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  • Advertised from 10th May 2023
  • 35 hours per week – May consider part-time and job-share. (This may include working unsociable hours including evenings and weekends). Contract Type: Fixed Term for 2 years from date of appointment.


Service: Anti-Poverty Project

Reports to: Chief Executive Officer

Responsible to: Anti-Poverty Taskforce Chair and Steering Group

Responsible for: Anti-Poverty Taskforce


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 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. PKAVS also administers the Third Sector Interface (TSI) on behalf of the Scottish Government. The TSI supports, represents, and helps to sustain the dynamic third sector that exists in Perth & Kinross, including all charities, community groups, volunteers, and social enterprises.

PKAVS is a founding member of the recently formed Anti-Poverty Taskforce with membership drawn from elected members, the business community, the third sector and other key stakeholders. The Taskforce was established in response to the impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic on our communities, closely followed by the current Cost of Living Crisis that is affecting communities nationwide. The Taskforce will draw upon expertise from across the area and seek out and adopt best practices from elsewhere to effect real change and offer meaningful support to those experiencing poverty and most at risk from rising costs. It will also provide a coordinating focal point for all current activities aimed at reducing inequalities – child poverty, fuel poverty, food supply, rural poverty premium.

The job

Outcome: The Anti-Poverty Taskforce works effectively across Perth & Kinross to mitigate the effects of poverty on its citizens.


Reporting to the PKAVS Chief Executive Officer (supported by the Chairperson of the Anti-Poverty Taskforce), the purpose of the Anti-Poverty Project Manager role is to coordinate, and programme manage all anti-poverty activities and projects across the partners in the Taskforce. This position will enable the task force to function efficiently as an oversight and scrutiny group for all poverty related activity, spanning the local authority, business and the third sectors to deliver a joined-up approach.

Ideal qualities

The ideal candidate will be adept, resilient, and tenacious at overcoming obstacles and barriers, and will relish creating new processes and systems that enable the Taskforce to improve its disciplines, accountability, and efficiency in executing every part of its vision.

The ideal candidate will be excellent at building and maintaining collaborative relationships, and engaging with a wide range of stakeholders across the Taskforce guiding them on the journey and ensuring they own accountability for their actions to achieve the Taskforce’s collaborative aims.

Skill requirements summary

  • Interpersonal Skills.
  • Influencing to support collaborative working.
  • Analytical skills to solve problems.
  • Knowledge + expertise to shape strategic direction.
  • Making connections across all the memberships.
  • Alongside Communication expert agree the messages.
  • 30,60,90-day plans.
  • Highly organised and self-motivated

The benefits of working at PKAVS

In return for your hard work and commitment, we offer the following:

  • 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 easy as possible 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

Selection process

We want to move quickly to find the best person for this crucial role and have set out the following plan and dates for our selection process:

Closing date for applications: Friday the 26th of May 2023.

First stage interviews will be held on the 8th of June 2023 (morning) and the 16th of June 2023 (afternoon)

An offer of employment will be made subject to satisfactory references, PVG check and eligibility to work in the UK.

Please request an application pack from our website or by emailing the address provided.

To ensure that our shortlisting process is fair and consistent we require all candidates to complete an application form.

PKAVS is an Equal Opportunities employer.