Lead Development Worker with Midlothian Voluntary Action (MVA)

Location: Dalkeith (Hybrid) 

Salary: £25,888 pro rata 

Part-time (30 hours per week, Monday to Thursday/Friday available depending on flexibility), Fixed-term, Flexible working 

Closing date: This role is now closed for applications

Interview: Wednesday, 9 August

Immediate start 

Are you ready to make a real impact in the vibrant third sector? If you’re driven, creative, and eager to make a difference, keep reading! 

Why Midlothian Voluntary Action: 

  • 25 days paid leave plus 10 Public Holidays (pro-rata) 
  • Contributory Pension Scheme 
  • Access to Employee Assistance Programme 
  • Employer-Supporter Volunteer Days 
  • Contribution to positive social change and make a difference in people’s lives and communities 
  • Supporting and empowering grassroots community groups, charities, and social enterprises, helping them thrive and achieve their goals 

The Role 

Midlothian Voluntary Action (MVA) is seeking a dynamic and passionate Lead Development Worker to join its dedicated team.  

You’ll have the chance to shape the future of community projects and empower grassroots organisations, all while enjoying a flexible and rewarding role. 

 The main responsibilities of the role are listed below: 

  • Be at the forefront of creating and delivering an inspiring yearly training programme and events for Midlothian’s third sector. Your expertise will be crucial in nurturing partnerships with external training providers and ensuring ongoing success 
  • Utilise qualitative and quantitative tools to monitor and evaluate the impact of the training programme, ensuring it remains effective and transformative 
  • Produce a monthly funding newsletter and organize the highly anticipated annual funding event 
  • Deliver high-quality one-to-one development support and guidance to grassroots community groups, charities and social enterprises, and individuals seeking to develop new community projects. From governance and funding to troubleshooting and community engagement, your guidance will cover a diverse range of topics, ensuring no challenge goes unaddressed 
  • Build and maintain strong relationships with client groups 
  • Assist organisations to liaise with the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) and signpost onto any other relevant support services 
  • Support community development work in the Dalkeith and Woodburn area, making a tangible difference in the local community 
  • Be on grant panels and provide valuable feedback to support the growth of the third sector 
  • Attend local and national strategic planning meetings to help advocate for and promote the vital work of the third sector 

MVA is committed to equality of opportunity for all staff and applications from all individuals are encouraged. Regardless of age, disability, sex, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief and marriage and civil partnerships, they want to hear from you! 


The ideal candidate for this role is a driven, creative, and adaptable individual who thrives in a dynamic and rewarding environment. 

The essential requirements for this role include: 

  • Knowledge and experience of working in the third sector   
  • Strong IT skills and be familiar with using applications such as MS Office, Teams, Canva, Zoom, Mailchimp, as well as social media platforms 
  • Excellent communicator able to interact verbally and face to face with a wide variety of different partners, shareholders and local community groups 
  • Ability to provide high quality client-focused development and support 
  • Ability to work creatively and collaboratively with colleagues within the TSI and across organisational and sector boundaries 
  • Ability to use own initiative and organise own work in consultation with line manager 
  • An open minded and friendly approach to individuals, avoiding judgement and stereotyping 

About the Company 

“Midlothian Voluntary Action (MVA) provides support, guidance and representation for third sector organisations working in Midlothian. This includes grassroots community groups, charities and social enterprises. 

We do this by: 

  • Providing free one-to-one development support 
  • Delivering an annual programme of training, workshops and networking events 
  • Distributing news and information via our e-bulletins and social media 
  • Running the Third Sector Forum and giving a voice to the sector within Midlothian’s Community Planning Partnership” 

If you have any questions about this role or the organisation please contact jobs@aai-employability.org.uk


This role is now closed for applications


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