Job Vacancies


Based at: Stills: Centre for Photography, 23 Cockburn Street, Edinburgh EH1 1BP

Salary: £42,000 per annum

Permanent, full-time contract

Deadline for applications: Friday 16 August 2024 at 5pm

Purpose of the role

To further develop the work of Stills so that it meets strategic objectives agreed with the Board, and that the organisation retains and advances a high national and international reputation achieved through quality programming, excellent stakeholder relationships, optimum income generation and effective management.

The Director will be expected to work across the following areas:

Strategic Management & Leadership

  • Ensure a process of strategic planning in conjunction with the Board
  • Engage with policy in the cultural sector, in and beyond Scotland
  • Lead the definition of Stills’ operational plan and the executive delivery


  • Lead the design and delivery of a programme about photography as a creative practice. This includes exhibitions, lectures, courses, a creative school, and more.
  • Ensure artistic and financial credibility
  • Engage deeply with diverse and growing audiences

Advocacy & Marketing

  • Represent Stills to stakeholders and media; be a figurehead and spokesperson.
  • Contribute to the arts and cultural sector dialogue within and beyond Scotland.

Financial Management

  • In conjunction with the Finance Manager and Chair of Finance & Personnel Committee, inform the setting and management of Stills’ annual budget/s for approval by Stills’ Board.
  • In a challenging funding environment we expect the Director to explore, develop and implement new ways of delivering key objectives.

Income Generation

  • Lead the work to develop income generation and fundraising.
  • Forge and maintain key relationships so as to optimise income generation.

Human Resources

  • Work to advance best-practice processes and delivery.
  • Further develop a nurturing, supportive and fair work environment, meeting and advancing our overall goals. 
  • To develop and conform with environmental matters and policies and ensure policies on Equalities, Diversity and Inclusion are rigorously applied.

General Management
Work with Staff and Board as appropriate to ensure:

  • effective systems are in place to deliver the mission, aims and objectives
  • Stills complies with statutory and company obligations
  • a team approach to planning and delivery is maintained
  • a productive and appropriate working environment is maintained,
  • reports and meetings with Board, staff and stakeholder meetings are planned and delivered to schedule
  • appropriate evaluation and review processes are in place.

Person Specification
The ideal candidate(s) will likely demonstrate:

  • 5yrs+ experience in a senior role in the arts
  • knowledge of the arts sector in Scotland
  • proven ability in managing and developing staff
  • proven ability in annual planning and managing a budget
  • ability and willingness to manage change and seek innovative solutions
  • openness to working flexibly with occasional unsocial hours (weekends and evenings are sometimes required)
  • entrepreneurial flair to fundraising and income generation
  • experience in presentations and public speaking
  • familiarity with PR and marketing, their strategic development and execution

This is a full-time position, working in a hybrid flexible environment with a mixture of home working and working from our premises in Edinburgh, with a minimum of three days on site.

We are an equal opportunity employer and encourage applications from everyone and do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability or any other protected characteristics.

Stills is aware that flexible working models are crucial to accommodating disabled people in the labour market. We encourage applications from those who define themselves as disabled under the Equality Act 2010 (including deaf and neurodivergent people).

If you require any adjustments during the recruitment process, such as alternative application formats or receiving interview questions in advance, please get in touch with Cheryl Connell at

To apply for the role of Director, please send a CV and a supporting statement (no more than 500 words) to Cheryl Connell at:

Please also use this email if you would like to ask any specific questions about the role. 

Applications deadline: Friday 16 August 2024 at 5pm


Application deadline: Friday 12 July 2024, 5pm

Stills is a centre for photography with a long history of supporting the advancement, practice, enjoyment, exploration and understanding of photography. We deliver an annual programme of exhibitions and events; the Stills School education programme; and access to top of the range photographic production facilities and courses. In order to maintain the broad range of experience and knowledge on our Board, we are currently looking for new Board members.

Previous experience of being on a Board is not necessary and we welcome interest from people of all ages, levels of experience and from diverse backgrounds. We welcome applications from those under-represented in the creative industries. Our priority is to develop our Board to better reflect the diversity of our audiences and the variety of perspectives that society has to offer.

Particular areas of knowledge we are hoping to cover include:

  • Visual Art (especially Photography)
  • Law
  • Finance
  • Property
  • Marketing & Communications
  • General Management

As a member of the Stills Board of Directors, you will play an exciting role in the governance of one of Scotland’s key visual arts organisations. We are a registered charity and have been part of Creative Scotland’s Regular Funding portfolio since 2018.

Our Board members give up their time voluntarily. As a minimum commitment, we expect attendance at 4 Board meetings per year (either in-person or via Zoom) as well as an annual strategy day with the operational team (usually held in September). Board tenure is typically a 4-year term with the option of a 2-year extension. This opportunity is open to local, national and international applicants that can meet this minimum level of commitment.

Stills will provide:

  • A Board member induction and introduction to Stills’ premises and the staff team.
  • Flexible meeting times and the option to attend meetings in person or online via Zoom/video conferencing software.
  • Reimbursement of reasonable travel expenses to and from meetings.
  • Complimentary access to Stills courses and production facilities.
  • A rewarding experience of being involved in the strategy and ongoing development of one of Scotland’s key visual arts venues.

To apply please send a CV and covering letter expressing your interest in this Board position to: Cheryl Connell:

The closing date for applications is: Friday 12 July 2024, 5pm

If you would prefer to submit an application in another format or for any questions about this role, please contact Cheryl Connell, as above.