Development Officer Post for S.I.F. – job description

Scottish Islands Federation Development Officer Post 


1-year part-time (about 22 hr/wk), with the possibility of extension

April 2016 – March 2017.

based on the equivalent of full-time salary in range £18k – £21k

 Main aims of post

 Reporting to the board of the Scottish Islands Federation you will develop and consolidate the organization by:

  • increasing the membership of and support for the Scottish Islands Federation.
  • being the first contact for the Scottish Islands Federation.
  • developing quality communication with members, politicians and the wider public.
  • providing administrative support to the board of the Scottish Islands Federation.
  • delivering the activities of the Scottish Islands Federation.
  • assisting in financial planning and keeping records.
  • overseeing the updating of existing energy audits and encouraging other islands to take up energy auditing.

Subject to further funding:

  • managing the delivery of the Island Electric Vehicle Transport pilot project to promote the use of electric vehicles on islands.
  • working with partners on delivery of INTERREG EUROPE project on Entrepreneurship.


 As the Development Officer for the Scottish Islands Federation you will, in liaison with the Board, be responsible for:


  • contributing to the strategic planning process for the development of the Scottish Islands Federation and its activities.
  • ensuring the board of the Scottish Islands Federation are kept fully up to date with progress of planning activities.
  • (subject to funding) planning the delivery of the Island Electric Vehicle Transport pilot project.
  • planning budgets as required.


  • actively making contact with island communities and encouraging membership.
  • encouraging bodies at every level of governance (local government, national government) and relevant public and private organisations to become associate members.

Income generation and finance

  • delivering a programme of events & activities that produce useful development opportunities for island communities as well as generate income.
  • identifying and delivering funding opportunities to support the work of the Scottish Islands Federation, and secure its financial future.
  • managing budgets and keeping proper accounts in liaison with the board of the Scottish Islands Federation.
  • planning and managing the evaluation of the outcomes of events and activities, including submission of monitoring and evaluation reports to funding bodies.

Service delivery

  • organising, in liaison with the Chair, board meetings, the AGM and other meetings, and taking and circulating minutes.
  • maintaining and developing the Scottish Islands Federation website and social media. and producing quarterly communicate with members, governments (local, national, EU), other European island groups and the wider public.
  • acting as the first contact for the membership, external bodies and the media.
  • ensuring the Scottish Islands Federation delivers an outstanding service to its membership.
  • reviewing feedback of all kinds (including internet based feedback) from members and others to ensure service improvements are continually made.
  • developing an inclusive and welcoming culture as a trademark of the Scottish Islands Federation.
  • building constructive and open working relationships with the board and other staff.
  • other tasks subject to further funding.

 Island development

  • communicate with island organisations and visit if appropriate to identify, discuss and research issues of current importance for island communities, devising and using surveys, analysing and evaluating results, and producing reports.
  • represent the Scottish Islands Federation at meetings and manage relationships with the media and external stakeholders, including at national level.
  • participate in project work with wider partnerships, including the Island Electric Vehicle Transport pilot project.
  • compile reports as required to the board and for the Scottish Government.

Skills – to evidence on application (A) and at interview (I)

Essential skills

  •  previous practical experience of similar roles (A)
  • track record of fundraising and income generation (A)
  • motivated to engage and involve communities with a track record of creating success through this involvement (I)
  • good ‘fit’ with the culture of island communities (I)
  • good project and budget management skills (A)
  • good working knowledge of office software and its applications, of social media and of maintaining and developing a website (A)

Desirable skills

  • knowledge of business and marketing plans (A)
  • preparation of funding applications (A)
  • have a track record in community consultation, engagement and involvement (I)
  • have experience of / interest in PR, event management, and use of Facebook and other social media to communicate to a wider public (A)

Working hours and environment

  • work flexibly to deliver the requirements of the contract, including weekends and public holidays if necessary.
  • preferably based on an island near a major island transport hub such as Oban or in such a hub itself, to facilitate visits to island communities.
  • work from a convenient home base as above and/or a hot desk in an island office to be negotiated with the successful candidate, including the provision of office equipment.
  • full driving licence and access to a suitable vehicle essential.

Completed letters of application and CV should be sent by email to Alastair Fleming (SIF director)

If you add a read receipt your application will be acknowledged as received.

Closing date: 14 April 2016 at 18.00. Interviews for short-listed applicants will be held in Oban in the week beginning 25 April 2016.

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