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Rousay, Egilsay & Wyre Development trust
OrkneyHybrid remote
£36,000 - £40,000 a year - Full-time

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  • £36,000 - £40,000 a year

Job type

  • Full-time

Shift and schedule

  • Weekend availability
  • Monday to Friday

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  • Company pension
  • Relocation assistance

Full job description

Are you passionate about making a positive impact in communities? Do you thrive on creating opportunities for local development and growth? If so, we have an exciting opportunity for you! REWDT is seeking a dedicated Community Development Officer to join our team in Orkney. As a Community Development Officer, you will play a pivotal role in empowering communities, fostering collaboration, and driving initiatives that enhance the social, economic, and cultural fabric of our three islands. If you're ready to make a difference and be a catalyst for positive change, we want to hear from you!

Purpose of Job

The Community Development Officer role is a diverse and ever-evolving role. Working closely with the community of the three islands of Rousay, Egilsay & Wyre, on behalf of the Trust, to promote regeneration and facilitate the implementation of priority projects identified in the REWDT Strategy. The Development Officer will lead, manage, and implement community focussed initiatives, overseeing community engagement, options appraisals, developing plans, seeking funding and co-ordinating asset transfers.

Key functions of the role:

  • Support the Board of Directors in convening and managing activity across REWDT
  • Oversee the day-to-day activity of the Trust
  • Be the lead member of staff for the Trust. Line manages the other staff members (currently we employ four other staff), perform annual reviews and manage any training requirements.
  • Provide the enthusiasm, motivation and determination needed to see projects through to a successful outcome.
  • Work with expert consultant advice and guidance to support recommendations and plans.
  • Undertake regular community communication through newsletters, social channels and community meetings.
  • Identify funding opportunities, prepare, and submit funding applications, manage relationships with and report to funders appropriately.
  • Undertake project planning, management, and implementation to ensure the projects are delivered on time and to budget. Reporting to community & Trust Board.
  • Be responsible for Health & Safety of the organisation.
  • Carry out risk assessments on all projects, ensuring that neither the Trust nor the people of REW are exposed to unnecessary jeopardy. Develop risk management plans to track, log and manage risk issues.
  • Oversee project budgets and liaise with the Trust Board to manage financial arrangements.
  • Publicise REWDT and network with other relevant organisations.
  • Oversee Business Performance development, to ensure REWDT stay up to date with current best practice for the business associated with our Charitable Trust.
  • Oversee the REWDT Grant making processes.
  • Keep up to date with relevant legislation and policy related to the projects and make any necessary modifications to accommodate changes.

Key Working Relationships

  • Develop and maintain effective and constructive working relationships with project funders.
  • Work collaboratively and proactively with local partners, including housing associations, community organisations, schools, and statutory services.
  • Use influencing and negotiation skills to build consensus amongst partners and community members to achieve project objectives. This will involve the resolution of complex problems and conflicting priorities using tact and diplomacy.
  • Promote the Trust and the Trust’s projects to a range of external stakeholders.
  • Report regularly to the Trust Board, providing credible, accurate and timely information. Raise any developments, issues or new risks that could impact on projects, or pose a risk to REWDT.

Other Information:

The job will be based at our new offices near the ferry terminal on Rousay. Ideally the position would be filled by someone living on one of the three islands, but the offices now make it commutable from Orkney Mainland, and hybrid working would be encouraged. There is some requirement for occasional weekend and evening meetings to be attending. Relocation assistance may be available.

Rousay, Egilsay & Wyre Development Trust is committed to playing its part in the Fair Work Convention’s vision that by 2025, people in Scotland will have a world-leading working life where fair work drives success, wellbeing and prosperity for individuals, businesses, organisations and society. We are therefore developing a workplace that is built on the five key dimensions of Fair Work: effective voice, opportunity, security, fulfilment, and respect.

If you are ready to join our team and contribute to our mission of creating positive change in the community, please submit your application through our online portal. We look forward to reviewing your qualifications.

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: £36,000.00-£40,000.00 per year


  • Company pension
  • Relocation assistance


  • Monday to Friday

Application question(s):

  • Will you be able to relocate to (or already live) within a reasonable commutable distance to Rousay?


  • Driving Licence (required)

Work Location: Hybrid remote in Orkney

Application deadline: 29/03/2024

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