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YDance – Head of Participation (Maternity Cover)

The Head of Participation will be principally responsible for the Participation area of the company’s work, including planning, management, and delivery of YDance participatory dance projects and events.

The Head of Participation is responsible to the YDance Artistic Director and Executive Director.

Contract duration:   1st August 2020 (or sooner if available)  –  28th March 2021

Main duties

  • To manage YDance projects in partnership with local authorities and other organisations throughout Scotland
  • To plan and lead dance workshops with children and young people
  • To develop, manage and deliver the Cashback for Change project
  • To work with the Fundraiser and Executive Director as appropriate to source funding for areas of development in line with the strategic plan
  • To represent YDance in network and sector related meetings and present YDance’s work at a range of events
  • To be responsible for developing, managing and delivering external awards and qualifications including SQA Qualifications, Dance Leadership Awards and Arts Awards
  • To work with the senior staff team to develop the company’s work
  • To evaluate and report to the YDance Board of Directors on projects
  • To act as Line Manager for Dance Artists and freelance project staff
  • To train and develop staff and self to maintain the quality of YDance’s work
  • To act as a choreographer, tutor or rehearsal director as required



The Head of Participation will collect quantitative and qualitative evaluations from participants, tutors and teachers as required for internal and external purposes, and formulate project reports for the YDance Board and stakeholders including funding agencies.

For the Cashback for Change project, the Head of Participation will work closely with external evaluation company Catch the Light to evaluate the project against agreed outcomes, and report to Inspiring Scotland and the Scottish Government.


Person Specification – Essential Skills 

  • Ability to inspire, respond to and respect needs of children and young people in the arts
  • A degree or equivalent qualification in dance
  • Experience in undertaking dance development work in community and / or education settings
  • Experience in leading dance sessions with a wide range of children and young people from vulnerable backgrounds and in challenging contexts
  • Project Development and Management
  • Team management and leadership skills
  • Teaching and choreographic skills
  • Ability to work on own initiative and to enthuse and inspire other staff members to achieve positive results
  • Monitoring and evaluation
  • Excellent communication skills (written and verbal)
  • Time Management
  • Computer literacy


Desirable Skills 

  • Full Driving Licence
  • Knowledge and understanding of evaluation and monitoring systems
  • Ability to represent YDance in a wide range of contexts, from local schools to national agencies
  • Teacher training
  • Strategic Planning


Apply: Send a CV and covering letter detailing your relevant experience and reasons for applying for the post by email only to Carolyn Lappin, Executive Director, YDance, carolyn@ydance.org 

Deadline: 3rd July 2020

Interviews: 8th / 12th July 2020

Please note interviews may take place online and involve online teaching.