Top job! Head of Development - Scotland

  • Full time
  • £40,000 – £45,000
  • Remote: Home
  • Closing 28th July 2024

  • Advertised from 3rd July 2024
  • 35 Hours/ week. 18 Month Fixed Term.


The Organisation

Do you believe in the power of dogs to help transform people’s lives?

Dogs for Good believes that dogs, and the bond shared with them, can help people become happier, healthier, and more independent. This is an exciting time to engage with the organisation as it embarks on an ambitious new strategy to adopt a more community-led model, with a greater emphasis on training, education, and advocacy. Over the next five years, this approach aims to enhance their impact in three priority areas: improving the quality of life for people and dogs; increasing understanding of the value of connections with dogs; and fostering a more inclusive society.

Having developed a strong presence in Scotland, in partnership with Alzheimer Scotland over the past decade, Dogs for Good is excited to have secured funding to further develop and expand this work. This initiative forms a core part of their new strategy, which focuses on building community ties to enhance services and support more people, with Scotland playing a leading role.

Thanks to the generosity of a large grant, we are delighted to launch this exciting new role for Head of Development - Scotland.

The Role

Thanks to the generosity of a large grant, we are delighted to launch this exciting new role for Head of Development - Scotland.

The role involves leading the development and expansion of Dogs for Good’s work in Scotland, ensuring engagement with relevant team members and partners to maximise success. Key responsibilities include updating the 2019 business case overview to assess feasibility and demand, managing the current partnership with Alzheimer Scotland for the Dementia Dog project, and researching and developing new delivery partnerships and funding opportunities specific to Scotland.

Additionally, the role requires creating a volunteer model to support work in Scotland, in collaboration with the Head of Volunteering and Community Engagement. Establishing a communications plan to promote Dogs for Good in Scotland and engage new audiences is also essential. Line management of the team in Scotland is a critical aspect, providing training and support for staff and volunteers as well as tracking and measuring progress against key targets and ensuring alignment with organisational plans for hub development.

The key deliverables include an updated feasibility project and development plan for Scotland, continued development of the Dementia Dog project, establishing strong links with new delivery partners, securing income from new funding sources, promoting the Dogs for Good brand in Scotland, and ensuring that objectives in Scotland align with the wider organisational hub plans.

The successful candidate will bring together the knowledge and experience of colleagues to lead the design and strategic planning for Dogs for Good’s work across Scotland. With experience in community-led practice, network development, and/or partnership building, this role is ideal for a self-starter with an interest in innovative social and healthcare outcomes at the community level.

The role is home-based, within Scotland, with occasional travel across Scotland, and to the centre in Banbury.

If you think you can thrive in this role and possess the desired traits and capabilities, please do not hesitate to get in touch by following the below steps to either submit your application or speak with the hiring manager for further information.

Application notes

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Closing Date: Midnight, Sunday 28th July

First Interview Date: 12th August - Virtual

Second Interview Date: 20th August - In Person

You are advised to get in touch well in advance of the closing date to give us time to consider your application.

This search is being conducted exclusively for Dogs for Good by BTA (Bruce Tait Associates). Our leadership team have all worked in the voluntary sector and we use this experience to match organisations and individuals to create great appointments.

We are committed to building and sustaining an inclusive and equitable working environment for all staff. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age; ethnicity; gender; gender identity and expression; nationality; parental status; physical, mental and developmental abilities; race; religion; sexual orientation; skin colour; socioeconomic status; and human styles.