ad-hoc to support the team when required.
  • To comply with relevant WHALE Arts Agency policies.
  • To undertake any relevant training in relation to the post.

Job descriptions cannot be exhaustive and the post-holder may, from time-to-time, be required to undertake other duties, which are broadly in line with the above key responsibilities.

Person Specification

We are looking for someone who

  • Is self-starter who is able to work both independently and as part of a small team
  • Has an enquiring mind keen to explore new ways of collaborative working
  • Is a passionate advocate of grassroots and community-based arts practices
  • Has a proven track record of facilitation and/or fundraising
  • Is well-organised, hard-working and a good team player.
  • Is self-motivated, and able to use their own initiative.
  • Is highly skilled in time management, work planning and organisation.
  • Has excellent communication skills and can interact with and support individuals from a range of backgrounds.
  • Can think expansively, recognise opportunities and challenge assumptions.
  • Understands the issues facing people living in areas of deprivation.
  • Is committed to promoting equality, diversity and inclusion. 

You will have experience of

  • Writing reports, evaluations and information sharing.
  • Facilitation and/or fundraising
  • Working in community settings, placemaking/ community development
  • Arts and creativity in communities
  • Working with a range of partners on projects
  • Managing and administration of projects
  • Delivering presentations and networking.

Ideally but not essentially, you may have

  • Experience of delivering programmes that use creativity as a vehicle for social change and empowerment

Apply by email to recruitment@whalearts.co.uk attaching:

  • An up to date CV detailing relevant education and employment experience.
  • A covering letter demonstrating how your skills and experience meet the requirements of the role purpose, duties and  person specification ( max 2 pages)
  • Details of two referees, including at least one previous employer.
  • A completed Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form

If you wish you may apply via video ( no more than 5 minutes)  or another method suited to your needs emailed to recruitment@whalearts.co.uk . If you would like to talk to us about the role, application or interview process we are happy to support you.  Find more information about WHALE Arts here.

Deadline: Monday 24th June 2024 at 9am with interviews taking place later that week on Thursday 27th June.

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