UPDATE: The deadline for applying for this role has now passed.

We're looking for a Senior Project Officer to join our team in Scotland. 

Involve is the UK’s leading public participation charity. Our vision is of a more vibrant democracy, with people at the heart of decision-making. Our mission is to develop, support and campaign for new ways of involving people in the decisions that affect their lives.

Find out more about Involve.

We believe that decision-making in the UK needs to be more:

  • Open – so that people can understand, influence and hold decision-makers to account for the actions and inactions of their governments;

  • Participatory – so that people have the freedom, support and opportunity to shape their communities and influence the decisions that affect their lives; and,

  • Deliberative – so that people can exchange and acknowledge different perspectives, understand conflict and find common ground, and build a shared vision for society.

Find out more about what we do and our projects.

Senior Project Officers play a crucial role for us developing and managing projects. We’re looking for someone committed to our vision and mission. You will need to have excellent project management skills, as well the ability to build and maintain good relationships with a wide variety of people, including members of the public, project partners, colleagues and decision-makers. 

This role is based in Scotland and will be particularly focused on helping to build our work and impact in Scotland. However, there will also be opportunities to work across the organisation to support our projects throughout the UK. The role will require some travel in Scotland and the UK, including overnight stays.

Key responsibilities

1. Managing and delivering projects

  • Managing and delivering small and medium projects for Involve;

  • Supporting the delivery of large projects for Involve;

  • Helping ensure projects are managed and delivered to a high standard; 

  • Facilitating and/or managing events with the public and stakeholders;

  • Relationship management with project participants and other key stakeholders;

  • Drafting project reports and reports to funders;

  • Updating internal systems;

  • Logistics (e.g. organising events). 

2. Contributing to all-team activities

  •  Participating in team meetings, strategy- and away-days

Key competencies

Essential competencies

Applicants must demonstrate the following competencies:

  • Excellent project manager, able to manage and prioritise a diverse workload; deliver key project elements on time, on budget and to a high standard; and provide robust management of project finances, budgets and reporting;

  • Excellent communicator, able to communicate (writing, telephone, in-person) appropriately and successfully with a wide range of public and professional audiences including communicating with senior figures about sensitive issues; 

  • Strong relationship building and relationship management skills;

  • Understanding of relevant subject areas, including participatory and deliberative democracy;

  • Committed team player, embodying our values of collaboration, equality, independence, purpose and quality, and passionate about furthering our vision.

Desirable competencies

The following competencies are desirable:

  • Able to develop fundraising bids, with a clear link to strategy;

  • Able to lead the design and facilitation of events;

  • Experienced researcher, able to produce accurate and accessible briefings.

Practical details

Job Title Senior Project Officer
Salary £30,000 to £35,000, depending on experience
Hours Full time, 35 hours a week
Contract 12 months initial, with potential for extension
Start Date As soon as possible
Location Scotland
Reporting to Head of Democratic Innovation
Application Deadline 9am, Monday 3rd August 2020

We are happy to consider flexible working arrangements. 

Involve is an equal opportunities employer and, true to our mission, we take inclusion in the workplace seriously. The following benefits are available to staff:

  • Annual training budget of £1,000 for each member of staff;

  • Workplace pension with employer contributions of 5%;

  • Childcare vouchers;

  • Phone/data allowance of £13.50 per month;

  • Enhanced maternity and paternity leave packages for qualifying employees.

We value diversity in the workplace and all aspects of life. We particularly welcome applications from disabled and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) candidates as BAME and disabled people are currently under-represented at Involve and throughout the sector.

Applications will be blind reviewed, with any identifying information removed before being passed to the assessor.

How to apply

Find out more about the role by downloading the job description.


Applications should be completed via the online form by 9am, Monday 3rd August 2020.

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Key points

  • Only the application form and CV will be assessed. Your personal details and diversity monitoring form will not be accessible by the accessor. References will only be taken up upon appointment.

  • We recommend that you prepare your answers elsewhere and copy and paste them into the online form.

  • Candidates invited to interview will use their CV and the application form to demonstrate their ability to perform the role, using examples from their career and volunteering experience to-date.

  • Candidates are unlikely to be invited to interview if they state they meet the criteria without providing supporting examples and evidence; or ignore the application instructions above.

  • This post is only open to applicants who have the right to work in the UK.

If you are unable to complete your application via the online form, please contact jobs@involve.org.uk  


The deadline for submitting applications is 9am, Monday 3rd August 2020. Applications received after this time will not be considered.

Shortlisted candidates will be notified no later than Friday 7th August.

Interviews will be held online on Tuesday, 18th August 2020.