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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).

We look forward to meeting you...


Current vacancies:

Data Compliance Officer

Edinburgh – one year fixed term – full-time
£22,761 – £26,258 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 have an exciting new role based at our Head Office in Edinburgh, to lead and advise on the development of frameworks and processes required to protect electronic and hard copy records. As Data Compliance Officer, you will undertake research to develop and implement a project plan, to ensure data protection and effective information management across the organisation. An effective communicator with strong analytical skills and project management experience, you will oversee an ongoing audit and compliance checking of data protection across Venture Trust, delivering training, providing advice and promoting a culture of compliance with colleagues. You will also co-ordinate the design and set-up of a new shared network drive and document management structure, in order to ensure compliance in our protocols in these areas.

Ideal candidates will have excellent attention to detail with the ability to self-manage their workload, prioritise tasks and work under pressure to tight timelines. Proficiency in Microsoft Office with the ability to work as part of a team and communicate effectively with colleagues and stakeholders is also essential, while knowledge of the Data Protection Act and current good practice relating to protecting personal and sensitive information would also be advantageous.

Venture Trust offers 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. We are committed to promoting equality and diversity in employment, and follow 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 5th June 2017
Interviews will be held on Wednesday 14th June 2017

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

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

Please note we do not accept CVs.


Outreach Worker

Glasgow City
Permanent – Full-Time
£21,711 – £24,341 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’ve an exciting opportunity for a new Outreach Worker to join our team in Glasgow. Our Outreach Workers deliver high quality participant support across the range of Venture Trust programmes, to engage participants in a dynamic and progressive community and wilderness-based personal development opportunity.

The successful candidate will undertake the initial assessment of potential participants for our programmes (phase 1), preparing and supporting them to undertake their wilderness journey (phase 2), including induction to their SQA Personal Development Award where relevant. Upon return to their community (phase 3), you will continue to work closely with participants to develop and maintain community links, supporting them into sustained positive destinations, including education, training, volunteering or employment. You will also help to collate SQA portfolios from phase 2, delivering and assessing final bodies of work. Additionally, you will help to promote the programme with stakeholders, providing progress updates for referring partners and agents to develop and maintain effective relationships.

Ideal candidates will have qualifications in youth work, community development or a related discipline and/or an equivalent level of experience working with vulnerable and disaffected individuals. You will also ideally be qualified as an SQA Assessor and have a strong knowledge of voluntary and statutory sectors in Scotland. You will have excellent communication skills with the ability to connect with stakeholders at all levels, and strong time management skills to manage a varied and demanding workload. An ability to work effectively under your own initiative is crucial. Experience of development training and knowledge of drug, alcohol and youth/Criminal Justice related issues would be an advantage. Please note a driving license and access to a vehicle is an essential requirement of this role.

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 please download a job description, which includes a person specification. To download an application form please click here.

Closing date for all applications: 5pm on Tuesday 6th June 2017
Interviews will be held on Thursday 22nd June in Glasgow

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

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

Please note we do not accept CVs.


Marketing and Communications Officer

Edinburgh – Permanent – Full-Time
£20,709 – £23,891 gross p.a
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’re looking for a strong communicator with a flair for creativity to join our Head Office in Edinburgh as our Communications and Marketing Officer. In this role, you will be responsible for the effective marketing of our work and sharing the impact and benefits for the people we support. This will include liaising with press, drafting press releases and handling media enquiries, updating our social media channels, website and marketing materials. You will also provide additional business development assistance, including contributing to how we can grow awareness and support for Venture Trust, arranging for stakeholders to experience our work, assisting with the production of newsletters and our annual review.

You will also be responsible for communications for our social enterprise, Venture Mòr, and contribute to the development of campaigns, features and articles to build its client base and profile, and lead on updating its social media channels and online presence.

Ideal candidates will have experience of PR and marketing, and using social media to create marketing campaigns to target audiences. Crucial to success in this role will be excellent written skills, an understanding of editing/proofing, strong organisational and problem solving skills, the ability to work confidently under your own initiative, to prioritise and work to deadlines, and develop and contribute ideas. Excellent IT skills across the Microsoft Office package, would be favourable, while holding a qualification in marketing, communications, PR or similar would be advantageous.

The role offers a great development opportunity for someone with an understanding of marketing principles with a creative flair, knowledge of current marketing trends and a professional approach. 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 a job description, which includes a person specification. To download an application form, please click here.

Closing date for all applications: 9am Monday 12 June 2017.
Interviews will be held on Wednesday 21 June 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.


Outreach Manager

Edinburgh – Permanent – Full-Time
£28,896 – £35,297 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 community and 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 have a rare opportunity for an Outreach Manager to join us, leading our Edinburgh and the Lothians Hub based from our Head Office in the Capital City. As one of three Outreach Managers across Scotland, the successful candidate will be responsible for managing the community and outreach elements of our personal development programmes within the Hub, including providing strategic leadership, monitoring performance and impact, and carrying out quality assurance. These responsibilities will apply to programme delivery within the Hub and for those programmes for which the Edinburgh Outreach Manager has national responsibility. Key to success in this role will be the ability to maintain and develop relationships with stakeholders, including partner agencies and local authorities, ensuring the effective management of contracts and service level agreements.

The Outreach Manager will also be responsible for supporting and line managing the Outreach Co-ordinators in the Hub, ensuring active Outreach Worker caseload management, agreeing universal operational approaches across Hubs and reviewing achievement of individual and team targets. As such, ideal candidates will have strong communication skills with experience of line managing and supporting staff, leading performance management and reporting on progress, and innovating and improving programmes which support people to achieve greater impact. Experience of working with vulnerable people, knowledge of the Criminal Justice, Voluntary and Statutory sectors in Scotland and the ability to self-manage and prioritise work under pressure are also essential, as is a driving licence and access to a vehicle. Experience of project co-ordination and management would also be advantageous.

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 a job description, which includes a person specification. To download an application form please click here.

Closing date for all applications: 9am on Monday 19th of June 2017.
Interviews will be held on Tuesday 27th June 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.


Head of Programme Performance and Impact

Edinburgh – Permanent – Full-Time
£35,645 – £42,321 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 community and 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.

Are you an analytical thinker with the ability to engage with, listen to and influence stakeholders, and experience of implementing best practice evaluation and impact management? We have an exciting new role within Venture Trust’s Senior Management Team which could be for you.

We’re embarking on a multi-year programme development journey to refine our approach to personal development to achieve greater impact for the people we support. Reporting to the CEO, the Head of Programme Performance and Impact will head up a small Impact Team and be responsible for project managing the development, testing, codification, piloting, performance management and impact evaluation of our new programme design. Crucial to success in this role will be the ability to internally champion the new programme design, working closely with colleagues to understand and implement effective design aspects, facilitating learning and driving behavioural change.

As Head of Programme Performance and Impact, you will utilise your excellent understanding of quality assurance, and ability to derive insight from data, to ensure that the new programme design achieves the project goal and fulfils outcomes for young people, producing complex programme performance and impact information in abridged formats for internal and external stakeholders.

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 a job description which includes a person specification. Our application form can be downloaded here.

Closing date for all applications 9am on Wednesday 21st of June 2017
Interviews will be held week on Monday 3rd July 2017. Successful candidates at stage one will be invited to a further assessment on Tuesday 4th July.

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 Henry Robertson (henry@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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