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Top job! ARC Scotland Projects Manager

  • Full time
  • £36,019 – £38,789
  • Dalkeith - travel throughout Scotland will be required
  • Closing 16th June 2019

  • Advertised from 23rd May 2019
  • 35 per week


Overall Purpose

Lead the development of a portfolio of local and national networks and forums delivered by ARC Scotland. Ensure all aspects of our work improve knowledge, practice and policy; and improve the lives of people who require support in Scotland.

Specific project responsibilities will be negotiated with the successful candidate dependent on their areas of expertise. The successful candidate will provide leadership for at least three of the following major project initiatives:

  • National Involvement Network / Charter for Involvement
  • Local Involvement Networks
  • Local networks (x9) for provider organisations
  • Scottish Transitions Forum
  • Supporting Offenders with Learning Disabilities (SOLD) network

Work with the ARC Scotland Director to shape and communicate the on-going strategic direction of ARC Scotland. Manage budgets and help to ensure adequate resources are in place to continue to deliver our vision and values.

Lead change

  • Lead local and national networks that bring people from different professional backgrounds, people who require support and those who care for them to work and learn together as equal partners
  • Provide leadership and management to ARC Scotland projects team
  • Engage in the practical delivery of project-funded activities
  • Involve people who require support as partners in all aspects of the work
  • Ensure that ARC Scotland project funded activates meet all identified outcomes and deliver our vision and values.

Make a difference

  • Enable and empower people who require additional support to lead change in their services and communities
  • Engage with and influence policy and planning process both nationally and locally, including with the Scottish Government, national bodies, provider organisations and local authorities
  • Keep up to date with developments in policy, practice and legislation related to people with additional needs in Scotland
  • Ensure the impact of all project activity is evaluated using the ARC Scotland Evaluation Strategy

Communicate with purpose and passion

  • Lead the delivery of the ARC Scotland Communications Strategy
  • Build strong relationships with all relevant stakeholders groups, including people who require support, carers, practitioners from all sectors, planners, policy makers and elected members
  • Communicate and engage with people who require support, in groups and individually, to ensure their views lead all aspects of our work
  • Produce film, publications and other media of national significance. Ensure all external communications are of the highest possible impact, quality and accessibility.
  • Plan and deliver conferences, training and workshop events

Stay sustainable

  • Develop strong partnerships with existing and future funding partners, including the Scottish Government
  • Monitor project budgets ensuring delivery within projected spend
  • Produce project reports for funders and other partners
  • In partnership with the ARC Scotland Training Manager, develop training products to share learning that are co-produced with people who require support and their carers
  • Assist the ARC Scotland Director in identifying new work areas, funding sources and in the production of funding proposals
  • Work with the ARC Scotland Director in leading strategic planning and team development activities

Person specification


  • Evidence of a strong commitment to enabling people with additional needs to be at the heart of their services and communities
  • Evidence of the ability to plan strategically, overcome challenges and achieve positive change within complex settings
  • Excellent communication skills with diverse stakeholders, including people with additional needs
  • Practical experience of leading the delivery of person-centred models of support
  • Evidence of the ability to provide effective leadership to a staff team
  • Deep understanding of the challenges and opportunities faced by people who require additional support and those who care for them
  • Understanding of the policy, regulatory and legislative frameworks that impact on people with additional support
  • Ability to work in a dynamic and changeable environment. Willingness to travel throughout Scotland, including overnight stays.
  • Evidence of continued professional and personal development activities relevant to this post.


  • Experience of engaging with national or local policy and planning processes
  • Relevant qualification
  • Knowledge or experience in the fields of either:
    • Planning and delivery of social care services
    • Involvement of supported people
    • Transitions for young adults
    • Criminal justice
  • Group leadership and facilitation
  • Understanding of evaluation methodologies and change theory
  • Experience in marketing, communications, media and IT
  • Experience of designing and delivering training
  • Full driving licence.

Application notes

Please submit a CV and personal statement of no more than 4 x A4 pages. This must evidence how you meet the essential criteria set out in the person specification above. You may also wish to address the desirable criteria that apply.

Submit this together with your CV and contact details for two referees (one of whom must be your current or most recent employer) by 16 June 2019 to

James Fletcher

Director ARC Scotland

Unit 12, Hardengreen Business Centre



EH22 3NX (0131) 663 4444

Please mark your correspondence ‘Private and Confidential.’ Please indicate that you are applying for ARC Scotland Projects Manager.

Informal enquires are welcome and may be made to James Fletcher.

Interviews will be held at the ARC Scotland office on 24 June 2019.

This post is subject to PVG check.