Top job! General Manager

  • Full time
  • up to £50,000
  • Auchincruive, Ayr with some travel within Scotland
  • Closing 23rd March 2023

  • Advertised from 14th March 2023
  • Responsible to: Board of Directors. Salary: up to £50,000.00, commensurate with skills, qualifications and experience. 37.5 hours per week in a flexible pattern as directed by the needs of the job. Some evening and weekend working will be essential. Annual Leave: 30 days per annum inclusive of Public Holidays
  • Pension


River Garden Auchincruive presents a wonderful opportunity for a General Manager to run a charity supporting people’s recovery from drug and alcohol addiction through a model of Social Enterprise

We are looking for a most enthusiastic, committed person with strong experience of working in addictions, mental health and the recovery sector, combined with a strong understanding and background in business management with appropriate qualifications.

This is a highly responsible position. The ideal candidate will be able to demonstrate:

· Experience of managing services in the drug and alcohol sector, preferably in the field of recovery.

· Strong leadership qualities with a proven ability to lead a team.

· Excellent communication skills.

· Change management experience.

· Experience of developing new service models to meet the needs of organisational compliance, for example MAT standards.

· Ability to manage and set budgets in collaboration with appropriate staff.

· Full clean driving licence.

· A valid current work visa, residency or citizenship.

The General Manager (GM) will work to, and in collaboration with the board of trustees to develop and maintain a healthy charity. The GM leads and supports a team of staff working to build a strong peer led recovery community that will enable residents to sustain their own individual and collective journeys away from addiction through peer support and meaningful engagement in social enterprise.

The post holder will work together with the board, relevant staff and other stakeholders to create an annual RGA work plan. The post holder will regularly monitor and actively contribute to the delivery of that plan.

See downloads for detailed key accountabilities

Charity overview

River Garden is set in a beautiful rural location in South Ayrshire where a more appropriate setting for recovery could not be imagined. Operating from a 48.5 acre site on the river Ayr, we are building a community dedicated to sustainable recovery from drugs and alcohol through our vibrant, innovative approach to the development of social enterprises to provide occupation and learning for our residents and to support the continued growth of our dreams.

Our approach is unique in Scotland and combines a “work orientated approach” through working in our various enterprises, backed up by specific, time tested input on recovery models of care, residents can grow over the 3-year residential journey into rounded people whose recovery and abstinence is sustainable and who feel pride in themselves as productive, engaged members of their various local communities.

Our first social enterprise “The Bothy Café” is firmly establishing itself as a “go to” place for the local community and the open access nature of our site has a significant de-stigmatising benefit for those in recovery. Our “fledgling” events management social enterprise fills us with excitement and our purpose-built River Garden woodworking enterprise is on the cusp of opening. We are committed to this being our “Year of the garden” where we, through our residents, volunteers and staff, strive to enhance the experience of visitors to our site and the gardens we have on the estate.

We have exciting plans for developing new social enterprises over the next few years. The challenge is significant and the rewards are immense. This is an exciting time for River Garden, with massive infrastructural change sponsored by The Social Inclusion Partnership and the Scottish Government. We look forward to increasing our resident numbers to 50+ over the next few years.

To find out more: check out our website at

Application notes

Closing date: Thursday 23 March 2023

Interview date: Week commencing Monday 3 April 2023

Please submit your CV and covering letter to or by post to: River Garden Auchincruive, The Bothy Office, Auchincruive, by Ayr KA6 5AE

If you require further information or clarification, please contact