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Contract: Community Engagement Lead

We are looking for the right person to take a lead on working with our partners in the What If? Network as we coordinate the development of a community-led recovery and resilience plan for the area.

Sustaining Dunbar is the community development trust for the Dunbar and East Linton ward in East Lothian. We work closely with community groups and stakeholders to help the area to be home to thriving people, where nature flourishes on the land and in the sea, where we live, work and learn in ways that respect the wellbeing of all people, and the health of the whole planet.

We are looking for the right person to take a lead on working with our partners in the What If? Network as we coordinate the development of a community-led recovery and resilience plan for the area.

This is a self employed role, three days per week, ideally from mid March until the end of June 2021. Extension may be possible subject to funding. The post will be home-based. The fee will be £150 per day.

You will join two other part-time staff in supporting the trustees, other volunteers and our partner organisations.

The role

As Engagement Lead your focus will be organising and facilitating a programme of meetings and events, often in collaboration with our partners, that: clarify local needs and priorities; explore connections between local issues and wider social, environmental and economic challenges; and identify opportunities to work together in pursuit of shared objectives – all in the context of working towards a community-led recovery and resilience plan for the area.

In support of the primary role, you will promote the events and share the outcomes through our newsletter, blog and social media.

You will coordinate your work with:

  • Osbert Lancaster, development manager, who will lead the compilation of the plan;
  • Naomi Barnes, Local Good Food Alliance coordinator, who is supporting the development and implementation of the local good food action plan.
  • Board members and other volunteers leading on related activities.

Experience and attributes

The ideal candidate will demonstrate the following:

  • Experience of community engagement.
  • Experience of organising and facilitating group events, online and in real life.
  • Existing good relationships with local community groups and a knowledge of the Dunbar and East Linton area.
  • An understanding of community development principles and practice.
  • Organised and focussed, able to keep excellent records of meetings to inform the recovery and resilience plan.
  • Able to write clearly and concisely to communicate the activity and outcomes to the community, other groups and key stakeholders.

To apply

To apply, please email your CV along with a covering letter setting out clearly how your skills and experience will enable you to do a great job. Please also indicate when you would be available to start.

Send your email to Osbert Lancaster, Development Manager, osbert@sustainingdunbar.org by 9am Tuesday 2nd March. Interviews will be held in the afternoon of Wednesday 3rd March.

You are welcome to contact Osbert with questions, but please note his normal working days are Tuesday and Wednesday.