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Join our team, and help transform the lives of those in need

Venture Trust is a dynamic, exciting organisation, where you’ll have a real opportunity to transform the lives of people who are struggling with difficult circumstances. Whether you are working with our clients in the community or field, or providing support services in one of our offices, we’ll give you the support you need to grow and develop, and to help you make the most of your skills and experience.

The people we help come from many different backgrounds, and we believe Venture Trust can only benefit from having an equally diverse staff team. We are committed to equality of opportunity in employment; whatever your background, we treat all applications fairly – all you need to do is show us why you’d be a great addition to our team.

All jobs are advertised on this page, so check back regularly for details of our latest vacancies. In the meantime, find out more about our people and why you should work with us (below).

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Current vacancies:

Funding & Contracts Officer

Edinburgh – Permanent – Full-Time
£22,989 – £26,521 gross per annum
Please note that appointments will usually be made at the lower end of the salary scale.

Venture Trust works with people experiencing complicated life circumstances. Through the provision of wilderness-based personal and social development programmes, we equip them with the confidence, motivation and core life skills that they need to make positive changes in their lives.

Our Funding team are based at our Head Office in Edinburgh’s Grassmarket area, and are responsible for the development, management and administration of funding within Venture Trust. We’re currently looking for a Funding and Contracts Officer to join them, in this full-time permanent post.

Grant administration and management, including preparing funder reports, quarterly claims and acting as the main point of contact for a number of specified funding agencies, will account for approximately 75% of the role. The successful candidate will also be required to manage and develop existing funding relationships and secure new sources of funding, particularly from statutory agencies and European Social Funds, and also lottery agencies, trusts, foundations, and statutory sources.

We’re looking for a proactive, conscientious individual, with a proven track record in raising income from major funding agencies, administering complex grants, and working in a non-profit contract administration environment, including experience of preparing funding applications and complex bids. Excellent administration and interpersonal skills will be key to success in this role, as will the ability to manage a complex and demanding workload.

The successful candidate will be supported to develop their skills, access training, and contribute to the shaping of team priorities and funding strategies. We offer a range of generous benefits including 28 days annual leave and 9 public and bank holiday days, flexible working and a joint contributory pension scheme. Venture Trust is committed to promoting equality and diversity in employment, and follows an equal opportunities policy.

For more information on the role please download the job description, which includes a person specification. To download an application form, please click here.

Closing date for all applications: 9am Monday 9th January 2017
Interviews will be held on Thursday 19th January 2017

Please send completed application forms to:
Nicola Clark
Venture Trust
Argyle House
3 Lady Lawson Street
Edinburgh
EH3 9DR

Or e-mail your application to:
Nicola@venturetrust.org.uk

Please note we do not accept CVs.


Funding Compliance Administrator

Edinburgh – Permanent – Full-Time
£17,273 – £19,926 gross per annum
Please note that appointments will usually be made at the lower end of the salary scale.

Venture Trust works with people experiencing complicated life circumstances. Through the provision of wilderness-based personal and social development programmes, we equip them with the confidence, motivation and core life skills that they need to make positive changes in their lives.

Our Funding team are based at our Head Office in Edinburgh’s Grassmarket area, and are responsible for the development, management and administration of funding within Venture Trust. We’re currently looking for a Funding Compliance Administrator to join them, in this full-time permanent post.

The post-holder will be responsible for ensuring that participant paperwork and evidence held complies with contractual requirements, supporting with the development of guidance, toolkits and templates where required. The successful candidate will also be responsible for undertaking quality assurance to highlight missing information, particularly relating to our European Social Fund (ESF) grant contract, and liaising with colleagues, employers and other external agencies to collate required information to deadlines. You may also support the Funding Team with the collation of appropriate information for funder reports and external compliance/audit visits, and be responsible for transferring data from our own information management systems (PIMS) to partner/stakeholder databases, and help to improve the way we do this.

We’re looking for a self-motivated and highly organised individual, with excellent attention to detail and proven experience of working with database and systems. Experience of working with European or Employability Fund systems and knowledge of legislation and current good practice relating to information management would also be advantageous.

The successful candidate will be supported to develop their skills, access training, and contribute to the shaping of team priorities. We offer a range of generous benefits including 28 days annual leave and 9 public and bank holiday days, flexible working and a joint contributory pension scheme. Venture Trust is committed to promoting equality and diversity in employment, and follows an equal opportunities policy.

