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Strategic Professional Engagement Manager
Full time (34.5 hours) or Part time opportunities as per region below.
Salary: £56,500 – 62,500 (London) or £53,000 – 59,000 (National)
We welcome a conversation with you about the flexible working options available at Macmillan. Home-based with frequent travel across the Geographic location in which the role is based and across the UK. You must either live in or live close to the geography that you are applying for as frequent travel is required. We anticipate this to be approximately 3 days per week. Successful candidates will receive a car allowance.
Geographic locations are:
Scotland and Northern Ireland (Full time)
North & North West England (Full time)
Midlands (Full Time)
London and South East (Full time)
South West (3 days)
Wales (3 days)
Are you an inspiring values led leader who is passionate about delivering and developing dynamic networks, best practice forums and communities of practice so that our Macmillan Professionals are supported to deliver high quality Macmillan experiences for people living with cancer? Do you have experience of bringing teams together and fostering a culture of change and continuous improvement?
If so, this could be the role for you!
We are striving to do everything that we can to ensure that our 11,000 valued Macmillan Professionals receive the absolute best professional engagement offer to support them to support the people living with cancer they care for.
We want our professional engagement offer to be best in class and to ensure that our Macmillan Professionals are engaged champions and have opportunities to develop in dynamic ways through forward-thinking communities, networks, and best practice forums.
About the role
This is an exciting new role that will join the Geographic Senior Leadership Team to support the advancement of the dynamic professional engagement strategy and the priorities of the geography.
Macmillan Professionals are central to our organisational and geographic aims. They provide vital information, emotional support, and personalised care and as we seek to deliver more for people living with cancer in increasingly challenging times, working through our professionals and partners in the most effective and impactful way is essential.
The post-holder will create and deliver communities of practice, professional forums, peer support activities and best practice events across a geographical area by working collaboratively with the Senior Geographical Leadership team, Head of Professional Engagement and Head of Professional Development and Knowledge. They will determine local priorities and identify audiences in collaboration with the geographical senior leadership team.
These dynamic communities will be a catalyst for change, creativity and best practice and will leave participants inspired, confident and supported to deliver the absolute best person-centred care for people living with cancer.
You will have exceptional people and leadership skills and bring a wealth of experience of leading change, facilitation, continuous quality improvement and co-creation.
You will have a deep commitment to our purpose of improving the lives of people living with cancer through our Macmillan Professionals. You will be an inspiring collaborator, be able to work in a matrix environment and communicate and influence to deliver our quality improvement aspirations and our person-centred care agendas through multiple professionals, teams, and systems.
You will understand the complex environments in which our Macmillan Professionals operate and understand the issues and challenges that they face.
It would be a major asset if applicants brought a strong understanding of the health and social care landscape from a similar background.
We are striving to build a more diverse representational organisation, and we have noted that we are under-represented when it comes to those that identify as disabled, have an impairment or health condition and also those who identify as Black, Asian or another minority ethnic group. We are also under represented with those who identify as LGBTQ+.
We welcome applications from everyone who meets the criteria, but would also strongly encourage applications from individuals from groups where we are currently under-represented to help us move forward in achieving our aim of building a more diverse organisation so that we can better serve all People Living with Cancer. We have in place an Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Strategy and we have Organisational Values (see attached) which promote fairness and belonging for all. We also have a successful internal employee representation body; Our Voice and also 8 Employee Network groups to help us achieve a more engaged and inclusive organisation for all our people.
You must hold a UK drivers' licence to undertake this role and have access to your own vehicle.
At Macmillan, we support millions of people living with cancer in the UK to live life as fully as they can by providing emotional, practical, and financial support. Our values are at the heart of who we are and everything we do. We commit to actively developing you and our benefits include private medical insurance, life assurance, pension, generous leave, interest free loans for season tickets and gym memberships and much more.
We want to create a workforce that is representative of the people we support, and who support us. We advocate for being an inclusive organisation, where everyone can feel that. We offer flexibility in our working locations, working hours and benefits so we can support you in your life and your career, and we welcome a conversation about how these options can best support you.
We offer a range of flexible working patterns, such as compressed hours, e.g., 34.5 hours in 4 days instead of 5, flexibility to work earlier or later around our core working hours of 10am-4pm and more options.
