Who we are

Culture Aberdeen is a network of organisations committed to the development of a vibrant, inclusive
and economically sustainable creative and cultural sector in Aberdeen.

Culture Aberdeen has developed a ten year strategy which was developed by the network in full consultation with the city and its business and education sectors, local communities and its residents.

The strategy is focused on five high level ambitions:
1. Releasing our creativity
Our vision for Aberdeen is a city opening doors, where everyone can be transformed and
inspired through engagement in the arts and culture; a place releasing our creativity.

2. Becoming Scotland’s creative lab
Our vision for Aberdeen is a city to experiment in, a home, a place, a destination and testing
ground for artists, creative enterprises and new ideas; a place which has become Scotland’s
creative lab.

3. Making all the city a stage
Our vision for Aberdeen is a city which inspires, where exciting cultural experiences are around
each and every corner and where there are no creative boundaries; a place where all the city is a

4. Connecting us to the world
Our vision for Aberdeen is a city like no other, where we celebrate and promote our culture and
heritage, the things we make and create, a place where culture connects us to the world.

5. Shaping our future
Our vision for Aberdeen is a city whose cultural sector is growing in ambition and confidence
with a strong collective of cultural leaders collaborating to realise the city’s potential; a place
where the arts shape our future. Culture Aberdeen was formally constituted in January 2019, with a membership of 18 organisations.
An elected Chair and Executive Committee lead the agreed programme of work of the network. 

The Strategy in 2022

Since the launch of the Culture Aberdeen Strategy in 2018 much has changed in the city, the country
and the world. The ongoing and emerging impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the climate
emergency and Brexit, along with the restructuring of many industry sectors including energy and
retail, and the looming cost of living crisis for individuals and organisations. And these are set against
the backdrop of major policy developments, including the launch of Scotland’s national strategy for
culture, the Holyrood election in 2021 and the local elections held earlier this month.

Culture Aberdeen recognises that these changes present both potential opportunities and
challenges for the sector and are therefore looking to review the cultural strategy, how the strategy
and its objectives can be refreshed, how the strategy can be fully owned by the city, and how its
implementation can be prioritised and resourced appropriately.

Culture Aberdeen Co-ordinator
Culture Aberdeen has secured funding from Aberdeen City Council to appoint a Co-ordinator to
support the Chair, the Executive Committee and the network in the delivery of Culture Aberdeen’s
activities and its action plan through to June 2023.

The role will be based within and employed by Belmont Filmhouse Limited, acting on behalf of
Culture Aberdeen.

Key Responsibilities
Reporting to the Chair and working with the Chair and Executive Committee:
• Facilitate the organisation and delivery of Culture Aberdeen General Meetings and Executive
Committee meetings, including arranging dates, times and venues, and taking minutes.
• Facilitate the organisation and delivery of other meetings and events hosted by Culture
Aberdeen including inviting guest speakers.
• Prioritise and take forward actions and activities of the Culture Aberdeen action plan.
• Monitor the delivery of actions against the Culture Aberdeen action plan.
• Manage the annual collection of data, information, case studies and other evaluative
materials from Culture Aberdeen members.
• Manage Culture Aberdeen’s social media presence
• Be the focal point for knowledge exchange across the membership of Culture Aberdeen.
• Maintain an active engagement with other relevant networks nationally and internationally.

Environmental Sustainability
• It is the responsibility of all staff to minimise the Belmont Filmhouse’s environmental impact
wherever possible and adhere to the company’s Environmental Policy.

Person Specification
Skills (E: Essential; D: Desirable)

1. Ability to work independently E
2. Confident and competent in handling and processing data E
3. Excellent project management and project administration skills E
4. Strong communication and presentation skills E
5. Excellent planning and project management skills E
6. Confident and competent IT skills, including Microsoft Office and use of social media E
7. Strong people skills with experience of effectively managing internal and external
stakeholder relationships E
Experience (E: Essential; D: Desirable)
8. Interest in and understanding of the arts, screen, heritage and creative industries E
9. Ability to work under pressure with the flexibility to adapt quickly to varying and complex
workloads E
10. Experience of work with a professional or non-profit membership body D

Managing Work
• Quickly determines tasks and resources
• Schedules work
• Develops timelines
• Co-ordinates resources
• Ensures effective completion of work through use of own and others’ time
Change Management
• Challenges assumptions
• Recognises organisational opportunities
• Thinks expansively
• Maximises opportunities to add value through innovative and creative thinking
Valuing Diversity
• Actively values others contributions and treats people fairly
• Creates an environment that appreciates diversity
• Challenges unfair behaviours and practices both internal and external
Decision Making
• Makes effective decisions which balance the varying demands of interested bodies
and cost management
• Understands risk/opportunity balance
• Develops and considers alternative solutions
• Actively collaborates through communicating fully and openly, while showing
respect for others
• Communicates fully and openly
• Balances all needs
• Facilitates goal accomplishment
• Ensures necessary team support and infrastructure in place

Equal Opportunities Policy Statement
Belmont Filmhouse is an equal opportunities employer, and as such aims to treat all employees,
consultants and applicants fairly.
It is our policy to provide employment equality to all, irrespective of:
• Gender, including gender reassignment
• Marital or civil partnership status
• Having or not having dependants
• Religion or belief
• Race (including colour, nationality, ethnic or national origins)
• Disability
• Sexual orientation
• Age 

We are opposed to all forms of unlawful and unfair discrimination. All job applicants and employees
who work for us will be treated fairly and will not be unfairly discriminated against on any of the
above grounds. Decisions about recruitment and selection, promotion, training or any other benefit
will be made objectively and without unlawful discrimination. This policy is written in consideration
of the Equality Act 2010.

The Belmont Filmhouse Values
At the Belmont Filmhouse we are proud to work as a team and have developed a set of company
values. They underpin everything we do, and tell you about how we work at Belmont Filmhouse:

  • We are inclusive
  • We are open, accessible, and respectful
  • We believe in diversity and are committed to equality
  • We believe in working collaboratively with individuals and organisations in making a positive difference
  • We will actively seek out and work with people and organisations with a wide range of voices, with different experiences and from different backgrounds to ensure that our work is authentic
  • We are innovative
  • We are focused on artistic quality and excellence
  • We are bold, creative and passionate
  • We are inquisitive, challenging and risk taking
  • We believe in understanding the present and shaping the future
  • We believe in the power of film to change lives
  • We are confident, positive and a leader
  • We have integrity
  • We are professional, accountable and transparent
  • We are authentic, engaging and honest
  • We believe in independence of voice and genuine choice for audiences
  • We believe in developing and delivering our strategy sustainably – for the organisation, for the environment, for society


Please upload your application in the form of a CV and covering letter, outlining how you meet the person specification including the competencies, through the following link: by 12noon on Thursday 30th June 2022.

Interviews will be held in central Aberdeen on Thursday 7th July 2022.