Job Opportunity: Film Town Coordinator

This is an exceptional opportunity to play a key role in a new project initiated by Alchemy Film & Arts. Film Town is a community oriented creative learning programme to be launched in Hawick in summer 2019. The Film Town Coordinator will be responsible for the development and delivery of the programme, which includes community filmmaking workshops, an open-access media lab and establishing a core group of participants and volunteers. The role requires significant prior experience of community engaged arts and filmmaking.

Reporting to: Programme Manager, Alchemy Film & Arts 
Hours: part time (estimated 22.5 hours per week) 
Term: One year in the first instance with potential for contract renewal, maximum 3 years 
Fee: £13,000 (£23,111 pro rata) 
Location: Alchemy Film & Arts, Hawick, Scottish Borders 

Alchemy Film & Arts 
Established in 2010, Alchemy’s core ambitions are to celebrate the most creative, innovative and thought-provoking experimental film and moving image; to reach and engage with both national and international filmmakers and bring their work to the attention of the widest possible audience; and to work for the benefit of unique communities in the Scottish Borders.  

We engage in developmental projects for film and moving image in Scotland, including our annual film festival, community filmmaking initiatives, artists’ filmmaking residencies, a year-round exhibitions  programme, filmmaking symposia, film commissioning and touring  programmes 

Our approach is distinctive in its dedication to experimentation, with an attitude that artistic opportunity is for everyone, rather than the privileged few. 

Film Town Coordinator 
The Film Town Coordinator will work with the Creative Director and Programme Manager of Alchemy Film & Arts to deliver Film Town, a community oriented creative learning programme. This will involve the longterm programming and facilitation of community filmmaking workshops with local partners, the creation of a community hub named Common Room, and the development of evaluation and participation strategies within the programme. 

Specific Responsibilities 

  • Overseeing the running of the Common Room  and  developing it as a socially interactive space 
  • Managing partnerships and relationships  with participants and  organisations
  • Running and delivering Community Filmmaking workshops alongside  specialis freelance tutors (final cut tuition/sound/analogue film  etc) 
  • Ensuring events are open and accessible to all, in line with our Equalities, Diversity and Inclusion Plan 
  • Considering hospitality and access issues in every programmed activity 
  • Forming and facilitating a group of representatives to monitor and lead activities within the Common Room space 
  • Recruiting new participants through effective marketing; attending meetings, events and activities when necessary  
  • Advancing our existing Volunteer Programme to employ methods of progress tracking 
  • Recruiting new volunteers and developing programme opportunities for training and support 
  • Work with Evaluation Support Scotland to develop effective monitoring strategies 
  • Attend Moving Image Makers Collective meetings on  behalf of Alchemy Film & Arts and liaising with MIMC members to provide support where necessary 
  • Maintaining budget and expenditure records accurately 
  • Updating and saving all documents, correspondence and materials related to the project into the shared file storage, and handing over key details at the end of the project 
  • Delivering to project targets and milestones and attending regular planning meetings with staff and partners  
  • Community Engagement Strategy to be written by end of 2019 through year-long regular evaluation 
  • Progression Plan to be developed after 6 months for volunteers/participants to develop and eventually assume wider responsibilities in delivering workshops etc. 


  • Proven interest and experience in community oriented creative learning 
  • Experience in workshop delivery and facilitation 
  • Excellent IT handling skills, particularly with Adobe and other editing software 
  • Experience in artist film and its capacity for skills development 
  • Drafting and communication skills 
  • Organisational and programming skills 
  • Good team worker and interest in partnership collaboration 
  • Understanding and enthusiasm for working with a range of people and groups 

Please read the Application Pack before applying.

Please send a CV identifying your relevant education and experience, a cover letter outlining how you relate to the person specification, and the names and contact details of two referees to: 

Please use the subject line ‘Alchemy Film Town Coordinator Application’. 

Application deadline: 22 April, midnight. 
Interview date: Mon 13 May 2019, in Hawick, Scottish Borders. 



Film Town is supported by: