Green Arts Development Officer

Green Arts Development Officer – job description, person specification

Job title: Green Arts Development Officer
Reports to: Green Arts Manager
Salary: £31,013, plus a contribution to a personal pension of 3% of salary
Start date: As soon as possible 


Creative Carbon Scotland (CCS) believes in the power of the arts and culture to help achieve sustainability in Scotland and the world. They shape the ways in which we live in the world and so have an essential role to play in addressing the climate crisis. That’s why we support individuals and organisations in the arts and culture sector to be sustainable themselves and to lead and influence on climate change through their creative work. We do this by connecting artists and cultural organisations interested in climate action with each other and with organisations working directly on climate change. 

We are a nimble, positive, influential and growing charity in a dynamic field whose services are very much in demand by both the arts and cultural world and, increasingly, by policy- and change-makers tackling the climate emergency. We work on both carbon emissions reduction and climate change adaptation to forge a sustainable, equitable, climate-adapted Scotland. Our founding partners are the Edinburgh Festivals, the Federation of Scottish Theatre, and the Scottish Contemporary Art Network. We receive significant long-term funding from Creative Scotland.

We are experiencing enormous demand and enthusiasm for our work. We recently worked with Creative Scotland to help them write their bold and ambitious Climate Emergency and Sustainability Plan, which places the creative and cultural sectors as key agents of change in the transformation to a sustainable Scotland. It will shape their funding, policy and work until 2045.

The Green Arts team

The Green Arts team within Creative Carbon Scotland works with cultural organisations to support them in addressing the climate emergency through practical action on emissions reduction, adapting to climate impacts, and working with their wider influence among artists and audiences. Main programme strands are:

• Green Arts: Providing tools, resources and training that equip and enable cultural organisations to reduce emissions and adapt to climate impacts in the context of a just transition to a lower carbon future. The main vehicle for this is our flagship 350-member community of practice and knowledge-sharing network the Green Arts Initiative.
• Carbon Management for Culture: Providing best practice guidance, tools and resources for cultural organisations to understand and manage their greenhouse gas emissions as well as direct support and coordination of environmental reporting for some groups of organisations with reporting requirements
• Beyond Scotland: Sharing our knowledge and experience and learning from others within the UK and internationally about how culture can practically address the climate emergency.

In 2022 we’re relaunching the Green Arts Initiative, holding a Green Arts Conference to bring the sustainable arts community together, developing digital tools and resources and supporting organisations with environmental reporting.

Creative Carbon Scotland employment approach

CCS aims to be a friendly, collaborative employer where the team knows they are supported, valued and respected. We offer flexible working arrangements to balance employees’ personal circumstances with the needs of the organisation and we facilitate training and development opportunities identified with each individual. As a result, we have a great team of knowledgeable, friendly and committed people producing work of a very high standard. CCS has grown in the last few years, as our work is valued by both the cultural and climate change sectors amid the widespread demand for innovative ways to reach sustainability.

Administrative details

Hours: Full time. This means a 35-hour week with a degree of flexibility on both sides, as some evening and weekend work may be required and busy periods may call for extra hours, with time taken off in lieu during quieter periods.

Flexible working and job sharing Creative Carbon Scotland welcomes proposals for flexible working or job share, subject to the needs of the role being satisfactorily fulfilled.
Holidays: 20 days plus 10 public holidays to be taken at times agreed with the line manager.

Place of work: CCS is based at City Chambers, High Street, Edinburgh, but remote and hybrid working is the norm at present. Travel throughout Scotland may be required if government guidelines and personal health concerns permit. 

Secondments: Creative Carbon Scotland is very willing to consider a secondment for this role where this will embed climate change knowledge and work within the cultural sector 

Equipment: CCS is a BYOD (bring your own device) organisation. A laptop and mobile phone will be provided if required. Additional equipment will be provided in line with CCS policies if needed to support a healthy working from home workstation.

Staff benefits: Creative Carbon Scotland offers annual salary increments, a salary sacrifice scheme for bicycles and IT equipment, a WFH heating & lighting allowance, and confidential access to mental health counselling. 

