Plunkett Foundation
Woodstock, Oxfordshire
c.£30,000 per year
Permanent, Full-time
Job description

Help us create a thriving network of rural community businesses across the UK.

Role: Information Hub Manager
Starting salary: c£30,000 per annum
Contract: Permanent
Hours: Full time (35 hpw)
Location: Woodstock, Oxfordshire (flexible working would be considered for the right candidate)

Plunkett is a national organisation and has been the leading expert in rural community business for over 100 years. Community businesses are enterprises that are owned and run democratically by members of the community and others, on behalf of the community. Plunkett Foundation currently works with over 600 community businesses and this number is continually growing. They come in many forms - including shops, pubs, woodlands and anything which lends itself to community ownership. In addition to developing and safeguarding valuable assets and services, community businesses address a range of issues including isolation, loneliness, wellbeing, work and training.

We are pleased to announce the vacancy of Information Hub Manager. This is a new full-time role at Plunkett Foundation and will be responsible for linking our grassroots support activities to our ambitions to influence national policy and the wider community business sector. The role will involve managing Plunkett’s data processes, ensuring that the information collected is relevant and utilised in the most impactful manner.

The post holder will be responsible for completing and commissioning relevant and sector-specific research and lead on all Plunkett responses to calls for evidence and policy consultations. The Information Hub Manager will also lead on the development of Plunkett Foundation impact reporting and other state of the sector reports, such as the annual Better Business reports for community shops and pubs. Proactive and motivated, the ideal candidate will have the ability to lead and support others. Significant experience in a policy and advocacy role, along with managing and producing research material is essential.

Reporting to the Head of Community Business, the applicant should be able to demonstrate an understanding of the issues affecting and most relevant to rural areas across the UK. You will be able to articulate how community businesses can contribute to social cohesivity and wellbeing in these areas. Taking in to account the current Covid-19 pandemic, Plunkett’s Information Hub Manager will play an important role in assessing and reporting the response of community businesses in meeting local needs during this time of crisis. Acting as a lead commissioner for research, as well as contributing to and sharing other relevant research and reports from partners in the sector this is an important new role at Plunkett. Through better data and evidenced based research the post holder will help to progress the next phase of our organisational strategy, which will ultimately support even more community businesses to open across the UK.

If you are interested in joining Plunkett Foundation, at a time when more and more local services and businesses are coming into community ownership then we look forward to hearing from you.

Please click 'Apply' to be redirected to our HR Partner's website for details on how to submit your application.

Closing date for applications:  9am on Monday 22 June 2020
Interview date: during week commencing 29 June 2020 (likely via video link)

Plunkett Foundation are committed to equal opportunities and value diversity in our workforce.

No agencies please.
Registered Charity: 313743

Refreshed on: 09 June 2020
Closed date: 22 June 2020
Job ref: 155664_hrpf
Tags: Policy/Research