Scottish Drugs Forum (SDF) is Scotland’s national resource of expertise on drugs and related issues. We seek to lead and represent the drugs field in Scotland in order to improve Scotland’s response to problem drug use. SDF works with policy makers, service planners and commissioners, service managers and staff as well as people who use or have used services to ensure service quality and evidence-based policy and practice.
We are pleased to be recruiting for the position of Senior Development Officer – Inclusion and Peer Engagement. This is great opportunity to work as part of a busy and dynamic team.
About the Project:
As an Investing in Volunteers awarded organisation, Scottish Drugs Forum (SDF) has a long history of engaging volunteers, primarily around peer research. This model has proved extremely successful in terms of outputs that have influenced service developments and change. Also, volunteering has supported individuals to develop valuable new skills and experiences that have often led people into education, training or employment including training and employment at SDF. Most volunteers at SDF have their own lived/living experience of problem substance use and may be at different points of their own self-defined recovery. SDF regards this diversity as a significant asset that contributes to the broader success of the organisation by whichever means that is measured.
This post will build on SDF’s peer research approach and develops wider opportunities to volunteer in different aspects of SDF’s work. The post will also involve developing alliances with volunteering organisations and explore new avenues of funding that relate specifically to volunteering, peer research and inclusion.
In terms of capacity building this post works across teams within SDF and is managed within the Peer Research and Inclusion team.
About the Post Holder:
The successful candidate will have an ability to work on their own initiative, to support the User Involvement Development Officers and deputise for Programme Manager according to project need. They will also have relevant experience of, or an ability to develop the necessary knowledge, to identify new funding and income streams and support development of volunteering activity across the organisation.
As the role requires the post holder to engage with a diverse range of people with lived and living experience, it is essential that any applicant is knowledgeable of problem use of various substances and is knowledgeable and supportive of the spectrum of recovery including having a sound understanding of harm reduction, all available treatment and all forms of mutual aid.
We welcome applications from people with their own direct lived experience of problem drug use and recognise that they may use their experience and their own peer networks in developing the role.
Benefits of working at SDF:
As an SDF employee you will benefit from generous annual leave entitlement, a range of learning and development opportunities, competitive pension contribution, enhanced sick pay and an employee support and counselling service. SDF encourage a healthy work life balance and offer a flexible working scheme.
Our ambition is to work together to promote a more inclusive environment, which attracts all candidates and signals our commitment to celebrate and promote diversity.
We are currently working from home, but it is envisaged this post will have a significant amount of in person work and will require regular travel throughout Scotland and an ability to attend work in our head office based in Glasgow as required. Candidates should be willing and able to work effectively from home.