To ensure fairness and consistency to select the best candidate for this role, all our applications are anonymised up until an interview has been confirmed so that shortlisting is based solely upon the suitability of the candidate’s experience.
Applications close at 23:59pm on Sunday 10th July 2022
For any support during the application or interview process please do speak to People Services where we are able to offer advice and/or recruitment adjustments.
The client requests no contact from agencies or media sales.
Regional Communications Officer- North of UK
Emmaus is a homelessness charity helping formerly homeless people to rebuild their lives and regain lost self-esteem by providing them with a safe place to call home and meaningful work in one of our social enterprises. We understand that a home is more than just a roof over your head; it’s somewhere to belong, where you feel part of a community, and that’s what Emmaus offers.
About the role
The Regional Communications Officer role is an exciting, varied position working with Emmaus communities in the North of the UK to increase their regional profile.
You will work closely with our communities to identify their communications needs and find creative ways to meet them. As part of a wider team, you will also share ideas with your colleagues and draw on one another’s experiences to maximise PR and communications opportunities.
The role is flexible so we are open to applications between 22.5 and 37.5 hours per week (Monday – Friday). Communities currently covered by the role include North East, Leeds, Bradford and Hull, although this is subject to review. You could be based at home or in your nearest Emmaus community, and frequent travel to communities will be required (around one community each week dependent on requirements). Travel to our team meetings in Birmingham and other locations will be required on occasion.
Who are we looking for?
Your role will be to support Emmaus communities with communications activities that help them to achieve their ambitions. You will have strong skills in communications, public relations and marketing with at least two years’ experience of working in a busy communications role. Although not essential, knowledge and understanding of the charity sector would also be an advantage, and creativity and passion are a must.
If you have great communication skills, plenty of creative ideas, a positive “can do” attitude and a passion for what you do, we want to hear from you.
What we offer
- Starting salary - £26,058 to £28,276 per annum dependent on skills and experience (pro rata for part time)
- Working hours – 3 to 5 days (22.5 – 37.5 hours) per week Monday - Friday
- Flexible working – Options available, subject to the requirements of the role
- Annual leave – 25 days per annum, plus eight bank holidays and discretional days between Christmas and New Year (pro rata for part time)
- Pension – Stakeholder pension with an employer contribution of 5%
- Life assurance – a death in service lump sum of 3 x salary
- Training & development – Individually tailored induction, training and development
- Employee assistance – a 24/7 employee assistance scheme is available
To apply for this role, please complete our application form and equal opportunities monitoring form and email us.
CVs will not be accepted.
Interviews will be held w/c Monday 18 July.
To apply for this role, please complete our application form and equal opportunities monitoring form and email us.
CVs will not be accepted.
The client requests no contact from agencies or media sales.
We are seeking four candidates, one in the North, one in the South, and two in the Central area of England, with experience of influencing a wide range of stakeholders, to join the Institute of Physics on a permanent basis.
This exciting role is integral to the IOP’s objectives of building influential relationships in England with stakeholders across society, including the physics community, business and industry, local and regional policy makers, third sector charities, community groups, education and training providers.
The successful candidates will join an expanding team that is bolstering the IOP’s influencing and engagement capability, enabling the organisation to leverage new relationships and deliver impact against its strategic aspirations. They will work across the IOP strategy, in a matrix managed structure.
The Influencing and Engagement Managers will work in a flexible and agile manner to support the successful delivery of the IOP’s strategy, Unlocking the Future, to drive the change required to achieve our ambitious aims on increasing diversity and inclusion, improving skills, unlocking capabilities and public dialogue, and improving access to high quality physics teaching. This will be achieved by raising the profile of the IOP and physics itself to diverse audiences, to engage with and influence key organisations and individuals.
Within their geographical area, specific activities will be delivered in line with the identified strategic need and desired impact. This will involve maintaining existing relationships and creating new ones to amplify the work of colleagues, members, and external partners, to drive measurable change for our strategic aims and objectives.
Employment Locations Available (Remote)
· 1 FTE to cover the North, including the North West, Yorkshire, Humber & the North East. This person will work alongside an existing Influencing and Engagement Manager in the North.
· 2 FTE to cover the Central region, which includes the East Midlands, West Midlands and East Anglia
· 1 FTE to cover the South which includes London, the South East and the South West. This person will work alongside an existing Influencing and Engagement Manager in the South.
You will have outstanding relationship and stakeholder management skills and demonstrable experience of influencing external and internal stakeholders with often differing needs, interests, and motivations. You will have the ability to identify opportunities, make connections and facilitate collaboration between stakeholders with areas of mutual interest that may not appear immediately obvious.
An understanding of how to influence stakeholders to take action in contexts related to any of the challenges and aspirations set out in our strategy would be particularly welcome. As would specialist skills in any one of the following: campaigning, business engagement and community engagement. Specialist knowledge of any one of the following: the school system, the FE system, the skills agenda, higher education or local government would also be particularly advantageous in this role.
Future of Work
The Institute of Physics is an equal opportunities employer and our people are at the heart of our approach to delivery. Following the impact of COVID-19, we have developed a new, innovative and exciting trust-based model of flexible working. This empowers our staff to choose both individually and as a team how, when and where they work to deliver the goals of the organisation, acknowledging that there will be occasions where in-person meetings, collaborations and events will help generate greater impact.
This role is remote from our London office. Ability to travel within the North, South, or Midlands will be required.
This is a full time role (35 hours per week). We are open to requests to work these hours outside a standard 09:00 – 17:00 schedule, including compressed hours.
Alongside your CV, please ensure you include a cover letter stating how you meet the person specification.
Why work with us?
The Institute of Physics (IOP) is the professional body and learned society for physics in the UK and Ireland, we seek to raise public awareness and understanding of physics and support the development of a diverse and inclusive physics community. As a charity, we’re here to ensure that physics delivers on its exceptional potential to benefit society.
We have an ambitious new corporate strategy and you’ll play a part in helping us to deliver it. There’s never been a more exciting time to join the IOP - watch our new film to find out more about our work.
As well as a competitive salary and professional development opportunities, we offer employees a comprehensive benefits package including an excellent pension scheme, private medical insurance and generous annual leave. We also offer a range of other benefits including gym membership and interest free season ticket loans.
The client requests no contact from agencies or media sales.
This an exciting opportunity for someone with a range of experience of raising income from corporate partnerships, high net worth relationships and securing gifts from trusts, major donors and through supporting the organising of special events.
We are seeking an energetic and inspiring fundraiser who will spearhead the growth in income to deliver against our strategic plans. This is a newly created role is for an accomplished fundraiser, who is ready to take on a new challenge. You will also lead up the fundraising team working alongside colleagues to ensure all income targets are met through events, corporate partnerships, event sponsorship and community fundraising.
As part of the Senior Leadership Team, you will seek to maximise value from opportunities across the organisation and ensure that fundraising is consistent with the charity’s broader goals. The successful candidate will be an inspiring, collaborative leader who encourages integration and supports their team to succeed and achieve their potential.
You will have a proven track record of designing and delivering ambitious income growth plans, including demonstrable experience of building regular giving and high value-based programmes.
You will also have an understanding of researching new prospects, direct marketing and supporter engagement principles in line with the Code of Fundraising Practice.
The client requests no contact from agencies or media sales.
About the role
3 x permanent Funding Officer opportunities
In the role of Funding Officer you will join the vibrant, friendly team in the North West region helping to make sure our funding supports a wide variety of communities and places locally. We are looking for talented local people from a wide range of backgrounds, cultures and experiences who share our values and are passionate about making a difference through funding. Whether through lived or gained experience you will really understand the communities we work with.
As a member of the funding team you will assess applications for funding and manage grants from our Reaching Communities and Partnerships programmes. You will use your local knowledge and experience, and the experience of our grant holders and local stakeholders, to ensure we are making the best decisions on the grants we make. By working closely with people and communities in a defined geographical area, you will understand what matters to them and where our funding can make the biggest difference.
Alongside gaining an understanding of our vision, our commitment to equity and inclusion and our funding programmes, you will be responsible for your own caseload; liaising with grant recipients, visiting projects, identifying and managing risks, supporting organisations to deliver their projects and measure their impact.
You will need to understand and respond to the different needs of our applicants and grant holders by providing advice and feedback and be willing to have challenging but constructive conversations.
