Glasgow Comedy Festival

New vacancy! Festival Manager

The Glasgow International Comedy Festival is seeking a full time Festival Manager to oversee the day to day running of Europe’s largest comedy festival and grow its innovative programme of stand up, sketch, theatre, cinema and kids events. Since 2003 GICF has brought comedy’s biggest names to Glasgow, supported local talent, and delivered a diverse, eye-catching line up of hundreds of shows each year. The Festival Manager plays an important role in shaping and developing the festival – this position is a great opportunity to take on high profile leadership responsibilities, work with a small but dedicated team and make a real mark on Scotland’s cultural scene.

The ideal candidate will have a minimum of 3 years experience in a similar role and a good track record in attracting and securing commercial sponsorship for events. They will be organised, highly motivated and well connected with key contacts in relevant industries. Some out of hours work is required, particularly in the immediate run up to and during the 18 day festival period each March. A driving licence is essential.

The festival is organised by the Scottish Comedy Agency, which was formed in 2002 as a sister company of Salt ‘n’ Sauce Promotions Ltd, the firm which owns and runs the Stand Comedy Clubs in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Newcastle. The Scottish Comedy Agency organises tours, festivals and corporate events as well as providing an agency service to a range of clients. - GICF is its largest contract.

Working out of the festival office at 278 High Street, this is a permanent full time position up to £30,000 - £32,000 depending upon experience. The Festival Manager reports to the Director of the Scottish Comedy Agency.

Applications should be made with a CV and covering letter so Sarah Watson, Festival Director

Download the Festival Manager job description by clicking here.

Closing date: 5pm on Thursday 28th February

Interviews will take place in Glasgow w/c Monday 4th March


Main purpose of role:

- To ensure that GICF’s financial targets are met and to identify and cultivate fundraising activity

- To assist the SCA Director in co-ordinating the artistic content of the festival and securing performers

- To oversee marketing and promotion of the festival across multiple platforms, including the design and delivery of the main print brochure

- To ensure the smooth running of GICF’s busy office and manage all festival staff.


Essential requirements:

- At least three years’ experience in a similar role (comedy / entertainment / performance / events programming, delivery and management)

- Experience of line management

- Significant experience of building relationships with external stakeholders

- Proven track record of securing funding from a variety of sources

- Knowledge and experience of print and digital marketing

- Ability to devise and manage budgets and expenditure

- Experience of writing reports / evaluation for internal and external use

- Thorough knowledge of the UK comedy industry

- Proactive and flexible approach to work and problem solving

- Ability to work to strict deadlines and remain calm under pressure

- Proficiency in the use of Microsoft packages (e.g. WORD, EXCEL, etc.)

- Full driving licence


Desirable experience / skills:

- Artist management / liaison

- Contract negotiation

- Working as part of a small team