The Robertson Trust
The Robertson Trust

Charity registered in Scotland SC002970

The Robertson Trust is one of the leading grant-making charitable trusts in Scotland. Our overall aim as an organisation is to improve the quality of life and realise the potential of people and communities in Scotland. In 2017/18 the Trust awarded over £20 million in grants to Scottish charities and bursaries to students at university and further education college.

Current vacancies

The Each and Every Child initiative is a new programme of work which aims to tell a compelling story about children and young people in the care system, transforming the current public narrative and mobilising people at all levels in the community to take action to improve their life chances. Informed by robust research and the established practice of ‘reframing’, the initiative will create the scale that is needed to influence public opinion and make a positive difference to the lives of children and young people. A small staff team will be established which will have the focus and expertise to coordinate this work, support networks and lead the strategic development of the initiative, creating a significant profile for reframing in Scotland. The staff team will be supported by an active Management Group which will oversee the strategic direction of the work. More information on the initiative can be found in the recruitment brief on The Robertson Trust website. The post will usually be based at The Robertson Trust’s Glasgow office and may require some travel. For the foreseeable period, the role will require working from home, in line with Government guidelines.

The Each and Every Child Initiative is a partnership project between CELCIS, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, Life Changes Trust, The Robertson Trust, Scottish Government and Social Work Scotland, and will be hosted by The Robertson Trust. The Trust is the largest independent grant-making trust in Scotland with the vision of a fair and compassionate Scotland where everyone is valued and able to flourish. The Trust has recently launched a new 10-year strategy which will focus on helping improve the lives of people and communities with experience of poverty, trauma or both.

The closing date is 26 October 2020. Initial interviews will be held on Wednesday 18 November. Second interviews will take place on Tuesday 1 December and are likely to include a skills-based task and an informal conversation with people with experience of care. All interviews will take place remotely through video conferencing.

The Role

· Lead, develop and manage the design and delivery of the initiative, in conjunction with the Management Group

· Develop strong relationships with key stakeholder groups and be the spokesperson for the programme and the approach

· Line manage the Programme Coordinator

The Individual

· Experience of having developed and delivered multi-disciplinary strategic marketing and communications plans and of running national communications, marketing or advertising campaigns

· Excellent communicator, with strong influencing and relationship-building skills and demonstratable ability to work alongside and support a diverse range of stakeholder groups (young people, families, communities, professional groups, senior leaders)

· Knowledge of children’s services, public services and/or the care system in Scotland

Benefits

· 35 days holiday per calendar year (FTE)

· Pension - 10% employer contribution or 14% if employee contribution is 7%

· Death in Service 4 x salary or 8 x salary if employee contribution to pension

· BUPA healthcare

· Annual Travel Pass Loan

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Each and Every Child Initiative Programme Coordinator

  • Full time
  • £29,964
  • Robertson House, Glasgow
  • Closing 26th October 2020

The Each and Every Child initiative is a new programme of work which aims to tell a compelling story about children and young people in the care system, transforming the current public narrative and mobilising people at all levels in the community to take action to improve their life chances. Informed by robust research and the established practice of ‘reframing’, the initiative will create the scale that is needed to influence public opinion and make a positive difference to the lives of children and young people. A small staff team will be established which will have the focus and expertise to coordinate this work, support networks and lead the strategic development of the initiative, creating a significant profile for reframing in Scotland. The staff team will be supported by an active Management Group which will oversee the strategic direction of the work. More information on the initiative can be found in the recruitment brief on The Robertson Trust website. The post will usually be based at The Robertson Trust’s Glasgow office and may require some travel. For the foreseeable period, the role will require working from home, in line with Government guidelines.

The Each and Every Child Initiative is a partnership project between CELCIS, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, Life Changes Trust, The Robertson Trust, Scottish Government and Social Work Scotland, and will be hosted by The Robertson Trust. The Trust is the largest independent grant-making trust in Scotland with the vision of a fair and compassionate Scotland where everyone is valued and able to flourish. The Trust has recently launched a new 10-year strategy which will focus on helping improve the lives of people and communities with experience of poverty, trauma or both.

The closing date is 26 October 2020. Initial interviews will be held on Friday 20 November. Second interviews will take place on Thursday 3 December and are likely to include a skills-based task and an informal conversation with people with experience of care. All interviews will take place remotely through video conferencing.