Part of your role will be to represent the Fund within your local area including at funding fairs and external meetings and create opportunities for people to come together. Sharing learning from your conversations, events, grant holder reports and evaluations you will support the Fund in maximining our impact as a grant maker.
We are recruiting 3 posts, the successful candidates will live in the North West. Specifically, we are recruiting to the Greater Manchester, Merseyside and Lancashire teams – we are particularly interested in hearing from people who live in or have experience of working in Oldham, Rochdale, Wigan, Trafford, Burnley, Blackburn, Darwen.
Contract Type: Permanent - 3 roles
Hours: Full time, 37 hours per week
Interview Date: W/C 25th July 2022
Location: North West with regular travel within your team’s specific area
We are looking for talented people from a wide range of backgrounds, cultures and experiences who share our values and are passionate about making a difference through our funding. Whether through lived or gained experience you will really understand the communities we work with.
You will have:
- An ability to adapt quickly, decisively and with full commitment to new processes and systems and the confidence to use your judgement, take initiative and challenge when appropriate.
- Communication skills: Strong listening, written and verbal communication with an emphasis on written communication for assessment purposes.
- Relational skills: Ability to nurture, develop and promote effective relationships and communication with colleagues, community organisations and other external agencies with a strong commitment to equity and inclusion
- Analytical skills: Ability to assess a high volume of applications, make good judgements, challenge when appropriate and manage risk.
Ideally you will live within the geographical area you are covering or have excellent knowledge of that area. You will be a remote worker, working from several locations across the area, including your home and our offices with the expectation that you will be flexible in order to get the best outcomes for our customers.
- Knowledge of the local areas you would be covering and their charity sectors. Experience working with under-represented communities in the area is particularly desirable.
- Understanding of financial planning and business plans, ability to analyse accounts and numerical data.
- Demonstrable IT skills and the ability to learn detailed processes quickly and accurately.
- An ability to manage your own workload with minimal supervision
- Demonstrate attention to detail across all aspects of data management
The ability to drive and access to a vehicle is beneficial for this role but not essential.
We seek to develop our staff and offer a wide range of personal development opportunities.
We offer a wide range of generous benefits including:
- Generous annual leave and company pension scheme
- Flexible working to support staff with their work/life balance, taking into account things such as caring responsibilities, worship and attendance at religious festivals
- Enhanced paid maternity, paternity and adoption leave
- Season ticket and cycle to work loans
- Paid volunteering leave
Communities in the UK come in all shapes and sizes. National Lottery funding is for everyone – we are committed to equity, diversity and inclusion and work hard to ensure our funding reaches where it is needed.
We also believe our people should represent the communities, organisations and individuals we work with. We are committed to being an inclusive and great place to work, and recognise our people come from diverse backgrounds. As such we particularly welcome applications from people with disabilities, Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic (B.A.M.E) backgrounds, LGBTQ+ and from different socio-economic and educational backgrounds.
We are proud to be a Disability Confident Employer. We welcome applications from disabled people and will proactively make reasonable adjustments if needed through the recruitment process and during employment. This can be related to a physical and mental health conditions.
We are also proud to be a Stonewall Diversity Champion, supporting our commitment to being a great place to work for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) staff.
The client requests no contact from agencies or media sales.
Coin Street is one of Europe's largest social developments. Located on London's iconic Southbank - and established in 1984 - its 13-acre site is at the heart of a thriving neighbourhood with co-operative homes, parks and gardens, shops and design studios, galleries, restaurants, a family and children's centre, sports pitches, and a range of community programmes and activities.
Coin Street is overseen by three independent organisations working together: Coin Street Community Builders (CSCB), Coin Street Secondary Housing Co-operative (CSS) and Coin Street Centre Trust (CSCT). These organisations are governed by voluntary boards, made up of members from the local community and experts from the sectors in which we work. All three organisations are served by a single staff team, employed by CSCB. Coin Street's vision is one where diverse groups of people come together to live, work and play. We generate around 75% of our income from commercial activities and then reinvest the majority of those funds back into our community.
