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Empty Homes Partnership Officer

  • Full time
  • £31,923
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 31st January 2020

  • Advertised from 6th January 2020
  • £31,923 pa + excellent benefits including 30 days holiday and flexible working. Fixed term contract until March 2021


Closing date: Friday 31st January at 11.30pm. Interviews: 24 February 2020.

Do you have a strong working knowledge of the housing policy landscape in Scotland and, ideally, familiarity with empty homes work? Then join Shelter Scotland as an Empty Homes Partnership Officer and you could soon be proactively supporting a Scottish Government funded project aimed at bringing long term empty properties back into use.

A home is a fundamental human need, as essential as education or healthcare. Yet millions of people across Britain 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.

Part of an award-winning Communication & Policy Department, the Scottish Empty Homes Partnership (SEHP) aims to enable 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 is 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

As Empty Homes Partnership Officer, you’ll be responsible for supporting the Scottish Empty Homes Officer Network - an established network of Empty Homes Officers working across councils in Scotland. We’ll also rely on you to work to maintain and develop new partnership links with others that have an interest in bringing empty homes back into use, including community groups, housing associations and third sector partners. Encouraging and influencing Councils to mainstream empty homes work within their existing service will be important too, as will gathering evidence on opportunities and barriers to bringing empty homes back into use. And, when it comes to setting out specific learning lessons and recommendations for future sector development, again, we’ll look to you to deliver.

About you

To succeed, you’ll need a relevant background and a real desire to help bring positive change to the Scottish housing landscape. You’ll also need a demonstrable track record of developing and delivering training and a proactive approach to analysing and sharing best practice. Strong communication skills, including the ability to influence others, is also required, together with commercial awareness, lots of initiative, great problem solving skills, the ability to work collaboratively and respect for others opinions.


We offer a wide range of benefits, including 30 days of annual leave, 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.

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.

At Shelter Scotland, we welcome and encourage applications from everyone regardless of age, disability, gender, ethnicity, religion and sexual orientation. We also encourage applications from people, who have been homeless or have been at risk of homelessness. We are facing diverse problems, so need diverse people to tackle them.

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

Application notes

For further information and to apply please visit our website