The role

Job description 

Main purpose of job: 
• Leading the development and delivery of tools and resources within the Green Arts unit, in particular developing support for cultural organisations required to report their environmental impacts and actions, members of our flagship Green Arts Initiative, and contributing to the wider Green Arts programme


• Leading and developing the Carbon Management for Culture aspects of Creative Carbon Scotland’s Green Arts work (35%) through: 
o Designing data collection, management, analysis and feedback processes for organisations committed to environmental reporting
o Developing advice and guidance resources and communications for reporting organisations
o Providing advice and support to reporting organisations
o Designing and implementing tracking systems for reporting organisations
o Leading development and implementation of the Green Arts Framework to support reporting organisations
o Liaising with the Green Arts and Edinburgh Festivals officer to support festivals’ environmental reporting methods 
• Co-ordinating design, delivery and evaluation of tools and resources for cultural organisations addressing the climate emergency (35%). Tools and resources are required for areas that include the following:
o Greenhouse gas emissions calculation and reporting
o Understanding organisational environmental impacts
o Adapting to climate impacts through cultural work
o Working with cultural influence among artists and audiences to achieve environmentally positive outcomes
• Working with Green Arts colleagues to provide support for cultural organisations with required environmental reporting, including one to one meetings and workshops (20%)
• Contributing to the wider Green Arts programme including our Green Arts Initiative and Beyond Scotland work strands through giving talks and presentations where required and bringing together relevant research and knowledge, and contributing to the Green Arts Conference (5%)
• Contributing to the wider Creative Carbon Scotland team in response to the organisation’s strategic and administrative needs and its work on equalities, diversity and inclusion (EDI) and its relation to climate justice (5%)

Person specification

Essential characteristics

1. Excellent data management and analysis skills with a sound working knowledge of quantitative and qualitative methods
2. Experience or relevant degree-level training in providing carbon management and environmental sustainability support and advice to a range of audiences
3. Skills and experience in the development, production and dissemination of digital tools and resources
4. Excellent written and oral communications skills, including the ability to deliver presentations to a wide range of audiences, and the ability to explain technical information to non-technical audiences
5. The ability to form strong relationships and partnerships with colleagues and external individuals and organisations
6. A commitment to EDI and its intersection with climate change
7. Flair and imagination

Desirable characteristics

1. The ability to align our work with the current Scottish/UK climate change policy and approaches
2. Awareness and understanding of the Scottish cultural sector
3. Understanding and knowledge of culture’s environmental impact

Application process 

The application process is as follows:

1. Applications must be made through the website here unless you have difficulty accessing or using the website (see Accessibility below). 
2. Please study the job description and person specification closely and ensure that you demonstrate clearly in the application form how your skills and experience meet them.
3. Complete the online application form on the webpage here and the separate anonymous Equality Monitoring Survey by Sunday 22 May at 23:59
4. We will ask shortlisted candidates to send us their CVs when we invite them to interview, so please do not send a CV at this stage.
5. Confirm on the application form that you have completed the Equality Monitoring Survey. The survey is anonymous and the information provided will not affect your application in any way.

Once you submit your application through the online form you will receive an automated acknowledgement of receipt. Shortlisted candidates will be invited by email to interview by Friday 27 May. Interviews will be held on Microsoft Teams or in person in Edinburgh between 30 May and 1 June, with second interviews if required from 6 to 8 June. We expect to make an offer by Monday 13 June and for the selected candidate to begin work on Monday 11 July or as soon as possible.

Once the appointment has been made, we will offer feedback to all applicants by email, starting around Monday 20 June. 

In summary, the anticipated schedule is:
Application deadline: Sunday 22 May 23:59
Invitation to interview: Issued to those on the shortlist by Friday 27 May via email

Interviews: Virtually via MS Teams OR in person between 30 May and 1 June; second interviews 6-8 June

Successful candidate commences: Monday 11 July or as agreed

Feedback: Offered to all applicants via email from around 20 June

Accessibility, equalities and data protection
CCS wants to increase the diversity of our team so that people with a range of views and experiences contribute to our thinking. Before we pass your application to our recruitment panel, we will remove your personal data to help them avoid conscious or unconscious bias during the shortlisting process. 


Applications will only be accepted via the application form on our website, but we are happy to make alternative arrangements if you have any problems in using the site (for example, if you are experiencing digital exclusion or have specific accessibility requirements). If we can help you with this, please write to or phone/text 07976 210288 during working hours to seek assistance in good time before the closing date of 22 May. Note that Alexis works Tuesday to Thursday and may not reply on other days. Your interactions with us on accessibility will remain confidential and will not be shared with the recruitment panel.


Creative Carbon Scotland promotes a diverse and inclusive working environment. We welcome applications from everyone with suitable skills and experience and we will make reasonable adjustments where necessary to enable people with particular needs or requirements to work with us. Our Equalities policy and Safe Working Statement are available on our website. Please remember to complete our Equality Monitoring Survey

Data protection:

We will only use the personal data you provide in your application for the purpose of completing this recruitment process. All records created during the course of this process will be permanently deleted once the appointee is under contract. For more information on how we handle your data, take a look at our Data Protection and Information Security policy.

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