Community Engagement Officer – North Aberdeenshire

Are you passionate about supporting young people? Can you delve deep into local networks and find people who want to champion our young people through volunteering? Are you searching for a role where you can make a real difference? Where your time can be transformational?

MCR Pathways is a transformational secondary school mentoring and talent development programme supporting over 5000+ care experienced and other vulnerable young people experiencing disadvantage to realise their full potential through education. MCR’s programme dramatically improves educational achievement, wellbeing and post-school destinations.

At its heart, MCR's model is relationship-based mentoring that has evolved into an integrated programme supporting primary school transition and delivering weekly group work in the first two years of secondary school. Young people from 3rd year upwards are carefully matched with a volunteer, trained mentor, to meet in school, one-to-one, on a weekly basis. Young people also have the opportunity to access talent taster employability, further and higher education experiences.

We’re looking for a Community Engagement Officer who wants to be an integral part of our programme in the North of Scotland based in North Aberdeenshire (Banff, Fraserburgh, Huntly, Mintlaw, Peterhead and Turriff). You will complement our national and regional approaches to marketing and partnership building, by focussing on engagement work at a local level and in close collaboration with your local MCR school(s) and our Pathways Coordinators based there.

The role will involve hybrid working. This means there is some home working but you must be able to work in person on the ground and in schools in your designated area. You must also be willing to undertake occasional travel across the north region to meet with colleagues and attend training as required.

Job Purpose

The Community Engagement Officer will support our school teams to make real, substantive change for the better for our young people. Your role is to truly engage at the grassroots level and stay connected to, and have a presence in the area you serve. It is a diverse role in which you’ll need to be a talented and organised multi-tasker: you could be peppering a local area with a new marketing campaign one day, and presenting to the local faith community the next. You’ll be the focal point for local awareness and information events, and you’ll be training those mentors coming through our recruitment pipeline in your local area. You’ll need to be able to support your local Pathways Coordinator in school in the event of absence, ensuring that mentoring relationships are organised and supported in their absence.

You will need to be a flexible person for this role. You’ll need to read beyond the job description and help us do whatever it takes to reach our MCR vision. As we try to unlock the potential of young people, no matter their circumstances, we work collectively as a team to unlock our potential, no matter our circumstances. The year has its peaks and troughs across our different teams, so sometimes you’ll be called on to focus on one area over another. Working together as a community will help us achieve our vision easier and faster across the North of Scotland.

Please note: A driving licence and having a vehicle available for work is essential for this role. You will be reimbursed for all work related mileage.

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If this sounds like you, we’d love to hear from you.

To apply, please complete the application form attaching your CV indicating which area role you are applying for. Please explain (referring to the job description and person specification providing examples from your current or previous roles) in up to 1000 words why you would be excellent in this role.

Please note, the role will be subject to a PVG check and two satisfactory references, one of which must be from your current or most recent employer.

MCR Pathways subscribes to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (1974) regarding disclosure & barring.

MCR Pathways is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. This role is subject to a PVG check. Applications to process PVGs will only be submitted once the successful candidate has accepted the offer of a position.

MCR Pathways is committed to creating an inclusive and diverse environment. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, or age.