University of Edinburgh

Director Festival, Cultural and City Events

The University of Edinburgh, one of the world's leading research universities, has a long tradition of working closely with the City of Edinburgh and of contributing every year through its buildings and locations, to the success of the Edinburgh Festivals.  The integral positioning of the University within the City offers a wealth of opportunities for cultural and city partnerships, creating a sense of place and community for staff, students and the citizens of Edinburgh.

The Director of Festival, Culture and City Events, will lead the continuous improvement of internal systems, providing leadership and support to their small team

However, the University believes that there is scope for them to do more to engage more proactively with the summer and science festivals, other institutions, and public and private sector organisations across the City.  It therefore has created the new role of Director Festival, Culture and Events to build new and effective partnerships that take the relationship to a new level.

The Director of Festival, Culture and City Events, a member of the Senior Management Group of the Accommodation, Catering and Events Division within the University, will be expected to develop the strategy and the appropriate operational plans to meet the ambition of the University to enhance its engagement with the City's cultural and civic programme through more effective use of University facilities and estates.  They will lead the continuous improvement of internal systems, providing leadership and support to their small team while fostering and managing a diverse range of important and complex relationships within and outside the university, further developing the University's engagement with a broad range of audiences both at home and abroad.

In the new Director, the University seeks candidates who have a high level of knowledge and experience in the cultural and creative industries sector, particularly in the organisation of high profile festivals, events and related activities.  They will have good strategic skills combined with strong people, resource and operational management experience, will be excellent at building relationships across the University and the City and will be commercially astute.  They will be able to work effectively within a complex University and City environment and above all will have the energy, initiative and enthusiasm to deliver to the University and to the City the mutual benefits that a stronger and more proactive partnership can yield.

To Apply

For more information, please request an application pack from Joanna Kill of Liz Amos Associates at or call +44 (0)20 3004 4701.