Non-Executive Board Members
As with many organisations, the pandemic had sudden and significant implications for Coin Street. We had to shift daily, face-to-face community groups online, and saw our income drop from lack of footfall to Central London. As our community faced loss of jobs, closure of schools and isolation, we partnered with local business and organisations to provide over 16,000 meals, 1,000 activity care packages and are collaborating as part of the new Waterloo Community Resilience Hub to support the local recovery effort. More recently we have again adapted to the needs of our community: reaching out to Afghan refugee arrivals and preparing to support families from Ukraine. Longer term, we have consent to build a new public swimming pool and leisure centre along with flats as part of phase two of a development site on Doon Street. We are also raising funds to enhance the public park of Bernie Spain Gardens.
This is an incredibly exciting time to join us as a Non-Executive Board Member to support Coin Street to achieve these plans. Our boards play the role of a critical friend, advising on vision, connectivity, governance, and strategy, ensuring Coin Street remains true to its community mission, is well run and successful. As some of our members are due to rotate off the Board and following a recent skills audit, our CSCB board is now recruiting. We are looking for people who live in North Southwark or Waterloo (North Lambeth); local lived experience is so important to us it is enshrined in our organisation's legal framework. We are particularly interested in those with experience in Finance & Treasury; Audit & Risk and/or Corporate Services (Legal, Health & Safety, IT) as well as those with a commercial background in landlord tenancy, conferencing, and events.
We want to better reflect the community that we serve, and we particularly encourage applications from Black, Asian, and other Minority Ethnic groups, women, and members of the LGBTQ+ community who are currently underrepresented on our boards. As a community-based organisation, we are also keen to see applications from those with experience of community development initiatives as well as those with knowledge of Waterloo and North Southwark neighbourhoods.
To learn more about this unique opportunity, and to find out how to apply, please read the full appointment brief, on the Prospectus website, which can be reached by clicking on the “Apply on Website” Button.
Closing date: Monday 11 July
Initial Interviews with Prospectus: w/c 18 July
Final stage interviews with Coin Street:
1600-2000 Wednesday 03 August & 1600-2000 Thursday 11 August
Who are you
You would love to work for an organisation which celebrates the incredible impact pets have on our lives.
If you are enthusiastic and energetic, proactive and driven and flourish in a small-team, hands-on environment read on.
Who are Pets As Therapy
Pets As Therapy (PAT) is a national charity founded in 1983 whose work is delivered in local communities. Through a vast network of dedicated volunteers across the UK, we provide therapeutic pet visits.
Our volunteers and their pets bring comfort and companionship to people living in residential care who may feel isolated, confused and lonely. We support schools to help young people improve their literacy skills and encourage confidence and concentration in the classroom. Our hospital visits can aid a patient’s recovery and rehabilitation and help improve mental health and wellbeing.
In a typical year around 1 million people will be impacted by PAT team visits.
What is the role
To help us to do more, we are setting up our first local area hub in North West England. Local area hubs are the mechanism to ensure PAT is an active member of the communities in which it operates while maintaining its national reputation. There are 4 key elements to the role:
- Volunteer management (Volunteer Area Co-ordinators, Assessors, PAT Team Visiting Volunteers, other volunteer roles)
- Managing and supporting establishments
- Community engagement and outreach
- Local fundraising, marketing, PR and communications
This exciting new role is our first Hub Co-ordinator and you will set up and deliver our first local area hub. Full time & based at home (with some requirement to attend activities taking place in the hub area)
How to apply
Read through the role description and send over your CV and an accompanying supporting statement (no more than 2 sides of A4, minimum size 11 font) telling us why you are suited to the role and what you will bring to the PAT team.
We want to hear how you will be successful in carrying out the role, as well as examples of your recent work (paid or voluntary).
Your application needs to get to us by Sunday 3rd July 2022
We will be shortlisting w/c 4th July 2022
Interviews will take place w/c 18th July 2022
As part of our Enablement Team, The Joshua Tree is looking for someone who is highly organised, structured and has a keen eye for detail. Every day will be different, and you will receive real job satisfaction as you play your part in providing a first-class operational function to ensure we are able to provide a support centre where children and their families will feel comfortable and secure. As part of The Joshua Tree team, you will work closely with managers, trustees and a key partnership will be with the Caretaker & Maintenance Officer who you will supervise in all aspects of the operational function of the support centre.
