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Sustainable Selkirk Community Engagement & Events Officer

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Salary Additional Information £24,500 to £25,500 per annum pro rata (subject to experience)
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Type Temporary / Contract / Seasonal
Status Part Time / Per Day
Level Mid Level
Deadline 13/02/2023
Company Name Sustainable Selkirk
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SelkirkRegeneration

POST TITLE: Sustainable Selkirk Community Engagement & Events Officer

LOCATION: Selkirk Community Energy Advice Centre, Selkirk, TD7 4LR

RESPONSIBLE TO: Project Coordinator, Sustainable Selkirk

SALARY: £24,500 to £25,500 per annum pro rata (subject to experience)

START DATE: February 2023

CONTRACT: Temporary part-time until 30th June 2023 initially, with

possibility to extend, subject to funding

This position is funded through The National Lottery Community Led Fund.

BACKGROUND:

Sustainable Selkirk is a community-led project delivered by Selkirk Regeneration and funded by the National Lottery Community Fund. Sustainable Selkirk aims to bring the Selkirk community together to take action on climate change. The project has three broad objectives; to reduce domestic greenhouse gas emissions, promote sustainable travel and increase awareness of the climate crisis. We’re looking for someone who is motivated and passionate about community level climate action to help achieve our project objectives.

A healthy community is a happy community, and vice versa. Therefore, Sustainable Selkirk delivers projects that are focused on enhancing social well-being and promoting resilience to meet the needs of the local people, whilst encouraging longer-term practical and meaningful action in response to climate change. We deliver a range of activities including providing home energy advice, supporting local businesses, offering e-bike trials, workshops and skills training.

This is an exciting time to join Sustainable Selkirk. We plan to grow our team as we expand our activities to meet the needs of our community, tackling the inextricably linked issues of climate change and the cost-of-living crisis. We are working to make Selkirk and the surrounding area a greener, fairer and climate-ready community.

Since it began in June 2020, Sustainable Selkirk has delivered:

  • the Selkirk Community Energy Advice Centre
  • home energy assessments, advice and visits
  • e-bike trials
  •  talks and workshops on various aspects of practical sustainability
  •  led walks in and around Selkirk
  •  fuel-efficient driving training
  •  bike maintenance classes

The Sustainable Selkirk project is currently funded until March 2024 by The National Lottery’s Community Led Fund and Together For Our Planet Fund. Addition funding is being sought, to allow the project to grow and continue beyond March 2024.

 

THE COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT AND EVENTS OFFICER:

The Community Engagement & Events Officer will assist the Project Coordinator to raise awareness of energy, transport and other climate-related issues in the Selkirk and TD7 community.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • produce exciting communication about upcoming project activities using a range of different marketing materials and platforms, including printed materials, newsletters, website, blogs, images, videos and social media
  •  organise and deliver local community events
  •  provide technical support for online events
  •  work as part of a team to promote and raise awareness of environmental and community development issues in the local area
  •  promote the values of Sustainable Selkirk when working in the local community
  •  provide excellent customer service
  •  communicate effectively with other team members, report on the success of allocated tasks and attend team meetings and training courses where appropriate
  • undertake other duties in line with the job purpose

OTHER DETAILS:

This profile is indicative of the nature and level of responsibilities associated with the post. It is not exhaustive and the Community Engagement & Events Officer may be required to undertake such other duties as may be required to meet the needs and responsibilities of the Project, or as required as a condition of its funding.

The position will be based in 5 Tower Street, Selkirk, TD7 4LR. Some local travel will be required to fulfil the needs of the project, using low-carbon sustainable travel where possible.

The post will initially be 10 hours / week. Selkirk Regeneration will operate a flexi-time working system. It may prove necessary, on occasion, to work outside ‘normal’ hours, for which time may be taken off in lieu.

The post will allow 20 days per annum annual leave plus public holidays. Additional leave may be granted to facilitate low carbon holiday travel.

We would also welcome applications from candidates who would prefer to work on a self employed basis, at a rate of around £13.50 to £14.00 per hour plus expenses.

