Charity registered in Scotland SC037831
The role is based around the three communities of Strathyre, Balquhidder and
Lochearnhead, located in the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park. The applicant will be employed by Balquhidder, Lochearnhead and Strathyre Community Trust (BLS Trust), reporting to the Trust’s Board of Directors. The role of the Community Development Officer will be to implement the objectives and projects as set by the BLS Trust Board. The BLS Trust is a community company and registered charity. The Trust derives most of its funding from grants, donations and fundraising. In recent years the Trust has expanded, taking on a number of assets, including land and Strathyre Village Hall, and is delivering a number of regular events and activities that are stretching our volunteers. Currently we are in the process of working through a Community Asset Transfer for land from Forestry Commission Scotland; working with Stirling Council to lease and develop land; developing our latest Community Action Plans; undertaking major village hall refurbishments, as well as our on-going projects. As a result we have been granted funding from the National Lottery’s Awards for All Scheme to employ a much needed Development Officer.
Key Roles and Responsibility
1. Work with the BLS Trust Board to deliver the Community Action Plan.
2. Work with the BLS Trust to develop, manage and implement other agreed projects and
3. Identifying and evaluating suitable projects for the BLS Trust if /when they arise.
4. Searching out sources of funding and making funding applications.
5. Work in partnership with other local community groups to provide assistance to their
projects if agreed by the BLS Trust Board.
6. Administration and record keeping. Including:
· Maintaining a members and Directors database;
· Devise and follow a suitable filing system;
· Preparation of board papers for monthly meetings, and papers for AGMs and EGMs;
· Fulfill the role of Company Secretary;
· Production of an annual newsletter;
· Keeping the BLS website, Facebook and Twitter feeds up-to-date.
7. Work with the Treasurer and accountant to collate and administer End of Year Accounts.
8. Attendance at board meetings and minute taking.
9. Liaise and network with other community groups, agencies, Third Sector Interfaces, and
organizations in the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park.
10. Promote the profile of the BLS Trust.
Essential Skills and Ability
1. Practical experience of community development in a rural context.
2.High standard of written and verbal communication skills, including report writing
3. Good IT skills, including working with all Microsoft Office programmes (Excel, Word,
Outlook, Access), and working with the Cloud (Dropbox).
4. Practical experience in securing funding from a wide range of sources.
5. Good communication, negotiation and people skills.
6. Positive attitude, enthusiasm and ‘drive’.
7. Self-motivating and organised with the ability to work under own initiative and as part of a
8. Patience, persistence and determination to see things through to a conclusion.
9. The ability to work alone for extended periods.
10. Experienced in organising community events, meetings and workshops.
11. Availability to work evenings and occasional weekends (to form part of the contracted
12. Own transport and willingness to travel within Scotland when necessary.
13. Ability to work from home is essential.
Desirable Skill and Ability
1. Education to degree level or equivalent preferred.
2. Booking keeping and budget management skills.
3. Experience of partnership working and community consultation.
4. Experience in newsletter writing, website maintenance and social media.