Portobello Community Council

Bellfield Development Manager Post Opportunity

Posted on: June 6th, 2017

Come Work With Us!

Dear member,
We are now able to advertise a great opportunity to work with us to help get the space up and running for the community. 
Part of the grant that we receiving from the Scottish land Fund was towards the employing of a member of staff, and we are now in a position to advertise for that post.

You can find information about the role here - 


Please share widely and with anyone who you feel would be interested.

Thank you!

Action Porty 

Job title: Development Manager
Purpose of post: to help the Action Porty board establish and run a facility at Bellfield Street which offers a friendly welcoming and safe space; optimises income; and sees the AP ethos put into practice. The post will reflect the developmental nature of the project, with an emphasis on the work evolving as the project progresses through its various stages.
Key tasks
To manage bringing the building back into use after a period in which it has not been used.
Prioritise work needed to make the building useable, in conjunction with the board and any professional advisors
Devise and co-ordinate a programme of work required to get operational
Engage any professionals needed, and a volunteering schedule where appropriate, to undertake the work
Arrange for availability of equipment
Take responsibility for handling furniture and fittings
Develop and implement safe working practices.
To assist the board in developing and managing the Bellfield project
Attend board meetings and any relevant sub-groups
Assist in discussions with potential funders; contribute to putting together funding applications and to reports required by funders
Work within the budget set by the board
Contribute to, and help implement the business plan
Help develop an operational model for the facility (bookings, caretaking, cleaning)
Develop appropriate administrative systems for the organisation
Ensure facility has appropriate licenses and insurances
Provide regular reports to the board on progress in relation to planned activity.
To assist the further development of Action Porty
Assist with relevant communications and publicity
Help organise AGM and other relevant meetings
Assist with further community engagement activities
Contribute to stakeholder engagement processes
Help further develop the membership of Action Porty
Liaise with key partners and funders.
Person specification
Experience/knowledge of project development processes
Well-developed communication skills and good people skills
Self-motivated, with good time management skills
Experience in securing charitable funding / income generation
Commitment to the AP ethos of a facility that meets community needs and is open to all.
Ability to work hours flexibility to suit the needs of the project
Experience in managing a large building
Experience of capital build projects
Basic knowledge and understanding of building maintenance
Experience in designing and operating a health & safety policy
Experience in running a business or enterprise
Knowledge of the Portobello community.
Hours             28 hours per week; hours worked to be agreed with the successful candidate. Evening and weekend work will be involved, for which time will be taken in lieu.
Salary             £1,670 per month (equivalent to £25,000 full-time). Workplace pension, 20 days annual leave (pro rata) plus local holidays.
Duration       Start date will be 1 August 2017, or sooner if the candidate is available. The post is available until 31 March 2018 in the first instance, with the intention of extending the contract once further funding has been secured. This will most likely involve changes to the job description, reflecting the evolving nature of the project.
Place of work          Until the building is in our ownership and ready for occupation, there is no office base: working from home is possible, or an alternative workplace will be arranged.
Accountability        The postholder will be accountable to the Action Porty board, with line management carried out by the board secretary. An induction plan will be in place.
Action Porty is a charitable company, established in 2016 to secure the use of the Old Parish Church, Bellfield Street, Portobello for the local community, once it became clear that the Church of Scotland intended to sell it. The process of buying the property from the Church of Scotland has been made possible with support from the Scottish Land Fund, Architectural Development Fund and other financial supporters; and is the first completed urban community right to buy project.
Purchase is expected to be complete by early September 2017. This It is planned to make the building available for use by community organisations from January 2018 onward. Good progress has been made in identifying potential tenants, particularly ‘anchor tenants’, ie organisations that will make regular use of the building throughout the week.
This is the first post created to assist the Action Porty board: hitherto, everything has been done by board members and other community supporters on a voluntary basis. There is a limited budget from the Scottish Land Fund grant to support it, and we intend to supplement this with funding from other sources.
We envisage that other posts, including cleaner, bookings and facilities manager, marketing staff, will be set up as the implementation of the business plan proceeds. The current post will not necessarily have line management responsibility for these posts: that has not yet been decided.
Application process
Applications should comprise a CV, together with a covering letter. Please make sure your letter clearly links your skills and experience to the key tasks and person specification above: this is all the panel has to go on, and we need you to sell yourself to us. This should be sent to friendsofbellfield@gmail.com by 12 noon on Friday 23 June 2017 – late applications will not be accepted.
For an informal discussion about the post prior to application, call Alastair Cameron on 07900 044577.
Registered Charity – SC047358 AP Board, 25 May 2017


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Action Porty is a community group working to save Portobello Old Parish Church and Halls as a community asset.
Registered Charity – SC047358

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