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

Learning Officer x2

  • Full time
  • £31,842
  • Glasgow
  • Closing 10th July 2022

The Robertson Trust are looking for two Learning Officers to help us to make a real difference to reducing poverty and trauma in Scotland.

The Robertson Trust is one of the largest independent funders in Scotland. Our vision is for a fair and compassionate Scotland where everyone is valued and able to flourish. Over the next decade, we will use all of our tools and resources to work with others to reduce poverty and trauma. We are driving our work through four themes:

  • Education pathways
  • Emotional wellbeing and relationships
  • Financial security
  • Work pathways

The Learning and Communications Team supports all of The Robertson Trust’s teams to generate insights into ways of tackling and preventing poverty and trauma and understanding the differences that we help to make happen. We support the work of colleagues across The Trust, share insights internally and externally to support our continuous improvement, and to influence the work of others.

We are looking for two people to join our Learning and Communications Team as Learning Officers to help us.

The role

The Learning Officers will support with the creation, use and sharing of key insights both internally and externally. Your key responsibilities will include:

  • Help develop and sustain in-depth understanding of the views and needs of people with experience of poverty and trauma, and of relevant evidence, policy and practice.
  • Provide learning, communications and advocacy support to teams across the Trust.
  • Support communications and advocacy work across The Robertson Trust.
  • Help to understand our contribution to making change happen.

A full job description is available on our website.

The person

We are looking for someone with relevant experience in research and evaluation, who will embody the values of The Trust.

You should have a passion for tackling poverty and trauma, an understanding of the causes and impacts of poverty and trauma for individuals, families, and communities and ideally some understanding of one or more of our themes.

You must have a keen interest for increasing participation and finding appropriate ways to amplify the voice of those with experience of poverty and trauma in the work that we do.

You should feel confident working collaboratively with colleagues across the organisation so that we can create a shared ownership of learning and communications.

Benefits

  • Salary £31,842
  • 35 days holiday per calendar year, inclusive of public holidays
  • Pension - 10% employer contribution or 14% if employee contribution is 7%
  • Private healthcare
  • Annual Travel Pass Loan
  • Employee Assistance Programme

The Robertson Trust is testing approaches to hybrid working. Applications for flexible working will be considered.

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Trustees

  • Management Board
  • Unpaid
  • Glasgow
  • Closing 6th July 2021

Do you want to make a difference to people experiencing poverty and trauma?

The Robertson Trust is the largest independent grant making trust in Scotland, providing financial and other types of support to charities and individuals. It was established in 1961 when sisters Elspeth, Agnes and Ethel Robertson gave shares in their family whisky businesses to the Trust to use income from those businesses for charitable purposes.

The Trust has a clear vision; a fair and compassionate Scotland where everyone is valued and able to flourish. Through funding and supporting organisations, The Robertson Trust works to alleviate poverty and trauma in Scotland through short- and long-term projects. They also use their research, knowledge and networks to inform, support, champion and inspire the third sector across the country with the aim of delivering service and system change.

The dedicated team is led by a new CEO, Jim McCormick, and have recently launched a 2020-2030 strategy; it is an exciting time to be involved with an ambitious organisation which is not afraid to take on difficult issues and will take risks in pursuit of positive change.

The Robertson Trust are now looking to appoint three new Trustees to their board. One Board member will have the skills and experience to chair the Audit and Risk Committee and the two other new recruits will have personal and/or professional experience of supporting people and places affected by poverty and trauma. Applicants will, ideally, show a working knowledge of community development, system change, social change, funders and the charity sector. No previous board experience is required, and the Trust are looking for candidates to bring a diversity of thought, experience and background.

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Top job! Head of Insight and Impact

  • Full time
  • TBC
  • Glasgow
  • Closing 3rd August 2021

Do you want to make a difference to people experiencing poverty and trauma?

