WHALE Arts Hiring Community Development Lead

Community Development Lead

WHALE Arts are hiring a full-time fixed term Community Development Lead to lead the administration/co-ordination of the Community Asset Transfer process and play a key role in supporting members’ involvement in exciting plans for WHALE Arts Centre.

Post Details

  • Hours: 35 hours a week – agreed flexible hours to meet the needs of the role.
  • Fixed Term Contract – 12 months
  • Salary:£24,500

Main Duties:

  • To take responsibility for progressing, supporting and documenting the Community Asset Transfer process.
  • To build and evidence a tangible sense of community ownership of the newly acquired asset, and to explore ways to consolidate, document and strengthen community involvement in this process.
  • To nurture new projects and opportunities locally based on residents’ ideas and interests.
  • To build confidence locally so that people feel empowered to take leadership roles in developing new activities and opportunities for the residents of Wester Hailes.
  • To work with our two existing Community Development Leads to support membership development, community empowerment and local community-led regeneration more generally.

Person Specification


  • Experience of community development, preferably with a suitable qualification and/ or at least 3 years’ experience in a similar role.
  • Engaging, positive and supportive people person with excellent communication skills to work with a wide range of community members.
  • Experience designing, delivering, and evaluating programmes of activity.
  • Skills, experience, and confidence to facilitate groups.
  • Able to work flexibly (including evenings, weekends) to meet the needs of the post.
  • Knowledge of safeguarding practices and experience of following organisational policies and procedures relating to this.
  • Using digital technologies in creative and engagement processes.
  • Experience of supporting and managing others especially volunteers and freelance artists.
  • Understand how to proactively build relationships and work with local, regional and national stakeholders and partner organisations.


  • Experience working or volunteering with a member-based organisation.
  • Knowledge of Community Asset Transfer and the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015, Local Place Plans and the Planning (Scotland) Act 2019.
  • Knowledge of the Wester Hailes area including local organisations, services and the community.

Application process

Apply by email to recruitment@whalearts.co.uk attaching:

  • An up to date CV detailing relevant education and employment experience.
  • A covering letter demonstrating how your skills and experience meet the requirements of the role purpose, duties and  person specification ( max 2 pages)
  • Details of two referees, including at least one previous employer.
  • Please also download and complete and return our Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form.

Here is the full job description and more information About WHALE.

If you wish you may apply via video ( no more than 5 minutes) or another method suited to your needs emailed to recruitment@whalearts.co.uk.

Closing date: Monday 3 July at 9am with interviews taking place 13 July.

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