People & Culture Lead (volunteer)

Start Date

Late September 2019

End Date

July 2020 

(unless otherwise agreed)

Time Commitment

3-4 hours/week
(depending on events)


15th September 2019

About the Role

We are a group of students & recent graduates creating a platform for Scotland’s Refugees to share their voice through art. Through a research-driven educational campaign, we use our online presence and creative events to raise awareness in the local community about what it means to be a refugee, with the vision of a welcoming and accepting society.


We are looking for a People & Culture Lead for our COLOURS 2019 - 2020 team. The successful candidate will be leading a team of 2 dedicated, skilful and highly motivated volunteers. The ideal candidate should be organised, socially driven (specifically within the issues surrounding refugee and asylum seeker integration) and an empathetic, problem-solving attitude.


The People & Culture Lead will work directly with the Heads and People & Research Director on planning and driving internal development, reporting, and staff development strategies for the year, and will play an important part in in shaping COLOURS' 2019-2020. The ideal candidate will bring with them ideas they are willing to share and implement, as well as experience managing people. 




Leading a small team that will make a real impact


Raising awareness amongst thousands of people about the issues facing refugees and asylum seekers, helping to challenge misconceptions and negative perceptions


Make lifelong friends that have similar interests and a similar mindset to you


Gain valuable, practical experience in internal communications and organisational development


Gain first-hand experience in the social enterprise scene in Edinburgh


Gain valuable experience in training, people management and creating internal optimisation strategies


Make valuable life-long connections to add to your network, especially within the third sector


Add an impressive role to your CV that demonstrates tangible skills, leadership, professional experience, and decision-making


Be a part of a social enterprise with high growth potential and potential future internationalisation

Working with the Heads and Board on short and long term internal training, development, and reporting strategy

Coordinate, oversee, and manage the recruitment, induction, and training of team members

Identifying training needs, developing training resources, organising training logistics, and monitoring internal staff support

Managing and overseeing the Intranet, internal risk and compliance, and organisation culture


Socially driven with the aim to use their skills to better the world

Friendly, approachable, understanding, and empathetic

Organised, capable of multi-tasking, and comfortable building relationships

Prior experience in a leadership, admin position

(ideally with creative/social focus)

Interested in both the Refugee Crisis & Art

MS Office & Leadership Skills

(training will be given)

Relatively tech savvy

(ideally some knowledge of Google Drive, and Intranet platforms)

Passionate about / Interested in social messaging + Creating a platform for marginalised voices