Job Opportunities

Welcome to the Rowan Alba job opportunities page. Rowan Alba offers a challenging, yet supportive working environment within a friendly and forward thinking charity. Below you will find all the exciting new opportunities that we have to offer. 

Trustee - Board Member

Rowan Alba are seeking a Trustee to join its Board. Trustees are the people responsible under the governing document of Rowan Alba [RA] for controlling the management and administration of the organisation.

The role of a Trustee is
– To ensure that Rowan Alba complies at all times with its governing document, charity law, company law and any other relevant legislation or regulation.
– To ensure that Rowan Alba pursues its objects as defined in its governing document.
– To maintain proper financial control and ensure that Rowan Alba applies its resources exclusively in pursuance of its objects.
– To set and maintain vision, mission and values.
– To develop strategy, setting overall policy, defining goals and setting targets and evaluating performance against agreed targets.
– To ensure accountability to Regulators/Contractors/people who use services.
– To ensure policies and procedures are in place that respect the roles of staff.
– To support the operational management of the organisation.
– To ensure implementation of internal policies, which must include equality and diversity, health and safety, grievance and disciplinary procedures.
– To ensure that risk assessments of all aspects of the business are carried out.
– To safeguard the good name and values of Rowan Alba.
– To maintain effective board performance and ensure the effective and efficient administration of the charity.
– To promote Rowan Alba.
– To act in the best interests of Rowan Alba and never in the interest of self or another organisation.

The Commitment of Trustees
– In addition to the above statutory duties, each Trustee should use any specific skills, knowledge or experience s/he has to help the board reach sound decisions. These may involve scrutinising board and working group papers, leading discussions, focussing on key issues, providing advice and guidance on new initiatives or other topics in which the Trustee has special expertise.
– The Trustee must attend a minimum of 3 Board Meetings each year.
– The Trustee will meet annually with the chairperson to review their skills and commitment audit.
– The Trustee is required to act reasonably and prudently in all matters relating to Rowan Alba and must always bear the interests of the charity in mind.

Trustee Role Specification
Essential
– To be able to attend 3 out of 4 Board meetings – remain informed
– To be proficient in the use of computers, internet and word processing
– To have the ability to read and understand complex reports and accounting data
– To be able to analyse and form relevant questions to senior Managers and external advisors
– To be able to represent the Board/Organisation at external meetings
– To feel confident in developing an independent viewpoint and sharing it
– To be able to present a viewpoint and it’s rationale –clearly and concisely
– To accept the governance responsibilities as outlined in the Memorandum and articles of association, and charitable registration and regulation

Desirable
– To represent the board on additional working groups
– To represent the board and participate actively in fundraising activities
– To take on specific roles in the board e.g., convener, treasurer
– Experience of fundraising (all sources)

If you are interested and you would like to apply, please email us on office.manager@rowanalba.org 
We will send you our Rowan Alba Ltd Strategic Plan and would like you to write a short letter setting out how, as Trustee, you could help us achieve our five key aims. We will also send you an application form for you to fill and return. 

 

Treasurer - Board Member

Rowan Alba are seeking a Treasurer to join its Board of Trustees. We are looking for someone with a background in finance, auditing or accounting. You would report directly to the Board.

Role Summary
– Monitoring the financial health of the organisation by instructing, receiving and interpreting management accounts
– Advising the Board on financial strategy and financial matters that arise
– Delivering financial reports to the Board
– Setting an annual budget
– Ensuring compliance with charity accounting standards
– Maintaining good sound financial management of Rowan Alba’s resources ensuring expenditure in line with Rowan Alba’s objectives
– Work closely with the Business Development Director to support fundraising initiatives

Other Responsibilities
– To determine the overall direction and development of Rowan Alba through good governance and clear strategic planning.
– To assist the Board in achieving the objectives of the strategic plan.
– To participate in Board project subgroups as required.
– A good understanding of Rowan Alba’s work, an ability to monitor progress with a task, work effectively in a team and complete allocated tasks.
– Strategically assess where a task fits into the overall organisation strategy and to work with Rowan Alba staff to ensure the agreed outcome.
– Contributing knowledge from own experiences to help implement Rowan Alba’s strategies.
– Understand risk assessment required working with Rowan Alba’s strategies.
– Support and encourage the Board in their work and to design and facilitate the organisation’s approach to achieving strategic objectives.
– Be an active champion of the organisation.
– Build relationships and rapport between Board and staff. Supporting and motivating all staff, and recognising exceptional work which goes over and above expectations.
– Encourage and support Rowan Alba’s values and culture.
– Attendance at Board meetings and the AGM.

