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Vacancy - Community Development Finance Institution (CDFI) Co-ordinator


Post Title: Community Development Finance Institution (CDFI) Co-ordinator

Salary: £38,096 - £42,758

Duration of contract: Initial one-year funding for the post has been provided by the Money Advice Service. The possibility of additional funding is being explored, which could enable the post to continue beyond the initial 12 months. The IS welcomes applicants wishing to apply for the post on a secondment basis.

Location: iHub, Quarrywood Court, Livingston EH54 6AX. The post holder will have flexibility to work from the IS office in Livingston and/or to be based in any of the three council areas that the project is operating across (Fife, West Lothian, Falkirk). Elements of home working are also likely to be possible. The role will require regular travel across the three council areas.

Hours: Standard working week is 36 hours, Monday to Friday. Hours can be worked flexibly in agreement with the Line Manager. There could also be flexibility in terms of full-time/part-time working.



The Improvement Service (IS) is a publicly funded company limited by guarantee, with a total annual budget of c.£8m and c.60 staff. We exist to support councils and their partners to improve the health, quality of life and opportunities of all people in Scotland through community leadership, strong local governance and the delivery of high quality, efficient services.


Working for the IS means joining a small family of professionals, who work together to strive for continuous improvement in the public sector and ultimately, improve outcomes for Scotland’s communities.


Our office is based in West Lothian, located conveniently for commuters between Edinburgh and Glasgow. Pay is only one of the benefits of working for the IS. Our terms and conditions are progressive and flexible and employees are rewarded with a generous annual leave entitlement of 40 days per year as well as a flexible working policy.


About the role

The Improvement Service has entered into an exciting new partnership agreement with Fife Council (lead partner in a consortium which also includes West Lothian and Falkirk Councils) and is looking for an experienced co-ordinator to provide a leading and co-ordinating role across the three local authority areas in the setting up and establishment of the Community Development Finance Institution (CDFI) project.


The CDFI project aims to provide more affordable finance to disadvantaged people and, in doing so, also ensure they are able to access complementary advisory and other relevant services appropriate to their needs. It is also expected that the CDFI will work alongside credit unions by promoting their services and supporting CDFI clients to open credit union accounts, as they become more financially resilient.


A CDFI provider has already been appointed (Five Lamps, a registered charity which has successfully provided personal lending services in the Tees Valley since 2007). It will have responsibility for managing the lending and related aspects of the project, operating shop front premises, online service delivery, etc.


The Project Co-ordinator’s role will be to lead the co-ordination of the project implementation, linking with the CDFI provider’s contract manager as well as a range of stakeholders from across the consortium and beyond.


Key duties will include overall project management, liaison with a wide range of stakeholders, establishing and maintaining governance arrangements, including regular reporting to the Project Advisory Board, developing relevant documentation and plans, developing communications, events planning, managing project risks, developing learning materials, etc.


The successful candidate will have excellent communications and partnership working skills, as well as experience in managing and developing projects.


The post holder will work alongside the Improving Outcomes in Money Advice Project at the IS and will also draw upon input from a wide a range of other IS colleagues that have expertise in areas such as programme management, knowledge management, research, publications and events management.


For more information about this role, download the full job description.


How to apply

To apply for this position, please download the application form. Alternatively you can call Michelle Allan on 01506 282012 for an application pack.


All applications should be emailed to or sent to:


Michelle Allan

Improvement Service


Quarrywood Court

Livingston EH54 6AX


Applications should be returned no later than 4pm on Tuesday, 6 June 2017.


A competence-based interview will take place on Thursday 15 June 2017. Shortlisted candidates will be advised by e-mail a week in advance of the interview. For more information about competency-based interviews, see our 'Guide to Competency-based Interviews'.



In accordance with the above Act, preferred candidates are required to confirm that they are eligible to work in the U.K. External candidates invited for interview will require to bring approved documentation to the interview as verification of their eligibility.  Details will be enclosed with interview letters.


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