Development Trusts Association Scotland
Development Trusts Association Scotland

Charity registered in Scotland SC034231

DTA Scotland is an independent, member-led organisation which aims to promote, support and represent development trusts in Scotland. Established in 2003, DTA Scotland now has over 250 development trust members – community-led organisations using a combination of enterprise and creativity to improve the quality of life for local people in urban, rural and island communities across Scotland. In 2016, DTA Scotland converted to a SCIO (Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation) - No.SC034231.

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Programme and Communications Officer

  • Full time
  • £29,976
  • Anywhere in Scotland with the capacity to come to Edinburgh office once a month
  • Closing 7th May 2021

Community Shares Scotland (a programme of Development Trusts Association Scotland) is looking to recruit a Programme and Communications Officer to join our team.

Community Shares Scotland is a programme to promote and support community shares activity in Scotland, and is now in its 7th year of operation. Community shares are a fundraising solution for community and social enterprises and have helped launch and grow a wide range of thriving community owned businesses. The programme is delivered by DTA Scotland and is jointly funded by the National Lottery Community Fund and the Scottish Government.

This is a great opportunity to join our small, busy team at a time when enthusiasm for and interest in community shares has never been higher. The role will focus on general awareness raising activity, early stage development work with community groups and communications and partnership activity.

We are looking for an individual who has a strong commitment to community and social enterprise. We would also like you to have experience in communications and marketing activity, with strong social media and digital skills. Experience of developing positive relationships with key stakeholders is also important.

You will be joining a small, close-knit team who are forward-thinking, creative and friendly.

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DTAS Communications Manager

  • Part time
  • £34,475 pro-rata
  • Flexible working location although regular travel to Edinburgh office required.
  • Closing 7th June 2021

Responsible to: CEO

Hours: Part-time, 21 hours per week (excluding meal breaks). No overtime paid, but time off in lieu may be taken as appropriate.

Leave: 25 days p/a plus 10 public holidays (pro-rata)

Probationary period: 3 months

DTA Scotland is the national organisation for development trusts with a membership of over 300 dynamic organisations, driving community-led change throughout Scotland. DTAS also runs the Community Ownership Support Service and Community Shares Scotland programmes.

DTAS advises its members and similar organisations to enable them to deliver an enormous range of community-led enterprise and activity from tourism, forestry, community hubs and employability programmes as they often take over ownership of buildings and assets on behalf of their communities. Our activities cover business support, governance training, legal advice, peer to peer learning networks and many other activities all of which build confidence and capacity in communities to deliver projects for social, economic and environmental benefit. We further have a strong advocacy and influencing role in policy development with central and local government, the wider public sector, funders and industry. We are now seeking to appoint an experienced communications professional to help us plan and deliver great communications to members, staff and stakeholders.

Purpose of Post

In particular, the postholder will be expected to contribute directly to:

  • Delivery of the organisational strategic objectives
  • Delivery of communications strategy
  • Coordination and leadership of an internal communications working group

Role & Responsibilities

Key Responsibilities

  • Develop and deliver DTAS’ communications strategy.
  • Maximise DTAS’ and members’ reputation and brand positioning.
  • Lead the development and implementation of DTAS’ approach to external and internal sector communications, engaging with staff in the development of the approach.
  • Support the development of a stakeholder engagement strategy and be responsible for a key funding relationship and its management.
  • Coordinate DTAS’ social media channels, develop creative digital content and liaise with staff and stakeholders across member companies, government, public agencies and other partner organisations
  • Ensure DTAS’ communications priorities are aligned to those of key objectives.
  • Prepare papers, briefs and submissions on key communication issues for DTAS Management team and Board of Directors.
  • Other duties as needed.

The post will involve some travel throughout Scotland meeting the membership and stakeholders. Occasional evening and weekend working may be required though neither are envisaged on a regular basis. This post does not have line management responsibility. Responsible to: CEO


  • A degree or equivalent experience in media studies, journalism, public relations, communications, media design or a related subject.
  • A proven ability to develop and deliver communications and advocacy strategies.
  • Experience of strategic communications planning and/or campaigns and project management.
  • A thorough working knowledge of communications management, media and social media.
  • Confident in representing a high-profile organisation and sector across all media platforms.
  • Excellent communications skills – clear speaking and writing style with a track record of networking, relationship building and presenting internally and externally.
  • Website management and brand management


  • A knowledge of the community/social enterprise sector.
  • Experience of delivering informal training or providing an advisory service.
  • Marketing
  • Knowledge of the Scottish, UK policy, sector and media landscape.
  • Experience of media relations at local, regional and national level.
  • Possession of a full driving license and access to car

The Person

  • Have a strong work ethic, be keen to succeed, and be comfortable talking and communicating within and beyond the team.
  • Be a strategic and creative thinker with a positive attitude.
  • Be comfortable representing DTAS at external meetings with stakeholders.
  • Be highly organised with a methodical approach to work.
  • Flexibility in your approach and willing to take on other work as the sector and external agenda evolves.
  • Demonstrate problem-solving and project management skills.
  • Be a real team player.
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Development Officer x 2

  • Part time
  • £34,406 pro-rata
  • North and Islands + Argyll and Bute
  • Closing 13th September 2021

Role 1: Development Officer North and Islands

Role 2: Development Officer West of Scotland and Argyll and Bute

The role involves the provision of advice and support to DTAS members.

