Head of Community Engagement & Participation

Organisation: The National Trust for Scotland

Salary: £52,366 - £57,920 pro-rata, per annum

Location: Edinburgh

The Head of Community Engagement & Participation leads the strategic direction of community engagement and participation work across the Trust’s Heritage Properties portfolio, ensuring all activity is coordinated, meets best practice. We define community engagement as activity that allows us to identify and work with others for mutual benefit in the pursuit of our charitable objectives, and participation as activity that enables a larger and more diverse range of people to experience the benefits of heritage. The role will allow the trust to extract greater value from the ways that we work with local communities delivers tangible benefits for the Trust.

1. Strategy. Lead the development of and oversee the implementation of strategies for community engagement and participation, helping the Trust to achieve its strategic objective to diversify audiences and ensure the wellbeing benefits of engagement with heritage are more widely realised.
2. Leadership and advocacy. Provide visible leadership and advocacy for the value of community engagement and participation within the Trust, working collaboratively with colleagues, and represent the function externally with funders and stakeholders.
3. Management and support. Coordinate and maintain oversight of all community engagement and participation activities across the Trust, ensuring projects and activities are delivered in line with strategic priorities and meet best practice for access, inclusion and evaluation of outcomes and impacts.
4. Organisational capacity. Maintain and develop organisational capacity for community engagement through training and development of colleagues, building communities of practice, producing resources, and addressing organisational blockers to the delivery of high-quality activities.
5. Evaluation. Develop and implement processes for the effective evaluation of community engagement and participation activities, ensuring these systems are aligned with KPI reporting on the NTS Corporate Strategy, and provide management information to drive performance improvements.
6. Partnerships. Develop strategic partnerships with peer organisations, governmental agencies, universities and the third sector to access funding opportunities and deliver innovative activity in community engagement and participation.
7. Major projects. Support the development and delivery of major projects by developing plans for community engagement and participation that align with project objectives and realise local opportunities.

Application Deadline: Sunday 24/03/2024