Project Development Manager
£25,480 (pro rata)
Place of work: Main place of work Hope Organic Garden, Arbroath with some community based project work.
28 hours per week
Type of Contract: 
3 year contract
Job Description: 


Operational Planning

  • Organisation and management of HOPE Garden, staff, trainees and volunteers
  • Responsibility for trainees’ health and wellbeing, and involvement in HOPE projects. 
  • Developing appropriate learning programmes for people with learning difficulties.
  • Facilitating regular garden meetings with those involved in the project, in order to gather feedback and evaluate the project
  • Develop the long term potential of the garden by participating in strategic discussions.
  • Foster an open teamwork approach between colleagues, trainees, volunteers and other stakeholders 
  • Help with the implementation of relevant areas of HOPE Business Plan 
  • Liaise with Trustees on development of new garden projects
  • Identify funding sources and prepare applications for the charity 
  • Provide regular reports for trustees meetings
  • Attend joint staff/trustees meetings 


Day to Day Operational Management

  • Develop volunteer programme including recruitment, training, support and supervision of current and new volunteers
  • Organise volunteer support meetings and identify any training needs
  • Develop a range of opportunities at the garden
  • Provide support for Head Gardener and organise and record staff team meetings
  • Provide support and supervision to the Shop and Admin Assistant
  • Organise User Group yearly meeting and/or development days.


Communication and organisational duties 

  • Support the HOPE ethos of valuing all individuals and supporting people to reach their potential
  • Communicate the work and ethos of HOPE to outside agencies 
  • Actively seek out links with organisations and schools which could contribute to HOPE’s development 
  • Attend relevant training sessions, seminars and conferences 
  • Support fundraising and income generation activities and develop new funding initiatives 
  • Promote HOPE through presentations to local community groups and organisations


Person specification

  • Excellent people and project management skills
  • Experience of working with vulnerable people 
  • Commitment to person-centred values 
  • Good interpersonal skills and ability to work well as part of a team 
  • Ability to work in a patient, flexible and non-judgmental manner 
  • Self-reflective, self-aware and able to give and accept feedback 
  • Willingness to undertake additional training as appropriate
  • A current driving licence and access to a car is essential
  • IT skills essential, including use of Excel, Word and PowerPoint


Closing Date: 
Friday, 21 May, 2021
How to Apply: 

An application form and job specification are available for download from our website at  Alternatively, please email for an application form and job specification. 

Closing date Friday 21th May 2021 at 5pm

Interviews to be held week in line with government guidelines, it is expected that the interviews will take place via a Zoom link.

Additional Information: 
. Responsible to: Board of Trustees Place of work: Main place of work Hope Organic Garden, Arbroath with some community based project work. To oversee the development of HOPE garden in line with the Business Plan and develop links between the garden and the wider community. To co-ordinate and manage a volunteer programme, and develop project opportunities for trainees and volunteers in collaboration with garden staff. Previous work with adults with learning disabilities would be desirable but not essential. Ideally the candidate should have a degree in Community Learning and Development, Project Management or an equivalent qualification. Good IT skills would be advantageous. A current driving licence and access to a car is essential. A PVG Disclosure check is required for this post and will be paid for by the employer.