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. 

Woman Against Violence Support Worker

Woman Against Violence Support Worker: £20,030 (based on 35 hours per week), full time (35 hours per week), funded until 2024. 

Rowan Alba is looking for an enthusiastic caring support worker to provide support to people who are or have been homeless, (Domestic Abuse) 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.

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, and to know how to apply, please click here. The application deadline for this post is 17 May 2022. 

This post is funded by Scottish Government.

Director - Board Member

Rowan Alba are seeking a Director to join its Board. Directors 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 Director 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 Directors
– In addition to the above statutory duties, each Director 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, focusing on key issues, providing advice and guidance on new initiatives or other topics in which the Director has special expertise.
– The Director must attend a minimum of 3 Board Meetings each year.
– The Director will meet annually with the chairperson to review their skills and commitment audit.
– The Director 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.

Director 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 Director, 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 Directors. 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 Directors. Directors 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 Director 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 Directors 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 Directors
– In addition to the above statutory duties, each Director 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 Director has special expertise.
– The Director must attend a minimum of 3 Board Meetings each year.
– The Director will meet annually with the Chairperson to review their skills and commitment audit.
– The Director is required to act reasonably and prudently in all matters relating to RA and must always bear the interests of the charity in mind.

Director 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. 

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.