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Gaelic Medium Business Development Officer

£29,500 | 12 Months Fixed Term - Full time (35 hours per week) | Based in the Edinburgh or Muir of Ord office with the option to work flexibly from home.                                       

About the role

We are looking for a talented Business Development Officer who is fluent in written and spoken Scottish Gaelic, to help us make an enhanced contribution to the development of Gaelic as a language of enterprise and communities, through facilitating transformational learning in Gaelic.

With an 18 year track record of successful delivery in Scotland, and 10 years’ experience of facilitating Gaelic medium learning programmes, for both young people and adults, the Social Enterprise Academy has been sharing its business and learning delivery models for the past 9 years with international partners through a social licence approach.

This new role will now allow us to build strong relationships with partners and clients in Gaelic medium, and will be dedicated to growing this important area of our work.

We are looking for someone up for working with vibrant, entrepreneurial and dedicated people and colleagues and with a good value-fit with our organisation.

Having the right mind-set, attitude and approach is as important for us as having the right experience and skills.  We appreciate that the best person might not have all the listed criteria yet, so if you feel your experience and skills will help you to make a great contribution in this role and you have the right mind-set, we would welcome an application from you. 

Job purpose

  • To support the Head of Sustainable Business to drive strategic business development, major contracts and direct delivery sales targets for the Social Enterprise Academy in Gaelic medium programmes.
  • To support the Academy by identifying and developing new bids, proposals and tenders in the Gaelic sector.
  • To manage allocated client relationships and account manage programme delivery.

Key Responsibilities

  • Identify Gaelic medium sales opportunities across multiple sectors and lead on the development of bids and proposals for SEA’s Gaelic medium provision.
  • Identify opportunities for multi-country programme sales with key strategic funders, from the third sector, government and private sector.
  • Write high quality proposals, bids and tenders as necessary, identifying key market trends and developing budgets.
  • Build relationships with key organisations working in the Gaelic sector.
  • Account manage allocated Gaelic medium programmes, working with the Operations and Partnerships team to ensure their effective delivery.
  • Implement a market development strategy, generating leads, delivering sales targets and gaining market entry in the Gaelic sector.

Organisation profile

At the Social Enterprise Academy, we believe in the power of learning and development to transform people of all ages to be agents of change.

Since 2004, we have facilitated over 78,000 social entrepreneurs globally to help create fairer communities where people have equitable access to opportunities.

Through our social franchising model we have been scaling our impact and we want to increase this number to 10 million social entrepreneurs globally by 2030. Through our International Accelerator Fund we will build a financially sustainable hub network to increase the ripples of change taking place in communities around the world.

By providing them with the real life experience of running their own social enterprise, we are also empowering young people to become the future makers and job creators of their countries through our Social Enterprise Schools programme. Young people around the world are developing key future skills such as creativity, social entrepreneurship and financial literacy to ensure maximum sustainability and impact in their schools, communities and beyond.

Application notes

  1. Complete our application form and equality and diversity monitoring form.
  2. Send your application form and equality and diversity monitoring form to by 1pm Wednesday 06 July 2022.
  3. Please note that interviews will be held 13 July 2022 via Zoom.

If you have any questions or if you would like to discuss any reasonable adjustments for the application or interview process please get in touch:

Lanagh Taylor | 0131 243 2670 |

Application Form Download the Equality and Diversity Monitoring Form   View the Job Pack


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Life at the Academy

We are a friendly bunch, split across two offices in central Edinburgh and Inverness. We are proud of our caring and collaborative atmosphere in both of our offices; so if you are looking for fun, supportive colleagues who both motivate and challenge each other, we would love to hear from you!

Can’t imagine ever working anywhere else – David Bryan, Highlands and Islands Hub Manager

I had high standards about what the ideal workplace should be but the Academy is way beyond my expectations, thanks to you and the rest of this amazing team - Elsa Vibert, Southern Scotland Learning Administrator


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Our values 

Values 2019

We enable a culture of life-long learning; personal growth and critical thinking. 

We experiment and stay curious, creating connections to seize opportunities around a shared excitement for what could be possible. 

We lead by example with honesty and transparency. 

We trust and respect the skills, specialism and contribution of everyone we work with. 

We create safe spaces for demonstrating empathy, humility, compassion, playfulness and care, and we appreciate each other’s skills, contributions and successes. 


Flexible working and enhanced holiday – 25 + 10 public holidays

Up to 8% Employer contribution to Pension

Enhanced maternity leave and child care vouchers scheme

Central location beside other third sector organisations

Life assurance and an employee assistance programme

L + D opportunities and a monthly reading hour

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