Community Development Office Vacancy

The following vacancy will appear in the local press and on the Hi Jobs website from 23rd May 2024. If you are interested, feel free to follow up right away. Thanks.

Community Development Officer (21 hpw)

Ardgour Glensanda Development Trust

£32,760 full-time equivalent (£19,656 pa for 21hpw)

The community of Ardgour has recently completed a local Place Plan, with various initiatives identified for action and implementation. We are recruiting for a Community Development Officer to lead on achieving the objectives of the plan. As the sole paid employee, the Community Development Officer will have a crucial influence on the success of the plan in its early stages. 

Funding for the post has been secured for an initial 12-month period.  The successful candidate will be expected to identify and obtain further external funding to allow the post to continue after this initial period. You will be expected to work on your own initiative to deliver initial priorities in year 1, followed by other agreed projects in years 2-3, should the post continue.

We are looking for someone with the ability to build successful relationships with stakeholders at local, regional and national level.

Regular travel will be required within the Ardgour area, to meet the needs of the role.  A driving licence and access to vehicle will be essential.

The Ardgour Glensanda Development Trust is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

For a full job description and person specification, see below

Closing date 6 June 2024.

This post is part funded by the Community Regeneration Fund

Community Development Officer

Ardgour Glensanda Development Trust

Part time – 21 hpw

£32,760 full-time equivalent (£19,656 pa for 21hpw)

Ardgour, Highland, with regular attendance in the villages of North Corran and Treslaig/Achaphubuil to meet the needs of the role. Mileage expenses will be paid from base to other work locations.

Closing 6 June 2024

Advertised from 16 May 2024

12-month fixed term post with potential to extend dependent upon the postholder identifying and obtaining further funding to allow the post to continue.

21 hours per week – daily hours of work are flexible & can be negotiated with the Trust. Some evening & weekend working will be required.

Holidays: 30 paid days pro-rata per annum including public holidays (18 days based on 21 hpw)

 

Role

Background

Ardgour Glensanda Development Trust is a community based, not for profit organisation, made up of local people.  We work for the benefit of the community of Ardgour, South Locheilside and Kingairloch, which comprises the Ardgour Community Council area (“the Community”).

The area served by the Trust is sparsely populated and extends for approximately 30 miles along the west and south shores of Loch Linnhe and Loch Eil.

The Trust has around 30 local people as Members but most day to day work is overseen by the Trustees, of whom there can be a maximum of nine.  At the time of writing there are seven.

Find out more on our website: www.ardgourareafund.org.uk 

The Role

The Trust and local Community Council are nearing completion of a local Place Plan with various initiatives identified for action and implementation. A new post of Community Development Officer has been created to lead on achieving the objectives of the plan. The successful candidate will work with the Trustees of the AGDT, the local Community Council, volunteers and other community groups to deliver the plan. Funding for this post has been secured for an initial 12-month period. As the sole paid employee, the Community Development Officer will have a crucial influence on the success of the plan in its early stages.

Main Tasks/Job Activities

  • Identify and develop medium to longer-term projects and opportunities as indicated in the Ardgour Place Plan, particularly ones that have the scope to enable the post to be self-financing.
  • Build and maintain relationships with key local, regional and national stakeholders including other community development trusts.
  • Identify and develop opportunities for partnerships across local community groups, organisations, and businesses to work together to support the implementation of the Ardgour Place Plan.
  • Take responsibility for the promotion of the AGDT, with the aim of increasing membership and raising awareness of its activities.
  • Recruitment of community volunteers and identification of community champions and leaders. Using best practice to recruit and train volunteers.
  • Identification of the necessary resources (i.e. personnel, monies, experience, knowledge and skills) to action and implement a programme of community projects.
  • Identify and bring forward funding applications to assist and ensure the success of community projects.
  • To attend necessary meetings alongside community representatives.
  • Provide regular reports to the Trustees of the Ardgour Community Development Trust and Community Council.

Person Specification

Essential qualities

  • Proven project management skills.
  • Proven ability to engage with a variety of groups within communities ensuring their inclusion in project planning and implementation.
  • Flexible approach to working, to enable interaction with groups at various times of the day, and days of the week.
  • Self-starter, capable of working on own initiative within the brief as outlined.
  • Demonstrate excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Good ICT skills.
  • Experience and understanding of using different types of marketing (including social media) to encourage participation of all parts of our community.
  • A proven ability to organise and run events, with assistance of volunteers and community organisations.
  • Commitment to equality, environmental sustainability, social justice and inclusion consistent with the Trust’s approach to community development.
  • Drivers’ licence and access to a vehicle.

Desirable Qualities

  • A qualification in Community Development or related discipline.
  • Previous experience of community engagement methodologies, and familiarity with community development principles and processes.
  • Experience of the delivery of a programme of volunteer training and development.
  • Knowledge of community structures in the Highlands.
  • Knowledge or awareness of the Gaelic language and culture.

Reporting and Supervision

The Community Development Worker will report directly to and be supervised by a nominated member of the AGDT Trustees in the first instance.

Application notes

To apply please send your CV and covering letter or personal statement evidencing how you meet the essential qualities to secretary@ardgourareafund.org.uk We also welcome any questions or requests for an informal chat about the role.

AGDT offers a workplace pension scheme, for which a 3% employer contribution is offered in addition to the post salary, with a 4% employee contribution required. Staff may opt out, or use their own recognised scheme if they wish, with the same employer contribution.

No candidate will meet every single requirement. If your experience looks a little different from what we’ve identified and you think you can bring value to the role, please get in touch – we’d love to learn more about you!

Application deadline midnight 6 June.

Interviews are expected to take place during mid-June.

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