The Community Alliance Trust (CAT) is an independent registered Scottish Charity and the Development Trust for
Greater Craigmillar. It was established in 2011 in response to the stalled regeneration programme in
Craigmillar. It currently runs the White House, a beautiful art deco building which is a community hub that has
two sitting tenants one, the café (White House Kitchen) and the other an educational organisation
(IntoUniversity). It is also the head office for the Trust. CAT has a social enterprise arm, the Community
Alliance Trading Enterprise (CATE). The other building CAT has is “The Green House” which is the home of the
Craigmillar Pantry, a co-operative that supplies affordable food and goods to its local members. In addition to
that CAT manages a 3G pitch and also looks after several community growing projects. The Trust is governed by a
board of Trustees and employs a team of staff to manage the facilities and projects, to deliver the Trusts
strategy. CAT has 8 staff currently funded through grant awards from the Scottish Government or the Local
Our vision is that Greater Craigmillar is a good place to be; has a quality of life that can be enjoyed by everyone,
with a thriving community and opportunities for all. Our mission is to support the community by providing
necessary funded projects that also contribute to community life, with good quality affordable facilities
providing space for community participation.
Due to retirement CAT is now searching for its next Trust Manager to build on, and further evolve the services and
footprint of CAT. This is an exciting opportunity for a dynamic individual who is willing to sustain and develop
our portfolio of projects and social enterprises as part of the ongoing regeneration process in Craigmillar. The
ideal candidate will have a track record of business delivery including managing a social enterprise and
properties, as well as a sound understanding of community development/regeneration in Scotland.
Key Skills and Experience
- A confident, engaging and influential self-starter with a passion for making a difference in the social
- A strategic thinker, with experience of operating at a senior level within the Third
Sector. A passion for developing and nurturing relationships both within and outside of the
- An organised, flexible and target-driven individual with experience of setting,
maintaining and reporting on budgets and financial plans with well-developed project management skills and
experience of managing the operations and facilities of buildings occupied by third parties
- An ability to oversee effective management of the organisations day to day financial affairs
along with experience in setting, maintaining and reporting on budgets and financial plans.
Main Tasks/Key Responsibilities
- To work with the Board to develop and implement the Strategic Plan and associated policies of CAT and set,
manage and report on budgets and financial performance, including interpretation and application of key
financial information. In addition, provide information/advice to the Board in developing and changing strategy
and draw up and monitor specific project plans and proposals with clear budgets and timescales, reflecting the
longer term objectives of the Strategic Plan. To prepare papers for the Board, Advise the Board on Policy
- To seek external funding and grant opportunities for future growth and development of CAT;
ensuring that CAT’s financial guidelines and practices are adhered to, as well as keeping abreast of current
policy, political and social issues likely to affect the workings of CAT.
- To manage and lead staff of
seven colleagues and develop internal structures for staff support and management, promoting a team/community
culture. To maintain awareness of staff in key areas such as health and safety and cyber/digital
- To efficiently and effectively oversee the operations of the Trust buildings and facilities as
well as developing and overseeing the management of the facilities ensuring the security of the
building/facilities at all times. In addition seek continuous reductions’ in carbon, improvements in
environmental performance and work towards achieving net zero target.
- To take responsibility for
reviewing, monitoring and evaluating the core and project work of the CAT. To develop links with the community
to play a positive role in enabling their full participation in civic life and promote and market the
organisation, its success and facilities. To maintain and develop a digital presence.
- To maintain
up-to-date knowledge of changes in legislation and policy which affects the organisation and the management of
staff/ volunteers and write and review policy and practice guidelines for the organisation. To draft written
responses to government documents and policies on behalf of the Board.
Salary commensurate with background and experience.
Initially the post is for 4 days per week.
Applications submitted via CV to firstname.lastname@example.org
Closing date: 5pm on 24th June 2022