Connecting Families Development Officer

  • Full time
  • £29,577
  • Edward House, Glasgow – with extensive travel around Scotland (Note: all staff currently home working due to COVID)
  • Closing 18th April 2021

  • Advertised from 1st April 2021
  • Plus 4% employer pension contribution. 35 hours per week (1.0 FTE). 2 year post
  • 2 posts available


We are recruiting – come and join Scottish Families!

This post will support the delivery of Scottish Families’ strategic outcome that ‘Families are a movement for change’, including ongoing delivery of our Connecting Families programme through engagement, design, delivery and evaluation. The post will help increase capacity and create more opportunities for families to influence sustainable change in relation to substance use and recovery. The Connecting Families programme is dynamic and is co-produced with family members, however the role will include initiatives such as our Family Recovery College, tackling stigma, promoting family rights, engaging with peer-led family support groups and networks, and running family and community events.

The post-holder will be responsible for developing and delivering our national Connecting Families programme, where families drive the development of a families’ recovery movement, including co-producing projects, events and initiatives. This includes supporting the delivery of learning programmes to promote family recovery; engaging and supporting families; supporting families’ voices to be directly heard through a range of platforms; facilitating family engagement and influence in policy, research and service development; and working closely with other social movements, including recovery movements.

The post will be based at Edward House, Glasgow (Scottish Families’ national office) with extensive travel around Scotland. (Note that currently all staff are home working due to the COVID outbreak and there is currently no confirmed date for the re-opening of the national office, based on the Scottish Government guidance). The post-holder will be expected to work some evenings and occasional weekends. Due to the nature of this post, access to a car is essential.

We are seeking applicants who have a degree in a relevant subject or equivalent professional qualification, as well as experience of building and maintaining relationships with individuals and groups; engaging with unheard or under-represented groups; providing learning and development opportunities; and collaborative working. Applicants should have knowledge of issues for families affected by alcohol and drugs; principles of co-production; values underpinning community learning and development; awareness of recovery movements; and understanding of family rights in the context of human rights. We are seeking an applicant who can encourage and promote the development of family recovery actions to bring about change.

Application notes

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Closing date: 11.59pm, Sunday 18 April 2021.