Vacancy: Manager of The John Byrne Award

John Byrne Award Manager

Wage: £26,000 per year
Hours: 37.5 hours per week
Annual leave: 25 days + public holidays
Pension: Matched contributions up to 4%
Contract: Permanent contract
Reporting to: CEO of The Iris Initiative
Location: Edinburgh

Application deadline: Monday 25 March 2019
Interviewing: Monday 8 April 2019


The John Byrne Award is an online exhibition and competition open to 16-30 year olds living in Scotland. The John Byrne Award is delivered by the Scottish charity, The Iris Initiative. The aim of The Iris Initiative is to encourage reflection, exploration, and commitment to personal ideals and values. The John Byrne Award accepts creative work in any medium, exhibits all entries online, promotes the best entries via The John Byrne Award Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, and hosts an awards ceremony in February. Receiving over 1200 entries in 2018-2019 competition year, the number of people engaging with The John Byrne Award has doubled every year for the past three.

The John Byrne Award aspires to become the biggest ‘creative arts competition’ in Scotland, encouraging engagement with the creative arts to reflect on, explore, and commit to, personal ideals and values.

We are seeking a diligent self-starter with expertise in digital marketing, website management and events delivery to manage The John Byrne Award. You’ll be joining a rapidly-growing, innovative charity and taking the lead role in its flagship project.  

To apply, please email, telling us why you’re a good fit for the role. Please attach your CV. We look forward to hearing from you.


Digital Marketing (2 days/week)

  • Email and social media marketing

  • Monitoring, evaluating, and improving digital marketing performance

Website management (2 days/week)

  • Uploading entries

  • Maintaining The John Byrne Award website

  • Optimising The John Byrne Award website for digital marketing

Event planning and delivery (0.5 days/week)

  • Planning, managing, and delivering exhibitions and an awards ceremony

  • Producing digital marketing content to promote events

Line-managing interns and increasing their number (0.5 days/week)

  • Provide support and guidance to interns

  • Approach educational institutions across Scotland to set up more internship programs



  • Evaluating and improving the performance of a digital marketing campaign across a website, email and social channels. Proficiency with a digital analytics program.

  • Planning and delivering cultural projects and events.


  • Familiarity with: Hootsuite; Mailchimp; Squarespace; Photoshop; InDesign; Lightroom; marketing interfaces of Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.