Inspiring Scotland
Inspiring Scotland

Charity registered in Scotland SC039605

Inspiring Scotland strives for a Scotland without poverty or disadvantage. We work with people, their communities, charities and public bodies to develop solutions to some of the deepest social problems. We help essential charities to become extraordinary charities, allowing them to change the lives of the most vulnerable and transform our society.

Current vacancies

Communications Assistant

  • Full time
  • £21,424 – £23,000
  • Edinburgh office and home based
  • Closing 5th February 2023

We are looking for an enthusiastic Communications Assistant to support the smooth running of Inspiring Scotland’s communication team. In this role you will provide support across a variety of projects and help deliver purposeful, creative, and engaging communications materials and outputs.

This is an ideal opportunity for an individual who would like to work in a busy communications team on a wide range of activity across a diverse portfolio.

Support and training can be provided, as most importantly we are looking for someone who is proactive, enthusiastic and team minded. Someone able to listen to colleagues’ varying needs; contribute ideas and work collaboratively to create solutions. You should be comfortable at organising your own time and adapting to priorities. You will have an awareness of communication activity and an interest in being creative and using this skill to help make communications stand out.

In this role you will work alongside the Communications Manager and be line managed by the Senior Communications Officer who are responsible for managing a wide range of activity for Inspiring Scotland. Alongside this team you will be able to work with a wide range of colleagues across the organisation and across policy areas such as equality and human rights, outdoor play, mentoring for children and young people and youth employability.

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Business Process Manager

  • Full time
  • £30,000 – £35,000
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 25th April 2021

The Business Process Manager will be responsible for day-to-day oversight of Inspiring Scotland’s fund processes. This includes management of different processes for fund development, monitoring, reporting and payment, charity and stakeholder engagement to ensure high quality delivery of fund management across the organisation.

They will work closely with the rest of the core operational team to support the Head of Funds and Head of Development and Partnerships deliver the annual operating plan.

The role is office based for contractual purposes however you may be expected to travel for some meetings.

Inspiring Scotland is a family friendly and flexible employer looking to ensure a work home life balance for all employees.

March 2021: The Inspiring Scotland office is currently closed due to COVID-19 restrictions and all staff are working remotely from home. We will continue to follow all guidance and open the office when it is safe to do so.

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Programme Development Officer intern

  • Full time
  • £19,000
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 24th May 2021

Are you motivated, relationship-driven, and enthusiastic?

We are looking for a Programme Development Officer intern to join our intandem team for a 12-month fixed term contract.

As part of our work to help Scotland to Keep The Promise of the Independent Care Review, our intandem team is looking for an enthusiastic and pragmatic individual to work alongside them and an academic to deliver a research project and other work.

You will give honest views, and build supporting trusting relationships with colleagues, peers, professionals and young people across a wide range of organisations to help inform and deliver this work. You will have the opportunity to engage with young people and build relationships around this research.

About us:

Inspiring Scotland strives for a Scotland without poverty or disadvantage. We work with people, their communities, charities, and public bodies to develop solutions to some of the deepest social problems. We are passionate about addressing inequality and improving the lives of people living in Scotland’s most under-supported communities.

We are a collaborative, supportive organisation and place high emphasis on team working and sharing best practice and learnings both internally and externally. intandem is one of 14 funds managed by Inspiring Scotland.

intandem is a national mentoring programme, funded by Scottish Government, offering mentors to children and young people aged between 8 and 14 years who are living at home with support from their local authority, sometimes called looked after at home. intandem is a voluntary programme, young people who want to participate (‘mentees’) connect weekly with a trained volunteer mentor to have fun, build a trusting relationship and work towards goals. intandem is offered in 19 local authorities in Scotland through our 12 partner charities.

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Top job! Fund Managers x 4

  • Full time or Part time
  • £40,000 – £46,000
  • Home based
  • Closing 7th October 2021

Inspiring Scotland works with people, their communities, charities, and public bodies to develop solutions to some of Scotland’s deepest social problems. We are passionate about addressing inequality and improving the lives of people living in Scotland’s most under-supported communities.

Over the past 12 years, we have successfully managed over £140m of fund assets across 20 thematic social impact funds; as the fund owner or the delivery partner/fund manager for Scottish Government, Trusts, Foundations, corporate donors and individual philanthropists.

