Full time project management support vacancy


Full time project management support

Applications are invited for this exciting role to support the next key phase of community led regeneration for Stranraer.  Stranraer Development Trust (SDT) as a community anchor organisation will be hosting this post and are seeking strategically experienced, creative and enterprise focused applicants to fulfil the following aims

  • Developing collaboration and work in partnership with key stakeholders utilising key strategic plans (Borderlands Inclusive Growth Deal, Stranraer Place Plan and National and Regional Economic Strategies).
  • To develop (in partnership with DGC) a Place Plan and implementation strategy for delivery of key plan outcomes.
  • Ensure the community of Stranraer and its associated community partners are engaged and forefront in developing projects.
  • Provide support and capacity building to the board of SDT.
  • Provide oversight for communications strategy, George Hotel regeneration project and other projects as identified.

This post is for an initial term to end March 2023 and may be extended for up to 3 years dependent on both performance and confirmation of funding late 2022 (which has been applied for). This post will be 35hrs per week, core hours are Monday-Friday 9-5 with an expectation that some evening and weekend work will be required, a flexible working system is in place. The salary for this post will be £37,500 per annum.

Stranraer Place Plan

As a community anchor organisation SDT have been awarded funding from South of Scotland Enterprise and Dumfries and Galloway Council to deliver a series of enterprising, regenerative community projects and initiatives over the next five to ten years.  Some of these projects have already been identified following significant consultation and examples would be the Watersports, Pump Track and The George Hotel.

The Place Plan, while taking cognisance of the above strategies, should provide a community led focus to regeneration and there will be a requirement to ‘join the dots’ to ensure all strategic documents relative to the area are synergised.

Key partners recognise that transformational change is required in Stranraer to fully capitalise on identified themes in the respective Borderlands Inclusive Growth deal and National Strategy for Economic Transformation and Regional Economic Strategy.

These regeneration strategies seek to encourage a more enterprising approach in communities and to encourage, progress and develop ambitious projects, which have sustainable revenue streams at their core.


Role of Project Management Support

This role will act as a bridge between strategic stakeholders and local community groups/residents within Stranraer to enable Place Plan and project development and delivery.  It requires a creative and experienced project manager to bring a focus to local activity delivery as well as the development of new activities, which encourage additional footfall and spend in the town centre. Firstly, it will provide leadership for SDT and for the areas of regeneration activity outlined in the Stranraer Place Plan.  Secondly, the role will specifically focus on developing, leading and managing prioritised projects.

In production of place plan and subsequent implementation.  Key elements will include

  • Development and support to the SDT board and building a collective network of community organisation support
  • Manage extensive stakeholder and community engagement and consultation
  • Progress appropriate research and feasibility on innovative town centre regeneration opportunities
  • Development of an operational plan along with some initial implementation where appropriate, to deliver impact in 2022/3 and onwards


  • Essential - Educated to degree level, or with significant relevant experience in community led regeneration and business development, experience and involvement in project management of large grants and stakeholder relationships.
  • Desirable – experience of capital projects particularly with vacant and derelict use
Work Experience
  • Essential - Proven effective leadership and project management skills working with boards and trustees. Relevant experience or skills in working effectively with community groups and volunteers. Proven track record in engaging with the local business and communities
  • Desirable - Proven track record of managing funding and reporting to donors/ funders as per grant offer requirements.
Skills & Abilities
  • An innovative community led, and solutions focused approach developed from a strong understanding from experience of Stranraer, its people, strengths, challenges and its institutions. Strong knowledge of the local economy and community groups, the key drivers and the opportunities and challenges to effect change
  • Capacity to understand individual parties needs and to negotiate their position within a wider strategic framework
  • Strong knowledge or ability to build links within the property and/ or planning environment
  • Good analytical and presentation skills. Good communication and report writing skills
  • Experience of partnership and stakeholder working
  • Proven events management experience
  • Strong leadership and project management skills
  • Good people relationship skills and ability to work effectively with all age groups including young people
  • Local business insight, coupled with an interest in community growth and development
Job requirements
  • Lead day-to-day operational tasks related to projects with support from community groups / project teams.
  • Willing to work out-of-office hours on occasion, and flexible around travel
  • Self-disciplined, able to work without supervision
  • A current UK driving licence and access to a vehicle

Project Governance

In terms of overall project governance, a steering group will be established with representatives of Stranraer Development Trust, core funders and, where appropriate, other stakeholder representatives.  This will ensure there is clarity on the implementation of projects, and the final allocation of project resources to ensure maximum impact and benefit from project delivery.

Terms of Engagement

The role is offered on a full-time basis (initially to March 31st 2023) and the successful candidate will be employed by SDT under their normal terms of engagement or may be appointed on a self-employed basis.  All appropriate management, tax liabilities, health and safety, insurance etc are on the onus and the responsibility of the applicant if self-employed.  The role will be line managed by a representative of the steering group.

