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The Garve and District Development Company
Part-time Community Engagement and Development Officer

Employment:   Part time, Self-employed

Hours:             Equivalent to 3 days per week

Salary:             Up to £25,000 pa gross pro rata 

Term:              12 months

Location:         Largely home-based with some working in the Garve and District Community

Closing date:  23rd March 2018            

The Garve and District Development Company is looking for a self motivated and enthusiastic Community Engagement and Development Officer to develop a community development plan with and for the community, and to lead the implementation of a small number of high priority projects.

The successful candidate will have experience of working with individuals, groups and businesses in the community to establish their needs, and to produce and agree with them a long term prioritised development plan to meet these needs; of engaging with all parts of the community including the harder-to-reach individuals; of managing projects from inception through to completion; of undertaking project feasibility studies as appropriate; of submitting funding applications; and of engaging with relevant third sector bodies.     

The job description and person specification for this position is below, with general information about The Garve and District Development Company and the Lochluichart Community Trust, its main funding body, are on this website.

This is a pro rata, salaried, part-time post. The term is for 12 months for but there may be potential for the post to extend beyond this.  

The Garve and District Development Company is an equal opportunities employer.

Please send a completed application form with supporting CV to Steve Jones, acting secretary, at The Garve and District Development Company, Fionn Cottage, Achnasheen IV22 2EE. By post or via email to the address below.

Application form can be downloaded here 

This post is funded by The Garve and District Development Company.

For more information, please contact Steve Jones on 07970 574 037 or by email at

Job Description

Job Title:     Community Engagement and Development Officer

Hours:         Part-time, self-employed. Three days per week*

Salary:         Up to £25,000 p.a. pro rata

Location:     Largely home-based and with some working in the Garve and              District Community **

Duration:     From March 2018 to October 2019

Leave:          25 days paid annual leave (pro rata) and 10 days      

                    Public Holidays paid (pro rata) ***.


The Garve and District Development Company was set up by the Garve and District Community in September 2017 with financial assistance from the Lochluichart Community Trust (LCT). It has been established to meet community needs within the community boundary.

Its vision is of a sustainable community where individuals lead the fulfilled lives they seek.

Its mission is to improve the social, cultural, economic and environmental well-being of individuals and businesses by identifying and meeting community needs in these areas.

It will create enterprise and projects, care for the environment, and promote the use of local resources, working with and for the local community, involving people, groups and businesses.

* Hours worked over those contracted will not attract paid overtime, but there will be time off in lieu

** The post involves flexible working with community and voluntary organisations in the Garve and District area, including occasional evening work. Monthly Board meetings are usually in the evening. Travel expenses paid at 45p per mile.

*** At least 4 days must be taken over the Christmas / New Year period when the office is closed.

The Role

The Community Engagement and Development Officer role is to assist the Board in the development and implementation of projects that address the needs identified by the community.  The successful candidate will have experience of developing and delivering social and environmental projects, submitting funding applications and working with volunteer groups as well as engaging with local residents and groups.


Engage fully and deeply with the community, ensuring as far as possible that every person’s views on the present and future needs of the community are captured, taking existing surveys as a starting point.

Identify and, as far as is practically possible at this stage, evaluate potential solutions to the identified needs.

Produce a prioritised community development plan, consult with the community on the plan and gain community agreement to it.

Set-up a sustainable, regular, efficient method of communication with all members of the community, and inform the community regularly about all developments from all groups affecting the community.

Manage the community website to act as an on-line hub for the community.

Engage with other voluntary groups in the area to co-ordinate across groups where necessary and establish a complete single picture of community developments.

Enable individual community groups / individuals to obtain the skills, knowledge and assistance required to set up new organisations, take forward their own projects, and manage change in their organisations either directly or by introducing relevant local third sector agencies.

Run directly in conjunction with a ‘lead’ director(s) a small number of projects as directed by the Board.

Put in place monitoring and evaluation mechanisms for all projects and activities approved by the Board, track and manage progress and evaluation on them, and provide regular feedback to the Board to agreed formats.

Identify sources of funding for specific projects and for the ongoing running of the company other than the LCT, and obtain funding from such sources as necessary.

Engage as necessary with all relevant third sector agencies within and outside the community that influence its needs, solutions and projects.

Undertake any relevant personal training required and maintain up to date knowledge of best practice in voluntary and community development.


The Community Engagement and Development Officer works closely with members of the Board on specific projects and activities as directed by the Board.

He/She reports to the Board at its regular monthly meetings.


The ability to identify barriers to success and possible ways of overcoming difficulties.

An ability to engage with volunteers and staff in the Third Sector and Public Sector.

Ability and track record of establishing and maintaining effective, informal networking and multi-agency working.

Be results driven, have the ability and experience to plan work, set targets, monitor progress and evidence impacts.

Be able to work well as part of a team.

The ability to work without direct supervision, using own initiative.

Good communication skills, written and oral, able to communicate effectively with a range of stakeholders.

Good IT skills i.e. knowledge of Microsoft applications, able to use online databases and produce Word reports.

Web site management including Facebook links and use of MailChimp for email.

Basic financial and bookkeeping skills in order to advise groups as needed.

Hold a valid driving license and have use of a car.


An understanding of the Third Sector and the environment in which it operates (including charity regulations and good governance).

A working knowledge of the voluntary sector in the Garve and District Area (desirable, not essential).

An understanding of social impact and financial accounting.

Knowledge of constitutional forms and legal structures.


5 years community development and / or community project management.

Experience of generating income through services and funding development.


A good, demonstrable standard of formal education. Ideally a graduate with a degree in a relevant subject.

A community development related diploma or qualification.

Person Specification

Key Criteria
Qualifications and training
A good standard of formal education to Highers/A level
Degree / vocational qualification in a relevant subject

Work Experience
Experience of developing, delivering and administering projects including financial management and reporting
A record of working at voluntary and/or community level
Experience of working with an organisation at board level
Experience with project funding sources and funding application processes
Experience of organising and running events
Experience to contributing to debate at policy level and public forums
Experience of developing innovative approaches to entrenched community issues

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Knowledge of the structures and roles of public agencies engaged in rural development
Practical experience of the realities of community life in  Highland areas
Excellent presentation and written communication skills
Excellent interpersonal skills
Strong self-discipline to work on own initiative in the absence of close management
Web site management including Facebook links and use of MailChimp for email

Knowledge of the roles and structures of organistions engaged in developmental support and public service delivery in the Highlands and islands
Knowledge of other initiatives available for supporting fragile areas
Entrepreneurial approach to income generation for not for profit organisations

Technical skills

Good basic general I.T. skills (Web, email)
Competence with computer office software e.g. Word, Excel, PowerPoint
Comfortable with remote working communication technologies and practices

More advanced I.T. skills including website management
Adept at telephone and video conferencing
Job Circumstances

Facilities to work from home
Flexible to travel and work within Garve and District as needed
Strong motivation and enthusiasm for the post
Clean driving licence and access to own 

Ability to establish and cultivate contacts with Highland and Islands development circles and public agencies
Early start date

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