The key purpose of this role is to plan and deliver a highly effective operational and administration function covering estates management & maintenance, governance & compliance, HR administration, health & safety, and administrative support to both the CEO and trustees.
You will be reporting to and working closely with the Enablement Manager in all areas, identifying and implementing improvements to our systems, processes, and operational infrastructure to ensure we are as effective and efficient as possible.
Strong communication in this role is key and this includes liaising with other members of the team to support them in their valuable work delivering essential support to our beneficiaries. You will be the first point of contact to the team to ensure they feel supported through our wellbeing programme and they are working in a safe and secure environment.
The nature of work is hugely rewarding, and it can also be emotionally demanding. A full induction programme and training will be provided, and we are a very supportive team, offering time to support emotional wellbeing. The post holder will follow The Joshua Tree's values and effectively communicate with service users, their families, colleagues, and service providers.
Location: North Yorkshire, Hull & East Riding
Salary: £26,451 - £28,886 per annum (depending on skills and experience)
Working Hours: 35 per week
Closing Date: 22 July 2022
Interview Date: TBC (via Zoom or Teams)
Location: This role is based and covering the North Yorkshire Hull & East Riding region. This is a home based position, but with travel within North Yorkshire, Hull or East Riding, so you will need to live within this region.
Please note the deadline for submitting applications for this vacancy is 23.59pm on the closing date.
We reserve the right to close this vacancy early if we receive sufficient applications for the role. Therefore, if you are interested, please submit your application as early as possible.
Who we are
Alzheimer’s Society are a vital source of support and a powerful force for change for everyone affected by dementia. We will not rest until people with dementia and their carers live more fulfilled and less fearful lives, free from stigma and inequality.
What we do
We support people affected by dementia through some of the hardest and most frightening times, to improve their lives and help to avoid crisis.
No matter whoever you are, whatever you’re going through, you can turn to Alzheimer’s Society/us for expert support through practical advice, emotional support, and guidance for the best next step
We join forces with people affected by dementia, leading scientists and policy makers, amplifying voices to push for cutting edge breakthroughs and societal change that’ll improve the lives of people affected by dementia, now and in the future
How we do it
We’re the friendly face of support, the warm voice at the end of the phone and the determined minds who will fight passionately for the cause of everyone affected by dementia.
About the role
We have an exciting opportunity to join the North East and Yorkshire regional engagement team as the Community Fundraiser for North Yorkshire, Hull and East Riding at Alzheimer’s Society.
Your primary focuses will be providing first class stewardship to our amazing supporters and proactively securing new business to the organisation. You will be joining a team of four other community fundraisers covering who are maximising the potential in their own areas, as well as working with other teams and directorates to maximise relationship building, income generation and life time value to the organisation.
If you have a passion and skill for building lasting relationships at the heart of the community that will make meaningful difference to people affected by dementia, this is an exciting opportunity for you. You will build on your business acquisition skills, fantastic donor stewardship and volunteer management experience, to truly make your mark in this rapidly expanding charity.
- Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written [essential]
- Excellent organisational and timekeeping skills [essential]
- Ability to prioritise your workloads and have an organised, methodical approach [essential]
- Experience of recruiting, managing and working with volunteers to deliver organisational objectives
- Ability to achieve financial and non-financial targets and good working knowledge of budgets [essential].
- Be a team player, supporting colleagues when there are deadlines, and who knows when to ask for help themselves.
- Experience in virtual and in person presentations to businesses and various groups and associations are a regular occurrence
- You will be the face of Alzheimer’s Society for those fundraising in your region - you will be their biggest cheerleader, their go-to person, and their sounding board.
- Excellent people skills and be able to work collaboratively with other individuals within the Society
- Be a self starter and incredibly motivated.
- Ability to work and adapt to work in a fast-paced and diverse environment
- Demonstrate your creative nature
- Be resourceful and inspiring every day to give your supporters the best possible experience.
- Demonstrate your ambition to succeed
- Be target-driven & will be passionate about bringing real growth to your campaigns.
- Demonstrate your supportive and empathic nature.
- Excellent attention to detail.
You may have experience of the following: Community Fundraiser, Fundraising, Charity, Not for Profit, Third Sector, Volunteer Management, Business Development, Legacy, Fundraiser, Volunteer Manager, Charities etc.