The Robertson Trust is the largest independent grant making trust in Scotland, providing financial and other types of support to charities, communities, and individuals. Marking its 60th anniversary this year, it was established in 1961 when sisters Elspeth, Agnes and Ethel Robertson gave shares in their family whisky businesses to the Trust to use income from those businesses for charitable purposes.

The Trust has a clear vision: a fair and compassionate Scotland where everyone is valued and able to flourish. Through funding and supporting organisations, The Robertson Trust works to reduce the impacts of poverty and trauma in Scotland through thematic projects and programmes. They also use their research, knowledge and networks to support, champion and inform effective practice across the country with the aim of achieving long-term change.

The dedicated team is led by a new CEO, Jim McCormick, focused on a recently launched ten-year strategy. It is an exciting time to be involved with an ambitious organisation which is not afraid to take on difficult issues and take risks in pursuit of positive change.

The Robertson Trust are now looking to appoint a Head of Insight and Impact. As part of the Leadership team, reporting to the CEO, the successful candidate in this new role will lead in developing a strategic approach to insight and impact around the priorities set out in its strategy. This will involve generating, applying and sharing valuable knowledge from across its funding and programme activities in order to build a picture of the difference that the Trust is helping to make. Leading the Learning and Communications team, the successful candidate will ensure work is driven by cross-team collaboration and ensure that the Trust draws upon all its assets to realise the promise of its new strategy.

The successful candidate will bring proven leadership and management skills and a senior-level track record of generating valuable insights and gauging impact using different methods. They will be a strategic and creative thinker with proven experience of building effective relationships with colleagues and senior-level stakeholders and ability to demonstrate a commitment to the Trust’s vision, mission and values.

The Trust wants to encourage applicants with diverse backgrounds. It believes that greater diversity of experience, skills and ways of thinking will challenge our approaches and broaden our collective knowledge and networks. It encourages applications from suitably qualified candidates from all parts of the community, regardless of age, disability, race, sex, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy or maternity, religion or belief or socio-economic background. It also encourages applications from those with experience or knowledge of how poverty or trauma impact on people’s lives.

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Top job! Head of Programmes and Practice

  • Full time
  • TBC
  • Glasgow
  • Closing 3rd August 2021

Do you want to make a difference to people experiencing poverty and trauma?

The Robertson Trust is the largest independent grant making trust in Scotland, providing financial and other types of support to charities, communities, and individuals. Marking its 60th anniversary this year, it was established in 1961 when sisters Elspeth, Agnes and Ethel Robertson gave shares in their family whisky businesses to the Trust to use income from those businesses for charitable purposes.

The Trust has a clear vision: a fair and compassionate Scotland where everyone is valued and able to flourish. Through funding and supporting organisations, The Robertson Trust works to reduce the impacts of poverty and trauma in Scotland through thematic projects and programmes. They also use their research, knowledge and networks to support, champion and inform effective practice across the country with the aim of achieving long-term change.

The dedicated team is led by a new CEO, Jim McCormick, focused on a recently launched ten-year strategy. It is an exciting time to be involved with an ambitious organisation which is not afraid to take on difficult issues and take risks in pursuit of positive change.

The Robertson Trust are now looking to appoint a Head of Programmes and Practice. This new role, reporting to the CEO and joining the Leadership Team, will lead the Trust’s existing programmes and develop new long-term thematic programme approaches informed by real world opportunities and dilemmas. Leading a highly motivated and effective group of colleagues, the successful candidate will ensure programmes are coordinated across the Trust driving cross-team collaboration.

The successful candidate will bring proven leadership and management skills to work with a diverse group of partners to influence change and a senior-level track record of designing, managing, and delivering programmes with impact. Candidates will bring exceptional programme management skills and the ability to build effective partnerships with a range of stakeholders, demonstrating a commitment to the Trust’s vision, mission, and values.

