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Climate Change Project Manager

  • Full time
  • Circa £26,000
  • Duns
  • Closing 11th September 2019

  • Advertised from 27th August 2019
  • Hours per week: 37.5. Term: 1 September 2019 – 31 March 2020


We are excited to be expanding the A Heart for Duns team so that we can respond better to the Climate Change Challenge and support our clients, members and the wider community. This is a rare and exciting opportunity to work in a Development Trust and engage with other local and national organisations to support transformation in carbon usage.

A Heart for Duns (AHFD) is a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO) and a Development Trust, which has been operating the Volunteer Hall in Duns since April 2015. The Hall was built in 1895 as a Drill Hall for the local Volunteer Battalion of the King’s Own Scottish Borderers. From the very beginning it has also been used as an entertainment venue. It was one of the earliest places that showed films in the Borders and offered a home for variety, dancing, music and theatre, as well as trade fairs, displays and a range of other activities. It contains the main Hall (a flat-floored space with a seating capacity of around 400), a smaller hall that holds around 60 people, a small meeting room and a number of offices. It has a well-equipped kitchen and bar.

It operates with a small core of paid staff — Development Manager, Admin and Events Coordinator, Finance Assistant, Cleaner/ Caretaker — supported by a substantial body of volunteers. The Hall has benefitted from a range of grant funding and continues to seek grants to develop the site.

AHFD enjoys a relationship with a group of core users: the Army Cadets, the local Archery Club, the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society, Duns and District U3A, Duns and District Amateur Operatic Society and Duns Players. The Hall is the key venue for events during the Duns Summer Festival and is visited periodically by the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Scottish Opera. It is the largest hall in Berwickshire and larger than any accessible flat-floored Hall in Berwick-upon-Tweed.

AHFD runs its own events, including film nights for new releases with Indy Cinema, craft and food markets, an annual beer festival, regular community lunches and a highly successful Christmas Party Night, as well as offering a venue for weddings and private parties.

AHFD now wishes to increase the services it offers, reinforcing its position in the community and developing its status as a sustainable first-rate venue and service provider for a wide range of events and activities. To this end, AHFD is embarking on an ambitious programme of hall improvement to meet the needs of a wide range of community and business users.

AHFD has secured the funding for a project with two linked principal objectives:

a capital programme as part of a multi-phase site development to improve the lighting, insulation, water management and control systems within the Volunteer Hall site;

An aligned revenue project to educate and raise awareness within the local community and to site users on carbon behaviours and actions, including provision of management policies and practices.

AHFD plans to use the opportunity available via the capital investment to adopt best practices within the Volunteer Hall site and generate a legacy of new and additional low carbon behaviours and actions for local households and businesses.

We are looking for a motivated, customer-oriented, hands-on individual, with excellent communication, project management and organisation skills. If you are the kind of person who relishes new challenges and opportunities and wants to influence real-world practice through this project, we would love to hear from you.

Application notes

A full Job Description is available on our website:

Please download an application pack below.

Closing date is noon on Wednesday 11 September 2019