A Heart for Duns
(three-year contract/full time)
Term: 1.5.2017 – 30.4.2020
Annual salary: £26,000
Hours per week: 37.5
A Heart for Duns (AHFD) is a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO) which has been operating the Volunteer Hall in Duns since April 2015. The Hall was built in 1895 as a Drill Hall for the local Volunteer Battalion of the Kings Own Scottish Borderers. From the very beginning it has also been used as an entertainment venue. It was one of the earliest places that showed films in the Borders and offered a home for variety, dancing, music and theatre, as well as trade fairs, displays and a range of other activities. It comprises the main Hall, a flat floored space with a seating capacity of around 400, a smaller hall for around 60 people, a small meeting room and several offices. It has a well-equipped kitchen and bar.
It operates with a small core of paid staff – Finance assistant, Housekeeper and Caretaker – supported by a substantial body of volunteers. The Hall has benefitted from a grant from the People’s Millions lottery fund which has allowed for the upgrade of the community theatre and cinema facilities. It enjoys a relationship with a group of core users – the Army Cadets, the local Archery Club, the Royal Scottish Country Society and the Duns and District Amateur Operatic Society and Duns Players. The Hall is the key venue for events during the Duns Summer Festival and is visited periodically by the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Scottish Opera. It is the largest hall in Berwickshire and larger than any accessible flat floored Hall in Berwick-upon-Tweed. AHFD runs its own events – film nights for new releases with Film Mobile, quarterly craft and food markets, an annual beer festival, regular community lunches and a highly successful Christmas Party Night, among others.
AHFD now wishes to take the Hall forward, building its business, reinforcing its position in the community and developing its status as a first-rate venue for a wide range of events and activities. A Business Plan was commissioned in 2014, funded by the Big Lottery’s ‘Investing in Ideas’ programme which recommended the appointment of this post, together with administrative and janitorial support.
AHFD is reviewing its wider role in the community and may broaden its range of activities during the period of the contract.
The postholder will normally be based at the Volunteer Hall, Langtongate, Duns, but will be required to attend meetings and visit other locations as appropriate.
The Development Manager will report to designated Trustees and be responsible for:
- Working with the Board, staff team and members, to promote the vision and mission of the organisation
- Managing the implementation of the Trust’s Business Plan and development programme
- Introducing new service developments in response to changing needs over time. This includes developing, launching, consolidating and supporting new services, identifying potential new users in the community and developing new opportunities for income generation
- Making strategic links – representation on local planning groups and liaison with sector partners, the local authority etc. Lead on the negotiation and management of new and existing partnership agreements
- Working with the Board to develop proposals and applications for external funding for activities, staff, equipment and building improvements
- Ensuring the Trust’s venues are maintained and cleaned to a high standard, coordinating maintenance and repair activities with tradespeople as appropriate
- Managing the staff team, overseeing induction and training as required
- Developing and coordinating volunteer engagement and activities and increasing the membership base of A Heart for Duns
- Managing procedures for venue administration, and to ensure security and compliance with legislation
- Researching and developing the AHFD events programme, in association with the Board, Events Committee and volunteers
- Working with the Communications Committee to develop and implement a marketing plan to promote the centre, including to commercial customers and those who are most disengaged
- Attending and minuting meetings of the Trustees, User Group, Events, Business and Finance sub-committee and other sub-committees as required
- Monitoring and evaluation and preparing reports for Trustees and funding bodies as required