High Trees Community Development Trust
High Trees was born of the local community 23 years ago, through collective community action to save the old library based in Tulse Hill, turning it into a Community Development Trust. Today, High Trees has grown significantly and is a well-regarded and trusted community anchor in Lambeth, delivering and leading on a range of integrated services to connect people and communities to strengthen skills and build stronger voices.
Our 5 cornerstone support areas provide integrated services in:
- Employment & Welfare Advice
- Community Education & Training
- Community Action
- Children, Young People & Families
- Partnerships & Development
Our Head of Partnerships and Development sits within the management team of High Trees, taking leadership to ensure the strategic ambitions of our work on partnership working, promoting effective collaboration and best practice in the sector are realised, through both direct contract & funded programme management and through consultancy work. High Trees has considerable experience of developing and leading long term partnerships with other organisations in the voluntary sector.
This role will help us ensure that this work both continues and expands and that we are able to share our learning and best practice with the sector as a whole beyond the reach of the partnerships we are directly involved in. A key part of our work within our partnerships is that of sharing our learning and supporting other organisation to build their capacity and approaches to collaborative working through the development of a range of tools and resources to share with other organisations to support collaborative working practices and system change, and, via this role and the newly created role of Capacity Building Officer which sits within the Partnerships & Development Team, will now be able to further focus on capacity building other organisations.
High Trees are at an exciting juncture in this area as we look to further evolve our partnerships and another key feature of this role will be overseeing the incubation and strategic ambitions of some of our key partnerships, including Building Young Brixton which in its sixth year of operation and is now taking the steps to develop a longer term plan for its sustainability. Overseeing the Building Young Brixton Partnership Manager, and a small dedicated BYB Team, you will ensure that our plans to ensure the partnerships future are realised.
Alongside the work in this area that is directly grant funded and concentrated on providing this support to other VCS organisations in Lambeth, we are also developing our consultancy offer and this role will take the lead in designing and delivering bespoke consultancy services to a wide range of organisations, whether other VCS organisations, local authorities or the private sector, ensuring all work is in our areas of expertise and in line with our core values. You will also take the lead on the development and role out of our consultancy offer in these areas, developing a comprehensive consultancy strand, that complements our existing work and expertise, and generating new income streams and partnership opportunities as a result.
The role manages our Partnerships and Development team as a whole, which holds responsibility for our Communications and our Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning – ensuring the High Trees voice reaches those it needs to and all our work and communications is underpinned by robust monitoring, evaluation and reporting and managing our Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning Officer and Communications Officer to do so. No specific direct experience in either of these areas is a perquisite, as the subject expertise will sit with the Officers, but a clear understanding of the strategic principles of both communications and Impact measurement and how these sit within an organisation will be needed.
A key part of the role is focused on relationships – both external and internal – and you will have the ability to communicate with ease with a wide and diverse range of individuals, easily building rapport and embodying High Trees ethos and values. You will also build relationships with other stakeholder organisations and businesses interested to utilise their corporate social responsibility to add value to High Trees services.