The Donaldson Trust
The Donaldson Trust

Charity registered in Scotland SC017417

We are Scotland's leading charity for neurodiversity.

Current vacancies

Finance Manager

  • Full time
  • £40,000 – £45,000
  • Linlithgow/hybrid working
  • Closing 7th December 2022

The Donaldson Trust (“Donaldsons”) is Scotland’s leading charity for neurodiversity. We pride ourselves on our person-centred approach and expertise, recognising the importance of tailored, flexible support services so we can truly meet the individual needs of neurodivergent children, young people and adults.

We are on a journey to excellence with the purpose of promoting and encouraging neurodivergent people to realise their potential and are looking to recruit into the business critical role of Finance Manager. Overseeing the finance function, you will directly support the strategic decision making process through the provision of meaningful financial information and analysis, ensuring the organisation operates sustainably and efficiently meeting key organisational objectives. Developing and maintaining effective relationships with key budget holders across the organisation, our new Finance Manager will oversee the annual budget process, preparation of both monthly management and annual statutory accounts and support our future growth plans through the provision of accurate cost models and financial forecasts.

A qualified accountant, or finalist, you will have a proven track record of robust financial management including the ability to get “behind the numbers” and present information and supporting analysis to both finance and non-financial audiences to allow well-informed decisions. An accomplished communicator with the ability to ‘talk finance’ in a language that the business understands, the successful candidate will be able to demonstrate direct previous involvement in developing effective relationships with internal budget holders. Direct experience of continuous improvement, developing robust financial controls, systems and procedures and embedding best practice as appropriate would be beneficial, but not essential.

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Freelance Tutors

  • Full time or Part time
  • Sessional
  • Linlithgow
  • Closing 25th June 2021

The Trust is seeking dynamic, creative, and engaging individuals to join our pool of freelance tutors and trainers, working across our range of services to support learning, skills development and wellbeing.

You will have the passion and capability to support others to develop skills and improve their ability to fulfil their potential, ensuring a person-centred approach to meet individual needs. Prior experience of working with people with neurodiversities would be advantageous.

It is important that you have strong expertise and knowledge in your specific subject area and or practical experience to within an education of training service. We are particularly interested in tutors/trainers in the following subject areas:

  • Mathematics and English tutors up to and including Higher Grade
  • Digital/IT/gaming
  • Horticulture
  • Woodwork/Design
  • Arts/Crafts/Pottery
  • Cooking/baking/confectionary
  • Photography/film/animation
  • Creative writing
  • Music
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Learning and Wellbeing Practitioners

  • Full time
  • £19,027
  • Linlithgow
  • Closing 25th June 2021

The Trust is seeking agile, collaborative, and resilient individuals to support the learning and wellbeing of people of all ages with a wide range of individualised support needs, ensuring the highest quality of care.

You will assist with the planning and delivery of a range of activities that support the achievement of personalised learning goals and developmental and wellbeing outcomes. Key responsibilities of this role include supporting learning and wellbeing through person centred planning and delivery of a programme of activities and the development of skills, ensuring that the dignity and welfare of those who use our services is maintained at all times and working proactively to support and develop positive behaviour attitudes and improved self-esteem.

You will bring to the role prior experience of experience of working with children, young people and /or adults with neurodiversities and individualised needs. A professional qualification in Additional Support Needs or equivalent would be advantageous and you must have a demonstrable commitment to your own continuous development.

A calm and empathetic approach is essential along a flexible attitude and ability to respond positively to the needs of those who use our services.

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Teacher

  • Full time
  • £28,113 – £42,336
  • Linlithgow
  • Closing 10th July 2022

Are you a passionate, driven, creative individual with commitment to quality service delivery and continuous improvement?

The Donaldson Trust is Scotland’s leading charity for neurodiversity. Our Learning Services comprise Sensational Learning Centre, VIBE and Treehouse. We are on a journey to excellence with the purpose of promoting and encouraging children and young people with additional support needs to realise their potential.

You will deliver quality education, planning and assessment to assigned pupils and contribute to the professional, collegiate life of the school and Donaldson Trust. You will create a motivating learning environment and programmes of work which take account of individual pupil needs.

A strong understanding of safeguarding, and demonstrable interest in working with children and young people with additional support needs and neurodiversity are essential.

The post is subject to GTCS registration and PVG Scheme Record/Update for regulated work with children.

The post is based in Linlithgow Campus.

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Executive Assistant

  • Full time
  • £27,300
  • Linlithgow
  • Closing 19th September 2022

Are you a passionate, driven and proactive individual, with commitment to quality and continuous improvement?

The Donaldson Trust is Scotland’s leading charity for neurodiversity. We are on a journey to excellence with the purpose of promoting and encouraging children, young people adults with additional support needs to realise their potential.

