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Job Opportunity: Storytelling Network Coordinator

The Storytelling Network Coordinator leads on all aspects of oral storytelling development to assist the Scottish Storytelling Forum, the Board and staff management team to deliver the organisation’s mission and key objectives.

A resourceful person is required to support Scotland’s oral storytellers in the next phase of their shared advocacy, creative development and communications. Excellent IT and people skills are essential as the coordinator underpins Scotland’s storytelling of tradition locally, regionally, nationally and internationally.

The role requires:

  • Commitment to the ethos and values of oral storytelling in Scotland today
  • Knowledge and experience of storytelling in Scottish society
  • Ability to communicate, to listen and to help people help each other
  • Advocacy that enables storytelling to engage with key areas of Scottish life
  • Digital skills delivered in people friendly ways

The post holder will be part of the TRACS (Traditional Arts and Culture Scotland) team based at the Scottish Storytelling Centre in Edinburgh. 

Salary: £26,000 pro rata with flexible contract options.

How to Apply: Please submit a CV and letter of application, demonstrating how you are best suited to the role using the key responsibilities below, to:

Donald Smith
donald@tracscotland.org  or TRACS, 43-45 High Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1SR

Deadline: Monday 25th September 2017, 5pm.

CoordinatorJob Purpose

  • To help the national storytelling network flourish
  • To support the office bearers and members of the Scottish Storytelling Forum Executive administratively in fulfilling their role
  • To ensure effective communication between TRACS and the Scottish Storytelling Forum
  • To contribute to the local, national and international development of TRACS

Key Responsibilities

  • Support the storytelling network in its key functions including strategy, promotion, advocacy, professional development, education and lifelong learning 
  • Maintain regular e-bulletin communications with Scotland’s storytellers and the wider network of Scottish Storytelling Forum supporters and contribute to TRACS publications
  • Maintain and develop the Scottish Storytelling Forum
  • Support the Chair and office-bearers of the Forum in administration, finance and good governance, including reporting between the Scottish Storytelling Forum and TRACS Board
  • Advise on projects and connect storytellers with opportunities
  • Ensure Storytelling Forum activities feed into TRACS marketing and communications
  • Contribute to festivals and events, leading on the Local Campaign for the Scottish International Storytelling Festival every autumn.
  • Assist with the organisation and hosting of courses and workshops
  • Seek project funding when appropriate for the Forum’s work
  • Organise the annual Network Development Gathering
  • Act as a member of the TRACS staff management team

About TRACS (Traditional Arts and Culture Scotland)

TRACS is a support and development organisation for traditional arts and culture in Scotland. It facilitates the work of the Scottish Storytelling Forum, the Traditional Music Forum, and the Traditional Dance Forum of Scotland, based at the Scottish Storytelling Centre.

In addition, TRACS leads consultation with the Forums on shared advocacy, policy development, strategic relationships, fundraising, programme initiatives and promotion, involving various aspects of Scotland’s traditional arts, culture and languages.

TRACS operates in a uniquely collaborative way appropriate to the diverse networks, that underpin Scotland’s arts of tradition locally, regionally, nationally and internationally.

Within TRACS, the Storytelling Forum is the key body for advising on storytelling development, and for identifying key issues and opportunities. The Forum is run by a Committee elected by the members who are themselves storytellers or people with an enthusiasm and concern for storytelling in Scottish society.

The Storytelling Coordinator supports all aspects of oral storytelling development to assist the Storytelling Forum, the Board and staff management team in delivery of the organisation’s mission and key objectives.

Reports To: Director of TRACS as line manager, and Chair, Scottish Storytelling Forum for Forum support and work programme.