Our aim is to amplify and strengthen the impact of organisations by helping them build their strength, resilience, and reach.

We are recruiting for Fund Managers

Fund Managers are critical roles at Inspiring Scotland, leading on the development and delivery of programme strategy. Our Fund Managers have senior leadership experience with diverse backgrounds from across the private, voluntary and public sectors.

The focus of the Fund Manager role is to strengthen partner organisations; support, develop, and connect people; inform, and influence; encourage new ideas; and look to maximize value through efficient use of funds.

We are looking for creative problem solvers who are adaptable, resilient and able to work effectively with a wide range of partners.

The knowledge, skills and experience needed for the role are:

• Commitment to Inspiring Scotland’s mission, vision and values.

• Proven senior leadership, interpersonal and management skills, engaging in a collaborative and inclusive way across all levels/teams in an organisation

• Ability to self-manage, adaptable and resilient in handling difficult situations and managing own and supporting others wellbeing

• Ability to work effectively with a diverse group of partners to influence change, recognising the power dynamics at play in the funding world and across organisations

• Ability to think creatively and solve problems, approaching tasks with curiosity - reflecting, adapting and identifying implications for the organisations supported

• Ability to use resources effectively, working with colleagues and Board members to identify opportunities and manage risks around programme development.

• Willing to travel across Scotland to meet with portfolio organisations and others from time to time

• Excellent written and verbal communication skills, presenting complex issues clearly for diverse partners and audiences through various channels.

• Ability to demonstrate the highest standards of discretion and integrity.

Experience / Essential

• Qualified to degree level or equivalent relevant professional qualification and experience.

• People management and senior leadership experience, growing individual and organisational capacity and contributing to an organisation’s senior team or strategic approach.

• Experience working with senior stakeholders and partners in an influencing and stakeholder management role

• Proactive self-starter who can manage multiple priorities and make sound decisions using initiative to achieve successful outcomes

• Demonstrable experience of working with colleagues from different teams, engaging colleagues to build a strong learning culture.

• Demonstrable experience of nurturing relationships with people, partners and networks across different functions, stakeholder groups to generate valuable insights and gauge impact using different methods

Due to expansion and staff retirement, we have opportunities for four Fund Managers to join and lead three areas of our work: CashBack for Communities; Learning Disabilities; and Survivors.

Fund Managers require a core set of skills however each programme has bespoke aims and therefore each Fund Manager role has a detailed Job description and person specification.

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Performance and Impact Advisor

  • Full time
  • £28,000 – £32,000
  • Office for contractual purposes, flexible working from home in practice
  • Closing 12th October 2021

Delivering Equally Safe (DES) fund is a Scottish Government two year fund aimed at eradicating and preventing violence against women and girls in Scotland. We are delighted to be the Scottish Government’s fund delivery partner for DES.

We have an opportunity for a Performance and Impact Advisor to join this team focussed on the development and delivery of this fund. Our Performance and Impact Advisors need to have excellent interpersonal skills, experience of building effective relationships and working well with a variety of stakeholders. We are looking for individuals with fund management and third sector experience.

For an informal chat about the Delivering Equally Safe Performance and Impact advisor role please contact allison@inspiringscotland.org.uk

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Communications Assistant

  • Part time
  • £20,600 pro-rata
  • Home Based
  • Closing 14th February 2022

We currently recruiting for a Communications Assistant to support our CashBack for Communities team.

About the Role

CashBack for Communities is looking for a great communicator who can support the team to communicate the Programme’s impact and grow its profile across key stakeholders and the general public. The Communications Assistant will manage digital channels – including website and social media channels – and create engaging content sharing CashBack and its partners’ news, best practice and key successes. The role will be supported by the Inspiring Scotland Communications team and line managed by the Communication Manager.

If you are interested in the work of CashBack for Communities and would enjoy creating creative content to help bring to life the impact of the programme the we would like to hear from you. This is an ideal role for someone looking to grow their experience in this area of work and can be delivered flexibly.

Find out more about our values and the way we create a positive working environment where the resources, talent and skills of all employees are maximised.

