August 21, 2019
Join our team!
Based in the Highlands & Islands
14 hours per week (£28,500 pro rata per annum)
Two-year fixed term contract from April 2019-March 2021
Scottish Artists’ Union, the trade union for visual and applied artists in Scotland and one of the largest arts membership organisations in the country, is recruiting a Learning Organiser based in the Highlands & Islands. The post involves organising and developing workshops, training and events for members working in the Highlands & Islands as part of the union’s Scotland-wide Learning Programme.
The Learning Programme delivers a programme of workshops, courses and events creating opportunities for artists to undertake training to improve their sector skills, address the barriers to freelance work and to ensure equality of participation for artists as workers across the sector. All of our bespoke workshops and courses are free and created in direct response to members’ needs; delivering specialist events on a variety of topics across Scotland and across disciplines. The union considers work-based learning as a crucial and critical intervention into the structure of freelance work; acknowledging its material conditions in order to organise around issues. Training opportunities and online resources are only available to union members. The programme is funded by Scottish Union Learning, through the Scottish Trade Union Congress and the Scottish Government’s Fair Work Directorate.
The Highlands & Islands Learning Organiser will support the Learning Programme Manager (based in Glasgow) to develop and deliver the programme in the Highlands & Islands. The role is to develop, attend and host courses and workshops, represent the union at various events, facilitate members’ meetings and groups, meet members, drive recruitment, and to steer the union organising agenda in the Highlands and Islands. The Learning Organiser provides a public face and advocates for the union making it better able to maintain professional constructive relationships, recruit and retain members.
Candidates should be highly motivated and have a proven commitment to working with artists and knowledge of artists working lives as well as an understanding of trade unionism. Ideally candidates should have experience of organising, hosting and delivering events as well as familiarity with and working knowledge of the creative industries. Candidates should have excellent communication skills, an ability to work independently as well as part of a team and good IT skills.
The closing date for return of all applications is 12 noon on Monday 15 April 2019.
Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed in Inverness on Wednesday 24 April 2019.
To download the job description and for more information on how to apply, please click here.