GCDA Project Development Manager April 2024 – March 2027

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We are looking for an experienced Project Development Manager who has the enthusiasm, skills and versatility to help our community deliver its objective of securing a site, planning permission and funding to build a dedicated, sustainable Community Hub for the Glenbarr community.

Short term contract/Freelance opportunity, fixed term, up to March 2027 

Remuneration: full time salary equivalent of £32,500 - £35,000 per annum, subject to negotiation. 

Reporting to: Strategic Development Manager

Location: This role is home-based. You will need to be able to commit to attend regular face-to-face meetings in our community of Glenbarr, Mid Argyll on a scheduled basis. 

Deadline for formal applications: 10a.m. Wednesday 28th February, 2024

Interviews: Friday 22nd March    

Start date: from 8th April 


We are looking for an experienced Project Development Manager who has the enthusiasm, skills and versatility to help our community deliver its objective of securing a site, planning permission and funding to build a dedicated, sustainable Community Hub for the Glenbarr community within the context of the wider vision for the Village and amenity woodland. 

You should be able to demonstrate an understanding of the capital project development and appraisal process. Ideally, you will also have a successful track record in fundraising.

This role is offered on a part time employment contract or self-employed consultancy basis up to March 2027 (3year contract).

We are seeking a Project Development Manager who will report to our Strategic Development Manager on operational matters and work with our Board, Working Group Champions and Community Membership to establish and drive forward the development of a Community Hub on community-owned land. 

Your role will include helping us select the most suitable site to deliver our vision for a dedicated Glenbarr Community Hub and work in partnership with all the stakeholders to make this a reality. This will include liaison with planners about site options for a Community Hub and managing the preparation of pre-planning and planning applications. At each phase you will take the lead in involving and consulting our local community on our proposed plans to ensure continued engagement and commitment. 

In addition, you will carry out smaller project development roles in relation to a few shorter term projects such as the Glenbarr Village Enhancement Scheme.

A key focus of this role will be to:

  • Drive forward further feasibility, community engagement, stakeholder engagement and research into delivery of a new sustainable Community Hub for Glenbarr.
  • Plan a phased programme of development on GCDA community-owned land which meets local priorities and is sustainable financially in the immediate and longer term.
  • Assist with other project development work requiring similar skills set as agreed with line/contract manager. In particular the project management of a shorter term village main street enhancement scheme to be delivered during the first 2 years.
  • Given the nature of this project, particularly initially, we would need the appointed Project Development Manager to have some flexibility to meet the demands of the project, with the scope to vary hours to meet the fluctuating demands of the role.
  • The appointed manager/consultant will report directly to the Strategic Development Manager and will provide update reports to the GCDA Board of Trustees as required.   


Key tasks, duties, and accountabilities of the post:

  • In collaboration with the Strategic Development Manager, organise and run consultation sessions with the local community and other stakeholder groups to scope out need and best ways to meet this.
  • Progress further feasibility on different options for development of Community Hub resulting in development of a design and build brief for the preferred option.
  • Research and scope out options for a net zero approach to the delivery of Community Hub, integrating renewable technologies and other initiatives.
  • Progress dialogue with planning authorities – structured via pre-planning consultation.
  • Engage proactively with Argyll and Bute Council, HIE, Scottish Government, Lottery and other potential key funders.
  • Apply for feasibility funding through Lottery, Rural Initiatives Fund, and elsewhere, as and when appropriate /required.
  • Support GCDA to secure maximum funding through negotiations for the provision of a Glenbarr Community Hub.
  • Oversee the work undertaken by consultants and contractors working on behalf of the Glenbarr community in relation to both the Community Hub and Village Enhancement scheme.

Knowledge and Experience 


  • A proven track record of developing and managing capital projects.
  • Experience and track record of identifying potential funding sources and writing funding bids.
  • Experience in production of “bankable” business plans. 


  • A good understanding of the key planning and development issues at national, regional and local levels including practical knowledge of the planning system, new build development process, building regulations and other relevant legislation.
  • Experience of the development, delivery and management of community development programmes.
  • Experience of the planning process and the submission of planning applications 


  • Contract Management – Negotiating, agreeing, supervising, and monitoring contracts, and developing effective working relationships with consultants and contractors.
  • Financial Management – Ability to put in place appropriate financial controls to ensure projects/services are delivered within set budgets.
  • IT – Well-developed IT skills – in particular Word, Excel, Teams.


  • Building Relationships – able to develop and maintain effective relationships with partners, external agencies, contractors, stakeholders and the local community.
  • Excellent Communication skills – both written and oral (including confident presentational skills).
  • Negotiation – able to negotiate effectively and persuasively to gain acceptance of proposals and get best value from external consultants.
  • Initiative – able to work autonomously on a day-to-day basis with minimum supervision.
  • Organisational Skills – able to prioritise work, plan and to work to deadlines.
  • Problem-Solving – Able to problem solve and find solutions to issues blocking scheme delivery.
  • Tenacity and Resilience – Able to work under pressure and public scrutiny and deliver results to tight deadlines. 

For more background information and/or an initial exploratory conversation about this role, please email developmentmanager@glenbarr.org.uk 

Applications are due by 10a.m Wednesday 28th February and should include a cover letter explaining why you would like to take on the role and what you feel you can offer us; your CV and two references. We look forward to hearing from you. 

GCDA is a charitable organisation SCIO Registration Number SC048909 (Scotland)


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