Work with Us

Assembly Festival set the standard for theatre, comedy, and entertainment and are one of the largest multi-venue operators on the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. We present high calibre work in temporary theatre spaces across the city ranging from lecture theatres and churches to tents and shipping containers. 2020 marks Assembly’s 40th year, and we will present a programme of over 200 shows in comedy, theatre, dance and music drawn from over 12 countries across 5 hubs including the magnificent Assembly Hall, our year-round home – Assembly Roxy, Assembly Rooms, George Square and surrounding spaces and Assembly Checkpoint.

Assembly Festival supports the principle of equal opportunity in employment and opposes all forms of unlawful or unfair discrimination on the grounds of colour, race, nationality, ethnic or national origin, gender, marital status, disability, age, sexual orientation, or religious or political beliefs. To avoid discriminatory practice in the recruitment of new employee’s, selection for the interview is based entirely on job-related criteria.

Applications for Fringe 2020 will open in early spring 2020.




Role: Marketing & Communications Manager

Reports to: General Manager   

Direct Relationships: Artistic Director, Operations Director, Finance Manager, Programming Team, Commercial Manager.

Assembly is the longest running and most successful multi-venue on the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and sets the standard for theatre, comedy and entertainment. We programme high calibre work in 24 temporary theatre spaces in a range of sites including the magnificent Assembly Hall, Assembly Rooms, Assembly Roxy, Assembly Checkpoint, George Square Gardens and its surrounding spaces.

The Marketing & Communications Manager plays a key role in promoting Assembly and it’s work across Edinburgh and beyond.

Duties and Responsibilities

· Maintain and develop the Assembly brand across the festival and year-round portfolio both at home in Edinburgh and beyond.

· Publicise the Assembly Festival, Food Festival, Roxy and Checkpoint programmes, working with the programming teams.

· Develop digital and print collateral in line with Assembly Festival’s design guidelines and where relevant in partnership with external collaborators such as Gilded Balloon, Underbelly and Pleasance.

· Manage and develop Assembly Festival’s seasonal team including Press and PR for full programme and individual show campaigns, broadcast management, digital team, street teams and events and campaign teams.

· Work with the Finance and Programming teams to monitor, report and evaluate marketing spend and performance, supporting company settlements and best use of funds.

· Manage and develop social media and other marketing streams year round, in particular for Roxy and Checkpoint.

· Work with the Commercial Manager to develop media, events and other sponsorship activations and packages.

· Develop partner relationships to ensure strategic and consistent communications.

· Oversee the coordination of onsite marketing ie foamex/correx boards, including Assembly produced line-ups and the distribution of star ratings.

· Working with the General Manager and Head of Box Office to analyse box office data to optimise positioning and spend of marketing collateral.

· Support and prepare the senior team for any media opportunities or responses as necessary.

· Actively seek PR and media opportunities to promote Assembly and its artistic programme.

· Represent Assembly with external stakeholders as required.

· Any other relevant duties as requested by the senior team.

· Assist with the promotion of Showcatcher, our related show promotion website.

Person Specification


· Excellent proofreading and writing skills, including the ability to write dynamically about shows and content.

· Experience of recruiting, managing and leading a team.

· Experience of devising and leading marketing campaigns, both digital and print.

· Experience of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

· Knowledge of Scottish and National media, in particular culture, food and tourism.

· The ability to see the bigger picture and think strategically, yet be attentive to the nuance of the everyday.

· Excellent networking and people skills.

· A strong national and international network

· Excellent IT skills, including knowledge of Microsoft Office, social media platforms and media monitoring tools.


· Experience of Assembly Festival

· Data analysis skills

· Experience of RED61 Ticketing system

· Training in crisis comms


Salary and Benefits

The salary for this post is £30,000 per annum, plus pension contribution. We offer 25 days annual leave plus 8 public holidays.

Normal working hours are 10:00 to 18:00, Monday to Friday. Some additional evening and weekend work may be required. There is no overtime entitlement.

During the festival you will be required to work six days a week. Due to intense activity during certain periods of the year and the fact that no TOIL is accrued during the Summer Festival period, Assembly offers an extended holiday over the Christmas and New Year period. Six “Summer Festival” days over and above your annual holiday entitlement are added to count towards this period.

Some overnight travel outside Edinburgh, and attendance at events outside normal working hours, may be required.



To keep confidential the internal workings of Assembly Festival.


To apply for a placement as a Marketing & Communications Manager, please email a covering letter and copy of your CV to [email protected] by 9am Friday 20th Dec.