Planning Aid Scotland
Planning Aid Scotland

Charity registered in Scotland SC021337

We help people to understand and influence the place where they live by providing impartial advice, skills training and supporting communities to develop and deliver their own aspirations for their place. We offer a free, impartial and confidential planning advice service, provided by our specialist volunteers, all of whom are chartered planners

Current vacancies

Treasurer

  • Management Board
  • Unpaid
  • Edinburgh with Remote option (Hybrid)
  • Closing 7th June 2024

Planning Aid Scotland is a Company Limited by Guarantee and a Charity, registered in Scotland. It is defined by its Memorandum and Articles of Association.

We are a charity and social enterprise that helps people to navigate the planning system. We support a planning system that is inclusive, positive and innovative, where individuals and communities have the opportunity to shape the future of their place in an impartial, open and inclusive way. Through our facilitation-based approach, we help people participate in the planning system to help ensure that all voices are heard.

We currently have eleven board members and are looking to recruit a new board member to assume the role

of Treasurer.

Board members are expected to take part in quarterly board meetings, these take place for a duration of around two hours, usually in the early evening. Board meetings are hybrid, with the meeting taking place in the office for those who can attend in-person, with the ability to join online for those unable to attend in-person.

The Board focuses on strategic direction and vision rather than organisational management and service delivery. In achieving this, the Board’s key consideration is how to implement the organisation’s charitable aims and objectives and Strategy.

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Volunteer Coordinator

  • Part time
  • £26,373 pro-rata
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 20th November 2023

Could you be our new Volunteer Coordinator?

  • This is time of change and growth for Planning Aid Scotland and an exciting time to join our dynamic and creative team.
  • Our volunteer network enables us to deliver services and support to communities across Scotland. The successful candidate for this post will bring their energy and creativity to help us grow and strengthen our volunteer network and to support more communities across Scotland.
  • Read the summary below or the Position Profile to find out more.

We are looking for a candidate who:

  • is passionate about volunteering and about communities having a say in the future of their places
  • can build strong working relationships
  • has excellent administrative skills
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Board members

  • Management Board
  • Unpaid
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 6th July 2023

PAS is a charity and social enterprise that helps individuals, communities and business start-ups to navigate the planning system and shape the future of their places in an accessible and inclusive way.

This is an exciting time of change and renewal for PAS and our Board is currently looking to recruit three new members. The position of board member is a voluntary, unpaid one (however expenses will be reimbursed).

Further information can be found in the Position Profile on the PAS website.

Seeking individuals who:

  • are passionate about members of the public and communities having a say in the future of their places
  • would like to see a planning system that is more inclusive and innovative as well as an enabler of great places

Key responsibilities for Board members:

  • Attendance at quarterly Board meetings (you can join in online if you’re not able to come to Edinburgh)
  • Attendance at the AGM
  • Membership of, and attendance at, one of the PAS Committees
  • Willingness to participate meaningfully in the decision-making processes of the Board
  • Ability to support staff – through our advisory groups – with specialist knowledge in the delivery of the organisation’s priorities
  • Act as a PAS ambassador

As an organisation, our Strategic Priorities for 2023-24 are:

  1. To advocate for inclusive participation
  2. To mainstream community-led planning
  3. To address the climate emergency
  4. To develop as a learning organisation

Desirable skills and experience

As part of the board’s commitment to diversity and to meet specific skills needs, we are particularly interested to encourage applicants with a background or skills in the following areas:

  • Legal – experience of providing legal advice within the Scottish legal system (experience in planning law is desirable but not necessary)
  • Community – experience of being active in your community / community leader
  • Digital – experience in digital communication, engagement or mapping
  • Young person – a young person (16-25) who is interested in making positive change in their community
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Communications Officer (part-time)

  • Part time
  • £26,373 pro-rata
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 15th May 2023

Following a period of change and growth in our organisation, we are now looking to appoint a part-time Communications Officer to join our team.

This newly created post will report to and support our Communications Manager in delivering the Communications Strategy and in helping the organisation to deliver our Strategic Priorities for 2023-24.

The post of Communications Officer will focus mainly on day-to-day communications activities, including content creation, social media and assisting project leads on individual project communications.

As we are about to mark the organisation's 30th anniversary, the successful candidate will also be part of a creative rebranding process and help to deliver a series of events to mark the anniversary.

The post of Communications Officer will be responsible for:

  • Supporting the Communications Manager with day-to-day communications activities and help to deliver key objectives, such as the Communications Strategy and Strategic Priorities for 2023-24.
  • Helping to deliver events (digital and in-person) to mark the organisation’s 30th anniversary.
  • Leading on day-to-day communications activities including social media posting.
  • Providing communications support to other members of the team, including promotion of specific projects and initiatives.
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Top job! Director of Operations

  • Full time
  • £45,000 – £51,000
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 22nd March 2023

Following a period of change and growth in our organisation, we are now looking to appoint a dynamic individual to the newly created post of Director of Operations. The successful candidate will help us drive forward innovation and delivery, both within the organisation and with our external projects and partners. This is an exciting time to join our dynamic, ambitious and responsive organisation, to help deliver solutions that support communities across Scotland.

We are looking for an individual who can bring both their creativity and operational management to develop the team and grow the organisation. Experience in the planning/placemaking, community development and/or third/social enterprise sectors would be beneficial. Experience or a demonstrable interest in planning or placemaking would be an advantage.

