Join Us!- Creative Community Builder

We’re on the look out for a new Creative Community Builder to join the Make/Shift team, helping to set up and lead a new community fund where decisions about what happens are made directly by the community.

Creative Community Builder — Participation & Networks

- 3 days/week
- Fixed term contract until March 2025 (with possibility of extending)
- £30,950 to £34,027 pro-rata

What’s it all about?

As Creative Community Builder you will play an essential convening role as part of the Make/Shift team. Helping to grow a network of movers, shakers and community makers, who have access to the skills, resources and platforms they need to make decisions and take action together in the places they live and to invite their neighbours along to join them.

To thrive in this role you will be:

  • passionate about the creative power of communities
  • committed to strengths based community development and curious about working proactively with communities
  • excited about testing different ways of shifting more power and resources to communities to make decisions for themselves about the cultural and creative experiences they want to grow in the places where they live
  • experienced in creating space for people with different lived, learnt and practiced experience to share, learn, collaborate, make decisions and take action together.

This is a new role in the team. Working alongside our current Creative Community Builder, with a specific focus on embedding participatory practices and growing networks. As the lead on our new Movers, Shakers and Community Makers work strand, we’re particularly keen to hear from people who have experience in facilitating citizen-led decision making, and/or nurturing peer-to-peer networks.

Applications deadline: Tuesday 25 June 2024
10th July

About Make/Shift

We are Make/Shift. A growing collective of people, groups and organisations who believe in the creative power of communities to make positive change in the places they live. We are rooted in Amber Valley, in the heart of Derbyshire with networks reaching out beyond. Together we want Amber Valley to be a place full of makers, where everyone’s creativity matters as part of everyday life.

Our mission is to put communities — their strengths, ideas, energy, ambitions & stories — at the heart of making positive change where they live. Collaborating together to nurture the conditions needed for people to unleash their creativity, and power us towards our vision.

Over the next 10 years we will weave together a network of makers, doers & connectors, trying things out together with neighbours in the places that they live. Inspired by thinkers, creators, artists, makers, activists, dreamers, and story tellers from near and far. Supported through access to shared resources and creative platforms that are agile and responsive to needs.

You can find out a bit more about our approach, governance and programme via our slide deck here and on our website


Make/Shift is part of the Creative People and Places programme, initiated and funded by Arts Council England thanks to the National Lottery. Creative People and Places is about more people taking the lead in choosing, creating and taking part in creative and cultural experiences in the places where they live. There are now 39 projects, covering 56 local authorities across England.

We have funding secured until April 2025 with extension funding pending (decision in Sept 2024) until April 2026. As an action research project, Make/Shift is committed to being experimental and innovative in its approach, testing new ideas, tools and participatory practices.

We are supported by a consortium of partners bringing together expertise from across culture, environment, and community. This includes Amber Valley Community Voluntary Services, Belper and District U3A, Derby Museums, Derbyshire Wildlife Trust and University of Derby.

We are hosted and employed by the University of Derby as part of their CivicLab.

Apply online

Creative Community Builder (0217–24) — Current vacancies — University of Derby

You can apply by submitting an online application to the University of Derby. Once you have signed in or registered you will be able to begin your application. If you are creating an account for the first time, please ensure you provide an email address that you access regularly as this will be our main means of contacting you regarding your application.


If you require any assistance, including the provision of any documentation in an alternative format, please contact the University Of Derby Recruitment team at

Please note all applications must be submitted online by Midnight GMT on the closing

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