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Community Development Officer, Scotland

  • Full time
  • £33,273 – £35,881
  • Home-based, Scotland
  • Closing 21st September 2021

  • Advertised from 8th September 2021
  • (fixed term contract up to 31 May 2023) Type: Full-time (35 hours per week). Salary Band: Band E2 Department: UK Community Networks team and Scotland team.
  • plus car and broadband allowance and excellent benefits


At the MS Society, we make sure people living with MS are at the centre of everything we do. And it’s this commitment that unites us across the UK. Our work is based on the hopes and aspirations of our MS community. Together we campaign at all levels, fund ground-breaking research and provide award winning support and information.

Our people are our greatest asset and the key to our success. We offer a vibrant, progressive environment where you will make a difference.

About this job

The role of Community Development Officer Scotland is one of two Community Development Officers within Scotland which are part of our UK Community Networks team. As part of our Community Development team your role will be to develop our local community presence in Scotland and developing awareness of and engagement with the MS community by the wider community.

As a Community Development Officer you’ll support our local volunteer groups to develop new partnerships, share good practice, respond to local need and engage with the wider community. This includes the development of events and services, with MS professionals and local groups where appropriate, to engage the community in our work.

You’ll play an important role working in partnership with our local groups and the MS Community to incorporate their needs and views into our work and will provide guidance and support to our local volunteers when developing local services.

The role also focuses on developing our connections with communities we currently under-engage with and to support the development of informal groups within the MS community, and our relationship with them.

The post-holder will have experience of working alongside end-users in the coproduction of services or activities, and a commitment to the principles of coproduction; experience of managing the delivery of activity plans in partnership with volunteers, as well as experience of partnership working and stakeholder engagement to improve local services and outcomes for the MS Community.

As this role covers large geographical areas you’ll need to hold a full driving licence and have access to a car.

We offer 35 days annual leave (including bank holidays), travel loan and various other benefits such as supported developmental opportunities.

The MS Society is in the midst of an exciting, transformational, period which builds on our great history and will drive us towards achieving our mission and vision as we embark on our Every MS Story strategy.

Application notes

In order to apply for this role, please submit an updated CV and supporting statement indicating how you meet the criteria as set out in the person specification in the attached job description.

The successful candidate must have the right to work in the UK. If we do offer you employment, you’ll be required to provide documentation to show that you’re eligible to be employed in the UK before starting employment.

The full list of UK visas and permits that grant you the right to work in the UK can be found on the UK government website. We currently don’t have a Sponsor Licence agreement with the Home Office and will not be in a position to support you with any visa applications you may make.

Completed applications are to be emailed to

Please contact the HR Team via if you require any reasonable adjustments to apply for this role or would like to discuss the role in confidence.

We’re a Disability Confident Employer. We’re committed to promoting equality and diversity. We’d be grateful if you could complete the equality and diversity monitoring form on our website and submit it with your application. The form can be downloaded from here:

As part of our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion, the HR team will anonymise your CV and supporting statement before forwarding to the shortlisting panel.

We particularly welcome applications from people with disabilities and/or from ethnic minority backgrounds, where we’re looking to build stronger and better representation among our staff.

Closing date: 9am on Tuesday 21 September