Manchester, Greater Manchester
£27,666 pa plus excellent benefits
Permanent, Full-time
Job description

Closing date: 17th September 2019 at 11.30pm

We’re looking for a proactive individual with experience of developing and supporting people, particularly those with lived experience of multiple disadvantage, to join us as a Development Officer and help deliver a vital programme.

This post is funded through the National Lottery Community Fund’s £112m Fulfilling Lives initiative to support people with multiple needs.

A home is a fundamental human need, as essential as education or healthcare. Yet millions of people across Britain struggle on a daily basis with homelessness, bad housing conditions, soaring rents, discrimination and the threat of eviction. So, we are striving for change — with individuals, in communities, across society – and leading the way to a safe home. We need ambitious, best-in-class individuals who are passionate about our cause to join us at this exciting time. This is your chance to play a part in the fundamental change we are striving to achieve.

A multi-agency partnership led by Shelter, Inspiring Change Manchester’s mission is focused on long term service and system change. Indeed, we believe that people living in Manchester who experience multiple disadvantage (a combination of homelessness, mental ill-health, substance use, reoffending or domestic abuse) can achieve real, lasting growth and fulfilment. To succeed however, we’ll need to inspire a wide range of people across the city to change their beliefs and their behaviour. Our vision? To help people improve their lives and sustain these improvements by transforming Manchester’s systems and services. The key focus of this role is to further develop the GROW (Getting Real Opportunities of Work) traineeship programme by finding and developing opportunities for those with barriers to work due to their lived experience. 

About the Role

You’ll be responsible for recruiting, inducting and supporting the GROW Trainees that are employed within Shelter and on placement with partner agencies. We’ll also rely on you to provide direct support and guidance, including helping them explore their study options and developing their interests for future employment. Supporting other areas of the programme when required will be important too, as will working with commissioning partners to embed the model and promote GROW trainees across the city as a real benefit to workforce development. Everything it takes, in fact, to ensure that the voices of those with lived experience are recognised throughout and we create a supportive learning environment for each individual.

About you

To succeed, you’ll need a background in a development related role and an understanding of the main issues affecting housing and homelessness, mental health and emotional well-being, offending, domestic abuse and problematic drug and alcohol use. We’ll also be looking for experience of sourcing opportunities, managing and developing traineeships within support services or working with volunteers, particularly those with lived experience of multiple disadvantages within society. Used to delivering courses, both one-to-one and in a group, you have a structured, calm and organised approach too. What’s more, you're great at building relationships and are willing to challenge the status quo and introduce new ideas, methods and processes.

We offer a wide range of benefits, including 30 days of annual leave, enhanced family friendly policies, pension and interest free travel loans. Our employees also have access to a tenancy deposit loan, payroll giving, cycle to work scheme and an employee assistance programme.

Shelter helps millions of people every year struggling with bad housing or homelessness through our advice, support and legal services. And we campaign to make sure that, one day, no one will have to turn to us for help. We’re here so no one has to fight bad housing or homelessness on their own.

To find out more about the role and the benefits of working for Shelter please visit our website. Apply to be part of our team and be the change you want to see in society.

Safeguarding is everyone’s business. Shelter is committed to protecting the health, wellbeing and human rights of those we support, and enabling them to live free from harm, abuse and neglect. All our staff will be expected to observe professional standards of behaviour and conduct their work in line with our Safeguarding Policies.

At Shelter, we welcome and encourage applications from everyone regardless of age, disability, gender, ethnicity, religion and sexual orientation. We are facing diverse problems, so need diverse people to tackle them.

Shelter does not accept unsolicited CVs from external recruitment agencies nor accept the fees associated with them.

Posted on: 03 September 2019
Closed date: 17 September 2019
Tags: Social Care/Development, Volunteer Management