We are looking for an Executive Assistant to provide effective support to the Chief Executive Officer and the Board of Trustees, manage the CEO’s diary and commitments and support strategic and operational planning and initiatives. You will liaise with external and internal stakeholders, representing the CEO and promoting the Trust’s mission, ethos and values.

You will have experience of providing executive level support, excellent organisation and time management skills and great attention to detail. Strong communication and interpersonal skills and ability to build positive and professional relationships are essential.

We support flexible working and invite applications for full or part time hours for this post.

The role can be carried out primarily from home, occasional attendance at our Linlithgow campus for face to face meetings will be required.

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Top job! Director of Services

  • Full time
  • £55,000 – £60,000
  • Linlithgow/Hybrid Working
  • Closing 31st October 2022

The Donaldson Trust (“Donaldsons”) is Scotland’s leading charity for neurodiversity. We pride ourselves on our person-centred approach and expertise, recognising the importance of tailored, flexible support services so we can truly meet the individual needs of neurodivergent children, young people and adults.

Our 2019 strategy sets out our ambition to become the national body for neurodiversity in Scotland and we are on a journey to excellence with the purpose of promoting and encouraging neurodivergent people to realise their potential. The newly created role of Director of Services carries strategic significance to our organisation and will impact significantly on the future direction and focus of our organisation.

Playing a crucial role in supporting neurodivergent children, young people and adults, our new Director of Services will ensure Donaldsons continues to provide relevant quality services that meet both current and future needs. Embedding best practice, you will ensure our services ultimately deliver the best outcomes for those we support whilst building both our sustainability and reputation. As an active member of the Executive Team, the Director of Services will work collaboratively and directly contribute to the development of strategies and operational plans that ensure the achievement of Donaldsons’ key priorities.

An inspiring, solutions-focused and forward-thinking leader, you will bring relevant experience in developing, delivering and growing person-centred services coupled with knowledge of the local authority funding environment and national policy, driving service development and funding. Perhaps more importantly, our new Director of Services needs to bring a strong desire to embrace innovation and encourage both internal and external stakeholders alike to think differently in relation to how neurodivergent children, young people and adults are supported more effectively.

Our vision is to be the most respected organisation for the services offered to neurodivergent people in Scotland – if you want to be part of this please review the full role profile provided below or contact Douglas Adam at Livingston James, our retained recruitment partner, via donaldsons@livingstonjames.com to learn more.

Donaldsons is an equal opportunities employer and positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status or pregnancy and maternity.

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Marketing and Communications Lead

  • Full time
  • £37,500
  • Hybrid working / Linlithgow
  • Closing 28th November 2022

We are looking for an ambitious, driven, and passionate Marketing and Communications Lead, who is strategically minded yet hands on. This is a fantastic opportunity to genuinely make a difference and know each day that the work you do has true purpose.

The Donaldson Trust (“Donaldsons”) is Scotland’s leading charity for neurodiversity. We pride ourselves on our person-centred approach and expertise, recognising the importance of tailored, flexible support services so we can truly meet the individual needs of neurodivergent children, young people and adults.

Our 2019 strategy sets out our ambition to become the national body for neurodiversity in Scotland, this newly created role is an important step on our journey to excellence.

The Marketing and Communications Lead will develop, design and deliver innovative marketing and communications strategies and campaigns to build awareness of Donaldsons’ brand and services, engage with multiple target audiences and support the charity to achieve its strategic and operational priorities. Building our online and social media presence is a key initial focus for development and growth.

You will have experience of planning and delivery of marketing and communications campaigns, strong writing skills and attention to detail. With strong interpersonal, collaborative and project management skills, you will be highly self-motivated and demonstrate a positive “can do” attitude.

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Wellbeing Services Lead

  • Full time
  • £37,500
  • Linlithgow
  • Closing 30th November 2022

We are looking for a passionate and solutions focused Wellbeing Services Lead keen to take on a new challenge and really make a difference.

The Donaldson Trust (“Donaldsons”) is Scotland’s leading charity for neurodiversity. We pride ourselves on our person-centred approach and expertise, recognising the importance of tailored, flexible support services so we can truly meet the individual needs of neurodivergent children, young people and adults.

Our 2019 strategy sets out our ambition to become the national body for neurodiversity in Scotland, this newly created role is an important step in our journey to excellence.

The Wellbeing Services Lead will lead the operational management and further development our Wellbeing Services for young people, ensuring best practice and highest standard of safeguarding. While initially focused on our Vibe service in Linlithgow, the postholder will be responsible for all our Wellbeing Services developed nationally.

You will play a key part in supporting a team of Wellbeing Practitioners to develop and implement person centred and outcome focused practice, driving a culture of quality and continuous improvement.

You will have experience of managing services in a related field, strong approach to quality, performance management and improvement, and ability to define measures of success. With strong communication, collaborative and influencing skills, you will have a track record of leading, managing and developing effective teams.

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