Since its establishment in 1996, Ceòlas Uibhist has grown from a week-long music and dance school to become one of Scotland’s leading Gaelic culture, heritage and arts organisations.
As the number of Gaelic speakers in Scotland has fallen to just 11,000 people the protection, promotion and preservation of Gaelic language, music, dance and heritage have become so important. Based on South Uist, one of Scotland’s last remaining Gaelic language strongholds, Ceòlas is a key driver in the social and cultural resurgence on the islands and is wholly committed to promoting a vibrant Gaelic culture for future generations.
Ceòlas provides a unique opportunity to experience the living tradition within a vibrant Gaelic landscape. They seek to celebrate, promote and nurture traditional music, language, culture and heritage, collaborating with local, national and international communities who have shared interests. In their vision for the future, Ceòlas has partnered with Lews Castle College University of the Highlands and Islands (LCC/UHI) on an ambitious project to develop a new focal point and centre for Gaelic music, dance and culture on South Uist.
Cnoc Soilleir is an exciting joint venture between Ceòlas and LCC/UHI that is working to promote and celebrate the community’s Gaelic cultural heritage. Having established this new focal building in Dalabrog, containing a state-of-the-art auditorium and recording facilities as well as dedicated teaching rooms. In addition to this they have an accessible archive and library for joint resources provides facilities to meet the needs of both LCC/UHI’s educational programmes, and Ceòlas’ community-led activities around Gaelic language learning, heritage, culture, music and dance.
Ceòlas is looking to appoint a Ceannard (CEO) who will embrace and progress its ambitious vision in its bespoke purpose-built new home situated in South Uist. This role is an exciting opportunity for someone to build on the success and achievements of Ceòlas locally, nationally, and internationally and to grow the charity with the Gaelic community and its rich culture and heritage remaining firmly at its roots.
Ceòlas require the Ceannard to be a Gaelic speaker who has demonstrable ability in the language and a passion for Gaelic culture and heritage as well as the broader arts and culture sector. Alongside this, to be considered for the role you must have extensive experience managing activities including excellent financial and budget management skills. Strong project management skills are required and you must show previous experience of co-devising and leading large scale, multi-partner projects. The Ceannard will be a strong communicator with excellent relationship building and advocacy skills. You must be a highly effective stakeholder manager who is confident working with individuals at all levels. As the senior leader of the organisation, you will manage and lead the team at Ceòlas and must show proven experience in team and individual management.
How To Apply
Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 01786 542 224 to request an information pack, full job description and person specification.
You are advised to get in touch well in advance of the closing date to give us time to consider your application and pre-interview the strongest applicants.
Closing Date: Midday, Monday 27th June
Interview Date: Tuesday 5th July
This search is being conducted exclusively for Ceòlas Uibhist by BTA (Bruce Tait Associates). Our leadership team have all worked in the voluntary sector and we use this experience to match organisations and individuals to create great appointments.