Job: Green Arts manager (part-time, 21 hours/week)

16th February 2022

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Creative Carbon Scotland (CCS) has a superb opportunity for a motivated and knowledgeable person to take our Green Arts programme to the next level.

Our new Green Arts manager will work with 300+ arts and cultural organisations across Scotland and continue developing our carbon management programme, our work with Festivals Edinburgh and other national and international initiatives as well as playing an integral role in our leadership team.

Applications for this role are now closed.


CCS is the leading charity working to harness the power of arts and culture to achieve a sustainable, equitable, climate-adapted Scotland. You can learn more about what we do, who we work with, and who our founding partners and funders are on our website.

The Green Arts programme is a core part of our work and focuses on helping the creative and cultural sectors respond to the climate emergency by reducing their environmental impact and adapting to the impacts of climate change. The Green Arts manager is responsible for leading and developing the programme and our work with hundreds of creative and cultural organisations throughout Scotland. The Green Arts programme includes the Green Arts Initiative, the carbon management programme and our work with the Edinburgh Festivals and several other national and international initiatives.

CCS aims to be an open, collaborative employer where the team knows they are supported, valued and respected. We offer flexible working arrangements to balance employees’ personal circumstances with the needs of the organisation and we facilitate team and individual training and development opportunities. As a result, we have a great team of 11 knowledgeable, friendly and committed people producing work of a very high standard. CCS has grown in the last few years and is likely to do so again soon, as our work is valued by both the cultural and climate change sectors amid the widespread demand for innovative ways to achieve sustainability.
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Employment details

Job title:           Green Arts manager (0.6FTE)

Start date:        Monday 4th April 2022 or as soon as possible after that date

Salary:              £19,349 (pro-rated as 0.6FTE from full time salary of £32,249) per year plus a contribution to a personal pension of 3% of salary

Reports to:       Director (Ben Twist)

Responsible for: Green Arts & Edinburgh Festivals sustainability officer, carbon management planning officer, carbon reduction project manager

Hours:              0.6FTE i.e. 3 days/week. This means a 21-hour week with a degree of flexibility on both sides, as some evening and weekend work may be required and busy periods may call for extra hours, with time taken off in lieu during quieter periods.

Flexible working and job sharing: CCS welcomes proposals for flexible working or job-share, subject to the needs of the role being satisfactorily fulfilled.

Holidays:          12 days plus 6 public holidays (pro-rated as 0.6FTE from full time allowance of 20 +10 days) to be taken at times agreed with the line manager. An additional full day will be awarded, to be taken at any point in the 2022-23 leave year, to match the national Queen’s Platinum Jubilee holiday.

Place of work:   CCS has an office at City Chambers, High Street, Edinburgh, but remote and hybrid work is the norm at present. Travel throughout Scotland may be required if government guidelines and personal health concerns permit.

Contract and notice period: This is a permanent post. A probationary period of three months will apply following successful completion of which the full contract will be confirmed. The notice period is two months for both employer and employee.

Secondments:   Creative Carbon Scotland is very willing to consider a secondment for this role where this will embed climate change knowledge and work within the cultural sector.

Equipment:      CCS is a BYOD (bring your own device) organisation. A laptop and mobile phone can be provided if required. Additional equipment will be provided in line with CCS policies if needed to support a healthy working from home workstation.

Staff benefits:   CCS offers annual salary increments, a workplace pension scheme, a salary sacrifice scheme for bicycles and IT equipment, confidential access to mental health counselling, and a WFH heating & lighting allowance.

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The role

Main responsibilities:

