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Youth Specialist

  • Full time
  • £24,350
  • Home-based and/or office based**
  • Closing 10th July 2022

  • Advertised from 13th June 2022
  • + 5% pension contribution, with Pay Progression opportunities available within the role. 35 hours per week*.


A very exciting and unique opportunity has arisen to join Paws for Progress in the role of Youth Specialist.

The purpose of your role will be to lead on the delivery of our exciting suite of Personal Development Programmes for young people across Central Scotland. These programmes are highly engaging due to their involvement of friendly and confident dogs.

The role involves working in settings such as schools, youth projects /community organisations, secure units, and prisons. The role focuses on working with disadvantaged or vulnerable children and young people from a variety of backgrounds.

As Youth Specialist, you will work to achieve Paws for Progress’ Strategic Purpose: Enabling people and dogs to improve each other’s lives.

The Youth Specialist will do this through contributing to our 3 Strategic Aims:

• Improve the wellbeing and future prospects of people experiencing challenges by creating opportunities for learning and development.

• Improve the welfare of dogs and rehoming success of homeless dogs.

• Build a sustainable future platform for our work to ensure we can make a lasting difference for both people and dogs.

The role will require the Youth Specialist to be involved in the expansion of our existing service model, with the support of the Development Manager, in addition to ongoing enhancement and improvement of the services.

You will be supported through a learning and development period at the start of this exciting and varied role.

*35 hours per week, to be flexibly worked at Paws for Progress sites across Central Scotland. A portion of this time will be spent working from home or at the office as required by the organisation (with potential for flexible working agreements depending on specific needs).

**Location: Travel will be necessary to the various Paws for Progress CIC project sites across Central Scotland and for team meetings at various locations, including our office based at the University of Stirling. For administrative duties, this role can be home-based and/or use office space.

Application notes

Applicants are invited to submit a CV and 1 page cover letter, setting out why you want to join us in this role and how you meet the person specification. These should be sent to our recruitment team by midnight on the 10/07/2022 at

We will let you know by the 22/7/2022 if you are being invited to progress to the interview stage of recruitment.

First stage interviews will be conducted in-person in Stirling on the 28/7/2022.

Second stage interviews will take place in-person in Falkirk or Stirling during the week beginning 1st August 2022.

Please let Suzanne Ruby know at if there is anything we can do to make the application or interview process more accessible for you (for example, these adjustments could include, but are not limited to: video application, interview coach present, sending questions prior to the interview, possibility of a walking interview, etc).

Every role at Paws for Progress is open to applications from all sections of society. We believe in the potential of everyone regardless of sex, race, religion or belief, ethnic origin, different physical ability, age, nationality, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other form of diversity.

At Paws for Progress, we are committed to conscious inclusion that contributes to creating a sense of belonging and shared purpose. We welcome applications from everyone who feels passionately about our vision; creating a world where people and dogs improve and enrich each other’s lives.