Location is negotiable with an expectation of some home working. Travel will be required

Job Descriptions are available for download below.

Funded by the Scottish Government

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  • Full time
  • £23,002 – £25,239
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 27th September 2021

DTAS is looking for an Administrator to cover a broad range of tasks and responsibilities, ensuring the smooth running of the office on a day-to-day basis. The role would suit someone who is well-organised, motivated and digitally confident, as well as being a people person who enjoys being part of a team and would relish being involved in many areas of the organisation.

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Strengthening Communities Programme Development Officer

  • Full time
  • £34,406
  • Edinburgh, with some home working and travel.
  • Closing 6th December 2021

The role involves the provision of providing information, advice and support to those DTA Scotland members in receipt of Strengthening Communities Programme grant funding.

This post is based in Edinburgh, with some home working and travel.

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Top job! Chief Executive

  • Full time
  • £52,000 – £60,000
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 25th February 2022

Would you relish the opportunity to lead an established and respected national organisation which plays a key role in promoting, supporting and representing a dynamic and growing network of community-led organisations across Scotland? Our member development trusts utilise assets, enterprise and creativity to drive forward local change to benefit communities and the environment.

This is an amazing opportunity for an experienced professional who is highly motivated to lead and develop services on a national scale. You will be a dynamic leader who understands membership organisations and the power of communities and will maintain momentum of network growth and organisational development achieved to date, and consolidate our position around the community ownership, community enterprise and community empowerment agendas in Scotland.

Some of your responsibilities will be:

  • To encourage the growth of new development trusts and build the DTAS membership.
  • To provide information, advice and support to DTAS members, enabling them to become stronger, more effective, more enterprising and more sustainable organisations.
  • To promote the development trust approach and effectively represent the interests of the development trust movement with a range of senior stakeholders.
  • To run the organisation effectively and efficiently and ensure that DTAS reflects the democratic wishes of its members.

The role is perfect for you if you have:

  • Minimum of 5 years senior management experience at strategic level.
  • Experience of engaging with senior stakeholders and leading teams.
  • Understanding of the third/social enterprise/community sector.
  • Understanding of the power of communities (in their diverse settings and capabilities).
  • Experience of a membership body.
  • Strong grasp of financial management and financial reporting, and governance.
  • Record in aspects of fundraising, income generation, procurement, service/project development.
  • Experience of writing reports, policies, business operational plans at a strategic level.


  • Salary package from £52,000 to £60,000, dependent upon experience, plus pension (currently 11.5% employer contribution).
  • 25 days holiday plus 10 public holidays per year.
  • City centre office location in Edinburgh, with travel Scotland-wide (currently also investigating a Glasgow space).
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Strengthening Communities Programme Development Officer

  • Full time
  • £34,406
  • Edinburgh, with some home working and travel
  • Closing 7th March 2022

The role involves the provision of providing information, advice and support to those DTA Scotland members in receipt of Strengthening Communities Programme grant funding.

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Facilities Management Adviser – Community Ownership Support Service

  • Part time
  • £34,406 – £36,298 pro-rata
  • Edinburgh or Glasgow, with some home working and travel
  • Closing 4th April 2022

The Community Ownership Support Service, hosted by Development Trusts Association Scotland is currently looking to fill the following post within the organisation: Facilities Management Adviser – Community Ownership Support Service.

Are you experienced in facilities management and development? Do you want to support organisations to manage their community-owned assets?

We are looking for an adviser in Facilities Management to provide communities with support in the operational, technical and legal requirements of community owned and managed assets, drawing on professional advice as appropriate.

We anticipate that this role will be based in Edinburgh or Glasgow, with some home working and travel.

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Would you love to support community organisations to thrive? Are you an exceptional communicator, able to provide information and develop a range of engaging content?

Development Trusts Association Scotland is looking for a Membership & Engagement Officer (maternity cover) to support communities on their journey towards setting up development trusts. Working as part of the Development Officers’ team, this role will provide advice and information to early-stage development trusts, contribute to the development of resources and communications for established DTA Scotland members, and coordinate a programme of in-person and online networking and learning events.

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Adviser – Community Ownership Support Service

  • Full time
  • £34,406 – £36,298
  • Hybrid working Glasgow office and home
  • Closing 6th June 2022

Are you interested in supporting ambitious community groups take assets into community ownership? Do you have experience of supporting organisations at difference stages of their development? This could include community engagement, organisational development, governance, feasibility/ business planning or financial advice.

We are looking for an Adviser to join our team and contribute to the development and delivery of the Community Ownership Support Service, in particular supporting community transfer, acquisition and development of assets – land and buildings.

We anticipate that this role will be based in Glasgow, covering community groups in the West and the South West of Scotland. It will involve hybrid working from home and office with travel.