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Community Organiser

  • Full time
  • £29,161
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 1st March 2020

  • Advertised from 30th January 2020
  • Fixed term contract until 31st March 2021
  • Plus excellent benefits


Do you have experience of using community organising approaches or working in a charity, political or social campaigning environment? Then join Shelter Scotland as a Community Organiser and you could soon be bringing about positive change in the local community for people affected by the housing crisis in Scotland.

A home is a fundamental human need, as essential as education or healthcare. Yet tens of thousands of people across 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, talented 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.

Campaigning, organising, influencing and working in local communities is critical to all that Shelter Scotland does. This includes running national and local campaigns, influencing politicians and working to build a network of active and motivated campaigners in our communities. Community Organising differs significantly from one off charity campaigning. It’s a process that seeks to put power in the hands of the people affected by a social injustice or societal problems. And, it's a process that you’ll be at the heart of.

About the role

Developing local community responses to the housing emergency in and around Edinburgh is the challenge. Your focus will be on building up local housing activism to bring about positive change. You’ll do this by building strong new local relationships and develop active local campaign groups. Developing local knowledge and working to a community organising plan in collaboration with the teams in our Edinburgh hub and across Shelter Scotland will be key, as will delivering workshops and motivating and supporting others to get involved. Understanding the local dynamic, identifying opportunities and managing projects – all are aspects of a role that will see you seek to increase the number of people and organisations we are working with, empower local communities to take forward a range of housing campaign activity and be part of the movement for change.

About you

You have experience in third sector community organising or relevant political activism/campaigning, you have a good understanding of local political and policy-making systems and how to influence them. You also have the ability to train and support local activists to build leadership, coupled with other core organising and community campaigning skills. Comfortable representing an organisation to a range of external stakeholders using your strong communication, influencing and negotiating skills, you have some project management experience too. And, while housing and homelessness working experience isn’t essential, you’ll need a passion for Shelter Scotland’s issues, an enthusiastic and creative approach, lots of self-motivation and the desire to take this issue forward by working on campaigns and making it a local priority.


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.

Application notes

Closing date: Sunday 1st March 2020 at 11.30pm.

Interviews: Thursday 12th March 2020

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 SEHP 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 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.