Director, Festivals Edinburgh

£78,000 per annum

Closing Date 6 June 2024

Permanent, Full Time

About the Organisation

Edinburgh’s Festivals are world-class cultural assets for Scotland with an international reputation and appeal unmatched by any other cultural event on the globe. They are distinctively Scottish and yet profoundly international.

Festivals Edinburgh is the high-level organisation, created and driven by the directors of those festivals. Our mission is simple - to work collaboratively to maintain and develop Edinburgh’s position as a world leading sustainable festival city. 

About the Role

Are you looking for an exciting challenge at the heart of our world leading cultural brands?  After nearly a decade of transformative leadership, our current Director is stepping aside, creating an exciting opportunity for a new leader - an unmissable opportunity to make a substantial contribution to the future success of Edinburgh’s Festivals.

Transformation and renewal in our operating environment brings unique opportunities to develop strong relationships with new leaders due to be appointed in 2024; and to work in partnership towards planned new investment from a pioneering Visitor Levy for Edinburgh that will benefit Edinburgh’s culture and heritage, city management and promotion.

This is a unique opportunity for a proven leader. You will have exceptional influencing skills, be able to broker and manage partnerships, and be a passionate advocate. You will be able to command the respect of peers and partners, and work collaboratively and authoritatively to deliver success.

How to Apply

  • Download: the full role requirement HERE
  • Apply: please send us your proposal detailing how you would fulfil the requirements of the role and why it is of interest, together with your CV (and CVs of any other key individuals relevant to your application) to with “FE Director Application” in the subject box of the email.  
  • Contact: if you have any questions or would like to have an informal conversation about this post with a member of the Board or the current Director, please contact Gary Stewart on
  • Deadline: 11.59pm on Thursday 6 June 2024
  • Interviews: will be held in Edinburgh on Tuesday 18 June 2024.  We ask applicants to confirm in your application that you are available for interview on this date.

Festivals Edinburgh is committed to equal, fair and proper employment opportunities. We actively encourage applications from currently under-represented groups, in particular people of the Global Majority and d/Deaf or disabled applicants. Please see application pack for further details.

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