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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:

Fundraising Manager (voluntary income)

Edinburgh – Permanent – Full-Time 37.5 hours per week
£28,610-£33,963 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.

We are looking for a Fundraising Manager (voluntary income) to join our Fundraising team at our Head Office in Edinburgh, to increase our income from voluntary sources such as corporates, events, individuals and community fundraising. This is a developing area of fundraising for Venture Trust and as such is relatively untapped, so there is huge potential for development. You will also work closely with the Funding and Contracts Manager to build relationships and bidding opportunities with selected UK trusts and foundations.

The ideal candidate will have significant fundraising experience and will be able to research, devise and implement a fundraising voluntary income strategy to maximise unrestricted income and build a sustainable plan appropriate to Venture Trust. This is a great opportunity for someone looking to take the next step in their fundraising career into management and strategic development, therefore fundraising experience and a good knowledge of the sector is essential.

Venture Trust offer a range of generous benefits including 28 days annual leave and 9 public and bank holiday days a year. We are committed to promoting equality and diversity in employment, and follow an equal opportunities policy.

Please note that this recruitment search is being conducted on behalf of Venture Trust by Bruce Tait Associates – Scotland’s leading voluntary sector recruitment agency. As such if you would like to find out more about this role, please see the Bruce Tait Associates website for more information. Application after this stage is by CV and covering letter, outlining how your skills and experience meet the role description and person specification.

Closing Date: 5pm Tuesday 18th November 2014
Interview Date: Friday 28th November 2014

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...


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.


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.


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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