Qualities of a Director
Essential
– An understanding of the Scottish Governance Code for the Third Sector, an understanding of good governance, OSCR, Companies House requirements, relevant legislation, and statutory requirements.
– An understanding of the challenges facing small charities in maximising income streams, maintaining sustainability, and developing new business.
– An understanding of Rowan Alba’s constitution.
– Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

Desirable
– Knowledge of the voluntary sector.


Time Commitment & Location:
– The Board meets at least 4 times a year. A minimum of 75% attendance is expected and attendance at the AGM. All Directors must either be or become members of Rowan Alba. Papers for Board meetings will be issued one week before the meeting.
– You will probably be a member of a sub-committee which will meet as often as required to achieve the agreed outcome.

If you are interested and you would like to apply, please email us on office.manager@rowanalba.org 
We will send you our Rowan Alba Ltd Strategic Plan and would like you to write a short letter setting out how, as Treasurer, you could help us achieve our five key aims. We will also send you an application form for you to fill and return. 

Vice Chair - Board Member

Rowan Alba are seeking a Vice Chair to join its Board of Trustees. Trustees are the people responsible under the governing document of Rowan Alba [RA] for controlling the management and administration of the organisation.

The role of a Trustee is:
– To ensure that RA always complies with its governing document, charity law, company law and any other relevant legislation or regulation.
– To ensure that RA pursues its objects as defined in its governing document.
– To maintain proper financial control and ensure that RA applies its resources exclusively in pursuance of its objects.
– To set and maintain vision, mission, and values.
– To develop strategy, setting overall policy, defining goals, setting targets, and evaluating performance against agreed targets.
– To ensure accountability to Regulators/Contractors/people who use services.
– To ensure policies and procedures are in place that respect the roles of staff.
– To support the operational management of the organisation.
– To ensure implementation of internal policies, which must include equality and diversity, health and safety, grievance, and disciplinary procedures.
– To ensure that risk assessments of all aspects of the business are carried out.
– To safeguard the good name and values of RA.
– To maintain effective board performance and ensure the effective and efficient administration of the charity.
– To promote RA.
– To act in the best interests of RA and never in the interest of self or another organisation.

Additional Responsibilities of the Vice-Chair
– Share the workload and deputise for the Chair, when the Chair is not available.
– Member of the Executive Committee, which has delegated responsibilities as agreed by the Board.
– Undertake assignments at the request of the Chair.
– Lead any sub-groups set up by the Board of Trustees and specific items at the board meeting.

Personal Qualities of the Vice-Chair
– Strong inter-personal and relationship-building abilities and comfortable in an ambassadorial role.
– Demonstrates tact and diplomacy, with the ability to listen and engage effectively.
– Willingness to commit time to conduct the role well, including occasional events out with the Board.

The Commitment of Trustees
– In addition to the above statutory duties, each Trustee should use any specific skills, knowledge, or experience they have to help the Board reach sound decisions. These may involve scrutinising board and working group papers, leading discussions, focusing on key issues, providing advice and guidance on new initiatives or other topics in which the Trustee has special expertise.
– The Trustee must attend a minimum of 3 Board Meetings each year.
– The Trustee will meet annually with the Chairperson to review their skills and commitment audit.
– The Trustee is required to act reasonably and prudently in all matters relating to RA and must always bear the interests of the charity in mind.

Trustee Role Specification
Essential
– To be able to attend 3 out of 4 Board meetings – remain informed
– To be proficient in the use of computers, internet and word processing
– To have the ability to read and understand complex reports and accounting data
– To be able to analyse and form relevant questions to senior Managers and external advisors
– To be able to represent the Board/Organisation at external meetings
– To feel confident in developing an independent viewpoint and sharing it
– To be able to present a viewpoint and it’s rationale –clearly and concisely
– To accept the governance responsibilities as outlined in the Memorandum and articles of association, and charitable registration and regulation

Desirable
– To represent the board on additional working groups
– To represent the board and participate actively in fundraising activities
– To take on specific roles in the board e.g., convener, treasurer
– Experience of fundraising (all sources)

If you are interested and you would like to apply, please email us on office.manager@rowanalba.org 
We will send you our Rowan Alba Ltd Strategic Plan and would like you to write a short letter setting out how, as Vice Chair, you could help us achieve our five key aims. We will also send you an application form for you to fill and return. 

Support Worker - Stramullion

£20,020 pro-rata based on 35-hour week. 24 hours per week at minimum. 3 Month rolling contract. Flexible working, occasional evenings and weekend work.

We are looking for a Support Worker to join our team!

