Camberwell, Greater London
£28,771 pro rata, 4 days per week
Permanent, Part-time
Job description

Community Southwark is the infrastructure organisation for the Voluntary and Community Sector in Southwark. We aim to bring about positive change for people living in Southwark by championing, supporting and working with the wonderful and diverse organisations and individuals that make up the voluntary and community sector (VCS) in Southwark.

We support non-profit organisations to run effectively, efficiently, sustainably and legally through providing a range of activities including training, face-to-face advice, online resources, holding events for information and engagement as well as hosting networks and working groups and providing policy insights and influence.

We also work with individuals and informal groups on social action, engagement, supporting campaigns, providing information on how you can get involved in improving your community and more.

We are a champion for the sector and look to ensure we have a seat at the right table on its behalf.

We particularly encourage applications from disabled, Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) people and people from the LGBT community.

IMPORTANT: We are committed to ensuring our recruitment procedure is completely free from risks of unconscious bias. We therefore kindly ask you to remove your name and any indication of your gender, ethnicity or other personal information from both your CV and Cover Letter, that's not related to your work experience or skill set. 

Please just confirm your name and contact details in the email you send to us, so we can contact you with the outcome of your application when it's been reviewed by the hiring panel.

Please see attached recruitment pack for a full introduction to our charity and details on how to apply for the role. You can also click on 'Apply on website' to see our application instructions there.


Job Description

Responsible to: Director of Development & Partnerships
Salary: £28,771 pro rata for 4 days per week
Contract Duration: Permanent (subject to satisfactory probation)
Hours: Part time, 28 hours per week (days negotiable)
Direct reports: None
Location: 1 Addington Square, Camberwell, London, SE5 0HF. Some travel will be required.

Please note: This post may need to work from home following Covid-19 guidelines. Meetings may be held online, and travel may be limited to essential only.

Benefits: pro rata of 30 days holiday (exclusive of public/bank holidays) per annum, Flexible working, Pension – Employer contribution: 5%, Cycle to Work Scheme, and pro rata of 2 Volunteering Days per annum.

Main Purpose of Role
This role will lead on developing our networks and policy and influence work in order to benefit the voluntary and community sector in Southwark.
This includes:
• Delivering the organisation’s policy research function and to ensure relevance and quality in relation to voluntary and community sector strategies and plans.
• Working at a strategic level with the voluntary and community sector and public sector organisations on a variety of strategies, policies and plans.
• Developing and utilising communication channels and providing quality information to staff, members and key external stakeholders.

Principal Responsibilities and Accountabilities

Research and Information
• To co-ordinate and manage policy research and analysis work (this may include managing policy research volunteers);
• To convert research findings into strategic outcomes and prepare written reports and policy documents for a variety of audiences;
• To analyse and interpret data sets generated through surveys;
• To undertake small scale primary research projects that inform CS on, for example, the nature of the local voluntary and community sector;
• To develop and maintain effective systems for gathering, analysing and reviewing and storing information;
• To engage with CS members to support their data and information requirements;
• To come up with implementable recommendations from research;
• To work with the sector on a variety of research projects;
• To use evidence to future forecast and proactively engage the sector;
• Develop and deliver training, workshops, online resources and other materials to inform the sector.

Policy and Influence
• To network and liaise with stakeholders, promoting and advocating for the VCS;
• To develop a wide range of relevant policy briefings for CS staff and members;
• To develop strategies and action plans relating to CS’s policy and research work that support the sector locally to thrive;
• To help coordinate the development of a number of the high-level agendas in partnership with statutory partners, for example around voluntary sector business premises, or the local compact;
• To identify and support representatives from the sector to sit on relevant boards and meetings, feeding back to the sector;
• To proactively engage with the sector and harness its expertise to ensure recommendations and actions are implemented that further the influence of the VCS and contribute to being equal partners.

Network and Partnership Development
• To provide secretariat functions for CS’s networks (currently 12 and more in development) and Southwark Voice – meetings of representatives of the Networks;
• To hold appropriate forums and meetings as required;
• To bring organisations together to tackle key issues faced by Southwark Communities;
• Attend relevant Boards and meetings, disseminating information to and from relevant parts of sector and within CS;
• Build strong relationships with stakeholders and sector;

Project Co-ordination
• Develop a framework to evaluate the impact of this work;
• Collect, collate, monitor and review data on the outputs and impact of the project to meet the evaluation requirements;
• Supervise, support and develop volunteers to carry out research and other projects related to this work;
• Work across CS to ensure policy and influence work contributes to all aspects of our work;

• To support Community Southwark’s mission, vision, values and strategic objectives;
• To undertake other tasks from time to time and as appropriate, that may be required by management in line with the goals of the organisation
• To work within all of Community Southwark’s policies, in particular the Health and Safety, Equal Opportunities and Confidentiality policies, and help to ensure that diversity and equality of opportunity is integral to the organisation’s work
• Work to administration and communication protocols efficiently to ensure that organisational systems and procedures are implemented
• To contribute to developing and managing an electronic database (AirTable), ensuring that all data is correct before inputting into Community Southwark’s systems.

Person Specification
Knowledge, Skills and Experience Needed:

  • Understanding of the work of the voluntary & community sector (VCS)
  • Knowledge of policy in relation to the voluntary and community sector and local and national governments
  • Experience of identifying and developing relationships with key stakeholders
  • Experience in researching and presenting information to influence decision-makers
  • Ability to interpret research, legislation and policy and present it in an accessible way
  • Ability to confidently communicate with a range of people in a variety of ways i.e. facilitate networks, workshops and focus group, 1-2-1 etc.
  • Excellent presentation and communication skills both written and oral
  • Good organisational skills and the ability to manage a complex set of competing priorities within a flexible framework

Personal Qualities

  • Strong team player, capable of leading and decision making whilst also considering wider issues and impact on individuals
  • Good organisational skills and the ability to manage a complex set of competing priorities within a flexible framework
  • High level listening, influencing and negotiating skill; positive, flexible and proactive attitude
  • Strong networking and influencing skills
  • Reliability
  • A full commitment to equality of opportunity with practical ideas for its implementation within the scope of the post
  • Flexible work ethic, every day can be different
  • Ability to create new opportunities and be able to run with them
  • Independent yet a team worker
  • Proactive in putting ideas and thoughts into actions and solutions
More about Community Southwark
Community Southwark

Community Southwark is the umbrella body for the voluntary and community sector, volunteers and social action in Southwar... Read more

Posted on: 09 July 2020
Closed date: 19 July 2020
Tags: Policy/Research, Project Management

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