Aberdeen Performing Arts (APA) is a major cultural hub for the North East of Scotland, inspiring, exploring and engaging through live performance and creative projects in our three distinctive city centre venues - His Majesty’s Theatre, the Music Hall and The Lemon Tree.

Aberdeen Performing Arts, a not-for-profit company with charitable status, manages and operates His Majesty's Theatre, the Music Hall and The Lemon Tree, as well as Aberdeen Box Office and the 1906 Restaurant.  One of the largest and most successful arts organisations in Scotland, we had a turnover of over £10m in 2012-13 and employ 260 full and part time staff.

We attract the best of the West End shows to the His Majesty's Theatre, host Scotland’s major orchestras and concerts by major artists in the Music Hall and have made The Lemon Tree a go-to venue for small scale drama, music, comedy and dance. We also run an extensive creative learning programme, particularly for young people, and produce and tour our own in-house productions.  We were the first arts organisation in the UK to win the Customer Service Excellence accreditation for the quality of our customer service. We recently agreed an ambitious five-year Business Plan and are about to embark on a major redevelopment of the Music Hall, towards which we have raised £3.75m including an award of £1.5m by Creative Scotland.


Head of Organisational Development (£37,500 pa)

Aberdeen Performing Arts manages three city centre venues, His Majesty’s Theatre, The Lemon Tree and the Music Hall and is a thriving cultural hub for the North-east of Scotland. We have a great opportunity for a talented and experienced Head of Organisational Development to join our Leadership Team at an exciting time of growth and development within the company.

You will work closely with the Leadership Team to achieve a high performance culture within which employees are empowered to reach their full potential and ideas and creative solutions are embraced.   You will be strongly committed to advancing equality and embracing diversity in the workplace and mainstreaming policy and practice.

We are seeking an experienced professional who has broad background in Organisational Development and HR. You will be responsible for providing best practice organisational development, human resources management, employee relations and performance initiatives that will ensure the delivery of quality services with a focus on enhancing organisational efficiency and effectiveness.

Key Skills required: 

  • A minimum of 5 years’ experience in a management position in OD/HR/Training and Development 
  • Effective problem solver with the ability to think strategically and analytically
  • Ability to motivate and inspire commitment and achieve improvement 
  • Experience of devising and implementing HR policies, practices, procedures and ctivities
  • Ability to work on own initiative and as part of a team, with a hands on approach
  • Highly effective relationship builder with strong influencing and negotiating skills
  • This is a full time post, working varied hours including occasional evenings and weekends.

If you wish to apply for this position, please request an Application Pack by emailing lynne.macfarlan@aberdeenperformingarts.com

Deadline for applications is Sunay 25 June 2017
Interviews will be held week commencing 3 July 2017



APA is seeking to recruit an emerging music practitioner to join our team of experienced tutors to deliver our Engage programme of participatory music activity for young people. The creative assistant will be an emerging practitioner who has ambitions to pursue a career in the performing arts. Classes will take place in APA’s City Centre venues.

Please contact recruitment@aberdeenperformingarts.com for more information and an application pack.

Application deadline: Monday 3 July, 5pm
Interviews: Wednesday 12 July



APA is seeking to recruit an experienced freelance Youth Music Tutor to deliver our popular Project Band course. Project Band is a course unlike any other, where participants work towards a showcase gig in The Lemon Tree at the end of the academic year. It offers young people the chance to fine tune their song writing skills and get a foot up in the music industry. Workshops will be offered in areas including sound recording, event planning, marketing, as well as plenty of time to develop practical music skills.

For more information and an application pack, please contact recruitment@aberdeenperformingarts.com

Application deadline: Monday 3 July, 5pm
Interviews: Thursday 13 July