Depending on obtaining continuing funding for the project, the post may be extended or expanded for a suitable candidate.

PERSON SPECIFICATION

Knowledge, experience, skills and personal attributes

  •  Experience of planning, promoting and delivering events and/or workshops (Essential)
  •  Experience of working in the community and voluntary sector (E)
  •  Experience of communicating and engaging effectively with a range of audiences (E)
  •  Excellent communication skills (E)
  •  Excellent organisational skills (E)
  •  Ability to use your own initiative and plan a diverse workload (E)
  •  Good IT skills (E)
  •  Enthusiastic about engaging people on the environment and carbon reduction (E)
  •  A positive and supportive attitude (E)
  •  Flexibility and the ability to adapt according to the needs of the project (E)
  •  Willingness to travel within the local area and occasionally work outwith normal working hours (E)
  •  Knowledge of a range of different marketing methods, including printed materials, newsletters, blogs, images, videos and social media (Desirable)
  •  Knowledge and understanding of environmental and climate change issues, or a willingness for continued learning and personal development. Training opportunities will be provided (D)
  • Experience of marketing and events monitoring, evaluation and reporting (D)
  •  Experience of working with and supporting volunteers (D)

Qualifications:

No specific qualifications are required, and relevant training may be provided for the successful candidate.

A Disclosure Scotland certificate will be required.

Application Procedure:

Any enquiries by e-mail (address below) to David Bethune, Trustee, Selkirk Regeneration (SCIO).

To apply, e-mail your CV with covering letter to David Bethune, Trustee, Selkirk Regeneration (SCIO), by 12 noon, Monday 13th February 2023. Early application welcome.

Your covering letter should provide

  • your contact details (email and phone),
  • names and contact details of 2 referees (who will be contacted only after a successful interview)
  • indicate your reasons for applying, and
  • how your experience and skills meet the requirements of this post.

Email: info@selkirkregen.com Phone: 07835 715817

Notes:

1. Communication will normally be by email, so always check your spam folders for responses. We will acknowledge receipt of your application.

2. Applicants must be eligible to work in the UK and have the appropriate documentation in place at the application stage and proof of this will be sought before starting the post.

SelkirkRegeneration background information:

Selkirk Regeneration SCIO is a community-based charitable organisation, formed to take forward projects for the benefit of Selkirk and surroundings, following a principle of sustainable development.

Membership is open to all in the community (TD7 area) who support the aims of Selkirk Regeneration.

Selkirk Regeneration currently has 53 ordinary members, who elect a Board of Trustees to manage the affairs of the charity. The current Board comprises 7 Trustees, all local residents, who have strong links with many other community organisations and bring together a wide range of relevant professional skills and experience.

Over the last 13 years, Selkirk Regeneration has established itself as a proactive force for sustainable change and environmental improvement within the local community by promoting and implementing a range of projects and activities, which include:

• feasibility studies into potential community-owned renewable energy projects;

• establishing Selkirk as a Fairtrade town, and helping set up Selkirk Community Shed;

• working with other local groups to draft the Selkirk Community Action Plan 2012-15;

• acquiring and renovating an empty shop in the town, and managing it as a pop-up shop;

• involvement in instigating the Selkirk Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme (CARS) project and the Selkirk Business Improvement District (Selkirk Means Business);

• lobbying local and national government for the provision of a Selkirk by-pass;

• setting up the Selkirk Community Energy Advice Centre in a refurbished derelict shop;

• currently working in partnership with Selkirk Means Business, supported b Scottish Borders Council and South of Scotland Enterprise to develop a forward-looking Community Action Plan for Selkirk and the TD7 area;

• managing grants and loans from a range of sources (including CCF, Awards for All, CARES, Scottish Borders Council, Big Lottery, Scottish Land Fund and Selkirk Common Good Fund), the Robertson Trust) amounting to over £500K since 2009, to support these and other projects.

For further information:

selkirkregen.com

sustainableselkirk.org.uk

facebook @SustainableSelkirkScotland

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