Centre Director (Edinburgh)

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Dance Base Scotland: Centre Director (Edinburgh)

Dance Base Scotland is recruiting for the post of Centre Director (Edinburgh)

About the job

Reporting to the Chief Executive, you’ll be responsible for ensuring our beautiful Edinburgh Centre is a home for dancers and dance lovers from all backgrounds and is an asset for the organisation and dance in Scotland.

This includes the delivery of face to face and online classes in a wide variety of dance styles, supporting our award-winning Edinburgh Festival Fringe programme and developing new year-round performance opportunities in the building. You’ll also be responsible for generating income through appropriate commercial hires and other partnerships.

You’ll agree and deliver financial and non-financial targets and ensure that the building is maintained to the highest standards.

Much of this will be a team effort, requiring particularly close collaboration with the Artistic Director and Head of Marketing & Communications. As a member of our senior team you’ll help set the direction for the organisation, reimaging our role in supporting dance and dance artists in Scotland and making sure that our public, professional and engagement activity all works together as an effective whole.

As a senior representative of the organisation you’ll be expected to represent Dance Base and advocate for Scotland’s dance sector far and wide.

About you

You’ll have a passion for dance in any or all forms, and an understanding of how it can be a source of joy, health and wellbeing for so many.

You’ll have dealt with complex projects and situations and be entrepreneurial in finding new ways to deliver objectives and solve problems, building partnerships to do so. You’ll be no stranger to financial and project planning, as well as managing people.

You’ll understand the benefits that diversity and difference bring, actively seeking out new perspectives and ideas with a track record of removing the barriers that people and groups face.

You’ll be ready for the next step in your career and believe you could contribute to the future of arts leadership. You probably don’t have everything that we’re looking for below, but you’re already excelling at many things, and have the ability to learn quickly.

We particularly encourage people from underrepresented communities to apply, including but not limited to disabled people, those who are D/deaf, Black/+ People of Colour, those from minority ethnic communities, those who are  part of the LGBT+ community, and all those who feel their voices are not commonly represented.


Main Duties

Managing our Edinburgh Grassmarket Centre as an asset to the whole organisation and for Scottish dance

  • Develop the Edinburgh Grassmarket Centre as a home for independent dance in Scotland, actively welcoming dance artists, participants and audience members from diverse backgrounds and locations
  • Agree and deliver a business model for the centre that balances availability for dance artists and the range of public classes and performances with the need to generate income from commercial hires and other activity
  • Ensure that the premises are maintained to the highest standards, meeting all relevant legal requirements
  • Manage frontline customer service, working closely with Head of Marketing & Communications
  • Provide HR and facilities services to the whole organisation
  • Ensure that our local community in Edinburgh’s Old Town see Dance Base as a relevant community asset

Delivering a programme of public dance classes and opportunities, developing Scottish appetite for dance

  • Design and deliver a programme of quality dance classes for the public that increase engagement and deliver agreed financial results, in our
  • Edinburgh Grassmarket Centre, in partner premises in Edinburgh and elsewhere in Scotland and online
  • Support the delivery of our award-winning Edinburgh Festival Fringe programme and other year-round performance opportunities, ensuring the building is effectively repurposed and the programme connects effectively with audiences
  • Work with the Head of Marketing & Communications to develop and expand a database of people across Scotland interested in dance, and use this for the benefit of the sector in Scotland

Contributing to setting and delivering overall organisational strategy

  • As part of the senior team for the organisation, play an active role in developing the strategic direction for Dance Base
  • Work with the senior team to ensure that there is synergy and collaboration between the public, professional and engagement areas of Dance Base activity
  • Represent the whole organisation as appropriate
  • Deputise for the Chief Executive when required

Line Management Responsibilities include:

  • Customer Service Team
  • Programme Coordinator
  • Facilities Manager

Skills, Knowledge and Experience

This role is a rare opportunity for an emerging leader in the dance sector. We want to be as open as possible to people with different backgrounds and experience and as such we have kept the number of essential requirements small.

We’d expect you to meet all of the essential requirements, excel at some and demonstrate many of the desirable requirements, and to be honest where you will need the organisation to support your development.


  • Knowledge of dance across a range of styles
  • Managing complex operations to agreed budgets
  • Working effectively with others


  • Strategy development
  • Entrepreneurship and new business development
  • Developing partnerships between organisations
  • Management of buildings and facilities
  • HR management
  • Financial planning
  • Dance teaching
  • Community engagement
  • Representing an organisation in public

This Job Description is intended as a guide to the nature of the work required of this position, it is neither comprehensive nor restricted and is subject to review.


Terms and conditions

Salary: £34,000 per annum
Contract: Full time
Hours: 40 hours per week. Some evening and weekend working will be required
Place of Work: A combination of working at home and at the Dance Base office in Edinburgh, plus additional locations as required
Holidays: 32 days per calendar year (pro-rata), inclusive of 10 designated public holidays
Overtime: No overtime is payable but will be given as Time off in Lieu with the agreement of your Line Manager

How to Apply

To apply for the post, please complete the application form and Equal Opportunity form and send via email to:
recruitment@dancebase.co.uk with your name and ‘CD20’ in the subject line.

Or post a hard copy to:

Dance Base
14-16 Grassmarket

If you require the application form or job description in a different format (e.g. printed, large print, plain text etc.) please contact recruitment@dancebase.co.uk, or via the postal address above.

The closing date for applications is Monday 5 October at 11am and interviews will be held on Monday 12 October.

Please note, CVs will not be accepted.


Dance Base is an equal opportunities employer and we are committed to promoting diverse, equal and inclusive spaces and welcome applications from people of all sectors of the community.  

We particularly encourage people from underrepresented communities to apply, including but not limited to disabled people, those who are D/deaf, Black/+ People of Colour, those from minority ethnic communities, those who are part of the LGBT+ community, and all those who feel their voices are not commonly represented.

We look forward to receiving your application and thank you for your interest in Dance Base.

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