Deadline: Monday 6 December 2021, 9am

Through a process of connecting with and working alongside creative groups, this post-holder will deepen our understanding of the needs of ethnically diverse creative groups. In doing so, we expect to build a richer picture of creativity in Scotland, to inform the future direction of Creative Lives, and be better able to support the diverse needs of Scotland’s creative groups. Creative Lives wants to deepen its connections to, and improve its support for, volunteer-led creative groups that are led by or for people from minority ethnic communities in Scotland, with a particular focus on African, Caribbean, Chinese and other South East Asian and South Asian communities.

Context to this role

Creative Lives champions all types of adult amateur arts and cultural activity with a particular focus on local volunteer-led arts groups. Across the UK and Ireland there are approximately 63,000 voluntary arts groups, regularly involving more than 10 million people participating voluntarily in creative cultural activities. Creative Lives acts as a universal voice for this vast sector. It is important for the organisation therefore to ensure it is as representative as possible of the full range of creative cultural activity it supports.

In 2015 Creative Lives launched a new initiative to reach out effectively to creative cultural activity in black, Asian and minority ethnic cultures and communities, embarking on an initial series of 50 open conversations with volunteer organisers in communities across the UK and Ireland. This process was documented in the 2016 report 'Open Conversations: Developing strong, effective connections to Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities' and led to a dramatic increase in the diversity of the Creative Lives Board of Trustees. As a result, Creative Lives won the Board Diversity and Inclusivity Award in the 2017 Charity Governance Awards. The network of contacts developed through those open conversations formed the basis for an ongoing process of improving Creative Lives’ connections with minority ethnic communities which has continued over the past few years. This role is the next step on this journey. 

Main conditions of employment

Salary: £26,461 per annum (FTE)

Location: Anywhere in Scotland (home-based / remote working). There are also office facilities available in Edinburgh if required.

Period: This post has funding for 9 months FTE and we will work with the successful candidate to agree the period of work. We hope the successful candidate will be able to start in January 2022.

Hours: The current Scotland staff team all work part-time, each between 1.5 and 4 days per week. The successful candidate could choose to work the total hours of the role on a part-time basis, over a longer period. By way of example, this could equate to:

Working full time for 9 months (January 2022 - September 2022), OR
Working 4 days per week for 11 months (January 2022 - November 2022), OR
Working 3 days per week for 15 months (January 2022 - March 2023)
Other combinations of flexible working patterns are also welcome, e.g. to be flexible around caring responsibilities and other commitments. 

Notice: 4 weeks’ notice is required and will be given.

Holidays: All statutory holidays applicable at the place of work plus 25 days.

Sick leave: 12 weeks full pay followed by 14 weeks half pay and thereafter Statutory sickness benefits and rules apply (following successful probationary period) 

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