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Those of you with experience of the rural environment and economy, or some of your contacts) may be interested in the post below for which recruitment is under way: the salary level is £36,000 per annum and the plan is to establish a rural parliament in Scotland.  I am afaraid that the links in Norman MacAskill’s email below will not work after they are forwarded and so I have copied and pasted details below:

The organisation set up to take forward plans for a Scottish Rural Parliament is seeking to recruit “an exceptional individual” to co-ordinate their activities and put in place arrangements for the inaugural event.

Scottish Rural Action has received funding from the Scottish Government to deliver this exciting new initiative for rural Scotland. Their aim is that the Rural Parliament will provide those who live and work in Scotland’s rural communities with an opportunity to come together, to consider rural priorities with a wide range of public bodies, to agree specific policy proposals and in due course, present these to the appropriate bodies.  They also say that the Rural Parliament will also be a major celebration of rural Scotland, its people, places, products and achievements.

Scottish Rural Action say that they are seeking “an exceptional individual who is passionate and knowledgeable about rural Scotland, capable of communicating complex messages at many different levels and possesses a track record of building successful relationships between different sections of the community.  He/she will put in place all the necessary arrangements for the inaugural Scottish Rural Parliament which is to be held in late autumn 2014.

They go on: “The business plan sets out a tight timetable of work to be delivered which will include establishing an Advisory Forum of rural organisations and interests, building interest from across the wider community, identifying key issues to be addressed by the Rural Parliament and seeking additional funding as required.”

John Hutchison, Chair of Scottish Rural Action, said, “This is a rare opportunity for a talented and ambitious individual to make their mark and make a real difference to the future of rural Scotland.”

If you are interested in this exciting job opportunity, which offers a salary of £36,000 per annum, you can find details here.

Role:

Scottish Rural Action has received funding from the Scottish Government to deliver an exciting new initiative for rural Scotland. The Rural Parliament will provide those who live and work in Scotland’s rural communities with an opportunity to come together, to consider rural priorities with a wide range of public bodies, to agree specific policy proposals and in due course, present these to the appropriate bodies.  The Rural Parliament will also be a major celebration of rural Scotland, its people, places, products and achievements.

The Rural Parliament has been inspired by those that have emerged elsewhere in Europe over the past 25 years.  As with these European examples, it is anticipated that Scotland’s Rural Parliament will be underpinned by the consolidation of a wider rural movement.

We are seeking an exceptional individual who is passionate and knowledgeable about rural Scotland, capable of communicating complex messages at many different levels and possesses a track record of building successful relationships between different sections of the community.  He/she will put in place all the necessary arrangements for the inaugural Scottish Rural Parliament which is to be held in late autumn 2014. The business plan sets out a tight timetable of work to be delivered which will include establishing an Advisory Forum of rural organisations and interests, building interest from across the wider community, identifying key issues to be addressed by the Rural Parliament and seeking additional funding as required.

Organisation profile:

Scottish Rural Action recently formed as a company limited by guarantee with the sole purpose of delivering the inaugural Scottish Rural Parliament.

Website: www.scottishruralparliament.org.uk

Application notes:

A job description and person specification is available for download below.

Informal enquiries can be made to John C Hutchison, Chair of Scottish Rural Action on 07768 537698. 

Applications are invited by letter, supported by a CV of no more than 3 pages.   The letter should include the names and contact details of two referees, whom we will contact before interview, unless otherwise requested.

Secondment arrangements may be considered and applicants with this in mind should indicate accordingly and, if invited for interview, will be expected to furnish the panel with confirmation of their employer’s agreement.

Applications should be made to apply@scottishruralparliament.org.uk  by close of Sunday 17 November 2013.

Interviews to be held on 28th November.

Scottish Rural Parliament Co-ordinator: JOB DESCRIPTION

Scottish Rural Action (SRA) has been established as an independent organisation to deliver the inaugural Scottish Rural Parliament and build the foundations for a longer term rural movement.  SRA is now seeking a Co-ordinator with experience, vision and leadership qualities to manage this project.   SRA will appoint an Administrator to support this role.

