The Walworth Living Room Programme Manager is a new role at Pembroke House. We want to build a space that can operate like a living room for the local community: that is public and yet familiar, and that can inspire new relationships between residents and partners in Walworth – a new model of social infrastructure in an area of the city where places to gather are becoming more scarce.
You will be responsible for bringing the Walworth Living Room back to life after the pandemic, leading the transition out of an emergency food distribution hub and opening a community space that contains a large open-access social space, lively community cafe, activities, community and public services, and rentable work/activity spaces.
Applications due: 10am, Monday 4th October
Responsible to: Director of Programmes
Responsible for: WLR Cafe Manager; Projects Officer - Community Activities; future WLR staffing, including host (or “maitre ‘d”)
Location: Walworth Living Room, SE17 2JU
Hours of Work: 35 per week
The person we appoint to this role will be convinced that there are incredible things that can be unleashed when people are given the opportunity to connect as equals – whether that’s over a cup of tea and some cake, or a shared neighbourhood project. You’ll be steadfast in your belief that we need more places that can act like Living Rooms for the community, and you will be eager to play a central role in building this programme. You will also believe strongly in the potential of food to bring joy to people and situations, to celebrate life and connection, and to soften difficult situations and conversations.
You will bring a breadth of experience to the role that may well be in fields beyond the traditional community sector – maybe that’s in food, the arts, health or even urban design – but whatever your background, you will be eager to bring this experience to bear on a project that is rooted in Walworth as we recover from the pandemic.
You will bring an inquisitive mind and a real passion for getting stuck in. You won’t be too proud to pick up a mop at the end of the day but you’ll also know that we need to put the right systems in place to make a public building work smoothly and safely over the longer-term.
You will be a generous leader, who is able to bring out the best in the people around you to meet your shared ambitions. You will be passionate about learning and be willing to listen just as much as you talk. You’ll want to zoom into the real detail of staff plans and budget spreadsheets and then to zoom out and explore the significance of places like the Walworth Living Room in wider debates and public policy.
Above all, you will be able to really drive things forward, adapting flexibly to changes to the context and content of particular plans along the way, while managing to deliver your core goals effectively and efficiently. You will be used to working in environments with complex and competing demands on your time, and you’ll be able to keep a clear focus on what really needs to be done – and when – in order to take a project to the next level and bring key people along with you.