The Community Help and Advice Initiative (CHAI) is an Edinburgh-based charitable organisation providing a range of advice, support and employability services aimed at maximising household income, preventing homelessness, reducing poverty, improving employability and generally improving wellbeing.
Main activities and services we provide include:
· Tenancy support and housing advice to prevent homelessness;
· Income maximisation, welfare and debt advice to prevent poverty;
· Court and tribunal representation;
· Financial inclusion service in support of individuals with addiction problems who are attending Edinburgh’s recovery hubs;
· Advice service in 5 GP practices and 23 schools;
· Employability service to support people back into work;
· Youth development work targeting young people aged 16-19 living in the South West area of Edinburgh, who have left school without a positive destination.
CHAI is a Company Limited by Guarantee and we are now seeking enthusiastic individuals to join our Board of Directors, who share our mission of reducing homelessness, poverty and inequality in Edinburgh and our passion to support the community. In particular, we are seeking people with skills in the fields of fundraising, marketing, health and income inequality, employment and child poverty, as well as individuals with lived experience of low income and/or homelessness, and who can bring that experience to help others.
The Board meets around 8 - 9 times a year at CHAI’s office at Riverside House, Gorgie Road, Edinburgh. Responsibilities include attending Board meetings and Annual General Meetings, provide advice and support to the Chair and Project Executive, participating in events and activities organised by CHAI. No previous experience is required as full induction, training and support in the role of a Director will be provided.
The position is unpaid, but full travel expenses can be claimed.
Commitment: Several evening meetings each year
WHALE Arts, the thriving place-based and building-based cultural anchor organisation for Wester Hailes, is seeking to identify a new Chair and Finance Board Member for its Board of Directors.
Our Mission: We create the conditions for our community in Wester Hailes to work alongside artists and cultural practitioners to become agents for change who will proactively co-design, participate in, support or lead quality creative activity at all stages of their lives.
Our Vision: Wester Hailes is a creative, thriving, resilient, fair community.
The current Chair Michelle Herron’s is to step down in November 2019 after 10 years of service.
Our current Board members are a mix of local residents and non-local residents and have expertise and experience at a senior level in marketing, education, arts and culture.
We invite applications from suitably experienced individuals. We would particularly welcome those with a background in senior management and a track record in developing and implementing policy and strategy. We also welcome candidates with a strong understanding of the challenges and opportunities of sustainable income generation for building-based community-led organisations with an understanding of the importance of public and private funds whilst also leading WHALE Arts into a future where ambitious social enterprise activity plays a strong role. Previous experience of charity board membership and a genuine interest in the transformative power of the arts and creativity are essential. Candidates must be prepared to contribute their professional knowledge, strong business contacts, and a firm commitment to actively promoting and supporting WHALE Arts at a National level.
Finance Board Member
Our current Board members have expertise and experience at a senior level in marketing, education, arts and culture. Expertise and experience of financial management and financial good governance are seen as a core capability required to augment and compliment the current Board experience and this vacancy has arisen as the current board member, Lorraine Johnston who provides the accounting oversight and insight, is stepping down after almost 7 years’ service.
This is an excellent opportunity for someone wishing to experience a role at Board level while providing financial acumen, support and oversight to the other Board members and support a vibrant arts organisation. Ideally the candidate would be a qualified accountant however candidates with equivalent experience and proven track record in financial management, or equivalent, would be considered. The successful candidate must be able to position and explain accounting and financial data in a way that the non-accountant board members would understand. The organisation has accounting, payroll management and management accounting & reporting in place at an operational level and it is not expected that the Board member be involved in the day to day accounting and control activities.
Further information for each role is available for download below.
SCVO’s Financial Controller role has been created to manage the delivery of all finance and accounting operations directly to the organisation, and to deliver advice to SCVO’s members and the wider voluntary sector as part of SCVO’s strategic objective to support a confident, sustainable voluntary sector in Scotland.
The successful candidate will have a range of financial management experience, excellent technical skills including recent experience of developing accounting systems and reconciling VAT returns, as well as good interpersonal skills and a results orientated approach. Experience of supporting managers and staff at all levels with their finance needs is essential.
