Community Development Adviser

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Category: Development
Type: Full Time
Salary:£37,822 - £43,693

South of Scotland Enterprise

Who we are
We launched on 1 April 2020 as the Economic and Community Development Agency for Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish Borders.

Our vision
We want to drive inclusive growth, increase competitiveness, and tackle inequality within the region. We want to establish the South of Scotland as a centre of opportunity, innovation and growth.  

Our mission
We will work with people and businesses in communities right across the South of Scotland to grow its economy by providing investment, expertise and mentoring. We’ll inspire the region to think bigger and unlock significant opportunities for all.

Our four core values are embedded in everything we do. These are to:

  • Be inclusive, supporting diverse thinking from diverse communities and businesses
  • Be responsible, to do what’s right for communities and the planet. To champion the South and all those who live there
  • Be bold, open minded and ambitious
  • Be striving, challenging ourselves to always be better.

How are we different?
We don’t just say we’re different – we are different. We are the first of Scotland’s public agencies whose legislation promotes a wider view on the economy and how it impacts all we do.  Jobs are important to us but so are communities and the environment.  We want to make sure that everyone, no matter who and where they are, has an opportunity to fulfil their ambitions.

We are also one of the first to have ‘Fair work’ running through all of our activities. How we treat people, including our own staff, really matters to us and we want to ensure that this runs through our region too.  

If you’ve worked with community and social enterprises before, use your consultancy skills to build a better future for the South of Scotland. 

As part of our new and growing organisation, you’ll do something amazing for the region – all while enjoying the benefits of flexible working options and a supportive culture.

About us

South of Scotland Enterprise (also known as SOSE) is the new Economic and Community Development Agency for the Scottish Borders and Dumfries and Galloway. 

Established by the Scottish Government, SOSE represents a fresh approach to driving growth across a very special region in a way that benefits all.

We are the first of Scotland’s public agencies to promote a wider view of the economy and how it impacts all we do. Jobs, businesses, communities and the environment are all equally important to us. We want to make sure that everyone has an opportunity to fulfil their ambitions, no matter who or where they are.

What you’ll be doing

As a Community Development Adviser, you’ll have the chance to get involved with a huge variety of interesting projects within the local region. The first point of contact for community and social enterprises, you’ll deal with all kinds of enquiries, supporting and advising clients. That means you could be helping with community asset development projects, or new product/service design and delivery. In each case, you’ll advise clients on how best to move forward, and help them to develop their vision, mission and strategy. Whether it’s funding, referrals to specialists or assessment of business needs, you’ll provide a wealth of information and expertise.

The skills you’ll need

A natural relationship builder, you can forge consultative partnerships with organisations and their senior leaders. Ideally, you’ll have managed a social enterprise or community organisation (or have extensive experience of advising other people how to). You’ll also have experience of supporting organisations to generate their own commercial income to become financially sustainable. Commercially focused and educated to degree level SCQF Level 7 (or equivalent), you’ll have great people skills and project appraisal experience.

What we offer

We offer a competitive and varied reward package, designed to cover your wellbeing, lifestyle, working life and future, including 43 days’ holiday annually and a generous pension contribution. Our salary ranges are designed to be competitive and new entrants will normally start at the minimum pay range, except in exceptional circumstances. We want to make sure that what we offer helps you to fit your work around your life, not the other way around.

At South of Scotland Enterprise, we celebrate and support differences. We are an equal opportunity employer, dedicated to offering equal employment opportunities regardless of race, colour, ancestral heritage, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability, gender identity and expression, or veteran status.  If you need any adjustments to support your application, such as information in alternative formats or special requirements to access our buildings, or if you’re eligible under The Disability Confident Scheme please contact us and we’ll do all we can to support you.

Due to COVID-19 all our staff are currently working from home until further notice and guidance from Scottish Government, although we do expect to move to a hybrid way of working once restrictions allow.  As such, one of our main hub locations (Dumfries, Selkirk or Stranraer) should be within reasonable commuting distance of your home address. To enable you to do your job to the best of your ability, IT equipment will be delivered to your home to make the onboarding process as seamless as possible.

This is a permanent role and can be offered on either a full time or part time basis (3 + days per week).  We are also able to consider alternative working patterns.

The closing date for applications is 28th November 2021, at 11.59pm and interviews will be held as soon as practical thereafter.  

Contact Us

42 Miller Street
G1 1DT

0141 280 2570

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