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Parental Employability Manager

  • Full time
  • £25,000
  • City of Edinburgh (Hybrid – office based EH7 5JT, community work and at home)
  • Closing 12th June 2023

  • Advertised from 18th May 2023
  • 35 hours per week, permanent contract,


Role Purpose

ProjectScotland, part of the national charity Volunteering Matters, supports people to move on in life, through the power of volunteering. We are looking for a talented, dynamic, and professional Parental Engagement Manager to join our team in the City of Edinburgh. The right candidate would be someone who can work flexibly, while demonstrating a strong understanding and commitment to our organisational values.

You will provide intensive Employability Support to 25 parents over the next 12 months. This role will focus on parents who are New Scots (Refugee’s, Asylum Seekers, Displaced people) and parents from ethnically diverse backgrounds. You will:

  • Work 1:1 with parents to understand their strengths, skills, and barriers to employment, putting steps or strategies in place to overcome these barriers or challenges
  • Support with vocational activities – developing CV’s, job search, applications, mock interviews etc.
  • Provide work-ready support – access to volunteering experiences, identifying training opportunities etc.
  • Work alongside colleagues in the ProjectScotland Mentoring Team, ensuring that parents can benefit from an empowering and positive Mentoring relationship - provided by our team of local volunteers
  • Work with external partners across Edinburgh to secure referrals for our service, and to set up new opportunities for parents.

Key Duties & Responsibilities

• Consistently role modelling and displaying our organisational values

• Contribute to effective teamwork across the regional team and the wider charity, in line with our “flexible working by default” and “self-managed teams” philosophy

• Provide intensive support to parents in a person-centered way, to achieve positive outcomes for all

• Understanding each parent’s skills, strengths, experience, barriers and development areas, resulting in the creation of a personal development plan

• To manage all elements of the parent’s experience, from referral to completion of their support

• Work alongside the ProjectScotland mentoring team to ensure parents have the opportunity to benefit from the experience and life skills of a dedicated volunteer mentor

• To identify, develop and maintain excellent relationships with referral partners, third sector organisations, statutory agencies, and others, who can provide training, volunteering placements, or other opportunities

• To manage the risk assessment, quality assurance and audit processes as appropriate

• Ensure monitoring, impact and evaluation information and data is collected and that the project meets its agreed targets, reporting format and schedule. Assist the Delivery Leader by preparing reports to funders

• Administration tasks including maintaining effective and accessible records, the use of Microsoft Office, Teams, Zoom and other software such as Canva and Salesforce – full training will be given

This job description is intended to include the broad range of responsibilities and requirements of the post. It is neither exhaustive nor exclusive but while some variations will be expected, these will be at an appropriate level for the role.

Person Specification

Skills Required

• An excellent knowledge and understanding of the life challenges and barriers that parents face today in Scotland, particularly those who are New Scots (Refugee’s, Asylum Seekers, Displaced people) or those from ethnic minority backgrounds

• An understanding of how to assess the needs of an individual using a person-centered approach

• Excellent written and verbal communication skills including being able to have strategic conversations with stakeholders one minute, and talk to a nervous parent the next

• Excellent people skills with the ability to build professional, long-term relationships with various stakeholders, to influence and motivate others

• Excellent organisational and IT skills including the ability to manage workload and prioritise effectively, and strong attention to detail

• Able to use own initiative and work independently at times

Experience Required

• Significant experience working with people who have challenges/barriers to employment, particularly parents and carers

• Experience in providing Employability and vocational support

• Evidence of relationship management experience with a wide range of stakeholders

• Experience of project management, achieving high targets, a busy workload and working to strict deadlines

• Proven ability to communicate effectively and work as part of a team

• Understanding of and commitment to Equal Opportunities


Relevant experience and an understanding and commitment to our organisational values is more important for this role than any specific qualifications.


Part of your working week will be based in local Edinburgh communities, meeting parents, volunteers, colleagues, and other stakeholders. For the remainder of the time, you can choose to work from home (must be based locally) or from our Edinburgh office premises (EH7 5JT). If working from home, you will need good internet access and a suitable home working environment. All I.T. equipment, mobile phone and infrastructure will be supplied by our organisation.

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