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Role title: Deputy Coordinator
Salary: up to £15k - £16k for up to 20 hours per week
(£28k - £30k FT pro rata, Employer pension 6%)
Reporting to: Coordinator, Street Pastors Management Committee and Oxygen Trustees
Kingston Street Pastors is seeking a highly motivated and skilled individual to serve as Deputy Coordinator. The ideal candidate for this role will have strong organisational and administrative skills, experience of managing and supporting volunteers within the context of Christian mission and a passion for building partnerships around community outreach.
Kingston Street Pastors is a churches initiative which has been operating since 2006 deploying Christian volunteers in the town centre in the night time to Care, Listen and Help. We enjoy excellent relationships with key stakeholders in Kingston’s night time economy including our local council, police and businesses. Within the wider Street Pastors movement we have made significant contributions over the years to develop policy and practice and have worked closely with neighbouring Street Pastors initiatives and with the Ascension Trust. For governance purposes Kingston Street Pastors operates as an affiliated project of Oxygen, a Kingston based youth work charity.
We are currently undergoing a period of transition as we negotiate changes in the night time economy, identify new opportunities for partnership and focus on recruitment of additional Street Pastor and Prayer Pastor volunteers to sustain and grow the initiative. We have also recently pioneered Kingston Safe Zone, a high profile intervention aimed at preventing violence against women and girls in our night time economy, supported by the council and the police and funded by the Home Office Safer Streets programme.
About the Role
This role has a Genuine Occupational Requirement for the post holder to be a practising Christian (as outlined by 2010 Equality Act, Section 9)
Our new Deputy Coordinator will work closely with the Street Pastors Coordinator, supporting the regular operations of Kingston Street Pastors and the deployment of teams while also playing a key strategic role in steering and developing the initiative in response to emerging needs and opportunities for partnership and funding. They will liaise with churches and supporters to raise support for the work and recruit new volunteers as Street Pastors and Prayer Pastors.
Applicants should have strong IT skills and the ability to solve problems, work flexibly and manage their time effectively. The role holder will be required to either be an already qualified Street Pastor or be willing to undertake training as a Street Pastor through the Ascension Trust London Street Pastors training course which takes place over eight Saturdays and consists primarily of online sessions (training time part of paid hours). The role will require serving on at least one Street Pastors patrol each month in Kingston on a Friday or Saturday.
A strong applicant will be able to demonstrate the following:
A good understanding of the work and ethos of Street Pastors and how this resonates with your approach to Christian mission.
A passion for the role the Church plays in our local community and an ecumenical ethos which is appreciative of a diversity of Christian traditions.
The ability to partner with key stakeholders in the community to increase the resources, reach and depth of charitable projects.
A good understanding of the night time economy, its users and its key stakeholders.
Experience and skills in charity/ church project leadership with specific reference to supporting and managing volunteers.
An understanding of monitoring and reporting on the impact of charitable work.
Relevant experience in fields such as youth work, homelessness support, drug and alcohol services and promotion of community safety are also highly desirable.
To apply for this role please write a supporting statement explaining why you are interested in the role and how your skills, attributes and experience make you a suitable candidate. Please ensure that your covering letter addresses the criteria in the job pack and the Deputy Coordinator Job Description.
The deadline to submit applications is 23.30 on Sunday 3rd March
Shortlisted applicants will be notified and invited to interview by Thursday 7th March with interviews taking place in the week commencing Monday 11th March.