Responsibilities & Key Tasks

  • Work closely and actively engage with colleagues in CashBack for Communities team to develop and implement communication plans and campaigns.
  • Manage and maintain CashBack for Communities social media channels - creating engaging content and proactively planning and seeking ways to develop these.
  • Manage and maintain CashBack for Communities Website (English and Gaelic versions).
  • Write, edit, and design a range of materials which will include news stories and case studies.
  • Use software such as Canva/ Adobe Creative Suite to create and edit content which may include short videos.
  • Support the production of the annual report content and dissemination.
  • Produce newsletter content and managed the distribution of this.
  • Stay informed of Cashback funded partners activity and identify suitable opportunities for promotion.
  • Provide support for events (online and in person).
  • Support the monitoring and evaluation of communications activity.
  • Maintain communications systems such as photography, case study log and print and media log, in line with GDPR guidelines.
  • Adhere to policies, procedures and working practices.

Reports To: Communications Manager.

Fund: CashBack for Communities.

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Fund Support Officer

  • Full time or Part time
  • £23,000 – £25,000
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 6th March 2022

PIMH Fund context and purpose

We know that the most important developments, physcial, cognative and emotional, have their foundations set very very early in life. Specifically in pregancy and the first few years. Leading child health experts worldwide agree that the care given during this time has more influence on a child’s future than any other time in life.

We also know that for parents, while the first few years can be the most joyous, they can also be the most challenging. It has been estimated that up to 20% of mums and up to 10% of dads are affected by poor mental health (such as depression or anxiety) in the perinatal period.

Fund Support Officer Role Purpose

The main function of the Fund Support Officer (FSO) is to provide excellent customer care to funded charities, supporting the charities at an individual and collective level to build a strong community of organisations.

You will work closely with the PIMH Fund Manager to support communications, event planning, evaluation work and general fund administration. In this role you’ll get to know the charities in the PIMH portfolio and build an understanding for how we can best support the organisaitons.

Responsibilities & Key Tasks

• Customer support for funded charities with enquiries they have and directing them to suitable resources or colleagues. Management of the Fund enquiry email.

• Administration of portfolio events (virtual and in-person) and training days, including invite and content management

• Oversight of fund communications – e-newsletters, Fund Teams channel, social media and liaison with Inspiring Scotland communications team on website content

• Ongoing management and development of PIMH services directory inspiringscotland.org.uk/perinatal-mental-health-services

Person Specification

We are looking for someone who is a people person, has a positive attitude and is a self-starter. With the move to online working, we would like someone with strong digital and communication skills.

We are looking for someone who has a pro-active, confident and professional manner who has a focus on adding value and can support stakeholders and colleagues with integrity.

A successful candidate will have an empathy and understanding of the importance of the perinatal period and will be committed to Inspiring Scotland’s vision, mission and values.

Experience / Essential

• Strong interpersonal skills, with the ability to work effectively in a team (both remotely and in person) and with stakeholders and members of the public.

• Strong digital skills. At Inspiring Scotland we use Microsoft Office in particular Outlook, Teams, Word & PowerPoint and video conferencing software (MS Teams, Zoom)

• Strong written and verbal communication skills, including some experience of developing and delivering communications (reports, and email communications)

• Strong organisational skills and the ability to manage your time effectively and work to deadlines

Experience /Desirable

• Experience in the use of design tools such as Canva or ability to quickly pick up design software tools

• Experience in a similar role delivering a range of administrative tasks and/or customer service

• Experience of organising events (virtual and in-person)

• Effective use of social media

• Some experience of working in an office and team environment and working from home

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Fund Support Officer (FSO) - Rural Communities

  • Part time
  • £23,000 – £25,000 pro-rata
  • Office based for contractual purposes. For Inspiring Scotland, flexible working is the norm
  • Closing 9th September 2022

Inspiring Scotland is looking for a bright and organised individual to join the team and assist us as we support community organisations in rural Scotland to design their own solutions for their local challenges. This role will run from September 2022 – March 2023.

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Senior Communication Officer

  • Full time
  • £30,000
  • office-based for contractual purposes; however this can be delivered flexibly with remote/ home working
  • Closing 19th September 2022

We are looking for an experienced communication professional to join Inspiring Scotland’s small, but effective, and ambitious communication team.

Inspiring Scotland is active across a wide range of social issues and as Senior Communications Officer you will have the opportunity to engage with, and support colleagues right across the Inspiring Scotland team.

