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Crofting Development Officer

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Job summary

£30652 - £35110
Around 37.00 per week
Closing Date
28 December 2020 at midnight
Employment Type
Permanent Employee

We are currently seeking applications for two Crofting Development Officers within the Crofting Commission. This is a permanent and pensionable appointment and new entrants will normally start on the minimum of the pay range. Candidates with a disability who meet the essential criteria below will be invited to the assessments.

These are two new posts, one in Stornoway, Isle of Lewis, and one in Balivanich, Isle of Benbecula. Located in the Western Isles, the post holders will be expected to forge a new approach to crofting development, with support from the Commission headquarters in Inverness. The overall aim of the posts is to support the strengthening and diversification of crofting, in the local area and across the Highlands and Islands. Working with the local Crofting Commissioner and volunteer assessors, the post holders will need to build relationships with crofters, crofting communities, landlords and other public bodies, to further these ends.

Business Area
The Commission is establishing a new ‘crofting development’ team, comprising the two new posts in the Western Isles, who will report to a B3 line manager in Inverness.  The team will be supported by staff in existing Commission teams including the grazings team.

You may initially be asked to work from home, but the permanent location for these posts will be within the Scottish Government offices in Stornoway and Balivanich. You will be supported by other staff of the Commission in Inverness and the Western Isles, and will be able to draw on office facilities and support provided by the Scottish Government in your office location.

Qualifications Required
For jobs in Band B & C you must hold a minimum of 3 Highers or equivalent.

Other qualifications equivalent to these may also be acceptable, if you are in any doubt please contact to discuss.

Please note: If you fail to demonstrate how you meet the minimum qualifications as stated above, your application will be automatically sifted out.

Essential Criteria
1. Experience of working directly with communities in a field such as crofting, agriculture, community development, business development or environmental improvement.
2. Experience of partnership working with public, private or voluntary agencies to achieve common goals.
3. Excellent oral and written communication skills.
4. Innovation and vision, with experience of putting new ideas into practice within crofting or any other field.

Further Information
For further information on this vacancy please download and review the “Person Specification and Further Information for Job Applicants” which you will find below. To apply, you must fully complete and submit an online application via this website before the closing date. To learn more about this opportunity, please contact Bill Barron at bill.barron@crofting.gov.scot.

Important Information Regarding Interviews
In recognition of the Scottish Government's ongoing measures and guidance in its response to Covid-19 (Coronavirus), we would like to advise applicants that a decision has been taken that all interviews must be conducted in a virtual/remote setting.

In order to facilitate this new way of working, we are asking all applicants to ensure that they have a suitable space to complete the virtual interview. In addition, a personal device of choice, which has the Skype for Business application downloaded.  This will allow candidates to undertake the interview/assessment if selected. We are also asking you to ensure that your personal Wi-Fi/Broadband capacity will be sufficient to carry both audio and video feeds.

If you experience any difficulties accessing our website or completing the online application form, please contact the resourcing team via recruitment@gov.scot.

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