We believe that evidence informed policy-making and practice can, and does, improve the lives of people affected by homelessness. The Centre was created in 2018 to be an independent champion of using rigorous evidence to underpin policies and programmes that aim to tackle or prevent homelessness.
For the past eleven months we have been hosted by our founding partners at Crisis and GHN and supported and guided by a Shadow Board, but aim to become a fully independent Charity by the Summer of 2019. The building blocks and timeline to achieve this are well developed.
We are now looking for an exceptional new Chair who can lead the transition of the Shadow Board into a Trustee Board and steer the Centre in the right direction to achieve its ambitious goals and maximise the impact of its work.
SCIAF is the Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund, and is the official aid agency of the Catholic Church in Scotland. SCIAF works with some of the poorest and most vulnerable people around the world, regardless of gender, class, race or religion. With a philosophy of giving people in need a hand up, not a hand out, SCIAF helps people provide for themselves and their families, creating hope for the future.
SCIAF is driven by its values of dignity, empowerment, solidarity and hope. These values underpin and infuse everything it does, and are shared and upheld by everyone who works with the organisation.
The strategic leadership role of Director of Communications, Fundraising and Education is a key one for the organisation as a member of the Senior Management Team, and reports to the Director. SCIAF is at a crucial stage in the implementation of its five-year strategy, and you will be responsible for building its brand and public profile, and achieving its ambitious fundraising strategy. You will be responsible for reporting to and working closely with the Board and stakeholders, to ensure strong governance and oversight of the organisation. Having the gravitas to develop relationships internally and externally are of the utmost importance and you will represent SCIAF at external events and travel abroad.
You must be educated to degree level and have significant experience leading teams and developing and implementing strategy at a Senior level to be considered for this role. Managing relationships with a Board/Committee is vital to this role, so you must have had exposure to this style of working. You will have a strong belief in the values of SCIAF and an ability to grow the organisation, with a background in strategic development at a senior level.
An understanding of the Church would be hugely beneficial for this role, and the role is open to candidates of all faiths and backgrounds.
Crisis is the national charity for homeless people. We know that homelessness is not inevitable. We know that together we can end it.
Our Chief Executive, Jon Sparkes, has recently concluded chairing the Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Advisory Group (HARSAG) for the Scottish Government, with recommendations accepted for major changes in policy and practice to end rough sleeping and homelessness across Scotland for good. Crisis will be playing a key role in supporting the implementation of these recommendations and working with the Scottish Government to ensure the full adoption of an effective long term plan to end homelessness.
About the role
This is an exciting time to join us in the role of Director for Crisis Skylight Edinburgh. With our direct services we are embarking upon a significant change programme to ensure we end the homelessness for as many of our members as possible.
In Edinburgh we are working with the Dartington Social Design Lab (DSDL) to pilot new team structures to support our member’s journeys away from homelessness. We also anticipate working closely with the Centre for Homelessness Impact – to both learn from the evidence of what works to end homelessness and demonstrate approaches and practices that are effective from within our current service offer.
The Director of Crisis Skylight Edinburgh role offers a real opportunity to influence and contribute to ending homelessness for more of the people we work with directly, as well as helping to end homelessness in Scotland for good.
Knowledge/Skills and Experience:
We are looking for an experienced and highly skilled leader with ability to empower and develop direct reports and managers. The successful candidate will be driven by achieving positive outcomes with and for some of the most excluded individuals in our society. The post holder will demonstrate the capacity for positive external liaison - working collaboratively with partners in Edinburgh to end homelessness and contributing to our work, building upon and influencing the delivery of HARSAG recommendations.
As a member of the team you will have access to a wide range of employee benefits including:
· Interest free loans to purchase a train season ticket or a bike or for a deposit to secure a tenancy
· Mandatory pension scheme, with an employer contribution of 8.5%
· 25 days’ annual leave which increases with service to 28 days
Alongside our excellent staff benefits, we will support your ongoing development to build your skills, experience and career.
