Development Coordinator / Project Assistant with Nairn Economic Initiative

The Nairn Economic Initiative has been established to enable Nairn’s business communities to lead and become involved in local economic development matters of common interest. 

Location: Nairn, in the Highlands
£8 per hour, 25 hours per week for 12 months
(Please note – additional hours may be available through consultancy work to make up to full-time hours)
Ideal start: August 2015

It is composed of private and public, social and community sector organisations, with the core purpose of working together to ensure long term sustainable economic growth in and around Nairn. NEI’s main aims are to grow Nairn’s business base and increase the number of Nairn residents employed locally; and to raise the profile of Nairn as a place to live, visit, and operate a business.

It will progress its projects through collaborations between the private sector, public sector, and organisations with a social purpose, but its distinctive contribution will be through local people with business experience working in small teams to progress short term and longer term projects.  In some cases this might involve setting up social enterprises that might not just serve the local community but also wider markets – creating “head office” employment in Nairn. Tourism development and marketing will be key themes.

The Nairn Economic Initiative (NEI) is seeking a graduate intern to help identify and procure funding to enable achievement of NEI’s prioritised projects and key outcomes. The key responsibilities for this role are:
• Review and collation of the current ambitions and projects outlined by key groups in Nairn including, but not limited to, Nairn Economic Initiative, Highland Council charrette, local community councils, Nairn Improvement Community Enterprise.
• Assist with the identification and prioritisation of other projects that can be progressed over the short, medium and long term and projection of costs and potential sources of finance.
• Formulation of a strategic plan for NEI.
• Facilitation of the early project priorities identified by the NEI launch and other priorities of other local social enterprises such as NICE and Community Councils.
• Identifying, making applications for, and securing funding streams required to take forward NEI’s activities.
• Participate in appropriate community planning forums.
• Lead the planning process for a future HIE-funded, business-focused, facilitated strategic workshop – designed to formalise NEI’s strategic direction.
• Drafting the final report detailing deliverable projects, likely costs, suitable lead organisation(s) and potential funders

(This role is offered on a self-employed basis. Please note that you will be invoicing Nairn Economic Initiative as a freelance/consultant. This is a very simple, uncomplicated process. You will also be advised to register as self-employed with HMRC if you are not already registered. Please note, students in Scotland on a Tier 4 Visa are not permitted to be self-employed and therefore will not be considered for this role.)


The ideal intern can come from a number of degree disciplines, including Business Management; Marketing; Accountancy; or Economics.

You will be a well-organised, highly motivated and proactive individual who is passionate about your work. You will be able to demonstrate exceptional communication, interpersonal, organisational skills and have strong IT skills. You will be able to display energy and empathy towards the economic needs of Nairn. You will be able to work creatively using your initiative with limited supervision.

You can give evidence of your research and analytical skills and the ability to communicate and work with different key people in the business and general community.Access to own transport as necessary to attend meetings in Nairn and occasionally further afield. The applicant will also be required to use their own IT equipment.

Applicants who have an awareness of the benefits and challenges of social enterprise, and a good understanding of the principles of branding and marketing will be considered favourably.


Closing date for applications is 26 July 2015, 5pm.

Please submit a CV and brief covering letter through the Adopt an Intern online application form on our website. State a. your availability and b. How you meet the requirements of the job specification. We do NOT accept e-mail applications unless otherwise stated.

This position is funded by The Highland Council and Highlands and Islands Enterprise.