SCVO offers a defined contribution pension (employee contribution 6%, SCVO contribution 9%). A salary exchange option is available. Other benefits include 28 days annual leave and 6 public holidays, flexitime and a range of family friendly policies.
Transforming communities by providing aspirational homes and services to enhance the quality of life for our customers
Ardenglen Housing Association were formed in 1990 thanks to the dedicated efforts of local tenants who were determined to bring change to their area and to be involved with the improvement and management of their homes.
We have a committed staff team of nineteen that manage nearly 1,000 homes. Over the past twenty years we have invested nearly £50m in transforming the housing, local environment and living conditions of our community in Castlemilk, Glasgow. Work is currently underway in delivering 22 new build homes in a £3.6M development.
In addition to being a landlord, we also provide a factoring service to approximately eighteen owners, we let six commercial shop units and through our subsidiary, Ardenglen Developments Limited, we let office space to a community based charity.
As our new Finance and Corporate Manager you will have the opportunity to play a key role within our organisation. You’ll ensure that our strategic objectives and operational delivery models are founded on robust financial planning whilst ensuring value for money is embedded in all of our activities. As well as contributing to financial management, budgeting and reporting you will also manage two direct reports. The direct reports are responsible for finance administration, HR administration, health and safety, governance, digital innovation and all other corporate functions. You will be motivated by Ardenglen’s vision and committed to our values.
This is an exciting time to join Ardenglen as our strategic agenda is both ambitious and exciting.
We offer excellent Employers in Voluntary Housing Terms & Conditions of employment, including 25 days annual leave & 15 days public holiday as well as a Defined Contribution Pension Scheme. The Association will consider requests for flexible working arrangements.
In early 2021, IntoUniversity will be opening three new learning centres in Scotland to deliver our education programme addressing underachievement and social exclusion. This project is a ground-breaking collaboration between the Universities of Glasgow and Edinburgh and IntoUniversity.
We are looking for a high-calibre candidate to act as a Project Manager. You will have responsibility for the development of the charity in Scotland, taking overall responsibility for the launch of three new centres in Glasgow and Edinburgh. The role will involve working closely with key stakeholders including the Universities of Glasgow and Edinburgh, local and national government, funders and schools.
From mid-2021, the role will develop in scope. When the centres are launched in 2021, you will line manage a newly appointed ‘Cluster Manager’ who will assume operational responsibility for the centres. At this point (continuing to have oversight of the Scotland centres) you will begin leading the development of other IntoUniversity centres, which may be in Scotland and the North East / North West of England.
The role will be fast-paced and challenging. Each day you will be contributing directly to the success of the charity and the transformation of the lives of some of the UK’s most disadvantaged young people. If you believe that all young people deserve the chance to achieve their potential regardless of their background and want to play a part in helping them succeed, then we would be delighted to hear from you.
IntoUniversity is an award-winning charity running local learning centres which provide an education programme addressing underachievement and social exclusion. We target children and young people most at risk of failing to meet their potential to go to university due to economic, social, cultural, or linguistic disadvantage.IntoUniversity provides practical learning support and motivational and confidence-building activities for children and young people aged 7-18.
As the UK’s leading university access organisation, our staff are transforming the fortunes of thousands of young people each year. From September 2019 we will have thirty-one centres and extension projects across the country, with ambitious plans to scale-up our provision further over the coming years.
The University Court is seeking to appoint a Chair to succeed Dr Frances Dow CBE in March 2020.
The Court plays a crucial role in the development of the University’s vision and strategic direction. This appointment provides a significant opportunity for an experienced individual to lead the Court, and to work with the incoming Principal, Sir Paul Grice, on positioning the University’s future strategic direction.
The Chair of the Court is responsible for the leadership and effectiveness of the Court, and for ensuring that the University is well connected with its stakeholders, including its staff and students. The Chair leads the Court in observing the highest standards of corporate governance, including those set out in the Scottish Code for Higher Education Governance.
