Community Engagement & Access Officer

Take One Action

Edinburgh & remote working

Salary: £14,988 (£24,980 FTE)

Take One Action are seeking a knowledgeable Access and Engagement Officer to broaden the reach and maximise the impact of our events (in person and online), and support our commitment to best practice in inclusion and accessibility.


In this multi-faceted role, you will be the key advocate for all access requirements across our Festival and year-round activities, offering support, guidance, knowledge and experience to ensure a cohesive approach in supporting participation for low-income, LGBTQI+, D/deaf and disabled audiences. The role will suit a self-starter with experience of managing projects (incl. budgets and workstreams) and associated reporting.

You will drive Take One Action’s Community Engagement strategy, ensuring our activities provide meaningful, responsive and impactful opportunities for audiences across the country. You will ensure that our in-person and digital screenings and events – and our promotional content – are accessible and effectively communicated to relevant groups. You will act as access contact for audiences and monitor the success of our provision against our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Plan.

Contract: Fixed term 4 month contract, August – November

Hours: 3 days a week


Your responsibilities will be varied and will include but not be limited to:

  • Advise and support TOA in the development and implementation of effective access measures across all our programming and delivery.
  • Support audience development by proactively liaising with relevant groups and individuals to promote our activities and identify how to increase participation – with particular emphasis on relevant access measures. (This work will primarily take place online and, where possible/appropriate, via both in-person and online meetings.)
  • Report on progress at weekly team meetings and feed into the overall planning process for Festival and year-round activities.
  • Manage the Festivals’ Access Funds (Travel Fund, Childcare Fund and Mobile Data Fund): answer queries; monitor take-up against the Festival’s EDI policy; allocate funds; confirm arrangements; support recipients seeking to access content / attend events.
  • Monitor and evaluate the success of all access measures and the relevance of the engagement opportunities offered by Take One Action: obtain feedback, analyse take-up and provide constructive suggestions for improvement.
  • Deliver all work in a manner that reflects Take One Action’s values and principles.
Key skills and experience


  • Active knowledge of current best practice around access provision (ideally developed through lived experience);
  • A commitment to championing diversity and a proven ability to work with people from a wide variety of backgrounds;
  • Relevant experience in community engagement or working with/supporting social justice networks in Scotland;
  • Experience of evaluating activity, monitoring frameworks and report writing;
  • Ability to work collaboratively and effectively as part of a team;
  • Ability to devise and implement an action plan;Strong communication, negotiation and interpersonal skills;
  • Excellent project and budget management skills;
  • Good general computing skills (incl. Word & Excel / Google suite);
  • Ability to act as an ambassador for the organisation.


  • Experience of access/events coordination in social work, campaigning or in the arts;
  • Experience of access coordination focused on online engagement / event delivery;
  • A passion for film and audience engagement, an interest in global issues and a commitment to social change.

Take One Action are committed to equality of opportunity for all staff, volunteers and freelancers. Applications are encouraged from all candidates, regardless of age, caring responsibilities, disability, gender, gender identity, marriage or civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief and sexual orientation. As an inclusive employer, we value difference and recruit by merit based on fair and open competition. We welcome candidates from all backgrounds and from sectors not related to the arts. We are committed to supporting applications from D/deaf and disabled people and will work with candidates to support their experience of the application and interview process. If you require any access support if selected for interview, please inform us.

While this post offers opportunities for skills development, please ensure you bring the desired level of experience and understanding to the role, as described above.

Though the role may be fulfilled remotely, local knowledge and contacts are essential. Your physical presence at key events during the festival would be helpful. Though Take One Action’s staff travel and expenses policy will apply where relevant, we will not be able to cover accommodation or subsistence costs for candidates based outside the Central Belt.

You will be asked to evidence your eligibility to work in the UK.

How to apply

Please fill in this form in the first instance, then email your CV to Please make sure you indicate your name in the file name (e.g. FirstnameSurname.CV.doc).

Please make sure you outline your interest in the role and demonstrate how your qualities, skills and experience meet the requirements – either directly or with transferable skills from other sectors.

The closing date for this position is 15/07/2021 at 12:00

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