Full-time role, based in Scotland in our Edinburgh office. Salary £37-£42k before tax (with more available for an exceptional candidate)

We are looking for an experienced person to lead our work and grow our presence in Scotland. Over the last four years, the Democratic Society (Demsoc) has led innovative participatory projects with government at all levels and most recently in the housing sector. We are now entering an exciting new phase, and are looking for someone who can take our work, our offer, and our partnerships in Scotland to the next level, building on strong existing relationships across government, public sector organisations, and communities.

With a focus on developing new work and winning new funding, delivering existing Scottish projects and building a new team based in Scotland that forms part of the international Demsoc family, the ideal candidate will have an entrepreneurial flair and outstanding project management and people skills. A passion for involving citizens in public decision-making is important, as is an understanding of the lively political and policy debates in Holyrood and across Scottish local and national governments.

If you are creative and committed to the cause of better democracy, equally comfortable working with politicians and senior civil servants as with community organisers and citizens, we want to hear from you. If you can create, win, plan and deliver democracy and governance related projects and are ready to manage and grow this country team – then this is a rare and exciting opportunity to help shape the future of democracy in Scotland and beyond.

Full information is available in the job description below.

What we expect from you

  • Project delivery – deliver and, over time, build a team that can deliver our projects in Scotland effectively, efficiently and to a high standard.
  • Development and network-building – grow our presence and work in Scotland and across the UK sustainably, creating a strong base of relationships and projects that put us at the heart of democratic transformation. There may be opportunities to extend this work into Northern Ireland.
  • Thought leadership – demonstrate through articles, speeches, presentations and events that we are a leading organisation in Scotland and in the UK that has the drive and ability to improve democracy for citizens and the country in a sustainable way.
  • People leadership – providing management and coaching to support and advise the team, and as the work in Scotland grows, recruit, manage and develop supporting staff to help with delivery on your projects and others.
  • Contribution to the wider organisation – build and maintain strong relationships and information flows between the UK team and with other Belgium and Italy based staff and across the wider organisation, seeking opportunities to learn from and contribute to related projects, building and deepening our ideas of future democracy

To be successful in applying for this role you will need to:

  • Demonstrate the ability to work well with senior public servants and politicians, and with community organisations and members of the public.
  • Demonstrate a good understanding of the Scottish and UK democratic, governmental and public-sector landscape. Understanding of similar factors in the combined authorities in England would be a benefit.
  • Demonstrate the ability to work without close supervision, to plan and execute effectively, and to cost and deliver projects to a high standard.
  • Demonstrate the potential to develop a clear position of authority and respect on matters related to democracy

You will stand an even better chance if you:

  • Have expertise in designing and delivering democracy projects, particularly in partnership with local government and communities
  • Have expertise in digital democracy tools or participatory budgeting

Key dates

  • Thurs 21st June (23:59 BST): Deadline for applications
  • Mon 25th June: All applicants contacted and strongest candidates invited to interview
  • 28/29th June: Interviews in Edinburgh. If you have an issue with this date, please notify us at the time of application so we can consider alternative arrangements.

To apply: Please email a CV and covering letter (max. 2 pages) to hr@demsoc.org.

If you have any questions about any part of this recruitment, please contact Noah Curthoys on hr@demsoc.org, or for a discussion about the role itself, please contact Michelle Brook on michelle@demsoc.org.

Download: Job Description – Country Manager (Scotland)