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Top job! Director of Development

  • Part time
  • £40,873 – £47,417 pro-rata
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 25th March 2024

  • Advertised from 23rd February 2024
  • 30 hours per week (negotiable). Permanent
  • Benefits including hybrid working options


This is a new role in a really impactful, empowering and supportive values-led environment. This is not a typical business development role but rather an exciting opportunity to have a more strategic approach by starting with learning, policy and research rather than chasing funding opportunities.

There is specific work to share the approach and impact of our £2m 5-year Lifting Neighbourhoods Together approach with a wider audience in the public and third sectors.

This is a diverse role in a diverse organisation. Community Renewal Trust has 45 staff and a wide array of work in neighbourhoods and social enterprises. This includes: two neighbourhood teams delivering a whole-person, whole-neighbourhood approach; two food pantries; a team of Roma staff supporting Scotland’s Roma with advice and community development; a consultancy social enterprise; and Caledonia Funeral Aid.

Our focus is on ending poverty for households and whole-neighbourhoods, not just tacking poverty or mitigating poverty; our learning about this from both successes and failures is extremely relevant and needs to be shared widely.

Because this is a new role we are open to suggestions and negotiating options for this post.

Application notes

Please send a two-page CV. While you are free to attach a short covering letter, we only require all applicants to answer the following three questions which must be answered as separate sections and within the word limit:

  1. Evidence of learning, research, policy or influence skills. Please set out examples in which you can demonstrate that you have created or used evidence of impact and research/learning to seek to influence people in national/local government, public bodies, funders or third sector practitioners. We are open to any examples but ideally looking for examples more relevant to our work and showing your experience reaching the right people in the right way with the right messages. (Max 1 side A4).
  2. Relationships. Please set out your thoughts based on your experience of your preferred approach to identifying, creating and maintaining strategic trusted relationships with people from national/local government, public bodies, funders and third sector partners. (Max ½ side A4)
  3. Evidence of business development skills. Please give brief evidence of your successful experiences in business development and or fundraising. We are looking to understand what is your most relevant experience and some detail on the scope, scale and variety of your experiences. (Max ½ page A4).

This should be sent to

DEADLINE: 10am 25 March 2024