Advocacy Lead


Scotland’s membership organisation and sector support body for the performing arts is seeking to recruit a passionate, skilled and dedicated Advocacy Lead. Working closely with the Chief Executive Officer, they will develop and implement a comprehensive advocacy plan to raise the profile of Scottish theatre, dance, and opera, ensure the needs of the sector are effectively communicated to decision-makers, and drive the progression of the plan to have a demonstrable and positive impact on the sector’s visibility, value, and resources.

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This is a time of immense challenge, change, renewal, and opportunity. Working with FST, you’ll play a vital role in the future of this essential part of the cultural sector, as we support and champion the performing arts. Following a restructure earlier in 2024, five newly created roles are now open for applications:

Advocacy Lead – 0.8 FTE (£34,300 per annum, pro-rata £27,440)
Change Programmes Lead – 0.8 FTE (£34,300 per annum, pro-rata £27,440)
Digital Communications Co-ordinator – full time (£29,843)
Membership and Networks Lead – 0.8 FTE (£34,300 per annum, pro-rata £27,440)
Operations and Finance Co-ordinator – full time (£31,229)

The Advocacy Lead will have a background in one or more of the following: public affairs, advocacy, public relations, communications, or Government affairs.

They will work across five key areas:

• Research and policy development
• Stakeholder and member engagement
• Advocacy planning and activity
• Strategy development and implementation
• External communications

Interviews will be held between Monday 19 August and Friday 30 August 2024

To apply:
For each role, comprehensive recruitment packs, including detailed job descriptions, and application forms, are available to download from our website:

Before applying, if you would like to arrange an informal discussion, please contact Fiona Sturgeon Shea, Chief Executive Officer (details below.)

Location: All Scotland.  Hybrid working is supported, with many of our team working from home for some of their working week. Given the nature of this particular role, the postholder will be expected to travel across Scotland and the wider UK as required.

For further information, please contact (Fiona Sturgeon Shea), or call 07874869899, or visit

The deadline is Wednesday 31 July 2024 at 12:00.



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