High Trees Community Development Trust
City of London, London
Up to £27,000
Permanent, Full-time
Job description

Community Organiser 
Upper Tulse Hill, London

Are you an organised individual with great people skills? Do you love the idea of being out and about in your community, speaking with residents, understanding their concerns and empowering them to bring about positive change? If so, read on. 

About Us

Founded by local residents in 1998, High Trees Community Development Trust is a well-regarded and trusted community anchor, delivering and leading a range of integrated services to connect people and communities to strengthen skills and build stronger voices.

Guided by the needs of our community, our work covers employment, education and training support, children, young people and family services and community engagement and development. 

We’re currently looking for a Community Organiser to join our Community Action Team, which supports residents to build more active, represented and civically engaged communities. 

The Benefits

- Salary of up to £27,000 per annum 
- A clear pay structure with annual increments (based on performance)
- 24 days’ holiday (rising with service to a maximum of 8 additional days) plus 3 days off for Christmas
- Enhanced maternity/paternity/adoption leave (after two years’ service) 
- Pension (up to 5% employer contribution) 
- 24 hour employee support line 

This is an amazing opportunity to take on a challenging, yet highly rewarding role where you’ll be making a real difference on a local level.

At High Trees, our motto is ‘meeting everyone as a person of great potential’. You will have the chance to help local people see that potential in themselves and inspire them to be the change they want to see in their community.

We provide the ideal environment in which to build a career to be proud of. All our staff are supported to grow and develop through regular one-to-ones with their manager and a programme of organisation-wide and individual CPD. We’re proud of the fact that over 50% of our Service Managers have been promoted from within our organisation. 

The Role

As a Community Organiser, you will use the principles of community organising to engage with residents and support them to bring about action and long-term change. 

No two days will be the same as a member of our Community Action Team. You’ll be out and about in the community, listening to local people to identify the issues they care about, delivering training to community members and groups and designing and delivering projects. 

Some of your duties will include: 

- Knocking on doors and using grassroots engagement to meet with residents 
- Recruiting and helping to build local organising groups 
- Working with partners to pilot ways of enhancing community organising
- Helping local leaders to deliver actions and campaigns 
- Creating written content to promote Community Action activities 

About You 

To join us as a Community Organiser, you’ll need: 

- Strong interpersonal skills at all levels and the ability to negotiate effectively across organisational boundaries 
- Excellent IT skills, with a high level of proficiency in packages such as MS Word, Excel and Outlook
- The ability to organise and prioritise multiple deadlines and manage routine administrative tasks
- To be flexible and adaptable to new situations 
- The ability to motivate and inspire others 

Experience of community action or campaigning work would be beneficial, as would good social media awareness, including the use of Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, website uploads and online blogs. 

Other organisations may call this role Community Outreach Officer, Community Project Co-ordinator, Community Programme Co-ordinator, Community Support Worker, or Community Outreach Co-ordinator.

The closing date for applications is the 4th August 2020.

Webrecruit and High Trees Community Development Trust are equal opportunities employers, value diversity and are strongly committed to providing equal employment opportunities for all employees and all applicants for employment. Equal opportunities are the only acceptable way to conduct business and we believe that the more inclusive our environments are, the better our work will be.

So, if you’re seeking a new challenge as a Community Organiser, please apply via the button shown. This vacancy is being advertised by Webrecruit. The services advertised by Webrecruit are those of an Employment Agency. 

Working hours: 35 hours per week

Posted on: 09 July 2020
Closed date: 04 August 2020
Job ref: HKWNS0408/CC-HL
Tags: Campaigning, Advocacy