The Role

• Work closely with the Programme Director to facilitate the delivery of the Initiative’s objectives including leading and delivering all administrative duties

• Supporting communication of programme materials and the coordination of programme activities and events

• Developing robust systems and processes to ensure the smooth delivery of the programme

The Individual

• Highly organised and experienced in applying project management approaches in order to support monitoring, reporting and action planning

• Experience of meeting/event coordination, organisation and planning, and of facilitating workshops/groups

• Strong communicator with the ability to engage a diverse group of stakeholders

• Values driven, flexible and passionate about testing new ways of working to make positive change

Benefits

· 35 days holiday per calendar year (FTE)

· Pension - 10% employer contribution or 14% if employee contribution is 7%

· Death in Service 4 x salary or 8 x salary if employee contribution to pension

· BUPA healthcare

· Annual Travel Pass Loan

Shortlist

Each and Every Child Initiative – Management Group roles (2 roles, paid)

  • Management Board
  • Sessional
  • Robertson House, Glasgow
  • Closing 26th October 2020

The Each and Every Child initiative is a new programme of work which aims to tell a compelling story about children and young people in the care system, transforming the current public narrative and mobilising people at all levels in the community to take action to improve their life chances. Informed by robust research and the established practice of ‘reframing’, the initiative will create the scale that is needed to influence public opinion and make a positive difference to the lives of children and young people. A small staff team will be established which will have the focus and expertise to coordinate this work, support networks and lead the strategic development of the initiative, creating a significant profile for reframing in Scotland. The staff team will be supported by an active Management Group which will oversee the strategic direction of the work. More information on the initiative can be found in the recruitment brief on The Robertson Trust website.

Management Group

The Each and Every Child Initiative is a partnership project between CELCIS, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, Life Changes Trust, The Robertson Trust, Scottish Government and Social Work Scotland, and will be hosted by The Robertson Trust. These partners will make up the Management Group. In addition, in order to make sure the voice of lived experience can influence the strategic direction of Each and Every Child, the partners intend to recruit two care experienced individuals to join the Management Group.

It is expected that the Management Group will meet four times per year. We will also expect the recruits to these roles to attend an induction session and other training/development opportunities as appropriate (depending on experience). In addition, there is the time required to prepare for meetings. In total we expect a maximum commitment of 10 days per year.

The partners plan to work flexibly; we are currently using online platforms for our meetings and all Management Group members will have the option to join meetings remotely in the future, regardless of the public health situation. We are also considering the timing of meetings (e.g. evening meetings may be possible) to offer greater flexibility.

The Role

· Offer a lived experience perspective to the work of the Management Group, ensuring that the strategic direction of the initiative is consistently informed by care experience

· Work closely with other Management Group members to review the progress of the initiative and to facilitate connections with key networks/individuals/organisations as required

· Champion the work of the initiative

The Individuals

· Experience of communications, campaigning or influencing work

· Interest in the reframing approach and willingness to learn more

· Knowledge of the wider sector relating to care experience

· Board or committee experience desirable

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Receptionist / Administrator

  • Part time
  • £19,584 pro-rata
  • Glasgow
  • Closing 17th February 2020

The Robertson Trust is one of the leading grant-making charitable trusts in Scotland. Our overall aim as an organisation is to improve the quality of life and realise the potential of people and communities in Scotland. In 2018/19, the Trust awarded over £18 million in grants to Scottish charities and bursaries to students at university and further education college. In late 2019, The Barracks conference centre and charity hub was opened in Stirling adding to the existing charity hub and meeting room space available in Robertson House, Glasgow. In 2020 we will be introducing a new strategy for the organisation.

Job Purpose

To work as part of a team to ensure a consistently high standard in how visitors and telephone calls are welcomed to Robertson House, Glasgow and maintain the meeting room booking system.

·The Robertson Trust require an experienced Receptionist / Administrator reporting directly to the Facilities & ICT Manager. As our Receptionist / Administrator is the first point of contact for visitors and incoming calls, to be successful in this role you must be professional and approachable with a ‘happy to help’ and ‘can do’ attitude, always providing excellent customer service. The role is to ensure that reception runs smoothly as well as dealing with admin and facilities elements of the role. Flexibility to work additional days on an ad hoc basis to cover holidays / illness at Glasgow and Stirling sites.

