A Heart for Duns
Climate Change Adviser
This position is funded through the Scottish Government’s Climate Challenge Fund.
Term: 1 September 2019 – 31 March 2020
Annual salary: c. £26,000
Hours per week: 37.5
We are excited to be expanding the A Heart for Duns team so that we can respond better to the Climate Change Challenge and support our clients, members and the wider community. This is a rare and exciting opportunity to work in a Development Trust and engage with other local and national organisations to support transformation in carbon usage.
A Heart for Duns (AHFD) is a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO) and a Development Trust, 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 King’s 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 contains the main Hall (a flat-floored space with a seating capacity of around 400), a smaller hall that holds around 60 people, a small meeting room and a number of offices. It has a well-equipped kitchen and bar.
It operates with a small core of paid staff — Development Manager, Admin and Events Coordinator, Finance Assistant, Cleaner/ Caretaker — supported by a substantial body of volunteers. The Hall has benefitted from a range of grant funding and continues to seek grants to develop the site.
AHFD enjoys a relationship with a group of core users: the Army Cadets, the local Archery Club, the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society, Duns and District U3A, 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, including film nights for new releases with Indy Cinema, craft and food markets, an annual beer festival, regular community lunches and a highly successful Christmas Party Night, as well as offering a venue for weddings and private parties.
AHFD now wishes to increase the services it offers, reinforcing its position in the community and developing its status as a sustainable first-rate venue and service provider for a wide range of events and activities. To this end, AHFD is embarking on an ambitious programme of hall improvement to meet the needs of a wide range of community and business users.
AHFD has secured the funding for a project with two linked principal objectives:
- a capital programme as part of a multi-phase site development to improve the lighting, insulation, water management and control systems within the Volunteer Hall site;
- An aligned revenue project to educate and raise awareness within the local community and to site users on carbon behaviours and actions, including provision of management policies and practices.
AHFD plans to use the opportunity available via the capital investment to adopt best practices within the Volunteer Hall site and generate a legacy of new and additional low carbon behaviours and actions for local households and businesses.
We are looking for a motivated, customer-oriented, hands-on individual, with excellent communication, project management and organisation skills. If you are the kind of person who relishes new challenges and opportunities and wants to influence real-world practice through this project, we would love to hear from you.
- The closing date for applications is noon on Monday 12 August 2019
- Please complete the job application form and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org
By applying for this position you are declaring you are legally entitled to work in the UK and are able to provide the appropriate documentation as proof. We are an equal opportunities employer and do not discriminate on any grounds.
The Climate Change Adviser will report to the designated Development Manager and be responsible for:
- The Implementation of the Trust’s Business Plan and Development Programme
- Working with the Trustees, staff team and members, and with key stakeholders and users to promote climate change measures and improvement in line with the agreed project objectives.
- Building partnerships with local and national organisations essential for project delivery.
- Planning and hosting workshops, seminars and other events to raise awareness of climate change and promote sustainability and carbon efficiency.
- Introducing service developments in response to project objectives. This may include developing, launching, consolidating and supporting new services.
- Recruiting and managing a team of part-time climate change specialists as advisers to local householders and businesses.
- Identifying climate change project users in the community, offering ‘start up’ advice via AHFD.
- Working with the Trustees to develop proposals for continuing the climate challenge project.
- Working with the Trustees to develop proposals and applications for aligned external funding.
- Working with the Communications Committee to develop and implement a marketing plan to promote the services.
- Initiating plans to reach new customers and those who are most disengaged.
- Developing and implementing monitoring and evaluation tools for energy saving advice and implementation projects.
- Developing social media and other communication tools to raise awareness and support information exchange and impact assessment.
- Preparing reports for the Trustees and funding bodies as required.
- Attending meetings of the Board of Trustees as required.
Summary of Key Conditions of Service
- You will work 37.5 hours per week organised to meet the needs of the service. It is anticipated that the bulk of the hours will be worked Monday–Friday. Evening work and some weekend work will be required.
- Annual leave will be 28 days per annum pro rata, including public holidays.
- If you are absent from work because of sickness or injury you will be entitled to Statutory Sick Pay, provided you meet the qualifying conditions. The rules relating to the notification of and payment in respect of absence due to sickness or injury are set out in the Government web site Statutory Sick Pay.
- Pension — you will be enrolled into the staff salary pension scheme (unless otherwise agreed).
- You will be paid monthly in arrears.
- You will have a valid driving licence. Any use of a car on behalf of the Trust will be reimbursed at the rate of 45p per mile (1.4.2017).
- 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.