West Highland Project and Partnerships Manager

We are looking for a West Highland Project and Partnerships Manager to join Samaritans on a 12 month fixed term contract. This role will provide operational management for a major new Samaritans project focused on lone and isolated workers in the west Highlands mainland and Skye, funded by the Scottish Government.  

  • Full time (flexible 35 hours per week)
  • 12 month fixed term contract (secondments considered)
  • £37,000-£39,000 per annum plus benefits
  • Home-based: located in/near the West Highlands mainland or Skye
  • A driving licence and car are essential - significant travel required 
  • Willing to travel throughout the West Highlands (coastal / near-coastal communities from Oban to the northern mainland and Skye)

The Project

The project will work with the local community and agencies, and Samaritans staff and volunteers, to: Increase awareness of Samaritans’ suicide prevention offer and wider supports, encouraging help seeking behaviour; develop bespoke local campaigns; create and offer new learning resources; commission new research and promote new volunteering opportunities.

This is a great new opportunity to work for a well-known and respected organisation. This role will see the tangible benefits of extending Samaritans’ reach within the local community. 

Key Responsibilities 

  • Line management - develop a Project & Partnerships Assistant.
  • Project Management – Co-ordinate a matrix team of staff and volunteers across project workstreams, manage the project plan, implement evaluation measures, and maintain a risk register.
  • Partnership and Promotion - develop positive relationships with key local stakeholders, working with marketing, L&D, Influencing and Service teams.
  • Volunteer Engagement - share learning with other remote and rural areas.
  • Research - manage a tender process for an external research agency to investigate risk factors for suicide among lone and isolated workers and provide delivery oversight.
  • Reporting – ensure accurate reporting to funders, including budgetary control.

Skills and Experience

  • Lived experience of Highland and Islands communities
  • Excellent project management experience, including budget management
  • Experience in the health, social care, community development or other third or public sector fields in Scotland

Full Job Description here

Employee Benefits

We offer some brilliant benefits including flexible working, family-friendly policies, and training to support your development. You'll have 28 days annual leave, plus bank holidays and we match your pension contribution up to 5%. You can claim money back via a Health Cash Plan and wellbeing options including a free subscription to Headspace, virtual yoga sessions and a PerkBox account. 

​Samaritans is wholly committed to inclusion and diversity and to building a culture and environment where everyone is appreciated for the unique person they are. We warmly welcome applications from a diverse range of backgrounds and experiences. We are committed to making our recruitment processes accessible to everyone and are flexible in how we receive information. If you would like to apply via a different format or let us know how we can support you to be the best you can be, please contact the People team. 

​If this sounds like the opportunity for you, please apply. You’ll be asked to upload your CV and a cover letter outlining your motivations for applying and your transferable skills. This role will close for applications on 15/05 and video interviews will be held on 24/05.