Ref: 134 110
Head of Strategic Planning
Job Ref: V410
Hours/Days per week: 14 hours per week – (Flexible days/hours)
Salary: £60,000 (FTE) plus attractive employee benefits package
Start date: ASAP
Location: Homebased or office based
Closing date: 10th July 2022
Interview date and Location: week commencing 18th July 2022, online
At Volunteering Matters we use volunteering’s unique power to bring people together and build stronger, more resilient communities across the UK.
We bring people together to resolve some of society’s most complex issues. From social isolation and loneliness; improving health and wellbeing; building skills, confidence, and opportunity; to ensuring young people can become change makers in their community, the impact that we make is great. And we won’t stop until everyone in the UK has the opportunity to thrive.
People-led and impact driven, we are a national charity that is deeply embedded in local areas across the UK. We operate in five regions: London and the South East; Wales and the West of England; East of England; the Midlands and North West England; and Scotland and North East England. We also have an Employee Volunteering Team with over 25 years’ experience, acting as a broker to provide tailor-made solutions to employers. We turn local knowledge and energy into action and progress, building stronger communities and a better future for all.
This is an exciting time to be joining the team. We’re changing the way we work to meet new ambitions and make sure our impact continues to grow alongside out business.
- To support the ongoing refining and development of strategic planning in the organization.
- Leading on our 90 day planning cycle and implementation approach
- Facilitating a capacity building approach for the organisation to implement 90 day planning and delivery in line with our strategy and KPIs
- Facilitating sessions that allow the organisation to tackle complex problems cross teams, that will then form part of the work programme for the 90 day strategic planning cycle
- The ongoing facilitation of refinement of strategy, achieved through statements and organisational KPIs
About Volunteering Matters
Our volunteering and social action programmes bring people together to overcome adversity, tackle isolation, improve physical and mental health, develop skills, and ensure young people can lead change.
What makes us unique is our approach to developing programmes in local areas. Our volunteering programmes are designed by communities, for communities, as they have the power, local knowledge, and energy to improve themselves from within.
We have nearly 60 years of experience in supporting people facing all sorts of life challenges, from financial wellbeing to loneliness or barriers to education and employment. Our projects range from mentoring schemes to social groups, from community drivers to young people raising awareness of the issues that mean the most to them.
While we share our experience and resources to create opportunities, we’re entirely driven by the ideas on the ground. Each project is built with the specific needs of a community in mind. Since we’re a national charity, we do this at scale, building partnerships dedicated to sustainable societal change across the UK.
As a member of the executive leadership team, you’ll facilitate the organisation to plan in strategic 90 day cycles, ensuring that our work remains relevant to our strategy, addresses real problems and furthers the organisation’s mission.
In addition to directly facilitating this with the Executive Leadership Team (ELT), the Head of Strategic Planning will also have a role in supporting capacity building across the organisation, running workshops and interventions that support the rest of the organisation to take a similar approach to strategic planning. The part time nature if this role means the capacity building element is vital, and it fits with our decentralised structure to empower teams to manage their priorities directly, in line with the strategic aims of the organisation.
The Head of Strategic Planning will also help support the refresh of our strategy and achieved through statements, at least once every three years with staff, trustees and volunteers.
Key Duties Responsibilities
- Support the Chief Executive and Leadership Team to develop 90 day plans that are relevant and focused on achieving our strategy
- Support the organisation in it’s review and refresh of strategy and achieved through statements as and when required
- Provide capacity building support to the wider organisation in the ongoing development of strategic planning and strategy initiatives across the organisation
Experience / skills & attributes:
- Experience, or transferable relevant experience, in facilitating development of strong strategic planning initiatives in a dispersed and de-centralised model
- Experience working with multiple groups, from trustees and senior leaders to volunteers and communities, to form strategic approaches in a way that they find accessible and engaging
- Belief in the Power of Communities with a desire to platform volunteers and young people always.
- Excellent communication and facilitation skills and the ability to communicate appropriately and effectively with a range of stakeholders through a variety of means.
- Ability to engage in the process of strategic planning development, which includes strategy writing, implementing plans and reporting on projects.
