Westray Development Trust
Westray Development Trust

Charity registered in Scotland SC029471

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Operations Manager

  • Full time
  • £30,000 – £36,000
  • Orkney
  • Closing 30th June 2022

Westray Development Trust (WDT), a community-based charity, was established in 1999 with a mission to develop the economic, social, and cultural sustainability of the Westray community by harnessing the quality of the island’s resources, people, and island environment. Westray, located at the edge of the Orkney archipelago, north of mainland Scotland, is a thriving island home to approximately 600 people. WDT was established by and for the Westray community, and is remains managed by the community through it’s members and locally-elected Trustees.

WDT runs a successful series of grant programmes for the Westray community in addition to a community business loan scheme. Successful and ongoing WDT projects also include the Bayview Housing Project, the Westray Defibrillator Network, the Höfn Youth Centre, Bargain Box Community Fundraising Shop, and the Westray Community Garden. To find out more about what we do visit the WDT website: westraydevelopmenttrust.co.uk

Job Description

The Operations Manager role is a key post within Westray Development Trust and is pivotal to the effective development of the organisation and delivery of services on behalf of its members and wider stakeholders.

WDT’s Operations Manager will be responsible for managing WDT projects and programmes, line managing office and project staff, engaging with and supporting the Westray community, and being the public face of the Development Trust. All in order to support WDT and the Board of Trustees in the charity’s mission to develop the economic, social, and cultural sustainability of the Westray community. WDT’s main income is from a 900KW wind turbine. An island conference is planning for early next year to decide the future priorities of the trust. The oppositions Manager will take the leading roll in organising the conference.

Hybrid working is possible with this post, however the successful applicant will be required to be, or become, resident in Westray. Evening work will be required as part of this role to meet with volunteers.

What we’re looking for?


  • Qualifications or clear demonstratable experience in Management and Project Management.
  • Effective leadership skills
  • Proficiency in IT, including Microsoft Office and using social media platforms (Facebook & Instagram)
  • Experience in the third sector
  • Excellent and approachable communicator
  • Strong public speaker
  • Effective planner/organiser
  • Acts with professionalism and integrity
  • Demonstrates self-motivation and initiative


  • Experience working in or supporting remote rural communities.
  • Experience of working or volunteering in a community-based organisation.
  • Knowledge or experience of island communities.

More information about Westray can be found at Westray | Orkney.comWestray & Papa Westray Tourist Association (westraypapawestray.co.uk)