Stramullion work with women who have presented homeless. We provide practical, emotional and social support to women with multiple, over-lapping needs. We work with young women who are in transition from care, women who do not currently have functioning support systems, those who have experienced the Justice System, and those for whom alcohol or drug use has become unmanageable. We offer support to enable each woman to build the personal skills and resources they feel they need – equipping them to move on from homelessness in a positive, healthy and self-directed way.

Overall purposes of the job:

  • To provide a holistic support and resettlement service to clients
  • To work as part of a multi-disciplinary team providing an effective service to the client group
  • To work in a sensitive, flexible and non-judgmental way and within an equal opportunities’ framework
  • To achieve key outcomes of the service
  • To participate in effective teamwork and establish good channels of Communication to all local organisations

Please note: only female candidates are eligible to apply for this post due to Genuine Occupational Requirement (Schedule 9; Equality Act 2010).

For more information, please click here.

Please note: This post will close on the 20th of December 2021. 

Move On Support Worker

£20,020 pro-rata based on 35-hour week. 14 hours per week, post funded until 2023. Flexible working, occasional evenings and weekend work.

Rowan Alba is looking for an experienced worker to provide support to people who are or have been homeless, with multiple complex needs. The successful candidate will be providing one to one support to people aged 16 and over who have multiple support needs. Your main role will be to offer practical, emotional and social support to people when they are in temporary accommodation and when they move on to their own tenancy. You will need to develop effective relationships with people, supporting them to cope with their lives in a positive and planned way so they can make informed choices and take responsibility for their actions. Ideally the post holder will be qualified to SVQ level 3 Health & Social Care or be willing to work towards this.

This post is funded by Walter Scott.

Please note: Only female candidates are eligible to apply for this post due to Genuine Occupational Requirement (Schedule 9; Equality Act 2010).

For more information, please click here.

Please note: This post will close on the 10th of December 2021. 

Support Worker - Thorntree Street

Permanent position, full time, £21,840 per annum. Occasional Evening/Weekend working may apply.

We have a fantastic opportunity for a Support Worker who is passionate about supporting individuals. We are looking for a dedicated and committed individual, who has gained experience within a social care setting. We are looking for someone who has worked with people who are alcohol dependent, people who have complex (often homelessness related) health needs and people that are are prone to challenging behaviour and episodic poor physical and mental health.

As a Support Worker you would be responsible for ensuring that a high-quality person-centered support service is delivered. You would provide positive, practical and emotional support to the residents which will promote choice and encourage personal responsibility. We need you to be an effective team player in a challenging environment, and establish and maintain efficient professional relationships with a range of external services.

You must possess or be willing to work towards a suitable qualification in line with the SSSC Regulatory Requirements.

For more information, please click here.

Please note: This post will close on the 8th of December 2021. 

Wellbeing / Activities Coordinator

£19,565 pro-rata based on 35-hour week. 16.5 hours per week. Fixed Term (1yr). Occasional Evening/Weekend working may apply.

Rowan Alba is currently recruiting for a Wellbeing / Activities Coordinator for our Stramullion Service located in North Edinburgh. Stramullion is designed around the needs of its residents and will provide the highest level of care at home and housing support.

This is an exciting new role to work as a dynamic and motivated Wellbeing / Activities Coordinator where you will help promote independence, dignity, and quality of life always in a person centered caring and supportive environment. Understanding individual personalities, feelings, and lifestyle to enable us to provide each resident with personalised activities relating to their unique interests, making meaningful activity an essential part of care, so our residents can live each day in the way they want.

The ideal candidate will have a creative flair, strong organisational skills, and the ability to relate well to people from all types of backgrounds. You will be passionate about providing a varied programme of activities to stimulate and keep our residents engaged, you will work in close conjunction with the support team, where you will build good relationships with the residents and relatives. You will need to be sociable and able to communicate well with our residents and external activity providers. Previous experience in a similar role or environment would be beneficial. You also must possess or be willing to work towards a suitable qualification in line with the SSSC Regulatory Requirements.

Please note: Only female candidates are eligible to apply for this post due to Genuine Occupational Requirement (Schedule 9; Equality Act 2010).

For more information, please click here.

Please note: This post will close on the 10th of December 2021. 

Casual Support Worker

We are looking for flexible, dynamic individuals to join our friendly organisation as Casual Support Workers at various Edinburgh locations.

As a Casual Support Worker you will provide housing-related support services to a wide range of individuals. Your role will be to provide tailored support to help address the individual needs of the client to maximise their independence. You will be a self-motivated, solution focused and a forward thinker. You will need to work well, both individually and as part of a team.

If you think you can do a remarkable job for us, then we’d love to hear from you – please contact us on office.manager@rowanalba.org for more information.