You will be responsible for the following:

·Welcoming visitors in a courteous, friendly and professional manner directing them accordingly

·Operate switchboard directing incoming calls in a prompt and professional manner

·Maintain safety and security by complying with procedures and regulations, and controlling access - manage visitor logbook and issue visitor badges and security fobs

·Manage booking system for the Barracks Conference Centre and all meeting rooms for both internal and external users

·Support tenants by distributing incoming mail and deliveries

·Manage contractors, by gathering tenders and ensuring quality of work

  • Manage facilities helpdesk and assign/action tasks
  • Organise first aid and fire safety training sessions

·Chief Fire Warden and First Aider (training provided)

·Ensure reception area is tidy and presentable

·Various adhoc duties, as required

Personal Skills

·Proven work experience as a Receptionist or front of house role

·Excellent communication and organisational skills

·Excellent time-management skills and ability to multi-task

·Ability to be resourceful and proactive when issues arise

·Have a professional, flexible and adaptable attitude

·Composed under pressure

·Proficiency in Microsoft Office

·Experience of room booking software (VenueOps or similar) - desirable

What you can expect:

·£19,584 FTE

·35 days holiday per calendar year FTE

·Pension - 10% employer contribution or 14% if employee contribution is 7%

·Death in Service 4 x salary or 8 x salary if employee contribution to pension

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This vacancy has now closed

Trustees

  • Management Board
  • Unpaid
  • Glasgow
  • Closing 6th April 2020

The Robertson Trust is the largest independent grant-making trust in Scotland with the vision of a fair and compassionate Scotland where everyone is valued and able to flourish. It has donated more than £263 million to charitable causes in Scotland since 1961. It is currently finalising a new exciting strategy to address some of the most intractable social issues in Scotland which will see it adopt new ways of working and building new partnerships to deliver greater impact in Scotland.

The Robertson Trust remains the controlling shareholder of the global company Edrington Group Limited, one of Scotland’s largest private companies which owns the well-known whisky brands, The Macallan, Highland Park, The Famous Grouse, and the premium dark rum brand Brugal. The bulk of the Trust’ income is derived from its investment in Edrington Group Limited.

Opportunity

The summer of 2020 will see the launch of a new strategy for the Trust. After extensive review and stakeholder engagement, the Trust has sought to develop a strategy which will best fit the current challenges facing communities in Scotland. Its new mission is to work with others, using all of its assets and resources, to improve the wellbeing of people affected by poverty and trauma.

The Trust needs outstanding Trustees who will contribute to delivery of its new mission, through constructive challenge, support in specific areas of expertise and championing the Trust’s work far and wide. They are looking for diversity, fresh thinking and a hunger to make a difference. If you have these qualities, they would love you to join their cause.

Key Skills

Candidates should fit to one or more of the following categories.

1. Experience as a Chief Executive operating in an international business with strong connections to Scotland. This should be someone attuned to the challenges of running a complex, large-scale, devolved operation with the ability to bring commercial and financial rigour.

2. Skills and experience in investment management and in particular institutional investment; the ability to provide sound guidance on how the Robertson Trust can maximise its considerable and diverse assets to advance its mission.

3. A candidate with a background or key experience and understanding of poverty and/or trauma informed services. They will bring ideas and an understanding of new approaches to tackling poverty.

Robertson Trust are also seeking to appoint new members to the Audit Committee and Investment Committee. For the Audit Committee, candidates will be chartered accountants with an understanding of charity accounts but will also bring experience of working with organisations undergoing significant change and those that are used to working with organisations to help them manage risk as they change and adapt. For the Investment Committee, candidates should have institutional investment experience.

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This vacancy has now closed

Top job! Chief Executive Officer

  • Full time
  • TBC
  • Glasgow
  • Closing 22nd June 2020

The Robertson Trust is the largest independent grant-making trust in Scotland with the vision of a fair and compassionate Scotland where everyone is valued and able to flourish. It has donated more than £263 million to charitable causes in Scotland since 1961. It is currently finalising a new exciting strategy to address some of the most intractable social issues in Scotland which will see it adopt new ways of working and building new partnerships to deliver greater impact in Scotland.

The summer of 2020 will see the launch of a new strategy for the Trust. After extensive review and stakeholder engagement, the Trust has sought to develop a strategy which will best fit the current challenges facing communities in Scotland and enable the Trust as a funder to work alongside communities to address these challenges. This is an exciting time for a new Chief Executive to deliver this new strategy. We are looking for a strong, inspiring and empowering leader who is ambitious about maximising the Trust’s undoubted potential.

The Role

·Reporting to the Chair and working closely with the Board of Trustees, the Chief Executive will deliver the newly developed strategic plan.

·Embody and demonstrate the Trust’s values to the whole organisation, leading and developing the team and promoting a culture of diversity and continuous improvement.

·As a key ambassador, the Chief Executive will nurture, build and maintain positive relationships with a range of key stakeholders.

The Individual

·Proven leadership experience at board level within a complex, growing organisation and with a record of achievement in developing and delivering organisational strategy. This can have been gained in any sector (but any candidate should recognise that the dynamics of the charity sector are different).

·Demonstrable experience of leading transformation and driving cultural change to achieve operational excellence, including digital transformation.

·Must be able to demonstrate an understanding of impact of poverty, trauma and inequalities.

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