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Volunteer Engagement Manager

  • Full time
  • £26,000 – £28,000
  • Ayr
  • Closing 9th December 2022

  • Advertised from 24th November 2022
  • Salary dependent on experience


Do you have experience of managing volunteers, an interest in the arts, and great communication skills?

The Gaiety Theatre has an opportunity for someone with experience in volunteer management to work in an exciting and ever-changing environment. The Volunteer Engagement Manager will lead on the continued relaunch and reinvention of our volunteer effort, playing a key role at the heart of our operations as we emerge from the pandemic and enter our second decade.

You’ll be aware of current best sector practice, including emerging trends and legal implications. You may have worked in theatre – or maybe you’re a theatre enthusiast, and this is your first time ‘behind the scenes!’

Most importantly, you’ll be highly organised, and an excellent communicator. In a new environment, you’ll need to be able to learn fast, while helping others learn too. And that doesn’t just apply to our volunteers – part of getting the job done will mean helping other members of the team work more effectively with our volunteers. A big part of the role depends on your ability to build relationships, so you’ll be a ‘people person,’ and really enjoy that side of your work.

The Organisation

Ayr Gaiety Partnership is the charity and social enterprise that runs The Gaiety Theatre, as well as an increasing range of producing, touring and creative engagement activity. While the theatre itself is 120 years old, the organisation has been going for a little over a decade, having reopened the theatre 10 years ago. The organisation sprang originally from the Ayr based Borderline Theatre Company and individuals in the local community. As a result, we have always aspired to be much more than just a theatre building; community-based activity has always been very much a part of what we do. We provide volunteering and learning opportunities in roles ranging from front of house to technical assistance, with a huge part of our success of dependent on our volunteer team – we simply couldn’t run shows without them.

This is an exciting time to join The Gaiety. The last few months have seen us return to a successful live programme on our main stage, after the long gap caused by the pandemic. The work carried out during the pandemic had also renewed our focus on creative engagement and producing activity, with exciting and innovative work with our communities. As we move forward, we’re looking to move up a gear in every aspect of our work.

Application notes

Please apply with cv and covering letter by email to Gaiety Chief Executive Jeremy Wyatt – by midnight on Friday 9th December.

We hope to hold interviews in the following week.

If you’d like to discuss the post, please contact General Manager Sally Rennie – to arrange a phone call.

We believe that having people with different experiences and interests creates a diverse and vibrant workplace.

We welcome applications from people of all backgrounds.

We are of course an Equal Opportunities employer – please also complete and return the Equal Opportunities Form below along with your application.