Head of Partnerships with LGBT Youth Scotland

Up to circa 45K

Based in Glasgow or Edinburgh, with travel across Scotland as required.

Full-time, 37hrs per week (flexible working options available) – Currently working from home due to COVID-19 restrictions.

37 days per annum, inclusive of 10 days over Christmas and New Year.

6 months

Auto-enrolment with TPT Solutions Flexible Retirement Plan.

Reporting into:

Closing Date:
Friday 25th June 2021 at 12 noon

Interview Date:
1st Stage: July 1st 2021
2nd Stage: July 7th 2021

LGBT Youth Scotland

Dear Applicant,

Thank you for your interest in working for LGBT Youth Scotland.  At a time when support for LGBTI young people is needed as much as ever, we are looking to recruit the key role of Head of Partnerships.

Who we are:

We are Scotland’s national charity for LGBTI young people providing spaces for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex young people ages 13 to 25 to explore who they are in a safe and affirming way; to unlock their potential helping them feel confident, resilient and optimistic for the future.

Our vision is to make Scotland the best place to grow up for LGBTI young people. For the last 30 years we have played a leading role in the provision of quality youth work to LGBTI young people that promotes their health and wellbeing and are a valued and influential partner in LGBTI equality and human rights.

To enable us to deliver our work we have a team of around 45 supported by over 100 volunteers based across the country. To find out more, please visit our website at www.lgbtyouth.org.uk where you can view the many aspects of our work.

You can also download a copy of our most recent strategy here: https://www.lgbtyouth.org.uk/media/2312/lgbtys-strategy-refresh-2020.pdf

How we work:

LGBT Youth Scotland is focused on being led by young people while supporting them to develop in a safe and supported environment. We achieve this through our excellent team of staff and volunteers who all make a significant difference in young people’s lives. It is our passion and drive to support young LGBTI people across Scotland that defines us as a team and underpins all we do.

We believe that supporting our staff and volunteers to be healthy, safe and happy in their roles is essential to delivering high quality services. We invest in our team so we can be the best we can be and to better support the young people we engage with across Scotland.

Our values are also important to us. We are committed:

  • To promote equality and human rights
  • To take a community learning and development (CLD) approach
  • To be reflective, accountable and ensure quality in what we do
  • To be innovative and fun

We work to ensure that our services are accessible and young people’s experience and outcomes are positive and that there is an inclusive working environment for all staff and volunteers.

Equality Statement

LGBT Youth Scotland embraces and celebrates diversity and equal opportunity for all. We are committed to building a diverse and inclusive team which leads to better discussion, decision making and impact. We want to hire the right candidate for each role and are committed to promoting the human rights and dignity of each human being, including equality of opportunity inclusive of sexual orientation, gender or transgender identity, race, age, disability, religion or belief and socio-economic status. We work to ensure that our services are accessible and that there is an inclusive working environment for all staff and volunteers. We support flexible working arrangements and adjustments where needed.

Your New Role:

As Head of Partnerships you will form part of the Leadership Team, supporting the Chief Executive and Board to deliver the 5 year strategy for LGBT Youth Scotland.  With overall responsibility for the strategic leadership of the Resources & Development Team, you will review and deliver a fundraising and communications strategy that will create a balanced portfolio of income sources, underpinning sustainable growth of the charity.  In addition you will engage and build our network of volunteers supporting greater involvement across the charity.

We are looking for an individual who fits with the values of LGBT Youth Scotland, building strong relationships both internally and externally, managing a varied portfolio of work that touches all aspects of the charity.  You will have exceptional organisational and communication skills as you will be leading our partnership development for philanthropic giving, individual giving, to extend our reach and influence and to better support the needs of LGBTI young people.   The role will require fundraising leadership, direction and expertise to reach the huge potential of our supporters. Significant experience in communications and increasing the reach of our audience and improving impact will support you in your role.  Ideally, you will also have led volunteering programmes, growing them so that they can support all aspects of the charity.

Your employment will be confirmed after successful interview and any necessary checks including references and your right to work in the UK. If you feel you have the relevant experience and can meet the essential criterial in the job role, we would love to hear from you. We always welcome applications that clearly demonstrate the skills and criteria we need, whether that be in a professional or volunteer capacity. We also appreciate that the best person for the job might not have all the essential and desirable criteria, so if you are unsure whether your skills and experience fit the specification, please contact [email protected] for an informal conversation prior to applying.

We look forward to receiving your application.

Mhairi Crawford

Chief Executive


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