Are you an enterprising individual with experience of working in and with community organisations and social enterprises?
Would you like to have a positive impact in a growing start-up with a culture based upon trust and autonomy and which has big plans for the future of the South of Scotland?
Are you excited by the prospect of working for an organisation that is committed to helping you manage your busy lifestyle by offering flexible working opportunities that work for both you and us?
If you’ve answered yes to the above questions, read on…
South of Scotland Enterprise (also known as SOSE) is the newly established Economic and Community Development Agency for the Scottish Borders and Dumfries and Galloway.
We were established by the Scottish Government in recognition of the unique circumstances of the South of Scotland, and the need for a fresh approach to drive inclusive growth across the area.
We are the first of Scotland’s public agencies to promote a wider view on the economy and how it impacts all we do. Jobs, businesses, communities, and the environment are all equally important to us. We want to make sure that everyone has an opportunity to fulfil their ambitions, no matter who or where they are.
What You’ll Do Day-to-Day
As a Community Development Adviser, you will be involved in a huge variety of interesting projects. This may include things like community asset development projects, or new product/service design and delivery, supporting and advising clients on how best to move forward, and assisting them to develop their vision, mission, and strategy.
You’ll be responding to enquiries from social enterprise and community organisations, as well as sign posting them to other, more appropriate support agencies as necessary. You’ll undertake due diligence around funding requests, assessing clients’ needs and how their activities will contribute to the objectives of SOSE and the economy of the South, then making recommendations to the Senior Management Team.
The Skills and Personal Attributes You’ll Need to Have
You’ll be a commercially focused relationship builder at heart, able to forge consultative partnerships with organisations within the community development sector. Ideally, you will have experience of managing a social enterprise or community organisation, or extensive experience of advising people on how to set-up and/or manage successful businesses or social enterprises. You’ll also have experience of supporting organisations to generate their own commercial income to become financially sustainable.
What We’ll Offer You
We offer a competitive and varied reward package, designed to cover your wellbeing, your lifestyle, your working life, and your future, including 43 days holiday annually and a generous pension contribution. Our salary ranges are designed to be competitive and new entrants will normally start on the minimum of the pay range, except in exceptional circumstances. We want to make sure that what we offer helps you to fit your work around your life, not the other way around.
At South of Scotland Enterprise, we celebrate and support differences. We are an equal opportunity employer, dedicated to offering equal employment opportunities regardless of race, colour, ancestral heritage, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability, gender identity and expression, or veteran status. If you need any adjustments to support your application, such as information in alternative formats or special requirements to access our buildings, or if you’re eligible under The Disability Confident Scheme please contact us and we’ll do all we can to support you.
Due to COVID-19, all our staff are currently working from home until further notice and guidance from Scottish Government, although we do expect to move to a hybrid way of working once restrictions allow. As such, one of our main hub locations (Dumfries, Selkirk or Stranraer) should be within reasonable commuting distance of your home address. Additionally, we are able to offer a competitive relocation package for those who do not currently live within (or close to) the region.
To enable you to do your job to the best of your ability, IT equipment will be delivered to your home to make the onboarding process as seamless as possible.
This role is full time and permanent, although we will consider alternative working patterns.
Area of Expertise:Community Development
Driving Licence required:Yes/Preferred