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Schools Coordinator

  • Full time
  • £20,000 – £23,000
  • Based in West Scotland - Edinburgh or Glasgow
  • Closing 25th October 2021

  • Advertised from 30th September 2021
  • Salary depending on experience. 35 hours per week
  • Benefits: includes a company pension, an employee assistance programme and learning and development opportunities


Join us to help create a social enterprise in every school in Scotland in the next 3 years.

In their 10 year Strategy for Social Enterprise, the Scottish Government announced its ambition to see a social enterprise in every school in Scotland. We have been tasked with leading on the delivery of this goal.

“If you could create a business to solve any social issue in your community, country or the world, what would it be?” This is what we ask young people across Scotland every year. The result? Innovative social enterprises that are completely pupil-led and solving the issues that matter most to them.

From making sustainable crafts to funding community defibrillators to tackling local unemployment through computer coding classes, these young people are stepping up, taking action and demanding change.

Since the Social Enterprise in Education programme began we’ve had over 1,600 school engagements across Scotland and in that time we have seen young people change how they see themselves and grow hugely in confidence while building essential skills for the future. We work with nurseries, primary and secondary schools and schools for young people with additional support needs.

Your role will be to support this activity from our Edinburgh head office, supporting facilitators and social entrepreneurs to work with the schools to make this vision a reality. As part of a highly motivated team, this opportunity offers variety, satisfaction and a great opportunity to be part of something that is making a difference to Scotland.

Having the right mind-set, attitude and approach is as important for us as having the right experience and skills. We appreciate that the best person might not have all the listed criteria yet, so if you feel your experience and skills will help you to make a great contribution in this role and you have the right mind-set, we would welcome an application from you.

Job Purpose

To work closely with the Education Manager and rest of the Education team to coordinate the roll-out of Social Enterprise Schools in your area. Providing excellent customer service, relationship building and coordination skills to support schools throughout the Academic year, ensuring young people and teachers get the best possible experience taking part in Social Enterprise Schools.

Key Responsibilities

  • Take ownership of the schools in your area, supporting existing schools, promoting the programme and recruiting new schools
  • Act as the first point of enquiry for teachers and schools, providing information about the programme and support in getting started and background to linking the programme to Curriculum for Excellence
  • Support schools applying for our Social Enterprise Awards, sharing appropriate resources and local contacts to assist schools, supporting them to develop their business plans
  • Continually work with and support other team members and facilitators to increase impact and ensure young people/teachers have an amazing experience taking part in the programme
  • Represent the Education Team at various events and networking opportunities
  • Work with the Marketing and Communications Officer to raise the profile of the Schools programme, obtain material and input to promote the programme, including content for case studies, Education Showcase and the annual Schools Special of the Big Issue Magazine
  • Regularly review the changing dynamics of the Education landscape, and in particular the Local Authorities in your area, to ensure that we maximise opportunities to collaborate and partner with others to increase awareness of the programme and ensure its success

Based in West Scotland (Some remote working, some travel to schools/meetings across your area as well as the opportunity to work with colleagues in Glasgow & the option to work in our Edinburgh office, in line with regulations at that time)

Organisation profile:

The Social Enterprise Academy is a social enterprise that connects changemakers with transformational learning and development.

Created in 2004, we deliver innovative leadership and entrepreneurship programmes that empower individuals, communities, and organisations in Scotland and internationally to become more sustainable and have greater impact.

Through our Social Enterprise Schools programme created in partnership with The Scottish Government, we will provide every young person in Scotland the opportunity to run their own social enterprise by 2024. By stepping up to solve the issues that matter most to them, young people of all ages and abilities also develop essential skills for life, learning and work.

Application notes

For a full set of criteria please download the recruitment pack from our website:

  1. Complete our application form and equality and diversity monitoring form
  2. Send your application form and equality and diversity monitoring form to by 1pm Monday 25 October 2021
  3. Please note that interviews will be held 02 – 04 November 2021 via Zoom

If you have any questions or if you would like to discuss any reasonable adjustments for the application or interview process please get in touch: Kirsten Watson | 0131 243 2670 |

Closing date: 1pm Monday, 25 October 2021