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Communities & Rural Development Manager

  • Full time
  • £42,428 – £49,118
  • Grantown on Spey
  • Closing 7th April 2024

  • Advertised from 19th March 2024
  • 36 hrs per week. Fixed Term Contract - 18 months (maternity cover).


About Us:

The Cairngorms National Park (CNP) is the largest national park in the UK, covering 4500km2. It is also a place of sheer abundance, having more high mountain ground than anywhere else in the UK, the largest Caledonian forest, some of Scotland’s purest rivers and finest livestock rearing farmland. It is home to 25 percent of the UK’s rare and endangered species. It is a truly unique place to work, with our dedicated and passionate Rural Development team who are committed to people and nature thriving together.

The Cairngorms National Park Authority (CNPA) was recognised as one of Scotland's top 10 flexible employers and listed in the UK’s Top 100 best not for profit companies to work for; we’re dedicated to both this fantastic landscape and our employees.

We now have an exciting opportunity for a Communities and Rural Development Manager to lead on community engagement, rural development and community empowerment activity within the Park Authority.


CNPA is an inclusive organisation and we welcome applications from everyone irrespective of sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, race, religion and belief, pregnancy and maternity, relationship status, disability, age and social class. We particularly welcome applications from individuals from Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities, disabled and LGBTQ+ communities, as they are under-represented in the environment sector.

We are Disability Confident committed employer, if you are an applicant with disabilities who meets the essential requirements of the post, we will interview you. In all circumstances CNPA appoints on merit-based evidence the applicant supplies in meeting the essential criteria for the post.

The Role:

As the Communities and Rural Development Manager you will lead on community engagement, rural development and community empowerment activity within the Park Authority, creating opportunities for people living and working in local communities to actively contribute to the aims of the National Park.

You will play a key role in ensuring our Cairngorms 2030 programme engages the right audiences and delivers on its commitments to communities across all 20 projects. You will also champion equalities, diversity and inclusion and build meaningful relationships with a range of under-represented communities across the National Park.

So, if you are keen to be the Communities and Rural Development Manager and you can display the skills and experience listed here, this is the role you’ve been waiting for.

CNPA Benefits:

  • Civil service pension scheme
  • 25 days annual leave, increasing to 30 days with service, plus Public Holidays
  • Professional development
  • Flexible working
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Use of pool cars

About You:

To be considered as our Communities and Rural Development Manager you’ll need:

  • Experience of leading on engagement and facilitation within a community setting, including innovative methods of engagement and reaching a variety of audiences.
  • Experience of working with, and delivering through, community development trusts / community companies and similar organisations.
  • Understanding of key principles and practices of community development and engagement, including the wider policy context and legal framework.
  • Experience of line managing a team.
  • Proven ability to resolve conflicts, problem solve and manage expectations.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Knowledge and experience of project and budget management.
  • Computer and IT literate.
  • Full UK driving licence or access to a driver if disability prevents driving.
  • Permission to work in the UK

Application notes

To apply, please visit our website.

Please note, we do not accept Curriculum Vitae (CV).

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Closing Date: 23:59pm, Sunday 7 April 2024

Interview Date: Wednesday 1 May 2024