Batley, West Yorkshire
£38,000 - £42,000 per year
Contract, 12 month contract with opportunity to extend, Part-time, Full-time
Job description

Hey there, come join our team and help us build a better world.

This is a brilliant opportunity for someone looking to play a key role in a small but influential charity building a positive legacy for the late Jo Cox MP. We are looking for someone with excellent team leadership skills, experience of building cross-sector partnerships and a strategic mindset to head up the Foundation’s Yorkshire team. 


The Jo Cox Foundation was established in 2016 by the friends and family of the late Jo Cox MP. The Foundation exists to build a positive legacy for Jo and to create something positive from the tragedy that was her murder. Just as Jo did, we believe in working together effectively with individuals and organisations that share the belief that we have more in common than that which divides us.


Our mission is to build stronger communities, a better public life and a fairer world in Jo’s name. To date, our campaigns and initiatives have addressed a broad range of issues including tackling loneliness, reducing abuse and intimidation in public life and preventing atrocities in conflict-affected countries. No one day is ever the same as the next!

We are a close-knit, passionate and dedicated team. Whilst we work hard, it’s incredibly important to us that we have fun and look after ourselves and each other too.


In the aftermath of the murder of Jo Cox, a group of volunteers came together in her consitutency to organise events in her honour, inspired by her life; they became known as 'More in Common, Batley & Spen' and have continued to work at the heart of the community since Jo was killed. 

Since 2016 the organic development of the volunteer group has grown into the Yorkshire team of the Foundation. Local fundraising created a small staff team of 4 people - 2.6FTE based in Jo Cox House in Batley. Their work responds to the needs of the local community, focused around community development and bridging differences. Since the onset of the pandemic the team have supported the local community response to Covid-19 as part of a region wide partnership with the local authority and voluntary sector partners.  

Our work in Yorkshire forms an integral part of the broader work of the Jo Cox Foundation at a national level and over the coming months we will be exploring how we can ensure that we are working as one team, albeit one based in different geographical areas. We’ll be thinking about how the work in Yorkshire integrates with our national programmes, and also what the unique role for the Foundation in Jo’s constituency is. 

As we go through this process, we’re looking for someone to work closely with the CEO to maximise the potential of the Yorkshire based team. Key aspects of the role will be leadership and pastoral care for the team, strategic development, partnership management and  support with fundraising. 

Reports to: CEO

  • Strategy development

    • Working with the CEO on the multi-year strategic development of an integrated Yorkshire strategy.

    • Creating operational plans and setting timetables for internal strategic reviews.

    • Ensuring equality, diversity and inclusion are embedded and prioritised in all strategic planning.

  • Team management and internal relationships

    • Leading and inspiring a team to deliver on the agreed strategy.

    • Maximising opportunities for collaborative working across the organisation.

    • Planning and delegating effectively to the team on a day-to-day basis and ensuring all team members are supported to do their jobs effectively.

    • Liaison with Jo Cox’s family, the CEO and the More in Common Batley and Spen volunteer group.

    • Working together with JCF’s Head of Ops and Finance on recruitment and onboarding.

    • Supporting team members’ personal development and wellbeing in partnership with the CEO.

  • Budget and operational management

    • Managing income/expenditure budget on an ongoing basis and ensuring projects stay on budget, regularly reporting back to the CEO and Head of Ops and Finance. 

    • Ensuring team abides by the JCF’s financial and operational policies across all of the work, including but not limited to financial compliance, safeguarding, HR best-practice and GDPR.

  • Fundraising and partnerships management 

    • Support the CEO on fundraising, including leading on building and maintaining relationships with Yorkshire based funders.

    • Writing and overseeing grant applications and grant reporting where relevant. 

  • Comms and promotion

    • Contributing to the development of an organisational comms strategy.

    • overseeing the implementation of the comms strategy for the Yorkshire team.

  • Monitoring and evaluation

    • Overseeing the strategic development and implementation of the M&E strategy for the Yorkshire team. 

    • Contributing to Foundation-wide reporting, including Board reporting, grant-reporting and annual Trustee reports.


You’ll be passionate about building networks and bringing people together, and ideally have a great knowledge of the voluntary and community sector in West Yorkshire. You’ll have experience of leading a small team, working collaboratively with colleagues, and supporting them to do the best job possible. You’ll also be a strategic thinker, and you’ll bring experience of using evaluation data to inform the future direction of projects. 

In addition, you will have strongly held personal values which align with The Jo Cox Foundation’s vision and Jo’s ‘more in common’ ethos. These will be reflected in your respect for others and the desire to make a truly positive contribution through your work.



  • Evidenced experience working in the field of community development

  • Experience of leading and inspiring teams

  • Excellent project management skills

  • Experience in developing programme strategies, establishing targets and KPIs and measuring impact.

  • Experience working collaboratively with a range of partners 

  • Proven experience of working with a diverse range of stakeholders

  • Outstanding verbal and written communication skills, with experience of writing engaging and inventive copy and the confidence in presenting at all levels

  • Experience of project monitoring and evaluation

  • Passionate about communities and bringing people together

  • Flexible, adaptable and comfortable working in high paced environments.

  • Experience in budget management and financial planning 

  • Commitment to JCF’s values and to fostering a culture where all team members have a sense of belonging.


  • Experience of working in community development in Kirklees, in particular Batley and Spen and a knowledge of the local area

  • Experience of successfully raising funds from a variety of sectors, including trusts and foundations and corporate partners

  • Experience of working in a culturally diverse community

  • Experience of working in politics or of policy change and advocacy work

We’re interested in hearing from people from a range of backgrounds and career paths. If you’re unsure whether you’re right for this role, please get in touch and we can discuss further.

The Jo Cox Foundation is an equal opportunities employer and we actively encourage applicants from people of all backgrounds. We are committed to promoting diversity and inclusion both within our staff team and our community programmes. 

Job applicants will receive equal treatment regardless of age, disability, gender, gender reassignment, marital or civil partner status, pregnancy or maternity, race, nationality, ethnic or national origin, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation (Protected Characteristics).  To ensure this, we use a blind recruitment process.

Along with our Flexible Working policy and Employee Assistance Programme, the Foundation strives to provide the support and adaptations needed for every employee to fulfil their role to the best of their ability. 

Please let us know if we can offer any reasonable adjustments to support your application. You can download the large print version of this Job Description on our website. 

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Jo Cox's life was marked by her compassion and by her passion. She worked tirelessly for a fairer, kinder and more tolerant world.

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Posted on: 11 June 2021
Closing date: 30 June 2021
Tags: Senior Management, Project Management

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