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Community Development Officer

  • Full time
  • £23,500 – £26,500
  • Stow, Galashiels - Hybrid, with regular attendance in the villages of Stow & Fountainhall to meet the needs of the role.
  • Closing 9th May 2023


  • Advertised from 26th April 2023
  • Salary subject to experience. 3-year fixed term post (potential to extend). 35 hours per week - hours of work are flexible & can be negotiated with the Trust. Some evening & weekend working will be required.
  • Holidays: 32 paid days per annum including public holidays.

Role

Background

Stow Community Trust is a community based, not for profit organisation, made up of local people keen to see development of assets in the village and the surrounding area for common good. Our mission is to work with and support our community to make the villages of Stow and Fountainhall a great destination to live in and visit. We’ll do this by leading and supporting initiatives that have community engagement at its heart; are sustainable; and promotes economic development.

Find out more about work on our website: stowhub.co.uk

The Role

The Trust and local Community Council are nearing completion of the Stow and Fountainhall Community Action Plan (SFCAP) with various initiatives identified for action and implementation between now and 2030. A new post of Community Development Officer has been created to lead on achieving this plan. They will work with the Trust’s Board, Community Council, volunteers and other community groups to deliver the plan. Funding for this post has been secured for an initial 3-year 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

  • Developing and delivering an agreed number of initial priorities (as identified in the SFCAP) in year 1, followed by other agreed projects in years 2-3.
  • Identify and develop medium to longer-term projects and opportunities as indicated in the SFCAP.
  • Build and maintaining 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 SFCAP.
  • 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 Board of Stow Community Trust and Community Council.

Person Specification

Essential qualities

  • Proven project management skills.
  • Proven ability to engage with a variety of diverse 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.

Desirable Qualities

  • A qualification in Community Development or related discipline.
  • Previous experience of community engagement methodologies e.g. Place Standard, and be familiar with community development principles and processes.
  • Experience of the delivery of a programme of volunteer training and development.

Reporting and Supervision

The Community Development Worker will report directly to and be supervised by a nominated member of the SCT Board 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 stowcommunitytrust@outlook.com

We also welcome any questions or requests for an informal chat about the role.

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 Tuesday 9th May.

1st stage interviews will be online and are expected to take place during weeks commencing 15th May and 22nd May.