- Excellent interpersonal skills to enable effective relationships
Relevant experience and values alignment is more important for this role than specific qualifications.
The post will be home based, or office based. The postholder will need internet access to enable remote working. I.T. equipment and infrastructure will be supplied. There is an expectation that occasional travel across UK will be required.
Our Values & Way of Working:
In all that we do, we embrace a philosophy of ‘Freedom within a Framework’ and are guided by our values: Empowering, Inclusive, Compassionate, Positive & Straightforward.
This job description is intended to include the broad range of responsibilities and requirements of the post. It is neither exhaustive nor exclusive but while some variations will be expected, these will be at an appropriate level for the role.
Diversity & Inclusion
Volunteering Matters welcomes all applicants and are keen to ensure our team reflects the diversity of the UK and the communities we serve. We encourage applications from disabled, LGBT and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds, along with candidates with any protected characteristics and from disadvantaged groups.
Disability Confident & Reasonable Adjustments:
We guarantee to interview anyone with a disability whose application meets the minimum criteria for the role. Please provide evidence in your application, which demonstrates that you meet the level of competence required in the “Experience/Skills” section of this advert. To be considered for a guaranteed interview or to discuss any reasonable adjustments during the process, please state this in your application or contact our HR team for more information.
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Our employee benefits reflect our culture which is built on an approach of full flexibility with accountability, and designed to let you make your most positive contribution; we offer Flexible Working by Default (re hours & place of work), Unlimited Annual Leave, Employee Pension scheme, Life Assurance, Cycle to Work Scheme, Season Ticket Loan, Employee Assistance Programme, enhanced sick and family leave. We are also open to discuss job share applications.
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Are you passionate about improving the lives of disabled children and young people? Then we would love to hear from you! Friends for Leisure are looking for two amazing part-time Project Workers (one covering Crewe area and one covering Congleton area) to help deliver a professional, high quality and effective service to promote friendship and leisure for disabled young people across Cheshire East. This is a fantastic opportunity for individuals looking for rewarding and challenging positions within an organisation that really makes a difference to the lives of disabled young people.
Please note this job is available as a hybrid working arrangements/part working from home. We are a flexible employer and want to offer job opportunities that can be accessible to all.
Friends for Leisure’s aims and objectives include providing disabled children with the opportunities to have fun, make friends and do the everyday things that other children and young people take for granted. You will be key in helping us access these vulnerable children and their families, build their confidence and use your creative skills to deliver leisure activities that will reduce isolation and loneliness.
As a Project Worker, you will be responsible for:
- Assessing the needs of disabled young people and enabling them to access friendship and leisure opportunities of their choice, in inclusive and safe settings.
- Ensuring that good communication and liaison with families are maintained, providing guidance, and signposting as required.
- Liaising with the Volunteer Coordinator, identify suitable volunteers and arranging virtual or in-person meetings to introduce volunteers to the young people and their families.
- Developing and running fun term-time and holiday group activities with our established youth groups and holiday programmes out in the comunity.
- Evaluating group activities and seeking regular feedback from young people and families.
- Working in partnership with statutory and other agencies to provide an integrated service.
- Adhering to the charity’s procedures, including equal opportunities, confidentiality, health and safety, and safeguarding policies.
You will bring the following skills and experience:
- Excellent communication skills – verbal and written – including the ability to interact with self-assurance with a wide range of people.
- Well organised with the ability to plan and prioritise work.
- A team player who can work independently and on own initiative.
- Computer literate with experience using Microsoft Office packages (Word, Excel, Access).
- Experience of organizing, delivering, and evaluating group activities.
- Previous experience working with volunteers, young people and families.
- Full UK driving licence and own vehicle required.
No personal care will be involved.
The roles offer a competitive salary up to £22,100 pro rata. Along with a generous 25 days annual leave plus bank holidays and Christmas closure, you will have excellent training and development opportunities. Work is varied, fun and you will be supported by a close team who are always happy to help wherever they can.
You will be working up to 30 hours per week, including evenings, weekends and school holidays.
Some travel across Cheshire East will be expected. Excess mileage allowance of 0.45p/mile. Home visits/lone working may be required.
Appointment will be subject to enhanced DBS checks and satisfactory references.
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