Place Vision Lead Vacancy

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The Wester Hailes Place Plan Steering Group are looking to recruit a Place Vision Lead.

The post is full-time, working 35 hours per week from February to May 2020, with a salary of £24,193 (pro-rata full-time) and based at WHALE Arts.

The goals of the project include:

  • Developing a new framework for including community members as partners in research
  • Creating a ‘knowledge playground’ for community members and academics to learn together
  • Supporting the development of a ‘place-scape’ of Wester Hailes through arts practice, developed by community members
  • Supporting the Wester Hailes community to produce its Local Place Plan
  • Providing seed-funding for community and/or academic participants to create their own responses to the project

The role of Place Vision Lead is pivotal to the success of this project. The postholder will work with local residents in the different neighbourhoods of Wester Hailes to recruit and coordinate a small team of community researchers, collaborate with academic researchers at Edinburgh Napier University and create a range of events and resources which will deliver a lasting, transformational, community-led change for the area.

This exciting new project is supported by a steering group made up of local stakeholders including: Wester Hailes Community Trust, Living Well Wester Hailes, WHALE Arts, Edinburgh Napier University, About Youth, The Youth Agency, The Health Agency, City of Edinburgh Council, Prospect Community Housing and the Scottish Government.

Main Activities and Key Responsibilities

  • Recruit, manage and support a small team of community researchers
  • Manage and deliver activities and events in Wester Hailes (both regular and on a more ad hoc basis)
  • Create and maintain partnership opportunities with local community organisations, public bodies, Edinburgh Napier University and other partners
  • Coordinate with Edinburgh Napier University Public Engagement team to develop training for both community and academic researchers, and to be aware of the wider research and public engagement activity in the project
  • Collect and analyse data with community researchers
  • Monitor and evaluate public participation in Place activity, and support evaluation activity
  • Ensure the views, assets and aspirations of local people underpin all aspects of the project.
  • Develop and manage a range of volunteer opportunities
  • Ensure a legacy of best practice and sustained community participation, maintaining consistent and regular communication with the community, ensuring a two-way dialogue
  • Consider how this project could be sustainable in the future
  • Ensure all project funding requirements are met, reports completed and effective communication maintained with funders

Essential skills

Minimum 3 years experience in:

  • Conceiving and delivering community development projects
    • Managing the development and delivery of creative projects and programmes.
    • Successful partnership working with a range of stakeholders.
    • Project management including managing budgets, monitoring and evaluation, recruitment and management of staff and volunteers.
    • Community engagement and community event management.
    • Supporting volunteers in creative or community settings.
  • A commitment to and understanding of the importance of community-led development.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, able to work without supervision and as part of a team.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

You can apply by email for the post by sending:

  • An up to date CV detailing relevant education and employment experience.
  • A covering letter demonstrating how your skills meet the Essential and Desirable Skills criteria of the job description – no more than 2 pages.
  • Details of two referees, including at least one previous employer.

Applications should be submitted no later than 13:00 on Thursday 23 January 2020. Late applications will not be considered. Please send applications to

Interviews will be held at WHALE Arts on Thursday 30 January 2020.

You can read the full job description on WHALE Arts’ website here.

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