We are currently recruiting a Community Development Officer (21.6 hours) to join our Community Development Team based in Glasgow.
You will be working with refugee-led organisations and receiving communities on a variety of projects as set out in our strategy – with emphasis on capacity building training. We are looking for a qualified Community Development person, preferably with experience of working with refugees.
Excellent communication skills, flexibility and adaptability to meet evolving needs and good team working are essential. Working in the evening and weekends is occasionally required – for which we operate a time in lieu policy.
Interviews: to be confirmed but expected to be held on 14th November 2018
Please note that it is the policy of Scottish Refugee Council to start new employees on the lower end of the specified salary scheme
We have an exciting opportunity for an energetic and pro-active Volunteer Coordinator to join our Social and Practical Team and to assist the Senior Hit Squad Coordinator in delivering these services.
The Hit Squad service offers newly housed clients a volunteer led painting and decorating service and is delivered throughout Edinburgh.
We are currently recruiting 4 Regional Integration Co-ordinators (21.6 hours) to support the delivery of a new programme under the European Union Asylum, Migration & Integration Fund (AMIF).
The overall goals of the programme are that refugees are effectively integrated into Scottish society, are able to achieve their goals and have their needs met; while communities are supported and prepared to welcome refugees and involve them in community life.
The scope of the programme is Scotland-wide and we are looking to recruit a co-ordinator for each of the following regions:
• Central Scotland (Dundee City, Perth and Kinross, Angus, Falkirk, Clackmannanshire, Stirling)
• Highlands, Islands & North East (Western Isles [Eilean Siar], Highland, Orkney Islands, Shetland Islands, Moray, Aberdeenshire, Aberdeen City)
• Borders (Dumfries and Galloway, Scottish Borders, South Ayrshire, East Ayrshire, South Lanarkshire)
• Edinburgh and East: (City of Edinburgh, Fife, Midlothian, East Lothian, West Lothian)
You will be working with refugee-led organisations, receiving communities and faith-based groups on a variety of projects as set out in the programme. We are looking for people with either a qualification in community development or equivalent experience; or a sound understanding of the principles and practice of community development - preferably with experience of working with refugees.
In addition to a friendly, dynamic and gregarious nature, you will need excellent communication skills - both verbal and written - and the flexibility and adaptability to meet evolving needs. Good team working skills are essential as you will be operating remotely from the programme, your manager and the other regional co-ordinators.
The role is a regional one requiring regular travel throughout a designated area of Scotland for which travel expenses will be paid. A valid driving license and a car are therefore essential.
Closing Date: 5th November 2018
Interviews: to be confirmed but expected to be week commencing 12th November 2018
We are currently looking for a part-time Development Officer to join the development team.
The Development Officer role is responsible for working with local Citizens Advice Bureaux (CAB) and Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS) colleagues to develop the service in Scotland locally, regionally and nationally.
Based in Glasgow much of the post holder’s time is spent out in the bureaux working with volunteers and paid staff. The post is varied, interesting and supports a national network that works with some of the most vulnerable people in Scotland.
Development Officers assist Citizens Advice Bureaux in providing a high quality, accessible and well managed service by advising and supporting bureaux boards of directors and managers.
It is crucial for the role to have an understanding and awareness of the voluntary sector and experience of working with Boards. In addition, the job holder needs to have demonstrable experience of managing or developing services and projects. They need to have the ability to identify risks, plan strategically and make sound decisions and recommendations to Citizens Advice Bureaux with support from the Development team. All this will be backed up with excellent communication skills, including the ability to persuade and influence key stakeholders. The job holder will need to be flexible as they will be required to attend evening meetings.
Citizens Advice Scotland offers excellent terms and conditions, including a total of 40 days leave (including public holidays) and a pension scheme with an 8% employer contribution. We have a flexitime scheme which enables our employees to work flexibly in line with organisational requirements, and as an inclusive employer we are happy to consider other flexible working arrangements where appropriate. For more details of some of the other benefits on offer to our employees, please see the section on Employee benefits in the Application Pack.
