Park Farm Industrial Estate, Worcestershire
Job description

The aim of Sea Cadets is to give young people the best head start in life through nautical adventure and fun, based on the customs and traditions of the Royal Navy. Whether at sea or on land, Sea Cadets offers an environment where young people can find new confidence and inspiration and gain nationally recognised qualifications. Across the UK 15,000 cadets from 402 units, supported by 9,000 adult volunteers, are challenging themselves and developing new skills and experiences. 

We have undergone some changes in recent months and are now recruiting a number of new adult volunteers to support the management of the Sea Cadet Unit.

Sea Cadet units are managed and run by committed adult volunteers. The Unit Management Team (UMT) are volunteers and act as the unit’s Trustees, headed up by the Unit Chairperson, Vice Chairperson, Secretary and Treasurer. The UMT is responsible for the running of the unit at a strategic and management level. 

If you are experienced in Marketing & Commubications and Social Media, live in the Redditch, Bromsgrove or the surrounding area and are looking for a challenge then we would like to hear from you.

The role comes with a commitment in time of a few hours per week, attendance at monthly meetings, currently being held virtually and once circumstances allow supporting the unit at community events, competitions and training primarily at weekends. 

All adult volunteers will be required to complete an enhanced DBS check and 3 e-learning courses:  Health & Safety, Data Protection and Safeguarding. This is followed by an Induction programme of 7 further online modules and a final virtual face to face Safeguarding module before full membership is confirmed. 

Becoming a Charity Trustee is a serious undertaking, we are looking for individuals with a genuine interest in furthering the aims of the organisation not just an interest in the role. Sea Cadets are vested within their local communities and our trustees are expected to support this so your location and interest in community involvement is key. 

Each Sea Cadet unit is an independent charity in its own right, which must fundraise for its running costs and all trustees are responsible for supporting this aim while the parent charity of MSSC (Marine Society & Sea Cadets) funds the charitable infrastructure and provides national facilities. Our biggest supporter is the Royal Navy whose customs and traditions are at the heart of what we do. 

Each Sea Cadet unit must comply with all policies and procedures issued for the governance of Sea Cadets by, or on behalf of, the MSSC Council and the Ministry of Defence (MOD). The MOD underwrites the Sea Cadet training liability. 

Primary Purpose: To support the UMT chairperson and other trustees to manage an effective and successful Sea Cadet unit and provide a safe, maintained and serviced unit.

Secondary Purpose: To be a charity trustee of the Sea Cadet unit and play an active role in the unit management team supporting the unit and its activities.

Specific roles/responsibilities

The UMT trustee is a volunteering role. We ask you, collectively with your fellow UMT trustees, to:

·         Ensure that all the unit’s activities and matters are conducted legally and comply with charity regulations and MSSC policies and procedures.

·         Ensure the general welfare, safety and protection of volunteers and cadets when they are involved in unit matters or activities.

·         Provide a properly maintained, serviced, safe and secure unit premises.

·         To identify unit priorities and potential issues and maintain plans to address those issues. - Raise funds to pay for the running costs incurred by the unit.

·         Raise funds to provide the resources necessary for efficient and successful training in the unit and other projects as they arise.

·         Ensure that the unit has a Commanding Officer (CO) and sufficient instructional volunteers to meet the training needs of the cadets.

·         To ensure that cadets are safeguarded from any form of abuse, and to take action if any form of abuse happens by following the MSSC Child Protection Policy and Procedures (ASCR 9) and seeking support/advice from the MSSC Safeguarding team as necessary.

Please include a copy of your most recent CV and a supporting statement including your motivation for applying.

COVID-19 considerations 

All Health and Safety measures have been employed and we are adhering to strict government guidelines. Meetings are currently being held virtually and remote working is encouraged. Once safe to do so face to face activity and attendance will resume. 

Refreshed on: 28 February 2021
Closed date: 31 March 2021
Job ref: Unit 595 Marketing & Communications
Tags: Campaigning, Communications, PR