Liverpool, Merseyside
Manchester, Greater Manchester
£28,000 FTE to be pro-rated
Contract, Full-time
Job description

About Us

*** Fixed Term Contract to 28th February 2022 *** 

We're the charity who look after and brings to life 2,000 miles of waterways across Wales and England, because we believe that life is better by water. Every role across the Trust plays its part in transforming our canals and rivers into spaces where local people want to spend time and feel better, bringing wellbeing benefits to millions.

The Project Lead will be responsible for the overall project management of the Active Waterways Cheshire programme ensuring that the agreed project outputs and outcomes are met. They will lead on the implementation and delivery of the project strategies to engage over 55s in physical activity and promote behaviour change, manage arising risks and oversee the evaluation of the project outcomes and impacts. They will also develop the sustainability of the programme over the final months of the 3-year project.  

They will play a key role engaging with key stakeholders and partners, encouraging people to get more active through the delivery of our online programme and a guided walking programme.

These programmes work in partnership with Sport England's active ageing campaigns. 

Location - The successful candidate will work remotely, from a location where travel and access to our North West regional offices/hubs and the project delivery locations across Cheshire is possible. 

This a very pro-active and balanced role, aiding both digital and in person delivery at sites as and when required.

All outdoor activities will be conducted under strict Covid-19 guidelines to ensure the safety of both our teams and participants

About the role

Key Accountabilities:

  • Implement the strategy for the successful delivery of the face to face and online programmes to meet agreed funder and partner outputs and outcomes.
  • Lead on the implementation of the area specific project plans and programmes of activity and engagement.
  • Develop and maintain positive and strong relations with key stakeholders, both internally and externally.
  • Facilitate and oversee coordination of data gathering in liaison with the evaluation partner.
  • Lead on the implementation of the volunteer strategy including the recruitment and selection of volunteers directly engaged in the project.
  • Develop practical working relationships with local organisations to facilitate the delivery and marketing of the programme.
  • Manage project budgets and ensure key deliverables are reached within the specified timeframe.
  • Work in partnership with key agencies, explore and research the findings and outcomes to enhance the social and physical environment to improve access to physical activity outdoors.
  • Lead on the implementation of the communications and marketing plan.
  • Ensure the safety and safeguarding of all participants in the project.
  • Implement, chair and manage the Project Steering Group and support the Advisory group, preparing regular progress reports reporting against key deliverables, programme, risk and budget.
  • Work with internal & external partners develop the sustainability of the programme.
  • Line management and support of the Active Ageing Project Co-ordinator. 

About you 

  • Experience in project management and delivery in areas including health & well-being, physical activity, and volunteering.
  • Experience of budget / financial management.
  • Proven experience in community development and engagement.
  • Proven experience of effective partnership working.
  • Experience of line management.
  • Experience of volunteer management.
  • Strong communication skills, both verbal and non-verbal.
  • Strong time management skills.
  • Experience with the media and of publicity / marketing.
  • Some experience in event planning.
  • Some knowledge of gathering, analysing and interpreting data and information.
  • Experience in presenting and showcasing outcomes and achievements.
  • Strong IT Skills.

Safety Responsibilities 

  • Lead by example, ensure your team take responsibility for the safety of colleagues, volunteers, themselves and customers. Comply with Canal & River Trust’s Health & Safety policy and defined standards. Investigate and report incidents, accidents and near misses. Ensure safe use of appropriate equipment, prepare Risk Assessments and Method Statements ensuring contents are understood and acted upon.
  • To be aware of your own responsibilities regarding safeguarding and to support our commitment to providing safe environments and working practises that promote and protect the safety and welfare of children, young people and adults at risk at all times. 


As this role is on the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 Exception Order applicants must state the details of any cautions or convictions whether spent or unspent on the self-disclosure section of the application form.

A criminal record is not necessarily a bar to employment with us. HR will advise and decisions made on a case-by-case basis.

We are currently conducting our interview processes virtually as we continue to respect and follow necessary social distancing guidance to protect our team and our candidates.  You may be invited to a face-to-face further stage interview which will always be conducted following strict social distancing guidelines. 

What We Offer

In addition to your salary, we offer access to a generous contributory DC Pension Plan, and excellent annual holiday entitlement. More information on our benefits can be found via our ‘apply’ portal.  

We aim to represent the diverse communities we are part of and welcome applicants from across all sectors of the community. We strongly believe that a diverse workforce brings with it a diversity of ideas, thinking and ways of working which enhances what we do.

All candidates will be treated on the basis of their merits, skills and abilities and solely by being assessed against the requirements for the job. Many of our vacancies can be considered for people who wish to work flexibly, job share or part time. 

Find out more about the work we do on our website. 

Refreshed on: 14 April 2021
Closed date: 25 April 2021
Tags: Communications, PR, Project Management