Alongside the Communications Manager and Communications Officer, you will plan and deliver a broad range of activity to engage and influence a range of stakeholders including: Scottish Charities, The Scottish Government, Trusts and Foundations, and private individuals. As a team we use our collective experience and creativity to position and promote the work of Inspiring Scotland.

The communications team current manages several online platforms including charityhealthcheck.org.uk intandem.scot.

The Senior Communications Officer will lead on developing the organisation’s digital activity, including the development of a new Inspiring Scotland website in 2023.

We are looking for someone who is excited to be part of a vibrant and effective charity which offers a culture of teamwork and flexibility. Strong interpersonal skills are essential as the role will involve engaging with people at all levels.

We offer a positive and supportive work environment alongside regular training and development opportunities.

We have an active wellbeing programme lead by the staff team as well as a calendar of social events and team building days.

For Inspiring Scotland, flexible working is the norm, and is more than just working from home. As an award-winning family friendly and flexible employer, we aim to promote a good work home life balance for all employees.

We are happy to consider a range of flexible working including part-time hours, compressed hours, job sharing, and flexible start and finish times.

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Fund Manager (FM)

  • Full time
  • £43,000 – £47,000
  • Home based with meetings at Inspiring Scotland’s office in Edinburgh (14 New Mart Road, Edinburgh EH14 1RL)
  • Closing 21st September 2022

Inspiring Scotland is looking for a dynamic leader with strong relationship building, facilitation and project management skills to join our Link Up team. Supporting our place-focused work, you will believe in the need for social change and understand and be committed to the role grassroots community development can play in delivering this.

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Policy and Participation Manager

  • Part time
  • £31,000 – £36,000 pro-rata
  • Edinburgh*
  • Closing 27th November 2022

We are looking for a caring, confident, creative, and experienced individual to join our small, ambitious and passionate team, to maintain and build supporting trusting relationships with colleagues, the intandem portfolio, young people, and stakeholders. This is an exciting role to ensure the voice of care experienced young people is heard and we use their voice and evidence from our research to make change to #keepthepromise.

intandem is a national mentoring programme, funded by Scottish Government and The Robertson Trust, offering mentors to children and young people aged 8 to 14 years old who are living at home with support from their local authority or with extended family in kinship care. intandem is a voluntary programme with young people who want a mentor connecting weekly with a trained volunteer mentor to have fun, build a trusting relationship and work toward goals. An intandem coordinator helps enable and support this mentoring relationship. intandem is offered in 19 local authorities across Scotland through our 12 partner charities.

We are looking for a motivated, relationship-driven individual with a positive attitude. The successful candidate will be an excellent communicator with both internal and external stakeholders at all levels of seniority. The successful candidate will have an empathy and understanding of the strengths of, and issues affecting children and young people and will be committed to Inspiring Scotland’s vision, mission and values.

As this role involves working with children and young people, you will be required to obtain a PVG scheme membership through Disclosure Scotland which Inspiring Scotland will process for you. We will confirm employment after successful completion of PVG membership and any other necessary checks including references. Having a criminal record will not necessarily prevent an individual from working at Inspiring Scotland. We will only seek information if the nature of the position or work entitles us to ask about spent or unspent convictions.

*Your role is office-based for contractual purposes, however this can be delivered flexibly. The role will involve travel to attend meetings and occasional events.

Benefits

9.25% employer pension contribution (salary sacrifice scheme available).

Full private medical insurance with option to include family members.

4 x salary Death in Service cover.

29 days annual leave plus 8 days public holiday.

We offer a positive and supportive work environment alongside regular training and development opportunities.

We have an active wellbeing programme led by the staff team as well as a calendar of social events and team building days.

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Performance and Impact Advisor

  • Full time or Part time
  • £28,000 – £32,000
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 8th December 2022

We’re looking for a Performance and Impact Advisor to support our Employability funded charities to effectively monitor and report on their performance, analyse and process performance data, inform Fund developments and produce reports for internal and external audiences.

You will support Fund Managers by helping to co-ordinate learning from funded projects, facilitate peer support opportunities, support new Fund development and wider sector development. You will drive efficiency and build and refine systems that inform continuous improvement and highlight success.

The portfolios (Our Future Now, Youth Action Fund and Building Brighter Future Fund) deliver holistic, person centred support to young people to enable them to overcome barriers, improve their health and motivation, develop self-belief, drive and ambition and to ultimately help them to move into fair work, further/higher education or good quality training.

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