We are looking for an enthusiastic individual with the right values to join our service assisting and supporting vulnerable homeless people to achieve better lives.
The successful candidate will be expected to complement the work of our support teams by ensuring the security of the building through observation and checks, maintaining health, safety and hygiene standards and following procedures such as for financial transactions, admissions and leavers, housing benefit, incident reports and building repairs reports.
You should have sound literacy and numeracy skills and experience of dealing with challenging behaviour. Other essentials include: experience of team working; good verbal communication; the ability to interact with people in an appropriate and positive way; and, above all, the determination to make a difference in the lives of our service users.
Wakened night shifts from 20:00 – 03:00 on a rota basis.
In return, we’ll offer you excellent learning and development opportunities, competitive annual leave entitlement, pension scheme, access to employee assistance programmes such as counselling, and life assurance.
Please note that the Association is currently conducting a major job evaluation exercise and that all salaries are subject to change following negotiation with our recognised trade union.
Fife Voluntary Action, as the third sector interface, plays an important dual role within community planning: representing the sector, in all its diversity, at Fife’s strategic and local management levels and, keeping third sector colleagues up to date with policy and planning developments. We’re looking for a Policy and Communications Officer to join our team.
Main Purpose of Post
The main purpose of this new Policy and Communications Officer post is to ensure that the voice of the third sector and the people they support features credibly on the policy agenda in Fife, and that the sector is suitably informed and skilled to maximise opportunities for service design and delivery.
The successful applicant will work to support senior colleagues to connect and involve the third sector in community planning. They will support FVA’s key role as agents of change in Fife, supporting and building relationships with public and third sector stakeholders to maximise the impact the third sector has on improving outcomes for the citizens and communities of Fife.
1. Support the delivery and momentum of a variety of third sector thematic forums including Health and Social Care, Mental Health, Community Justice, Children’s Services, Digital Participation.
2. Help plan and organise forum meetings and events relevant to the sector and policy themes.
3. Maintain an up-to-date knowledge of policy relating to key activities in Fife, keeping abreast of policy developments and funding opportunities.
4. Maintain an up-to-date knowledge of the third sector in Fife.
5. Establish and maintain relationships with key stakeholders as required including participating in partnership meetings and identifying partnership opportunities.
6. Help identify policy issues where the third sector can have an impact and support colleagues to find solutions to recommend to policymakers and stakeholders.
7. Engage with FVA customers through regular meetings, forums, seminars, workshops, surveys etc.
8. Support the writing of high-quality consultation and engagement responses where possible.
9. Through a variety of on and off-line communications channels, work with colleagues to design and draft regular communications for Fife’s third sector and wider stakeholders including e-mail bulletins, social media and webpages.
10. Produce monitoring reports for activities in line with FVA’s monitoring system, including the production of case studies.
11. To take personal responsibility for contributing to high quality standards in customer relations, service delivery and communications.
12. To support and lead on internal FVA activities as and when required.
For more information please download the job description below.
Fife Voluntary Action is a key voluntary sector organisation working across Fife to support the voluntary sector, social enterprises and volunteering. We’re looking for a Finance Officer to join our team.
Main Purpose of Post
To provide high quality financial support within the organisation thereby aiding and enhancing the delivery of the organisation’s services to voluntary and community organisations in the area. The post involves producing and processing invoices, payroll and pensions data for FVA and some of our clients.
1. To process payroll services for FVA and clients;
2. To input data and process financial transactions in our accounting software;
3. Operation of purchase and sales ledgers, producing invoices and processing customer and supplier invoices;
4. Undertake Independent Examinations (up to receipts and payments) for clients;
5. Administer Creative Breaks grants programme and other small grants schemes, including maintaining accurate records and producing reports on progress, claims and compliance;
6. Support and advise staff on project budgets, record keeping and claims;
7. To provide a book keeping service to some clients;
8. To provide some training/support to clients on basic financial administration and related matters;
9. To support the Finance Manager when required in relation to specific activities.
For more information please download the job description below.