For more information on the role please download the job description, which includes a person specification. To download an application form, please click here.

Closing date for all applications: 9am Monday 9th January 2017
Interviews will be held on Monday 23rd January 2017

Please send completed application forms to:
Nicola Clark
Venture Trust
Argyle House
3 Lady Lawson Street
Edinburgh
EH3 9DR

Or e-mail your application to:
Nicola@venturetrust.org.uk

Please note we do not accept CVs.


Reception and Bookings Assistant and Housekeeping Assistant

Hartfield House, Applecross, IV54 8ND
Casual worker contract £8.25 per hour, plus holiday pay

Venture Trust works with people experiencing complicated life circumstances. Through the provision of wilderness-based personal and social development programmes, we equip them with the confidence, motivation and core life skills that they need to make positive changes in their lives.

Venture Trust’s social enterprise, Venture Mòr, operates an Affiliate Youth Hostel, Hartfield House on the Applecross peninsula and also offers adventure holidays and activities plus corporate team building and wilderness experiences across Scotland. Essential to the effective operation of our Hostel is a bank of experienced and hardworking casual worker staff, to who we can offer work to meet business requirements. As a casual worker with Venture Trust hours offered and worked may differ week to week, and particularly in response to high season; this is a great opportunity for you if you’re looking to work around existing commitments or bolster your current income levels.

We’re currently looking to increase our bank of casual workers at Hartfield House, in both Housekeeping Assistant and Reception and Bookings Assistant roles. Our Housekeeping Assistants are responsible for ensuring a high standard of cleanliness throughout the Hostel, including bedrooms, washrooms and public areas; as such, high attention to detail and previous experience of general domestic work are essential. Our Reception and Bookings Assistants are responsible for delivering consistently high quality customer service to clients at the Hostel and those making enquiries and bookings; as such we’re looking for people who can bring experience of working effectively within a team and who have a good knowledge of the Microsoft Office suite with the ability to pick up new IT skills quickly.

Venture Trust is committed to promoting equality and diversity in employment, and follows an equal opportunities policy. As such, you will be asked to complete an equal opportunities form.

If you would like to be considered as a casual worker at Hartfield House, please write to Jess Whistance (jessica@venturetrust.org.uk) outlining your previous experience, which role you’re interested in, and providing a note of two referees we can contact.


Why work for us?

At Venture Trust we value our employees. As our greatest asset, it is important to ensure we support staff in achieving job satisfaction as well as an effective work-life balance. Read on to discover the range of benefits we offer our employees...

Holidays

At Venture Trust we offer a generous holiday allowance of 28 days, plus 9 bank and public holiday days per year. Staff with three years’ service or more also benefit from accruing additional long-service annual leave.

Pension

We offer all employees the opportunity to join our workplace pension scheme – 3% contribution made by both the individual and Venture Trust.

Flexible working and time off

We recognise the growing need for people today to be able to work flexibly. That’s why we’ve developed a number of flexible working opportunities for our staff.

We provide support for time off when you need it most. We provide more generous maternity provisions than required by law, but we’ve not forgotten about dad’s either – we provide the statutory two weeks’ paid paternity leave with the option to take further paid leave where mum returns to work before her maternity pay period ends. We also offer eighteen weeks’ parental leave, and flexible dependent care leave, and are keen to support time off for career or personal development breaks where possible.

Learning and development

Venture Trust recognises that it is essential to support and encourage staff to develop their skills so we can consistently provide a high quality service to the people we work with, and increase individual job satisfaction. That’s why our annual appraisal process provides a formal setting to focus on development needs and why we offer up to 10 days a year for staff training and development.

We’re committed to continuing professional development and if you want to work towards professional qualifications, or where membership of a professional body is an integral part of your role, we’ll support you here too.

From your first day with Venture Trust, where you will be provided with a structured induction plan, your learning and development will be a priority.

Salary

Venture Trust works hard to provide competitive salaries to all staff, ensuring that they reflect skills, experiences and comparable market rates.

Additional benefits

We offer all staff two free nights’ accommodation in a twin room with breakfast and packed lunch for two each year (subject to availability) at our Youth Hostel Hartfield House in Applecross.

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