To fulfil this important role, we are seeking an individual with a distinguished record of successful leadership at a senior and strategic level within a large and complex public, private or third sector organisation. Ideal candidates will be able to demonstrate excellent leadership and interpersonal skills, coupled with a strong commitment to, and affinity for, higher education.
Expressions of interest are invited from individuals with experience of chairing boards and committees responsible for managing strategic issues, with knowledge of the Scottish higher education sector, or with experience of key bodies relating to education in general.
If you share our values and vision, are able to subscribe to the commitments set out in the role specification, and consider you meet the person specification, we would like to hear from you.
Queen Margaret University is committed to ensuring that its Court represents the staff, students and community which it serves. As such, we would welcome applications that reflect the breadth and diversity of those communities, and that would further enhance the diversity of the Court. We welcome applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.
Excited by the thought of being part of making Scotland clean, green and sustainable?
Keep Scotland Beautiful is the charity that campaigns, acts and educates on a range of local, national and global environmental issues to change behaviour and improve the quality of people’s lives and the places they care for. Interested, then please read on.
We’re looking for two Education Development Officers to join our Education & Learning team to develop, promote and implement our Climate Ready Classrooms initiative. If you have a flair for presenting, understand climate change science and education policy & practice, then we may have just the job you are looking for.
Our Climate Ready Classrooms project prepares young people to join a national network of carbon literate ambassadors who plan and act on climate change issues within their own schools and communities. It is a one-day accredited Carbon Literacy training course for secondary schools which has been designed for young people aged 14–17 years, along with their teachers, head teachers, CLD practitioners and youth and children’s workers.
The post requires experience of international education initiatives and global citizenship programmes along with an understanding of Curriculum for Excellence and Learning for Sustainability and current climate change policy. It also requires the ability to present complex information clearly to a range of audiences and develop sustainable development education initiatives
The post holder will be responsible for developing and delivering a comprehensive, innovative volunteering support programme on behalf of Engage Renfrewshire.
Are you looking to make a difference? Can you lead and motivate a small team to deliver results and a variety of short to medium term projects? Are you adaptable and enthusiastic about supporting people and change? If yes, then we want to hear from you.
We have an ambitious strategy to deliver positive solutions to reduce poverty and increase skills and employability within South Lanarkshire and to help us achieve this we are seeking a dedicated and experienced Facilities and Projects Lead to join our Team who will be responsible for:
Excellent team working skills, the ability to motivate staff, work proactively and flexibly to deliver results are essential for this role as is your ability to meet deadlines and ensure targets are met.
Routes to Work South is committed to working with others to deliver a wide range of client-centred services to people most in need. An award-winning company, we are dedicated to reducing poverty and play a central role in the delivery of South Lanarkshire Council employment services alongside national services that address inequalities.
The company has a well-established office and partner network throughout South Lanarkshire and a successful track record in the delivery of local and national contracts. Currently this includes the Scottish Government’s Fair Start Scotland Service and Skills Development Scotland’s Employability Fund.
As a National Training Award winner, we believe in and invest significantly in the development of our staff. We offer a range of benefits and are happy to talk flexible working. The company has been delivering services successfully for over 20 years and recently won the Scottish Top Employers Award for Working Families.
As a Routes to Work South employee you will receive a competitive salary and an attractive benefits package, including Group Life Insurance, BUPA Health Insurance, people friendly working hours and group pension scheme membership.
SCVO Credit Union promotes regular saving and offers affordable borrowing to staff across Scotland’s third sector. Following a period of growth, we wish to recruit a Finance and Membership Officer to join our dedicated team.
The purpose of the post is to support members to join our credit union, help them manage their finances and work with our Manager to mitigate risk.
If you have excellent customer care skills and a commitment to financial inclusion, we want to hear from you.
The successful candidate will have good interpersonal and IT skills, the attention to detail required when processing loan applications, and some understanding of credit unions.
The post is based in central Edinburgh, in the historic Mansfield Traquair Centre.
The job is part-time (a minimum of 14 and a maximum of 21 hours per week), with some flexibility around the days and times worked.
A full Job Description is available for download below.