Active Travel Hub Officer

Role: Active Travel Hub Officer

Project: Arran Active Travel Hub

Contract: Fixed Term, Until 31st March 2022

Part-time: 24 hours per week

Salary: £25,000 per annum pro rata (based on 40 hour week)

Arran Eco Savvy has an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic, conscientious individual to take on the role as Active Travel Hub Officer. You will be part of an exciting sustainable travel project funded by Arran Eco Savvy and Transport Scotland’s Smarter Choices Smarter Places Fund. You will play an integral part in the delivery of active and sustainable travel improvements on the island through Arran’s first Active Travel Hub and it is essential that you are a self-starter, adaptable and driven to make a difference to Arran’s environmental improvement and protection.

You will be responsible for coordination and oversight of all aspects of the Arran Active Travel Hub. This will include community engagement with the island wide eBike low carbon travel scheme, distribution of Arran’s first green transport map, coordination of the Arran community lift share scheme, a cycle buddies scheme to improve cycling confidence, and a series of low-carbon travel related community consultation roadshows, workshops and events. In addition to this, you will work closely with key stakeholder organisations to effect low-carbon travel and transport improvements on a wider scale.

Responsibilities

  • Overseeing the systems and processes of the projects low carbon travel objectives to ensure effective operations.
  • Recruiting volunteers. Promoting responsibility through the delegation of specific roles including repairing bicycles, buddying, training in cycle commuting, and promotion of active travel and project activities.
  • Ensuring all project activity such as the cycle buddy scheme is accessible to all, particularly to vulnerable and disabled people.
  • Contributing to progress. Monitoring and evaluation reports for the carbon cutting/waste reduction activities.
  • Working with partnership organisations to run a series of outreach events promoting cycling and available cycling infrastructures to enable people to make use of low-carbon transport modes.
  • Partnerships, including carbon reporting for funders and contributing to new transport initiatives.
  • Working closely with the Board and team to coordinate project communications, inputting content for newsletters, social media and other promotional activities to maintain high project visibility and publicity to continuously increase community support and engagement.
  • Liaise and maintain great productive relationships with delivery partners and stakeholders on an ongoing basis.
  • Be an ambassador for the Charity as well as conscientious low-carbon lifestyles.

Planning and Organising

  • Plan own workload and activities, and delegate effectively to volunteers, to ensure effective service delivery.
  • Prioritise and organise ongoing programmes of work efficiently.
  • Guide and coordinate volunteers working on project activities.
  • Oversee recording of carbon accounts.

Problem Solving

  • Deal with complexity in project implementation and prioritise well.
  • Engage volunteers through training, and guidance by example.
  • Develop solutions to ensure all volunteers and workshop participants feel supported to take ownership of the project.

Decision Making

  • Use a variety of written, verbal and other approaches to deliver programmes.
  • Influence others, to gain acceptance and commitment to carbon reduction.
  • Maintain ongoing event programme with timings coordinated with rest of the team.
  • Design and deliver activities to maximise service quality, efficiency and continuity.
  • Work with board members on organisational decisions to agree resources and budget needed for each project activity.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience 

  • Managing teams of volunteers – experienced in how to delegate to and empower them.
  • A high level of empathy and respect for people with different backgrounds and abilities to use inclusive, non-stigmatising and respectful communication. This will be especially important in delivery of the cycle buddies scheme.
  • Knowledge of UK / national cycle training standards
  • Experience of cycling
  • Able to engage effectively with internal and external stakeholders to solve problems.
  • Strong communication and teamwork skills for a fast-paced working environment.
  • Experience of promoting events for community engagement.
  • Able to work on own initiative and organise own time/workload.
  • Full proficiency Microsoft Office especially Word & Excel.
  • A creative approach to engaging others and solving problems.
  • Experience in an environmental/social enterprise/not for profit organisation.
  • A good understanding of carbon and waste related environmental challenges.
  • Working knowledge of behaviour change and the Scottish Government ISM Toolkit.
  • Familiarity with Carbon Accounting tools and processes.

Qualifications

  • HNC/HND, SVQ2, NC, or a Degree in a related field.
  • 6 GCSE/Highers grade C or above.

Arran Active Travel Hub is part funded by Smarter Choices Smarter Places, which is Paths for All’s programme to increase active and sustainable travel throughout Scotland. The programme is grant-funded by Transport Scotland”.  Paths for All is a charity and is the champion of everyday walking in Scotland.  Paths for All’s vision is for a happier, healthier Scotland where physical activity improves quality of life and wellbeing for all.  

Applications now closed

To apply please send a CV and covering letter to trustees.ecosavvy@gmail.com or post to Helen Ross, Eco Savvy Community Shop, Shore Road, Whiting Bay, Isle of Arran. KA27 8PR marked “confidential”.