Recruitment

JOB OPPORTUNITY:

SELF-EMPLOYED COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT OFFICER (PART-TIME)

Lochwinnoch Community Development Trust is looking to take on a self-employed, part-time Community Development Officer to support the organisation as we move into an exciting new phase.

We’re looking for a driven, enthusiastic and motivated self-starter with experience in community outreach, fundraising and/or social enterprise, to help support the community of Lochwinnoch across a number of projects, as well as identifying new opportunities for community development. The position is funded through the Scottish Government’s Strengthening Communities Programme.

Duties may vary as the projects the Trust pursues are varied; however, they are likely to include:

  • Researching and assessing the feasibility of potential Trust projects, including community buy outs of disused buildings.
  • Liaising with local council, community organisations, stakeholders, development agencies and potential funders
  • Reporting to the board and other stakeholders
  • Identifying and fostering initiatives to benefit the community as a whole and further the aims of Lochwinnoch CDT
  • Supporting and attending community events to increase outreach
  • Coordinating current activities on our Village Garden site at Lochhead Avenue
  • Market research and business development for income-generating projects, applying for further funding as necessary.
  • Coordination of volunteers and setting up sub-groups to progress viable business and project opportunities. 
  • Ongoing community consultation and engagement to refine the Trust’s vision, recruit volunteers and gain support for activities.
  • Assisting the Yearn Stane Project with our proposed community Asset Transfer of part of Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park

The Community Development Officer will report directly to the Board of Lochwinnoch CDT, and will be based out of The Work Place CIC (39 High Street, Lochwinnoch, PA12 4AB)  in the centre of the village, sharing the space with officers working for LEAP (Local Energy Action Plan), to encourage collaboration and integrate the Development Officer into the community.

PERSON SPECIFICATION

Essential:

  • Experience in community outreach, social enterprise or community development
  • Knowledge of Lochwinnoch, Renfrewshire and the surrounding area
  • Excellent organisational skills and the ability to set and achieve realistic targets.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • Friendly and enthusiastic personality.

Desirable:

  • Educated to degree level, ideally in a relevant field
  • Experience of fundraising
  • Full driving licence
  • Knowledge and experience of working with Development Trusts or community anchor organisations, with a good understanding of how they operate.
  • Knowledge of equality issues, community empowerment and community development. 
  • Own laptop and phone as befitting a self-employed role
  • Experience of working in partnership with local authorities and third sector organisations.

HOURS AND SALARY

This is a contract role offered on a part-time basis, for two financial years minimum term. You will be engaged on a self employed basis for 21 hours per week, with a flexible working pattern, which can be averaged over the period of a month in line with the demands of the role. 

Salary is £16.48 ph with four weeks leave, which is £32,136 FTE. 

The position is guaranteed up until 31/03/2023, with one year extension subject to Scottish Government’s confirmation (annual Comprehensive Spending Review approval). Further extension depending on further funding being available.

APPLICATION

Please send a covering letter and CV to lochwinnochtrust@gmail.com by Wednesday 27 April 2022. Interviews will take place in person or via Zoom between 3-5 May 2022.

Prepared by: Kirstin Innes, Chair of the Board of Directors, Lochwinnoch Community Development Trust, April 2022

Please note: this role profile is not exhaustive. It will be subject to periodic review and may be amended to meet the changing needs of the organisation. The post holder will be expected to participate in this process and Lochwinnoch Community Development Trust would aim to reach agreement to the changes.