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The Guild Dumfries C.I.C is looking to recruit 2 part-time members of staff (approx. 26 - 30 hours per week) and 2 Kickstart employees to be part of our team at Flourish.  Each person will have responsibility for working in the experiential retail space in Dumfries town centre, but each roles main focus will be to support the Project Manager and lead on one of the following key areas:

1.     Marketing and communications or

2.     Events Management and Community Engagement


Flourish is expected to be a long term, permanent project but initially the post is being offered on a 12 month contract with a view to extend. The role is based 111 High Street, Dumfries and will be 4 days between Tuesday to Sunday, days to be negotiated​, at £10 per hour.


We are looking for someone who is a team player with a positive ‘can do attitude’ and who also works well with minimal supervision planning their own workload.  Our ideal employee will have a passion for supporting local small businesses, for helping to develop a supportive community space and an interest in sustainability. Retail experience is desirable but not essential.

Background Information


The Guild (Dumfries)C.I.C is a not for profit Community Interest Company which provides a platform, opportunities and support to help their community of makers, creatives and producers to flourish and grow. To date our main project has been to deliver and organise the monthly street market festival, DUMFRIES MARKET FESTIVAL in Dumfries town centre.

From November 2021 The Guild will open a permanent community space on the ground and first floor of 111 High Street in Dumfries town centre called Flourish. This will offer:-


  • Affordable curated retail space on the ground floor proudly supporting our community of makers & producers and to help fledgling businesses, makers, creatives and producers retail their products in a town centre shop for minimal investment and be part of a collective.
  • Workshop|maker space to be hired by a variety of local businesses and organisations. The space will be used to deliver a programme of workshops, activities and events which will encourage our community to learn a new skill taught by expert guest tutors and in-house creatives
  • Office|Studio space to be hired by local businesses and organisations
  • Meeting room|events space suitable for small events, gatherings, exhibitions, talks etc
  • Our website will offer a curated directory showcasing our collective of over 45 makers & producers at our shop. There will also be an online shop offering a place to book workshops and events.

In summary Flourish will provide not just a retail and events space but also a space to collaborate, connect, develop a peer support network and share good practice.

Specific Job Descriptions


Job 1 | Marketing & Communications

You will

  • support the marketing and advertising of Flourish and the programme of events on all social media platforms
  • support the management and development of the Flourish website pages
  • work with the collective at Flourish, other local enterprises on joint marketing and advertising activities
  • seek out opportunities to prompt Flourish in the local & national media
  • work in the retail space, managing stock, advising, serving customers and merchandising


Essential skills and Experience

  • Experience of marketing especially with small businesses and in a local setting
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • An understanding of digital marketing and how to maximise this
  • Experience in basic IT packages – word, excel


Desirable skills and experience

  • A flare for merchandising
  • A level of creative flair for taking photos and videos for use on social media and our Flourish website pages
  • Stakeholder management and strong interpersonal skills


Job 2 | Events Management & Community Engagement

You will

  • support the planning of workshops and events including liaison with workshop/event lead to identify what is needed
  • manage attendees’ bookings including issuing pre-event information, post event evaluation and ongoing communications
  • work with other local enterprises to plan and manage joint events and activities
  • Identify ways to engage with the local community and deliver engagement activities
  • work in the retail space, managing stock, advising and serving customers and merchandising

Essential skills and Experience

  • Experience in planning and co-ordination events
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills and stakeholder management
  • Experience in basic IT packages – word, excel


Desirable skills and experience

  • Confidence to engage with a wide range of businesses, the public and other groups to identify needs and find ways of working together

How to Apply! 

If you think you'd be perfect for the job and would love to join our team, then please complete the application form, click the link below. You'll need to download a copy then send the completed form to diane@theguilddumfries.org by Saturday 9th October. Interviews will be held within 2 weeks of the closing date. If you require any further information, please contact Diane Laws via the above email address. We look forward to hearing from you.