Charity registered in Scotland SC037942
Firstport is Scotland’s development agency for start-up social enterprise. We enable early stage social enterprises and highly-motivated individuals to test, refine and grow their ideas into viable social businesses.
We are looking for a confident, experienced individual with excellent analytical skills, a desire to help others succeed and commitment to creating social change.
You will contribute to the successful delivery of Firstport funding programmes, using excellent judgment skills to filter and assess applications in line with funding criteria, and provide recommendations to an independent panel.
Your role will require excellent communication skills, as it will involve direct contact with applicants at various stages in their respective journeys, supporting them to put their ideas into action, and to transition between different Firstport programmes. It will also require attention to detail and the ability to implement grant management and compliance processes to monitor progress and award spend.
You should be able to demonstrate a solid understanding of a range of business models, and the challenges faced by new enterprises. You will be expected to contribute with creative ideas to increase the reach and availability of the fund to people from all areas and backgrounds.
The ideal candidate will already be familiar with grant making and assessment processes, and have prior experience in working with start-ups and/or social enterprises, as well as a track record of building relationships across the third, private and public sectors.
The role is fast-paced and you will work with a caseload of projects at different levels of development, so the ability to multi-task, prioritise and work to tight deadlines is essential.
Firstport is Scotland’s development agency for start-up social enterprise. We are a small, ambitious charity with a Scotland-wide footprint providing high-quality, sustainable services to develop social enterprise start-ups. Our vision is for social enterprises to play a key role in society, transforming lives, communities and the economy.
In March 2019 we published our new strategy Increasing Social Impact Through Entrepreneurship which outlines our plan for the coming years. As part of our new strategic direction, we are looking to recruit two additional board members to compliment the skills, experience and backgrounds of our Chair and existing members.
We are looking for individuals with commercial acumen and business experience, with an understanding of the challenges faced by small businesses, start-ups, and investment, as well as a commitment to the vision, mission and values of both Firstport and FirstImpact. In particular, we are looking for specialist knowledge and/or experience in one or several or the following fields:
The role of Board Member for Firstport is a voluntary position and as such is not remunerated. However, travel and other associated expenses are reimbursed.