Development Officer (3 posts)

  • Part time
  • £26,000 pro-rata
  • Home based, with travel to St John Scotland head office in Edinburgh and across Scotland as required. We are looking to recruit people in the East, West and North of Scotland so we encourage applications from people happy to work across one of those areas
  • Closing 21st June 2021

  • Advertised from 28th May 2021
  • Part time 22.5 hours per week, Contract type: Temporary 24 months


About St John Scotland

St John Scotland is a Scottish charity focused on developing community health resilience in order to save lives across Scotland. Most of our service in Scotland is delivered by volunteers across 12 Local Area Committees. Our focus is on developing and delivering four core services: Patient Transport, CPR training, Public Access Defibrillator provision and training, and Community First Responders.

We have a proud history of providing and supporting lifesaving services in Scotland, both through our dedicated volunteers and by working alongside other organisations. However, following a recent strategic review, we recognise that St John Scotland is not well known in Scotland, and that we need to develop and strengthen our four existing core services to have a consistently positive impact across the country.

We are ambitious to build a sustainable future in which St John Scotland is a well-recognised and effective Scottish charity developing community health resilience through active local volunteers and collaborative working.

About the roles

The role of the Development Officers is to support our volunteer teams to develop and deliver core services and outcomes in order to build and consolidate the identity of St John Scotland nationally and in local communities.

Each Development Officer will support a number of Area Teams and will also have a lead role in one of our core services. If you have particular experience or an interest in Patient Transport, CPR, Defibrillators or Community First Responders please explain this in your application.

The roles are home-based with some travel required; we are looking to recruit people in the East, West and North of Scotland so that we have on-the-ground support for our volunteer teams.

Main duties and responsibilities

The focus of these roles will be:

  • Supporting the development and delivery of our core services at a local level, working with Area Teams, the Service Development Manager and partners to determine what is achievable and desirable in each Area in contributing to overall strategic objectives.
  • Working with Area teams to engage with local communities to develop an understanding of their needs and demonstrate the impact of St John Scotland services in each Area.
  • Building the capacity and enthusiasm of volunteer teams to deliver outcomes, ensuring that all volunteers feel recognised, supported an enabled. Working with the Volunteer Development Officer and our Communities of Practice to ensure that appropriate recruitment, development, and governance requirements are met in each Area and for each service.

Person specification

Qualifications / Education

  • Higher education with evidence of ongoing development


  • Working with volunteers in a leadership role within a decentralised organisation to deliver specific outcomes.
  • Community engagement to initiate projects, develop, deliver, and demonstrate impact.
  • Developing effective partnerships, collaborative working arrangements and/or service agreements with other organisations which demonstrate contribution to overall objectives.
  • Managing projects, event planning and administration reporting to senior management.
  • Experience directly relevant to any of our core services is highly desirable.
  • Knowledge and Skills
  • Ability to work collaboratively with volunteers, colleagues, and partners to develop and deliver services.
  • Knowledge of governance and operational requirements of working within the charity sector.
  • An awareness of community health resilience and equalities issues is desirable.
  • Holding a First Aid or similar qualification is desirable. A willingness to undertake a relevant qualification is essential.
  • Excellent IT skills, including experience of using the full Microsoft Office suite with a particular focus on communication within a decentralised organisation.
  • Personal requirements
  • Able to demonstrate a willingness to work alongside volunteers to support them and their activity, to empower others and work collaboratively.
  • Highly motivated and resilient. Able to use initiative, demonstrate discretion, sound judgement and effective decision-making ability.
  • Excellent communication skills such that you can communicate effectively with people and groups from primary school children to Board Members.
  • Flexibility and adaptability.
  • Accuracy and attention to detail.
  • Clean UK driving license and a willingness to travel on charitable business and work flexibly to enable effective engagement with our volunteer teams across Scotland. Where possible we would encourage the use of public transport, however access to a car for business use is essential for this role. (Mileage will be paid)

Application notes

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Please submit applications by CV and covering letter, explaining how your skills and experience would be a suitable fit for the role, to by 9.00am on Monday 21 June 2021.