Winchburgh Community Development Trust
Winchburgh Community Development Trust

Charity registered in Scotland SC048619

The Trust is a community led group, run by local people, to identify and deliver improvements to the community to make it an even better place to live. We aim to bring together the all opportunities and potential from the new development with the real strengths of the existing community.

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Development and Engagement Officer

  • Full time
  • £25,000 – £27,500
  • Winchburgh
  • Closing 29th November 2021

Winchburgh Community Development Trust (WCDT) is a company limited by guarantee and registered as a charity (SC 048619). It was set up in November 2016 by the community for community benefit. There is a Board of Trustee Directors supported by a Company Secretary and a Book Keeper.

The current vision of the Trust is:“To take the old shale village of Winchburgh into the future through community engagement, keeping its spirit and history alive, creating sustainable growth and enterprise - a village with heart that offers opportunities for residents and a welcoming destination for visitors.”

Winchburgh is undergoing significant changes including major housing developments, new schools, transport links and a new town centre. One of the key elements of this role will be to ensure community cohesion throughout this transition.

WCDT aims to ensure life in the community is the best it can be for everyone, enabling people to live happy, healthy lives with equality of opportunity as we transition from a village to a small town.

The ambition of WCDT is set out in the 2019 Local Place Framework Plan, based on a previous Community Study which details key issues identified by the community:

  • bringing people together
  • employment
  • look and feel of public spaces
  • community spaces
  • activities
  • history and heritage

Purpose of Job

This is a new post, offering an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic and motivated individual to further the work of WCDT. Working closely with the community, you will develop various projects in line with WCDT’s planning framework. Being able to work on your own, you will have a demonstratable understanding of community development, and a positive, solution focussed attitude.

Main Tasks/Job Activities

  • Update and deliver potential projects listed in Appendix 3 of the Local Place Framework Plan These include:
    • Manage and support the development of the new community web portal
    • Co-ordinating an events programme for the community
    • Restarting a History and Heritage Group to gather information and archive materials.
  • Engage with the community, ensuring bottom up approach via community consultation
  • Develop partnerships with local community members, groups and businesses
  • Represent WCDT at meetings with Council, developers etc.
  • Promote the work of WCDT, raising the profile of WCDT within the community
  • Monitoring and evaluation in line with funding requirements
  • Support funding bids to continue and develop the work of WCDT
  • Support the Treasurer in keeping of financial records
  • Provide high quality reports for the Board and community as required

Knowledge, skills and abilities

Essential

  • Experience of community development or social enterprise work
  • Excellent communication skills, written and verbal
  • Good interpersonal skills, able to engage with a diverse range of people and stakeholders and form positive working relationships
  • Ability to work in partnership with other organisations, groups and individuals
  • Able to work on own and as part of a wider team
  • Understanding of fundraising options and processes
  • Good working knowledge of social media
  • Ability to manage own workload with good organisational skills
  • Planning skills, ability to develop work plans, set realistic goals and deliver priorities
  • Experience of volunteer support and management.

Desirable

  • Understanding of community development competencies
  • Involvement in community engagement
  • Previous success in writing funding bids
  • Experience of project management
  • Experience of participatory research / action led research
  • Knowledge of information management

Other requirements

  • Occasionally some weekend /evening working will be required

Support and Management

The post will be supported by the Board of Directors, with a nominated Director as the main point of contact. There will be regular meetings with the link Director. The post holder will be expected to present reports to Board meetings.

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Responsible to:Board of Directors

Hours/contract:35 hours per week. Some weekend and evenings will be required. Hours of work are flexible and can be negotiated subject to the needs of the project. At least initially, the working week will be split between working from an identified space in the community and working from home. 2 year fixed term appointment including a 6 month probationary period.

20 days paid leave per annum plus 10 public holidays.

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