The Welcoming Association
The Welcoming Association

Charity registered in Scotland SC041952

The Welcoming Association exists to welcome, orientate and assist migrant and refugee communities in Edinburgh. We currently provide English language classes, employability workshops and social and cultural integration opportunities on a free of charge, immediate start basis to over 1000 migrants and refugees from 60 different countries each year.

Current vacancies

Top job! Welcoming Board: Treasurer

  • Management Board
  • Unpaid
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 21st June 2019

To oversee the financial affairs of the organisation and ensure they are legal, accurate, constitutional and within accepted accounting practice.

Main Responsibilities

  • Head of Finance/ Audit Committee
  • Guide and advise fellow trustees to formally approve the annual report and audited accounts.
  • Ensure that annual accounts are submitted to all relevant regulators in a timely fashion.
  • Ensure proper finance records are kept and that effective procedures are in place.
  • Liaise with relevant staff to ensure regular and effective monitoring and reporting on the financial health of the organisation to the Board.
  • Make fellow Board members aware of their financial obligations and take a lead in interpreting financial data to them.
  • Act as a counter signatory on cheques and applications to funders.
  • Advise on the financial implications of the organisation’s strategic plans and oversee the organisation’s financial risk-management process.
  • Oversee planning/budgeting processes in participation with the Board and constructively challenge where required.
  • Develop reserves policy and safeguard the organisation’s finances.
  • Keep the board informed of free reserves position regularly and advise to cope with changing circumstances.

Person Specification


  • Accountancy Qualification (ICAS/ CMA or equivalent)
  • Skills/background in accountancy or financial management.
  • •Understanding of charity finance practice, fundraising and grant-making.
  • Ability to explain financial information to Board members and other stakeholders.
  • Analytical and evaluation skills, demonstrating good judgement.
  • Understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship.
  • Strong IT systems & excel skills
  • Good communication and leadership skills.
  • Ability to commit adequate time to fulfilling the responsibilities of the role (attendance at 6 Board meetings plus 1-2 strategy workshops per year, and occasional time in the office with Welcoming staff).
  • Commitment to the values and the vision of the Welcoming.


  • Skills and experience in one or more areas of non-executive governance and management e.g. strategic planning, business management, understanding of HR issues, experience of Trusts or other grant giving bodies particularly fundraising and legal knowledge.
Closed vacancies
This vacancy has now closed

Office Manager

  • Full time
  • £24,371
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 4th March 2019

The purpose of the Office Manager is to work very closely with the Director and provide The Welcoming staff with day-to-day running of the assocation and to be responsible for the provision of an efficient and effective communication, administration, and financial record keeping.

For and informal chat about the role please contact our Director Tesfu, on 0131 346 8577 or by emailing

This vacancy has now closed

Community Capacity Development Coordinator

  • Full time
  • £25,834
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 3rd May 2019

The purpose of the Community Capacity Development Coordinator is to deliver a programme of activities to provide one-to-one support to service users with their capacity development and employability skill needs.

Please note that you must already be eligible to work in the UK to be employed at The Welcoming Association. All successful candidates must also provide a clear Basic Disclosure Certificate before the job can be awarded.

For an informal chat about the role please contact our Director Tesfu, on 0131 346 8577 or by emailing


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