Dance Health Project Manager

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Dance Base is currently recruiting for a Dance Health Project Manager

Location: Based in Edinburgh, but will be required to deliver educational activities, and attend meetings and events across Scotland.

Job summary: Funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Dance Base, in partnership with Scottish Ballet, will deliver a Scotland-wide Dance for Parkinson’s (DfPS) programme, involving the creation of hubs across the country.

Focusing on health and wellbeing, this post will administer, plan and deliver Dance for Parkinson’s Scotland, delivered in partnership with Scottish Ballet, and play an active role in the day-to-day running and long-term vision of the Participation department.
Reports to: Chief Executive
Key working relationships:

  • The position reports to the Chief Executive and is a member of the Participation team
    The position works closely to support the Dance Artist (Parkinson’s), Participation Manager and freelance practitioners
    Requires the ability to build excellent relationships with freelance tutors and musicians, educational institutions, cultural organisations, community organisations and groups, students, local authorities and venue staff  

Key responsibilities:

  • To work as an integral member of the Participation team in delivering high quality initiatives, which focus on dance for Parkinson’s

Specific duties:

  • Where appropriate, liaise with Scottish Ballet to gather appropriate information and support material, to inform the delivery of Dance for Parkinson’s
    Prepare appropriate support and resource materials for projects in consultation with the Participation Manager
    Liaise with freelance tutors and musicians (in conjunction with the Participation Manager) on Dance for Parkinson’s Scotland, to ensure they are suitably prepared the specific needs of people with Parkinson’s, while continuing to uphold the standards of excellence offered by Dance Base
    Work with the CEO and Participation Manager in establishing and maintaining excellent working relationships with external partners.
    Assist with the monitoring and evaluation of projects to enable accurate reporting to Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Creative Scotland and other key funding bodies.
    Attend all relevant meetings as required, including the national steering group meeting
    Raise the profile of the programme by attending networking meetings and conferences as required
    Work closely with the Scottish Ballet Dance for Parkinson’s team and partners nationally, to ensure that the programme is delivered strategically and cohesively
    Manage and monitor Dance Base’s Dance for Parkinson’s budget – up to £200,000 per annum
    Contribute towards the funding and sustainability of the Dance for Parkinson’s Scotland programme, both locally and nationally
    Raise the profile and advocate on behalf of Dance Base and the Dance for Parkinson Scotland programme
    Ensure the effective monitoring and evaluation of the Dance for Parkinson’s programme, including working in partnership with research partners such as Royal Conservatoire Scotland and preparing reports for funders

Other duties: Other duties as consistent with this job description or as directed by the Chief Executive  

Key attributes:

  • Excellent project management skills and experience of devising and leading multi-art form projects and initiatives, in community settings
    Experience of collaboration within an arts organisation (desirable)
    Experience of leading small project teams and managing freelance practitioners
    Knowledge of dance, and an understanding and appreciation of Dance Base’s artistic vision
    Knowledge and understanding of participatory arts activities across Scotland
    Good IT skills, including Windows based packages
    Ability to work alone or as a member of a team
    Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to establish excellent working relationships, both internally and externally
    Budgetary management skills
    Current, full, clean driving licence (desirable)
    A positive, pro-active and flexible approach
    Thorough, accurate and able to work to tight deadlines
    Flexibility with working hours in order to cope with travel, attending performances and other events
    Willingness to share skills and experiences
    An enthusiastic attitude to arts education in its broadest sense
    Ability to maintain confidentiality
    Disclosure Scotland:  Dance Base will seek PVG certification for the successful candidate and any job offer will be made conditional upon the success of the application

Terms and conditions: 20 hours per week
Salary: £26,500 per annum (pro rata £13,250)
Hours & place of work: Dance Base, Edinburgh with the need for frequent travel nationally
Contract: 3-year fixed term contract
Holidays: 32 days paid holiday per year pro-rata with designated public holidays.
Overtime: No overtime is payable but will be given as Time off in Lieu with the agreement of your Line Manager.

To apply for the role by post, please download and print the job pack below, and complete the application form and equal opportunities monitoring form. Mark the envelope with the code ‘DHPM18’ and post a hard copy to:

Dance Base
14-16 Grassmarket

Or download the job pack and application forms below and send your completed application form and equal opportunities monitoring form in via email to: with your name and ‘DHPM18’ in the subject line.

The closing date for applications is Monday 30 April and interviews will be held on Wednesday 9 May 2018.

Please do not submit CVs as these are not accepted.    

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



Dance Base is an equal opportunities employer, welcoming applications from all sectors of the community.

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