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Cairngorms National Park Authority

Rural Development & Communities Manager

Salary: £39,178 - £45,666 (Band E)

Location: Grantown on Spey

Job Type: 2 Year Fixed Term Contract

Hours: 37.5 hours per week, though part time hours of 30 hours per week may be considered.

Closing Date: 12pm (noon), Monday 13th December 2021

Interview Date: Wednesday 12th January 2022 (held virtually)

About Us:

The Cairngorms National Park (CNP) is the largest national park in the UK, covering 4500km2. It is also a place of sheer abundance, having more high mountain ground than anywhere else in the UK, the largest Caledonian forest, some of Scotland’s purest rivers and finest livestock rearing farmland. It is home to 25 percent of the UK’s rare and endangered species. It is a truly unique place to work, with our dedicated and passionate Communities team who are committed to providing a high quality service, every day. Furthermore, there is access to some of the most beautiful countryside straight from our Headquarters office door.

The Cairngorms National Park Authority (CNPA) is one of Scotland's top 10 flexible employers and listed in the UK’s Top 100 best not for profit companies to work for; we’re dedicated to both this fantastic landscape and our employees.

We now have an exciting opportunity for a Rural Development & Communities Manager to join the CNPA, to manage the rural development and community support functions and create opportunities for people living and working in local communities to actively contribute to the aims of the National Park.

The Role:

The Rural Development & Communities Manager will plan and manage the CNPA approach to community engagement and development, supporting communities to have an active role in the decision-making processes about how the National Park is managed, meaning you will develop great working relationships with various groups, people and communities around the CNP.

You will promote community capacity building and support community-led project delivery, meaning you will keep up to date with new developments in this area and provide advice to communities on these matters.

You will manage the CNPA approach to sustainable economic development and community wealth building in the Cairngorms and oversee the approach to sustainable tourism, meaning you will have a real understanding of these important issues.

So, if you are keen to be the Rural Development & Communities Manager, managing the rural development and community support functions and creating opportunities for people living and working in local communities to actively contribute to the aims of the National Park and you can display the skills and experience listed here, this is the role you’ve been waiting for.

CNPA Benefits:

  • Civil service pension scheme
  • 25 days annual leave, increasing to 30 days with service, plus Public Holidays
  • Professional development
  • Flexible working
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Use of pool cars

About You:

To be considered as our Rural Development & Communities Manager Officer, you’ll need:

  • Knowledge and experience of the legal framework, policy context, principles and practices and the roles of partner organisations, all in relation to rural and community development and engagement
  • Recognised qualification at degree level or equivalent in relevant discipline
  • Knowledge and experience of working with, and delivering through, Development Trusts/Community Companies and similar organisations
  • Knowledge and experience of managing multiple funding sources, other resources, and promoting opportunities for communities
  • Experience of resolving conflicts, problem solving and managing expectations;
  • Excellent communication and inter-personal skills
  • Knowledge and experience of project and budget management;
  • Computer and IT literate; and
  • Full UK driving licence or access to a driver if disability prevents driving.
  • Knowledge of the Cairngorms National Park, experience in managing and developing staff and knowledge and experience of the private sector and economic development would be beneficial to your application.

How to apply:

Please complete the application form available in on our website, specifying which role you are applying for and email the completed form to

Please note, we do not accept Curriculum Vitae (CV).

CNPA is an inclusive organisation and we welcome applications from everyone irrespective of sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, ethnicity, faith and religion, disability and age. We are Disability Confident committed employer, if you are an applicant with disabilities who meets the essential requirements of the post, we will interview you. In all circumstances CNPA appoints on merit based evidence the applicant supplies in meeting the essential criteria for the post.

If you require more information, or if you require any adjustments to be made to the application process due to disability please contact us on 01479 873535 or email:

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Closing Date: 13/12/2021  Location: Grantown on Spey

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