Local Development Officer - Fixed Term Contract

South Islay Development

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The primary aim of South Islay Development (“SID”) is to maintain and enhance a sustainable community in the area of South Islay through a strategy of community-led development. SID address issues of deprivation and gaps in provision of service by building capacity within the local voluntary sector, empowering community groups and volunteers and supporting and/or initiating projects. SID aims to improve community cohesion, make the area an attractive place in which to live and work, promoting development whilst protecting the natural and cultural heritage of the area. Central to these aims is that the actions carried out by SID are informed and led by residents of the South Islay locality. As Local Development Officer it will be your responsibility to work towards the realisation of these aims.

Specific Duties include:

  • responsibility for the overall direction, coordination, implementation, execution, control and completion of SID’s portfolio of projects ensuring consistency with company strategy, commitments and goals and sourcing funding to allow the realisation of the above;
  • ensuring the continued viability, growth and sustainability of on-going projects and assets under the ownership/management of SID and the organisation as a whole;
  • responsibility for ensuring all outcomes from the organisation are community led and that need has been accurately assessed through thorough consultation with the residents of South Islay at all times;
  • attendance at monthly board meetings, compilation of reports, research and information gathering for agenda items relating to current activities;
  • regular communication with the board of directors between meetings to relay information pertinent to the organisation, its activities and current projects and ensuring all key decisions are agreed by the board before action is taken;
  • working closely with other local voluntary organisations, businesses, statutory groups and individuals in the area and further afield with a shared or vested interest in the work of the organisation, the realisation of SID’s key aims or community development and regeneration in the area; and
  • familiarity and accordance with the aims and purposes of the organisation, legal and statutory requirements, meeting specifications set out by funders and adhering to the companies policies and procedures.

The position is based on an average of 35 hours per week, but will require flexibility. There will be occasions when you will be required to work outside these times at evenings and weekends.

The contract is for a fixed period and terminates at the end of March 2018.

Essential Requirements:

  • excellent interpersonal skills;
  • good level of literacy and numeracy;
  • experience of managing budgets;
  • confidence delivering presentations;
  • excellent written and verbal communication skills (to allow production of reports, letters, news bulletins, press releases and presentations);
  • well organised and self-motivated;
  • good time management and ability to work to deadlines;
  • flexibility and enthusiasm to work on a flexible basis which may involve evening or weekend work;
  • good computer literacy and competence using Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Publisher or equivalent.;
  • full UK driving licence;
  • good leadership skills;
  • a positive outlook, approachable, friendly demeanour and a passion for working in the community on projects that can make a real difference to the area and the lives of those who live there; and
  • excellent research and information gathering skills.

Desirable Qualities:

  • experience of project management;
  • experience of working with communities and the Voluntary Sector;
  • experience writing funding applications and delivering outcomes;
  • understanding of Quickbooks account management software;
  • experience of community consultation, surveying and gathering information on public opinion;
  • business management experience;
  • experience writing feasibility studies and/or business plans;
  • monitoring, evaluation and reporting experience;
  • knowledge and familiarity with the South Islay area and community; and
  • understanding and ability to use social media platforms. 

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