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Development Officer (Capacity Building)

  • Full time or Part time
  • £24,716
  • Perth
  • Closing 17th March 2023

  • Advertised from 1st March 2023
  • Full or part time, minimum 28 hours per week. Salary pro rata for part time. This may include working some unsociable hours including evenings and weekends. Permanent.


Perth & Kinross Association of Voluntary Service (PKAVS) is a local charity who work to provide a diverse range of services that enable the organisation’s vision of a Perth & Kinross where people flourish, and their communities thrive. Every year PKAVS supports over 5,000 local people across all communities, helping them to overcome barriers and achieve their goals.

The Partnership and Engagement team provides the Third Sector Interface (TSI) function for Perth and Kinross. They enable, empower, and collaborate with third sector organisations across the area to achieve a positive impact and timely responses to local challenges and priorities. They provide capacity building support, strengthening partnership-working and facilitating an effective and robust third sector contribution to strategic discussions at both local Perth and Kinross Community Planning Partnership level and national level.

The role

The Development Officer (Capacity Building) supports the development and sustainability of the Third Sector in Perth and Kinross by providing tailored one-to-one organisational development support and group information/training sessions to Third Sector Organisations on topics such as (but not limited to): setting up third sector groups/organisations, accessing funding, governance, sustainability, partnerships, compliance, and dissolution.

Beyond support for groups and organisations, the Development Officer (Capacity Building) also proactively works across the third sector and with Community Planning Partners to facilitate a third sector contribution to local decision making.

The key objectives of this role are to:

• To contribute to the development of a flourishing, empowered, and resilient third sector that enables communities to act on their own priorities in order to create a fairer Perth and Kinross for all who live and work here.

• To provide high quality and tailored capacity building support for community groups, voluntary organisations, charities, and social enterprises across Perth and Kinross.

• To support the facilitation and delivery of information/training sessions for the Third Sector in Perth and Kinross in response to need and national policy developments.

• To work across the Third Sector and with Community Planning Partners to increase the contribution of and influence of the Third Sector across Community Planning structures, partnerships, and local decision-making bodies.

• To maintain up to date knowledge of third sector regulatory, legal, governance and funding best practice.

Key skills and knowledge:

• Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office including the use of databases to maintain timely records.

• Delivery of tailored/personalised support responsive to need.

• Proficient in the use of social media platforms as a means of communicating mass messages to diverse audiences.

• Working in the third sector in a paid role or in a voluntary capacity.

• Experienced in the design, facilitation, and delivery of workshops/training for groups.

• Experience of Third Sector governance and charity regulations.

• Awareness and appreciation of local needs and issues confronting the Third Sector in Perth and Kinross.

• Understands Community Empowerment as part of the broader public policy agenda and its implications for building inclusive communities across Perth and Kinross.

• Appreciation of the importance of monitoring and evaluation in measuring the outcomes/impact of activities and service delivery.

The ideal candidate will have the following qualities:

• A good team player who is willing to work alongside others to reach shared objectives.

• A calm 'can do' demeanour, with the ability to prioritise competing demands.

• A flexible approach and a willingness to adapt to circumstances as they arise.

• An excellent communicator with great presentation skills and the ability to make complex information accessible to a wide range of stakeholders.

The Benefits of Working at PKAVS are:

• The opportunity to be part of the next exciting chapter in PKAVS history and to work with a highly skilled operational leadership team.

• Personal development and opportunities that will help you achieve your career aspirations.

• A working environment that is designed to make it as easier for you to balance your home life and deliver effectively in your working life.

• A generous salary that values your skills, knowledge, and experience.

• Auto-enrolment into our Pension scheme.

• 6.8 weeks of annual leave (pro-rata) which increases according to your length of service.

• Enhanced sick pay scheme.

• Employee Assistance Programme that offers 24/7 advice and listening for all your support needs

Application notes

An application pack is available for download below.

Closing date: 17 March 2023