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Empty Homes Adviser

  • Full time
  • £27,083
  • Homeworking until September 2021, negotiable thereafter with regular travel to Edinburgh
  • Closing 23rd July 2021

  • Advertised from 1st July 2021
  • + excellent benefits . Fixed Term contract until March 2022


Do you have lots of drive and initiative and proven experience in advice/customer service work involving a range of client bases? Then join Shelter Scotland as an Empty Homes Adviser and you could soon be playing an important role within our Scottish Empty Homes Partnership.

About Shelter Scotland

A home is a fundamental human need, as essential as education or healthcare. Yet over a million people in Scotland struggle on a daily basis with homelessness, bad housing conditions, soaring rents, discrimination and the threat of eviction. So, we are striving for change, with individuals, in communities, across society, and leading the way to a safe home. We need ambitious, best-in-class individuals who are passionate about our cause to join us at this exciting time. This is your chance to play a part in the fundamental change we are striving to achieve.

At Shelter Scotland we are united by our purpose to defend the right to a safe home. Our enemy is the social injustice at the core of the escalating housing emergency. We believe that to win that fight, we must be representative of the people we are here to help and those who support our movement for change. In all our people decisions, we take pride in being inclusive, fair, equitable and transparent.

We have committed to combat racism both within and outside Shelter Scotland and welcome you on our journey to becoming a truly anti-racist organisation.

About the team

Part of an award-winning Communication & Policy Department, our Scottish Empty Homes Partnership is a Scottish Government funded project aimed at enabling private sector empty homes to be brought back into use across Scotland. The Partnership achieves this via a mix of policy work, capacity building, training, best practice sharing and awareness raising with councils, community groups and others. It’s also home to the national Empty Homes Advice Service - a public facing advice line that anyone can call for help or to report an empty home.

About the role

Your challenge will be to provide first level advice and referrals to empty home owners, those with concerns about empty homes, people interested in buying and renovating empty homes and empty homes practitioners. Indeed, we'll rely on you to deliver a professional, impartial, pragmatic and outcome focussed telephone and email advice service whilst working to various Quality Standards. As well as handling initial enquiries, you’ll get involved in some of the more complex enquiries or cases, for which you’ll be supported by a line manager and other members of the Scottish Empty Homes Partnership team.

We are happy to talk about flexible working, personal growth, and to promote a workplace where you can be yourself and achieve success based only on your merit.

About you

Commercially aware, client focused and totally at home collaborating with others, you have great organisational and time management skills too. What's more, you respect other people’s opinions, are comfortable answering enquiries both over the phone and via email and have the communication skills it takes to empower clients to self-help where appropriate. Proficiency using case management systems and Microsoft Office applications is important too, together with the ability to type.

We offer a wide range of benefits, including 30 days of annual leave (pro rata), enhanced family friendly policies, pension and interest free travel loans. Our employees also have access to a tenancy deposit loan, cycle to work scheme and an employee assistance programme.

Shelter Scotland helps over half a million people every year struggling with bad housing or homelessness through our advice, support and legal services. And we campaign to make sure that, one day, no one will have to turn to us for help.

Application notes

Closing date: 23 July 2021 at 11.30pm

To find out more about the role and the benefits of working for Shelter Scotland please visit our website. Apply to be part of our team and be the change you want to see in society.

Safeguarding is everyone’s business. Shelter is committed to protecting the health, wellbeing and human rights of those we support, and enabling them to live free from harm, abuse and neglect. All our staff will be expected to observe professional standards of behaviour and conduct their work in line with our Safeguarding Policies.

Shelter does not accept unsolicited CVs from external recruitment agencies nor accept the fees associated with them.