Take One Action Film Festivals


Salary: £33,000 - £37,000 pro rata per annum, depending on skills and experience

Take One Action is recruiting a collaborative and values-driven individual to take on responsibility for the creative direction, social impact, and strategic and financial development of the organisation.

With funding secured until 2025, the post holder will be joining a small but experienced and passionate team (details below) at a pivotal time to develop TOA’s audiences and networks, and bring dynamic strategic ideas and creative vision whilst placing access, care and collaboration at the forefront of TOA’s activities and working practices. With support from the staff team, the post holder will also play a crucial role in securing financial sustainability for the organisation’s continued activities beyond 2025.

Job title: Director
Reporting to: Co-Chairs* and the Board of Trustees
Term: 0.8 FTE (typically 4 days a week, open to discussion with regards to a fluctuating or fixed work pattern). Contracted until August 2025 – subject to 6-month probationary period. Occasional evening/weekend work will be required.
Salary: £33,000 – £37,000 pro rata per annum, dependent on skills and experience
Leave: 29 days pro rata, including public holidays
Location: Edinburgh/Hybrid

*TOA is currently recruiting for a Co-Chair to join the Board of Trustees, marking the start of a new co-leadership model for the board that we hope to replicate within the organisation’s staff structure (i.e. Co-Directors). Co-Directors are welcome to apply for this position – please see the Equal Opportunities section at the end of this document for more information.

Role overview
  • Lead the nurturing and development of TOA’s audiences and implement strategies to
    enhance audience engagement;
  • Provide leadership in the enrichment and refocus of Take One Action’s vision,
    mission, and values;
  • Oversee programming and curation in line with our increasingly collaborative and
    decentralised approach;
  • Manage the development of the corresponding strategies, budgets and income
  • Provide collaborative and values-driven direction to the organisation and wider

Please read the full job description below:

How to apply

Please send a CV (max. 3 pages), together with a cover letter (max. 1000 words) to outlining:

  1. what you believe makes you well-suited to this position, and
  2. your motivations for applying.

Application deadline: 12pm, Sunday 22 October
Interviews: Week commencing 6 November (either online or at our Edinburgh office)

We are eager to break down barriers in our recruitment processes, so if you would like any more information about the application process, if you require this information in a different format, or would prefer to submit your application in a different format (e.g. video), please contact Daisy Crooke (Events & Communities Officer) at:

To discuss the role in advance of putting in an application, please contact Lindsay Dunbar (Chair of the Board of Trustees) at:

Upon a conditional offer of appointment being made, all employees will be required to provide:

  • Proof of identity (photo ID)
  • Two employer referees
  • Evidence of eligibility to work in the UK
Equal opportunities

Take One Action is 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 strongly encourage applications from people from underrepresented groups (e.g. global majority, those with a disability, from a lower socio-economic background and/or those identifying as LGBTQI+) and will guarantee an interview if they meet the criteria for the role.

Please note that our current office is not wheelchair accessible, however we are committed to offering office space that meets the successful candidate’s needs.

We are eager for this position to develop into a co-leadership position in the years ahead, and we would also welcome applications for a co-leadership position at this stage if two candidates would like to share responsibilities for this senior role. If you wish to apply for this role as a co-leadership, it’s recommended that you:

  • find a co-director before applying;
  • agree in advance how you will share the role, e.g. how you’ll split the responsibilities and working hours, and how the communication/handover process might work;
  • include in your application a co-written section highlighting how your respective skillsets, networks and experience complement one another.

If applying as Co-Directors, please complete separate applications, and make it clear that you are applying as co-leaders. If it’s not possible to find a co-leader before applying, please contact us to see if there is any flexibility around applying for a post to suit your needs.

The closing date for this position is 22/10/2023 at 12:00

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