The Trust wants to encourage applicants with diverse backgrounds. It believes that greater diversity of experience, skills and ways of thinking will challenge our approaches and broaden our collective knowledge and networks. It encourages applications from suitably qualified candidates from all parts of the community, regardless of age, disability, race, sex, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy or maternity, religion or belief or socio-economic background. It also encourages applications from those with experience or knowledge of how poverty or trauma impact on people’s lives.

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Scholarship Administrator

  • Full time
  • £25,345 – £30,413
  • Glasgow
  • Closing 27th September 2021

The Robertson Trust is one of the leading grant-making charitable trusts in Scotland. Our aim as an organisation is a fair and compassionate Scotland where everyone is valued and able to flourish. Our new strategy is to work with others, using all of our tools and resources, to improve the wellbeing of people affected by poverty and trauma. The Trust awards each year, around £20 million in grants to Scottish charities and financial support to students in further and higher education supported by our Scholarship team.

The Robertson Trust is now recruiting a Scholarship Administrator to assist the Scholarship team, in all aspects of their role, in the delivery of our Journey to Success Scholarship Programme. The key focus of the role is assisting with the provision of information, support and guidance to students throughout their journey into and through university. We welcome applications from individuals who would enjoy being part of an enthusiastic team dedicated to improving the life chances of young Scottish undergraduates and who may have experience of working with students.

The successful candidate should be committed to supporting Scholars on various aspects of their academic journey and experience of working with students in further and higher education is desirable.

As a member of the Trust’s Scholarship Team, you will assist with:

• The first point of contact for daily queries; monitoring scholar inbox and allocating support requests to the relevant team member

• Reporting on Scholar activity, often working to tight timeframes

• Support the communication of upcoming events and news via email

• Create accurate records of Scholar activity, using Salesforce

• Assist in providing online delivery support including managing bookings, resources and surveys

• Contribute to the annual selection of candidates for Scholarship

• Assist in the organisation and delivery of the Welcome Weekend

• Support the administration of internship opportunities

• Support the administration of volunteering opportunities for 2nd and 3rd year Scholars

• Support the administration of our Alumni Network

• Assist in the evaluation of all training and development projects undertaken

• Assist in providing annual updates on fair access and academic progression rates

• Highlight any changes required to the Programme

• Provide any other adhoc duties as required, assisting the smooth running of the Scholarship Programme

Benefits

• £25,345 - £30,413

• 35 days holiday per calendar year, inclusive of public holidays

• 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

• Private healthcare

• Annual Travel Pass Loan

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Each & Every Child Administrator

  • Part time
  • £25,345 pro-rata
  • Glasgow
  • Closing 6th March 2022

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 aims to:

• shift public attitudes towards children, young people and their families who are in and around the care system to build improved support for progressive policy and practice implementation

• engage and inform professionals in the sectors working with children, young people and their families around their communications to strengthen their practice and impact

• support and equip people with experience of care to be at the heart of efforts to develop more consistent and effective communication to mobilise people in communities to take action to improve the life chances of children and young people

The Each and Every Child Initiative is a partnership initiative between CELCIS, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, Life Changes Trust, The Robertson Trust, Scottish Government and Social Work Scotland. The initiative is hosted by The Robertson Trust.

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. 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.

We are recruiting for a part-time Administrator for the Each and Every Child initiative on a fixed term contract until January 2024.

The Role

• Assist the Each and Every Child team in the delivery of the initiative

• Provide administrative support in all aspects of the initiative, ensuring the smooth running of all activities

• Assist with the organisation and evaluation of framing sessions (both virtually and in person)

• Ensure all processes are followed and all programme information is collated and stored appropriately

The Individual

• Highly organised team-player with ability to manage workload including multiple priorities

• Strong communicator with attention to detail

• Competent with Microsoft Office and good understanding of GDPR

Benefits

• 35 days holiday per calendar year (FTE), inclusive of public holidays

• 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

• Single-member health insurance

• Annual Travel Pass Loan

• Employee Assistance Programme

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