The Co-ordinator will be accountable to the Board, through the Chair or a nominated director, for the following:

1.       Managing all aspects of the work of SRA on a day to day basis.

2.       Providing clear advice and support to the Chair and the Board on all matters relating to the business of SRA to allow them to set policy, strategic direction and oversee performance.

3.       Drafting and seeking the approval of the Board for strategic and operational plans, media releases, annual budgets and programmes for the development and management of SRA, thereafter implementing these and reporting regularly to the Board.

4.       Acting, along with the Chair, as an ambassador and enthusiastic spokesperson for SRA and the Scottish Rural Parliament to give the organisation an influential role in policy at a national level.

5.       Establishing and sustaining positive and productive relationships with a wide range of partners in the public, private, media, voluntary and local community sectors across rural Scotland.

6.       Developing and delivering a communications strategy.

7.       Managing staff, volunteers and contractors engaged by SRA.

8.       Ensuring efficient and effective use of SRA’s resources, both internal and external, to deliver its objectives.

9.       Financial management and securing additional financial resources to manage and develop SRA and the Inaugural Rural Parliament, laying the groundwork for subsequent meetings of the Rural Parliament.

10.   Ensuring that proper procedures, legal, financial and operational, are in place to satisfy Companies House and all statutory obligations, such as the Health and Safety at Work Act.

11.   Managing the risks to SRA and protecting and enhancing its reputation.

The location of the SRA office base will be subject to agreement.  The Co-ordinator will be required to hold and maintain a current driving licence.  Travelling, car hire and other expenses will be reimbursed in accordance with SRA’s policy.

Working hours will be based on a notional 35 hours per week but, owing to the nature of the job, flexibility will be needed.  The post holder will be expected to travel with occasional overnight stays.

The annual salary of the post will be £36,000pa.    A pension contribution equal to 5% of salary will be paid by SRA to an eligible personal pension plan, or to the employer, should a secondment be arranged.   There will be 33 days annual leave, including public holidaysThe contract will terminate at the end of February 2015 but, subject to decisions on future structure and depending upon funding, the post-holder may be eligible to apply for an extended position.   Notice will be one month, either way.

Further information is temporarily available on rural gateway website  www.scottishruralparliament.org.uk

 

29 October 2013

 Scottish Rural Parliament Co-ordinator: PERSON SPECIFICATION

The successful candidate will be required to demonstrate the following attributes:

Skills, strengths and abilities 
Strong leadership skills and drive, demonstrated by a track record of achievement in managing people and resources in the public, private or voluntary sector, and through experience of organisational change. 
A sound and proven track record of project management. 
Commitment to and understand of the rural community and a proven track record of leadership, ideally within a community organisation. 
Strong interpersonal skills, in writing and verbally, with a proven ability to communicate effectively with a wide range of people in the community and public sectors, demonstrating confidence and credibility. 
Strong degree of personal integrity and the ability to exercise discretion and sound judgement, sensitivity and political awareness in working with multiple stakeholders and interest groups. 
Good team building skills with the ability to develop effective working relationships with senior colleagues, and to inspire and motivate staff. 
Willingness to take and adhere to difficult decisions and to support those made by the Board. 
Ability to think creatively and to act strategically. 
Ability to be innovative and to effect change, with a view to implementing and successfully taking forward the vision for the Scottish Rural Parliament. 

 

Knowledge 
An understanding of the issues of importance to rural Scotland, particularly in the context of relevant social, economic and environmental policies. 
An understanding and experience of financial planning and control, and of generating resources. 
A sound understanding of project management methods and techniques. 
Good IT skills, knowledge of Microsoft Office packages together with experience of managing websites and utilising social media. 
Experience of preparing media releases and liaising directly with the media. 
Experience of promoting and marketing an organisation 
Preferably experience of organising events. 
An understanding of the operation of the Third Sector. 
An understanding of governance and compliance requirements and statutory responsibilities linked to community organisations. 

 

 

Bob Gillespie

Development Officer

Voluntary Action Perthshire

e: Bob.Gillespie@pkavs.org.uk

t:  01738 452210

www.vaperthshire.org

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