The Abbotsford Trust
The Abbotsford Trust

Charity registered in Scotland SC037425

Abbotsford, the home of Sir Walter Scott. A breathtaking place to visit located on the banks of the River Tweed in the glorious Scottish Borders

Current vacancies

Community Engagement Manager

  • Part time
  • £33,060 – £35,755 pro-rata
  • Melrose (Hybrid)
  • Closing 4th June 2024

Work somewhere where a job is not just a ‘job’, where you can be part of a team with a passion for sharing Scotland’s heritage and making a real difference to local lives. Abbotsford, the home of Sir Walter Scott, is one of Scotland’s most important heritage sites and easily accessible from Edinburgh by road and rail. Now cared for by an independent charity, we are seeking an exceptional individual to manage and develop our award winning community work.

In this interesting and varied part time role you will be responsible for the Trust’s volunteering, educational, and mental health programming. Managing a team of two, you will call on the whole charity to support you in your work, integrating programmes into the fabric of the charity’s operations at every level. As a small charity run by staff and volunteers, you should be personable and flexible in your approach to others, and be prepared to be bitten by our passion for Scott and Abbotsford.

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Senior Development Officer

  • Full time
  • £29,391 – £31,799
  • Abbotsford, near Melrose, Scottish Borders
  • Closing 12th February 2024

This is a fantastic opportunity to shape a new fundraising role with The Abbotsford Trust – the charity that safeguards the historic home of Scottish writer Sir Walter Scott and engages people with his life and works.

As Senior Development Officer you will have the chance to shape new areas of fundraising for the charity including individual giving campaigns, membership schemes and legacy giving as well as maximising fundraised income on site, through events, and online.

This role is for you if you have bags of initiative, wish to really expand your areas of responsibility, and are keen to see the difference that you make. If you are frustrated as a small cog in a big machine and are looking for a varied, creative and busy role, this opportunity could be just what you are looking for. You will work closely with the delivery managers on campaigns within this small charity team that genuinely feels like a family.

This role may particularly appeal if you have a passion for literature, history, architecture, gardens, or indeed work that focuses on inclusion and wellbeing with people from disadvantaged backgrounds. In this role you will experience all aspects of ‘behind the scenes’ at a famous historic house.

You will work within a beautiful rural environment less than an hour south of Edinburgh – lovely for lunchtime walks. Abbotsford is just outside Melrose in the Scottish Borders and within walking distance of Tweedbank railway station. Full time staff may work at home for up to two days a week, and flexible working may be available for the right person.

You are encouraged to ring Sheena Stone, Development Manager on 07840 850443 or email sheena.stone@scottsabbotsford.co.uk to hear more about the role or with questions. Please get in touch or apply even if you have some but not have all of the experience listed, or if you are working in a different sector entirely but using all of the skills that we need. If you are keen to learn, then we are keen to speak to you!

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Finance Manager

  • Full time
  • £32,438
  • Melrose
  • Closing 6th January 2022

Work somewhere where a job is not just a ‘job’, where you can be part of a team with a passion for sharing Scotland’s heritage and making a real difference to local lives. Abbotsford, the home of Sir Walter Scott, is one of Scotland’s most important heritage sites. Now cared for by an independent charity, we are seeking a highly effective finance manager to work with us. In 2014 the Abbotsford Trust completed a £12 million restoration, followed in 2018 by extensive estate improvements, ongoing funded community development activity, and £4 million raised so far towards an Endowment Fund. The Trust is now pursuing a 10 Year Plan – an ambitious vision for Abbotsford through to 2029 encompassing this year’s 250th anniversary of Scott’s birth. Realising the plan depends on successful fundraising, increasing paid admissions, and the continued development of trading performance; retail, catering, and accommodation.

In this interesting and varied role you will be essential to the success of our charity. The Finance Manager plays a lead role in ensuring all financial and accounting procedures are robust and comply with best charity and fundraising practice. They are the lead within the Trust on the management and implementation of finance IT systems, financial procedures and administration. As a small team run by staff and volunteers, you should be personable and flexible in your approach to others, and be prepared to be bitten by our passion for Scott and Abbotsford.

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Development Manager (fundraising)

  • Full time
  • £40,000
  • Melrose. Home working options can be discussed.
  • Closing 6th January 2022

Work somewhere where a job is not just a ‘job’, where you can be part of a team with a passion for sharing Scotland’s heritage and making a real difference to local lives. Abbotsford, the home of Sir Walter Scott, is one of Scotland’s most important heritage sites. Now cared for by an independent charity, we are seeking a highly effective Development Manager to work with us.

The Abbotsford Trust is in the midst of celebrating Scott’s 250th birthday through a range of public events, restoration and visitor experience projects, and programmes supporting our local community. The anniversary is a milestone in our 10 year development plan ‘Writing the next Chapter’. We are now seeking a highly effective fundraising manager to work with us to build on our successes to realise our fundraising ambitions.

In this interesting and challenging role, you will be responsible for developing our fundraising strategy encompassing private philanthropy, trusts and foundations, and statutory bodies. You will be an excellent communicator, experienced in speaking with high net worth individuals and public figures and writing high quality funding applications. You must be able to speak with passion, conviction and sincerity about the cause, and have the ability to connect with a wide cross section of society to win support.

As a small team run by staff and volunteers, you should be personable and flexible in your approach to others, and be prepared to be bitten by our passion for Scott and Abbotsford.

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