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Top job! National Co-ordinator

  • Part time
  • £35,000 – £40,000 pro-rata
  • Flexible – home based
  • Closing 24th January 2020

  • Advertised from 9th January 2020
  • 22.5 hours (3 days) per week, possibility for future extension. Duration: 1 year in first instance with the possibility of extension.


Are you passionate about the future of rural Scotland? Do you have a track record of organisation and project management? Do you have experience of working in partnership with a range of organisations at local or national levels? If so, this post presents a unique and very exciting opportunity to help develop a co-ordinated movement for rural Scotland.

Scottish Rural Action (SRA) was established in 2013 with the dual objectives of delivering the Scottish Rural Parliament and developing a rural community movement. The biennial Scottish Rural Parliament is now recognised as a strong voice to advocate for rural Scotland; priority rural issues are identified and addressed, working in consultation with local and national interests; a strong relationship with the Scottish Government enables advocacy. The focus of our development activity is now on building Scotland’s rural movement. We are doing this in partnership with the Scottish Government, other organisations and rural communities. This is an exciting challenge, which holds the potential to build an inclusive platform for rural people, interests and places.

SRA itself is also embracing significant changes in the way it is structured and operates, and the National Co-ordinator will play an important role in this change process. We are particularly interested in developing the pipeline for thought leadership between the grassroots and policy makers, and connecting more with partner organisations with similar ambitions. We aim to embed this change at both Board and Staff level, and we will be recruiting both Staff and Board Members with the capacities to deliver this agenda.

The Board now seeks to recruit a National Co-ordinator to oversee the management of the organisation, to enable its future sustainability, and to support the change process. This post will suit a self-starter with appropriate experience in organisational management and an understanding of rural Scotland.

The National Co-ordinator post is advertised as initially part-time, 3 days per week, working from a home base but with the ability to travel throughout Scotland. The core post will focus on the management and development of SRA, with a parallel contract focussed on the outreach aspects of the rural movement development. It is envisaged that there will be a close working relationship between these distinct roles, and the opportunity to extend the contract in the future.

Full job description and further details can be downloaded here:

Application notes

Applicants are invited to review the job description and person specification carefully, and to submit a full Curriculum Vitae and covering supporting letter, outlining how you meet the job criteria.

Your application should be received no later than 5pm on Friday January 24, 2020.

Please send your application to:

If you wish to discuss this post, please phone: 01381 600736

Interviews will be held on February 17-18 in Edinburgh.

Organisation Profile

Scottish Rural Action is a grassroots-led, non-profit organisation that aims to help improve the lives of people in rural Scotland and to reduce rural inequality. We encourage and actively support the development of an inclusive and sustainable rural movement that is rooted in Scotland’s rural communities and empowers and connects them.

We work by:

  • Connecting with rural communities through active volunteer-led networks to build a grass-roots rural movement.
  • Organising the Scottish Rural Parliament every two years to connect rural communities with decision-makers and to raise the profile of rural needs and strengths.
  • Providing opportunities for rural communities to connect, share and learn from each other.
  • Influencing policy and services at a national, regional and local level on the 5 key priority areas in the Rural Manifesto for Scotland to ensure the needs and interest of marginalised people living in rural areas are not overlooked.
  • Representing the voice of rural Scotland on key Scottish Government decision-making committees including National Transport Strategy Partnership Group, Broadband R100 Expert Group, Rural Policy Cross-Party Group.
  • Ensuring that decision-makers understand the needs and strengths of rural communities in Scotland, and that policy does not disadvantage rural communities.