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Integrated Employer Engagement, Community Benefits Officer

Capital City Partnership is recruiting a Community Benefits Officer as part of the Integrated Employer Engagement programme.

Organisation Details

Capital City Partnership (CCP) is an arm’s length company of the City of Edinburgh Council and is tasked with the operational development, management and support of local and regional employability and poverty reduction measures.

It takes a flexible approach to changing economic conditions, needs and opportunities but its core functions comprise;

  • The management of all employability related grants and contracts awarded to external providers by the council and other key partners
  • The management of assessment processes related to bids received for such grants and contracts and making recommendations for funding
  • The provision of policy advice, research and development support (including secretariat functions) to the city’s Jobs Strategy Partnership and partners
  • The development and maintenance of common communications and management information infrastructure for the Jobs Strategy Partnership
  • Development and support of the Joined Up for Jobs network and the Joined Up for Business partnership
  • Increasingly, provision of support to the Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Region Deal skills programme.
Job Purpose

The Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Region Deal have a skills element called the Integrated Regional and Employability Skills. There are seven themes under this.

  1. Labour Market Analysis
  2. Integrated Knowledge Systems
  3. Intensive Family Support
  4. Data and Digital Innovation Gateway
  5. Housing and Construction Gateway
  6. Integrated Employer Engagement
  7. Workforce Mobility.

This post has been funded under the Integrated Employer Engagement theme but will also link into the other City Region themes where relevant.

The Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Region Deal is a change fund, to bring better regional alignment and facilitate change on how we work together and make better use of opportunities and economic growth.

This approach is about getting existing employability and related services to work better collectively and bring about genuine, joined up and sustainable integration. It requires significant regional partnership working to be at the heart of all approaches.

The team will consist of three Integrated Employer Engagement Officers (including the CB officer) and will be responsible for the following main areas:

  • To support the development of an Integrated Employer Engagement team plan to bring about significant regional change in partnership with the six regional partner areas;
  • To support the co-ordination of a quarterly steering group consisting of key partners and stakeholders to help guide the overall strategic vision of the theme;
  • To support the Manager in producing timelines and implementation plans, and conducting on-going evaluation;
  • To work effectively within a small team for an initial two years to bring about sustainable change and adapt and influence current services with a regional set of standards with an initial focus on branding and aligned and integrated employer offers;
  • To facilitate the development of a community benefit employer approach, with an agreed set of standards and charter
  • Support the delivery of a Community Benefits framework for all City Deal projects, working with the PMO leads to identify innovative approaches
  • To understand, support and further develop the Recruitment Skill Centre model, bringing added value to the approaches established at Fort Kinnaird, FUSE and Edinburgh Airport, and developing the learning to other regional areas;
  • To create an Information platform (website) as an employer support resource on better working together, including linking to the Integrated Knowledge Systems talent bank for recruitment;
  • To produce on-going regional learning events and good practice recommendations for sustainability for consideration at the IRES board.
Supervision and Management

There is no direct line supervision under this post, although development opportunities may arise for mentoring, supporting volunteers or interns.

Creativity and Innovation

The post will require creativity in solving a range of project challenges, including being able to contribute and participate in strategic vision and future policy setting.

Contacts and Relationships

The post will have a range of contacts, both internal and external, mostly at a senior level - reflecting the varied nature and diversity of this project. Strong regional partnership working is essential to the success of the project aims.

Person Specification

Essential Knowledge and Skills:

  • Two years minimum recent officer experience of working within any of the following or related sectors; construction, procurement, employability, with a focus on community benefits / community development
  • Understanding of the community benefit landscape in the Edinburgh & South East Scotland region
  • Understanding of the barriers to employment many disadvantaged residents face
  • Understanding the pressures and opportunities regional employers face under the emerging Fair work Agenda
  • Experience of working productively within a team to agreed principles, including working with implementation plans, meeting milestones and deadlines
  • Ability to demonstrate an appropriate level of harmonious working to bring together stakeholders and service providers to facilitate change
  • Experience of partnership working, with a focus on regional working being particularly welcome
  • Ability to further develop a network of regional contacts and relationships to work effectively within a cross-partnership setting
  • Excellent presentation, verbal and written communication skills, including report writing for a senior audience
  • Understanding of employability drivers at a local and national level
  • Understanding of the Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Regional Deal and wider opportunities
  • Meticulous approach to record keeping and recording of information
  • Confident in the use of a wide range of software packages, including MS Office.

Desirable Knowledge and Skills:

  • Understanding or experience of using Community Benefit reporting systems
  • Understanding of the procurement process within local authorities
  • Understanding of the emerging No One Left Behind agenda under Fair Work
  • Understanding of media skills and developing web-based systems;
  • Experience of Charter Awards or similar benchmarking system
  • A driving license
  • Project Management qualification.

For the job information pack and application form, please visit GoodMoves(this will open in a new window).

Contract length

Fixed term (2 years)


£30,582 to £36,495


Capital City Partnership

Closing date

21st October 2019

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