The post of Director of Operations will be responsible for:

  • ensuring co-ordination of our workstreams across the organisation
  • delivering our services, in collaboration with the Chief Executive and the staff team
  • ensuring operational effectiveness
  • leading the development of income generation for our social enterprise activities
  • maintaining the quality of service delivery
  • the development and implementation of organisational strategies, policies and practices

The post holder will lead on the following areas:

  • social enterprise activity
  • operations
  • strategic development

Find out more about the role and about PAS in the Position Profile.

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Board Members

  • Management Board
  • Unpaid
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 26th August 2022

PAS (pas.org.uk), Scotland’s leading place and active citizenship charity, is looking for new Board members and is keen to increase the diversity and geographical spread of its membership.

If you

  • Are passionate about individuals and communities having a say in the future of their places, and
  • Would like to see a planning system that is inclusive, positive and innovative

Then do get in touch.

We’d particularly like to hear from you if you

  • Have knowledge and experience of Scotland’s planning system or
  • Have knowledge of the fundraising sector in Scotland or
  • Have a good understanding of digital technologies

The Commitment

  • Attendance at quarterly Board meetings (you can join in online if you’re not able to come to Edinburgh)
  • Attendance at the AGM
  • Willingness to participate meaningfully in the decision-making processes of the Board
  • Ability to support staff – through our advisory groups and committees – with specialist knowledge in the delivery of the organisation’s priorities
  • Act as a PAS ambassador

Start Date: October 2022, or sooner.

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Top job! Chief Executive Officer

  • Full time
  • £58,376 – £73,519
  • Edinburgh. It is anticipated that future working arrangements will be a blend of home and office working.
  • Closing 23rd June 2022

As Petra Biberbach steps down after 17 years of service, we are seeking an exceptional leader to guide the organisation into the future. This is a key moment for the planning system and for community participation in Scotland. We are at the forefront of responding to the new opportunities and challenges brought by the Planning (Scotland) Act 2019.

As Chief Executive, you will have the chance to bring your leadership, your creativity and your energy to carve out new ways of operating so that we can continue to help individuals and communities across Scotland shape the future of their places.

PAS (Planning Aid Scotland) is Scotland’s leading place and active citizenship charity. Over the last three decades we have supported a planning system that is inclusive, positive and innovative, where individuals and communities have the opportunity to shape the future of their place. We help individuals and community groups to get involved in the planning system in an impartial, open and inclusive way.

We take a facilitation-based approach, striving to ensure that all voices are heard, and with outcomes agreed by all. We are a volunteer-led organisation supported by a network of over 400 specialist volunteers from across the built environment sector.

Our public Advice Service offers a free, impartial and confidential planning advice service, provided by our specialist volunteers, all of whom are chartered planners.

We provide skills, engagement and facilitation training and support for community groups, planners, elected members and public bodies, as well as to seldom-heard groups who often cannot readily engage in the planning system, including children and young people. We support community organisations to develop and deliver their own aspirations through local place plans

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Top job! Operations Manager

  • Full time
  • £35,641 – £40,922
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 23rd June 2021

PAS (pas.org.uk), Scotland’s leading place and active citizenship charity, is looking for an Operations Manager who will be responsible for ensuring integration and co-ordination across PAS and developing the organisation’s delivery of services in collaboration with the Chief Executive, and other members of the management team.

This position's primary responsibility is ensuring operational effectiveness and quality of delivery, contributing to the development and implementation of organisational strategies, political engagement, policies and practices.

The Scottish Government provides funding for PAS to deliver the free advice service which gives communities, individuals and community groups access to information and advice on the Scottish planning system; and supports communities in development and place-based planning.

In addition, we provide skills training and support for community groups, planners, elected members and public bodies, as well as to seldom-heard groups who often cannot readily engage in the planning system. In particular, we support community organisations to develop and deliver their own aspirations for place through local place plans.

We anticipate filling this as a full-time post (35 hours) but are willing to consider alternative arrangements for the right candidate. PAS provides a generous holiday entitlement (25 days + 10 public holidays + 3 days Christmas office closure), flexi-time and an employer’s pension contribution of 8.5%. The salary will be in the range £35,641 - £40,922.

PAS has an office in Edinburgh city centre (not fully accessible) although all staff are currently working from home. It is anticipated that future working arrangements will be a blend of home and office working.

PAS is an equal opportunities employer. Please contact us if you would like to discuss any additional support needs.

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Volunteer Coordinator

  • Part time
  • £25,624 pro-rata
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 4th May 2021

PAS (pas.org.uk), Scotland’s leading place and active citizenship charity, is looking for a Volunteer Co-ordinator (on a fixed-term contract until 31 October 2021) to co-ordinate volunteers to support PAS’s activities and to assist with general office support.

The Scottish Government provides funding for PAS to deliver a free advice service which gives communities and individuals access to information and advice on the Scottish planning system; and supports communities in development and place-based planning. Volunteers are key to delivery of this and other PAS services – eg community engagement events and training for elected members and community councils.

This is a part-time post, 4/5 full-time (28 hours). PAS provides a generous holiday entitlement (25 days + 10 public holidays + 3 days Christmas office closure; pro-rata for part-time), flexible working hours and an employer’s pension contribution of 8.5%. The salary will be £25,624.80, pro-rata for part-time £20,499.84.

PAS has an office in Edinburgh city centre (not fully accessible) although all staff are currently working from home. It is anticipated that future working arrangements will be a blend of home and office working.

PAS is an equal opportunities employer. Please contact us if you would like to discuss any additional support needs.

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