Job summary: The postholder will play a key role in developing the provision of digital skills in a rural community, based on the findings of the “Building our digital future” report.

Responsible to: Board of Trustees

Salary: £22,000 pro rata.

Contract: This is a fixed term contract of up to one year at 28 hours per week.


The Langholm Initiative was established in 1994 in response to industrial decline in the remote rural communities of Eskdale, in Dumfries and Galloway. Since then, it has become an award-winning community development trust, widely recognised as a best-practice example of partnership working, project management and community involvement.

Our priority with this project is to deliver on the outcomes from the “Building our digital future” report published in October 2019.

Person Specification

We require a self-motivated and passionate person to lead this project, with a knowledge of developing digital participation schemes. An experience of delivering services and working with communities is desired, as well as strong administrative and management skills. Partnership working will be key to this role and experience in partnership management, stakeholder engagement and managing expectations is desired.

Responsibilities and duties

In this role you will:

  1. Develop the essential digital skills of our older people
  •  Deliver essential digital skills training to older people, using the Essential Digital Skills Framework.
  • Recruit, engage and support volunteers to deliver the sessions in a way that suits the needs of learners.
  1. Encourage and inspire digital career pathways for younger people 
  • Work closely with local schools and partner organisations to develop activities including work experience and careers days. 
  1. Support local businesses with their digital needs. 
  • Work with partners to develop a programme of learning around digital marketing.
  • Build relationships with local business owners to identify and support their ongoing needs. 
  1. General responsibilities 
  • Work collaboratively with sister projects at Langholm Initiative and identify ways to promote and positively represent the project and organisation locally.
  • Report to the Board of Trustees and funders with progress including evaluations.

Skills and experience

  • Experience of managing or delivering community-based projects
  • Strong administrative skills
  • Excellent computer skills
  • Understanding of SCVO Essential Digital Skills toolkit
  • Volunteer management experience
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills


  • Experienced collaborator and partnership worker
  • Passionate and positive about working with communities
  • Creative thinking and problem solving

To apply, please submit a covering letter and a CV of no more than 2 x A4       sides to

This project is funded by:

  • DECBG Ewe Hill 16 – Scottish Power Renewables
  • Muirhall Energy
  • Dumfries and Galloway Council
  • SHAP Health and Wellbeing Fund
  • Solwaybank Windfarm
  • Local donations