  1. Oversee all the elements of the Green Arts programme, bringing them into an integrated whole, monitoring and evaluating progress, always working within the financial and carbon budgets set by the leadership team (50%)
    • Ensure that this programme delivers co-ordinated leadership and support to the efforts of Scotland’s cultural sector to contribute to achieving national climate change targets and objectives, aligned with the relevant Creative Scotland plans and targets where appropriate
    • Lead on ensuring that this programme contributes strategically to the wider CCS mission
    • Lead on budgeting and fundraising for projects within this programme
    • Lead on monitoring, evaluating and reporting on projects within this programme and on the programme as a whole
  2. Line manage all relevant staff (10%)
  3. Work with the communications and PR managers to promote the programme externally (5%)
    • Nurture existing and new relationships with organisations and individuals across the cultural and climate change worlds
    • Seek new opportunities for CCS, including speaking, writing and contributing to external networks
    • Develop new partners and customers for the programme
  4. Undertake appropriate research and development to develop the programme and to ensure that it continues to support, stimulate and lead the sector (10%)
    • Maintain awareness and understanding of the cultural, economic, artistic and scientific context in which the programme operates
    • Scope new project ideas for potential inclusion in the programme
  5. Play an active role in the leadership team (10%)
    • Contribute to the strategic development of CCS
    • Contribute to the thought leadership of CCS on the development and application of the essential role of culture in addressing the climate emergency in Scotland and beyond
    • Ensure that the strategic direction of the Green Arts programme is integrated into the work of the leadership team
    • Contribute to major corporate funding applications as appropriate
    • Contribute to corporate initiatives to improve and strengthen policy, Equalities, Diversity and Inclusion, communications and employee wellbeing
  6. Contribute to general CCS administration, including attending team meetings and work planning (15%)

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Person specification

Essential criteria

  1. Strong and up-to-date knowledge of climate change mitigation and adaptation and the ability to apply this knowledge to (small to medium size) cultural organisations and practitioners.
  2. Experience of building, leading and supporting a strong team
  3. Excellent project management skills including budget management
  4. Excellent written and oral communications skills, including the ability to run training sessions and deliver presentations to a wide range of audiences
  5. The ability to form strong relationships and partnerships with colleagues and external individuals and organisations
  6. Experience of contributing to strategic thinking and leadership to enable an organisation to develop and thrive
  7. A commitment to the role of arts and culture in addressing climate change
  8. A commitment to Equalities, Diversity & Inclusion and their intersection with climate justice
  9. Flair and imagination

Desirable criteria

  1. Awareness and understanding of the Scottish climate change legislation, regulation and networks
  2. Strong knowledge of the Scottish cultural world

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Application process

The application process is as follows:

  1. Applications must be made using the application form unless you have difficulty accessing or using the website (see Accessibility below).
  2. Please study the job description and person specification closely and ensure that you demonstrate clearly in the application form how your skills and experience meet them.
  3. Complete the online application form and the separate anonymous online Equality Monitoring Survey by 23:59 (GMT) on Sunday 6th March.
  4. Confirm on the application form that you have completed the Equality Monitoring Survey. The survey is anonymous and the information provided will not affect your application in any way.

When you submit your application via the online form you will receive an automated acknowledgement of receipt.

The anticipated schedule is:

  • Application deadline: 23:59, Sunday 6th March
  • Invitation to interview: Issued to those on the shortlist by Thursday 10th March via email
  • Interviews: Virtually via MS Teams on Tuesday 15th March
  • Candidate commences: Monday 4th April or as soon as possible thereafter
  • Feedback: Offered to all applicants via email by Friday 18th March

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Accessibility, equalities & data protection

CCS wants to increase team diversity so that people with a range of views and experiences contribute to our thinking. Before we pass your application to our recruitment panel we will remove your personal data to help them avoid bias during the shortlisting process.


Applications will only be accepted via the application form below, unless alternative arrangements are made. If you wish to make alternative arrangements or have any problems in using the site (for example, if you are experiencing digital exclusion or have specific accessibility requirements), please write to Lewis Coenen-Rowe  to seek assistance in good time before the closing date of Sunday 6th March. (Please note that Lewis works Monday – Thursday and is away on Monday 28 February & Tuesday 1 March.) Your interactions with us on accessibility will remain confidential and will not be shared with the recruitment panel.


Creative Carbon Scotland promotes a diverse and inclusive working environment. We welcome applications from everyone with suitable skills and experience and we will make reasonable adjustments where necessary to enable people with particular needs or requirements to work with us. Please read our Equalities Policy and Safe Working Statement, and please remember to complete our Equality Monitoring Survey.

Data protection

We will only use the personal data you provide in your application for the purpose of completing this recruitment process. All records created during the course of this process will be permanently deleted once the appointee is under contract. For more information on how we handle your data, take a look at our Data Protection and Information Security policy.

If you would like a PDF or Word copy of all the information above sent to your inbox, please email

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