Commitment to Equality & Diversity

The post holders will be responsible for ensuring fair, equitable and non-discriminatory treatment of all colleagues and clients, in accordance with the key values and objectives of Stranraer Development Trust.  Stranraer Development Trust is committed to the principles of Fair Work and will apply these principles for any staff and/ or contractors where appropriate.

Office Location

The expectation is that the post holder will be based in Stranraer. The role may work from home and /or may be based with one of the partner organisations or community hub partners of Stranraer Development Trust.


Application is by CV and covering letter and as part of your submission, a short summary of qualifications, relevant work experience as well as skills and abilities in relation to the specific roles available should be provided.  Examples of relevant experience including successful project delivery and summary of outcomes/ impacts of this delivery should be included in your submission.

Assessment of Applications

The assessment of applications and interviews will be at the discretion of the Selection Panel as appointed through Stranraer Development Trust

Recruitment Process/ Interview Date

Successful candidates, who are shortlisted for interview, will be invited to interview on 5th September 2022.   Interviews may either be in person at a venue in Stranraer or held digitally on either a teams or zoom platform.  The format of the interview will be determined closer to the date of interview and will be subject to Scottish Government Covid19 restrictions at that time.  All necessary precautions will be undertaken as appropriate to comply with government guidance.

Applications should be addressed as CONFIDENTIAL and EMAILED for the attention of the Chair of Stranraer Development Trust, Romano Petrucci  coord@stranraerdevelopmenttrust.co.uk     by  Noon 29th August 2022

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Street Art Commission for Stranraer


Street Art Commission for Stranraer

The Creating Stranraer project (Stranraer Development Trust) would like to commission a contemporary street artist to paint the first major wall painting in the town as a precursor to a planned Street Art Festival in the town (summer 2023).

The commission is for a prominent town centre location and is on the same building that will be home to a creative hub for the arts in the town.

Stranraer is at a very interesting point in its history – it is somewhere that has re-invented itself several times in the past as industries (eg herring fishing) have changed. 10 years ago the ferry service to Northern Ireland moved from Stranraer and a question mark has hung over the place since – what would the next version of the town be? Stranraer is the regional centre for one of the most beautiful and remote areas of Scotland, a place with a rich history through its connections to Ireland, NW England and Wales.

This commission forms a part of the early stages of significant investment in culture as a catalyst for change in the town, and creative people will play major role in this change. Currently a community engagement exercise is underway in Stranraer for local people to choose a contemporary/historical/fictional/real character who the community thinks will be someone who can be an inspiration for the future of the town. The commissioned artist will be asked to create a design for the wall that interprets the chosen inspirational character.


Elements of the commission:

  • Develop a design for the wall piece
  • Devise and lead 2 hands-on street art workshops (one with Secondary School pupils and one with FE College students)
  • Give an artists talk for local artists
  • Paint your design on the gable wall
  1. Workshops and talks will be coordinated by Stranraer’s Arts and Engagement Officer. Budget for access requirements for wall painting will be provided by the commissioner in addition to artist fee.


Artist Fee £3000 this fee will cover VAT (if applicable), travel/accommodation and materials for the wall painting (NB preparation of the wall surface will be covered by the commissioner and spec agreed with the selected artist).

Time Frame: work to be complete by end 2022

Background: This commission is part of the series of significant arts projects in Stranraer (eg Dandelion ‘Unexpected Garden’, ‘What We Do Now’ and ‘Creating Stranraer’) – these projects are supporting a larger regeneration initiative for the town that places arts and creativity at the heart of a future Stranraer and includes the wholesale redevelopment of the former George Hotel as a Community/Cultural Centre.

Application process: Please send the following by email to Janet Jones at aeo@stranraerdevelopmenttrust.co.uk

  • Letter of interest – stating why you are interested in this project and think you are the right person for the commission. We are interested in hearing about what you are interested in and what motivates you. Tell us about how you might go about getting to know Stranraer and develop your ideas for the project, any relevant work you have done in the past and what you learned from that.
  • Up to five examples of relevant recent work – in any format (weblinks etc), if you are sending files by email, please keep these under 10MB.
  • The names of two referees who can vouch for you and your work (we will not contact anyone until we have offered you the commission)

We are open to submissions in any format  (eg. video, audio file etc for letter) – please contact us via the email address above to arrange an informal chat about the project and/or discuss any access need you have in order to apply.

It’s important that our people reflect and represent the diversity of the communities and audiences we serve. We welcome and value differences, so when we say we’re for everyone, we want everyone to be welcome in our teams too. Wherever you’re from, and whatever your background, we want to hear from you.

We will accept applications from anyone and everyone who feels they have the skills required to fulfil this role.


Deadline for applications: midnight Sunday 18th September


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