Opportunity: Development Manager



For twenty years, Jazz Scotland (JS) has been a central player in the vibrant Scottish jazz scene. As a promoter of live music and commissioner of new work, we have established valuable cultural infrastructure in the form of three flagship festivals (Aberdeen, Dundee, Islay) and provided high-quality paid opportunities to artists. This work helps to sustain the jazz, and jazz-related scenes, by contributing to the financial viability of professional artistic careers while also building audiences for jazz and related musics who consume their outputs. Driven by an experienced Board of Trustees, much of our previous achievements have been delivered by a very small team who have worked tirelessly to further the organisation’s ambitions.

As part of our small team that runs festivals year-round, the Development Manager will work closely with the Jazz Scotland CEO to ensure that the organisation has a strategy which drives forward our aims.  The role will involve advising on new opportunities for the CEO and Board to consider which may further the reach of Jazz Scotland to further its goals.  It is also expected that the Development Manager will seek additional funding especially for projects such as community and educational work which compliment our performance events.

The Development Manager will be responsible for keeping abreast of local and national sectoral developments, especially in areas in which we run activity, and feeding these into strategic discussions. This will involve monitoring and liaising with funders, strategic bodies, policy makers, researchers, and so on, to ensure that Jazz Scotland remains fully aware of all opportunities open to us.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Supporting the development and delivery of a strategy to enable JS to fulfil its existing aims.
  • Supporting the writing of funding applications to finance our planned programmes of activity  
  • Working with the CEO to develop a strategy for organisational growth into new areas of work 
  • Take a lead role in the development and implementation of Jazz Scotland’s equality, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) policies and procedures.
  • Maintaining and developing existing and new key long-term relationships with our stakeholders and supporters as well as other arts organisations to understand their needs and how we might work better together.
  • Taking a leading role in the monitoring and evaluation of all strands of work, supporting the collection of evaluation data, and contributing to the writing of funder reports
  • Taking an active role in supporting the CEO to develop the Dundee Jazz Festival

This Job Description is not intended to be exhaustive. The post-holder will be expected to adopt a flexible attitude to the duties which may have to be varied (after discussions with the post-holder) subject to the needs of the Charity, and in keeping with the general profile of the post.

Person Specification

The ideal candidate will possess the following attributes:

  • A strong proven track record of developing strategy within Arts organisations
  • Knowledge of the Arts funding landscape and a proven track record in securing cultural funding
  • Knowledge or interest in jazz and/or related musics both in Scotland and further afield
  • Knowledge around, and experience of, developing community music projects and initiatives
  • Experience of managing stakeholder relationships
  • Experience or aptitude for managing large-scale cultural projects
  • A strong track record in monitoring and evaluating cultural projects including excellent knowledge of data collection methods, ethics, and methods of analysis
  • Excellent communication skills (verbal and written)


Apply by sending a CV and covering letter to coralie@jazzscotland.com with the subject line ‘Development Manager application’. Please also include contact details for two referees and confirmation of eligibility to work in the UK. 

Deadline: 11am, 25 August 2023

Interviews: 28 August 2023

Renumeration: £38,000 per annum pro rata (£15,200)

Hours of work: Part-time / 2 days per week

Location: Aberdeen City

Eligibility: The post holder must have the legal right to work in the UK.