About the Role
An exciting and unique opportunity is available for a highly motivated individual to join Digital Xtra Fund as a Community & Grants Officer. The Officer will support grant recipients in achieving their targets, outcome and objectives and explore new opportunities to engage young people in tech. The ideal candidate will have experience working with young people or in schools/organisations who deliver STEM lessons/programmes and a passion for technologies.
The Officer's main focusses will be to i) help foster increased collaboration between the Fund’s industry partners and grant recipients and ii) assist grant recipients to better explore and understand concepts such as ethics of technology, tech for good, and the importance of meta-skills, such as adaptability and creativity, alongside technical skills. This role will play an important part in expanding the Fund’s impact and increasing its future success.
Digital Xtra Fund is happy to discuss flexible working including working from home, reduced hours, compressed hours, and flexitime.
The role’s responsibilities will include, but not necessarily be limited to:
• Helping facilitate increased collaboration between industry partners and grant recipients including employee engagement opportunities or in-kind donations (33%);
• Developing materials and assisting grant recipients to better understand concepts such as ethics of technology, tech for good, and the importance of meta-skills alongside technical skills (33%);
• Assisting the Partnerships & Development Manager with optimising the end-to-end delivery of the grants cycle including planning, promotion, delivery, evaluations, and reporting to ensure targets are met (10%);
• Assisting with the Fund’s marketing and communications (8%);
• Assisting the Partnerships & Development Manager with organising events or similar opportunities with supported initiatives/partners/key stakeholders to facilitate networking and knowledge sharing (6%);
• Exploring any other opportunities or collaborations to support digital skills for young people in Scotland (10%)
• Please note that occasional travel within Scotland will be required.
• Experience working/volunteering with an organisation that actively engages young people in science, technology, engineering or maths (STEM) or a teacher/educator with experience in STEM. It is essential that you can demonstrate experience in this area or an above average knowledge of digital technologies.
• Excellent communication skills with the ability to relate to a variety of organisations from grassroots community groups, charities, and schools to larger businesses, industry partners or government departments
• Excellent administrative and organisational skills
• Innovative with the ability to take initiative and work with a team and independently
• Excellent computer literacy with knowledge of Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
• Understanding of concepts such as ethics of technology, tech for good, and meta-skills (Skills 4.0 – A skills model to drive Scotland’s future)
• Knowledge of or experience in the digital economy
• Familiarity with educational technology and/or tech initiatives aimed at young people aged 16 years and under
• Experience working with a grants provider and/or an education/youth organisation
• Full UK Drivers Licence for occasional travel within Scotland
• Passionate about the importance of STEM education for young people
• Proactive self-starter who takes initiative
• Enthusiastic and positive
• Methodical and strategic thinking in approach to work
• Projects a professional image of the Charity at all times
• £25,000 per annum (one-year full time contract with potential to renew dependent on funding)
• Flexible working options available including working from home, working outwith normal working hours and reduced hours/days (salary would be prorated accordingly)
• Match employee pension contributions to a maximum 5%
• Onsite parking and gym at office in Linlithgow
• Holiday entitlement of twenty-five (25) days per year in addition to eight (8) Scottish public holidays
About Digital Xtra Fund
Digital Xtra Fund supports extracurricular activities across Scotland which boost interest in computing and technology among young people and provide a clearer understanding of the types and range of careers in the digital economy.
In March 2017, the Fund became a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO) enabling it to partner with a wide range of industry partners. Since its inception, the Fund has awarded £660,000 to 80 initiatives across the country and helped engage over 38,000 young people in technology. Summaries of previous initiatives and activities supported by the Fund can be found under the Grants tab on the Digital Xtra Fund website.
The goal of Digital Xtra Fund is for every young person in Scotland to have access to innovative and creative digital tech activities regardless of gender, background, or where they live, and understand the range of careers these skills will provide. The aims of Digital Xtra Fund are to:
· inspire young people to understand and create with technology, not simply use it
· enable exciting extracurricular digital tech activities across Scotland
· engage industry experts with young people to help contextualise digital skills