Festival Producer | Deaf Action

21 hours p/w up to June 2023, then 35 hours p/w July-September 2023
Hybrid working may be considered up to June. Office based July-Sept is essential.

Location: Edinburgh with some travel. 
Salary: £30,000 – £34,000 dependant on experience – pro rata up to July 2023

We’re looking for an experienced Festival Producer with a passion for diversity and inclusion to join our team. Could that be you?

Who are we?

Deaf Action is a deaf-led charity, supporting and celebrating deaf people. We were established in 1835 and work with deaf people across Scotland and the South of England. Our work is geared towards empowering all deaf people to achieve their potential and fully participate in society, with equality of rights, access and opportunity. 

In August 2022, we launched the inaugural Edinburgh Deaf Festival with the aim of celebrating and showcasing deaf arts & culture and proving the arts can be accessible to all. It was a resounding success and proved there is high demand for accessible arts. Planning for the 2023 Edinburgh Deaf Festival is already underway, and we are keen for a Festival Producer to join the team and help us make next year even better.    

You can find out more about us at www.deafaction.org  

About you 

This role would suit someone with exceptional arts project management skills, strong financial and budgeting experience, an understanding of event programming and knowledge of the deaf arts sector. This is an opportunity to shape an evolving project celebrating deaf culture and artistry, within a fast-paced environment. 

Proficiency in British Sign Language is essential and experience of working in the deaf arts community is preferred.

The ideal candidates will be fully committed to our values, which can be found on our website.

The role

Reporting to the CEO, the Festival Producer will lead on and manage production of the Edinburgh Deaf Festival 2023.  

Key responsibilities of the role include:

  • Working collaboratively with the Deaf Action CEO to deliver the vision for the festival
  • Maintaining a detailed timeline and ensuring deadlines are met
  • Monitoring and evaluation – diversity and feedback recording, and compiling overall festival feedback from audiences, staff and partners
  • Overseeing full team and interdepartmental meetings to document progress and issue action points
  • Lead on creation and delivery of a diverse programme incorporating multiple art forms  
  • Maintaining and developing relationships with venues, supporters, artists and partners
  • Working closely with the Marketing team to develop a strong, cohesive marketing plan
  • Responsibility for budget and financial management, including reporting
  • Negotiating artist fees and contracts
  • Management of the festival team 
  • Recruitment of seasonal festival support and venue staff
  • Assuming the role of ‘Venue Manager’ for involvement with the Edinburgh Fringe Festival
  • Support the team with travel to other international deaf arts festivals for networking and research

What’s on offer?

  • Occupational pension scheme with employer contributions of 6%. 
  • 32 days leave pro rata (inc bank holidays) pro rata for part time 
  • 24/7 access to an Employee Assistance Programme provided by Health Assured. 
  • In-house Mental Health First Aiders. 
  • Death in service benefit. 
  • Access to the Cycle to Work Scheme and IT Voucher Scheme. 
  • Ongoing support for learning and development through our PDR process. 

Closing date: Friday 9th December 2022
Interviews: w/c 12th December 2022

To apply, please send your CV along with a covering letter or BSL video explaining your experience to recruitment@deafaction.org 

PVG checks will be requested. Applications welcome from all sections of the community.

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