Nottingham, Nottingham
£27,500 - £32,500 per year
Permanent, Contract, Full-time
Job description

Job Description 

ROLE:                             Volunteer and Community Development Manager

SALARY:                         £27,500 - £32,500 per annum dependent on experience

HOURS:                          Full time, 35 per week - Funded for 1 year (extension subject to funding)

LOCATION:                     Home working, with travel required and occasional overnight stays

ANNUAL LEAVE:            25 days plus bank holidays

CLOSING DATE:            20th January, 2021 (however we will operate a rolling interview process)


The United Kingdom Men’s Sheds Association (UKMSA) exists to help Men (and Women) to be healthy and happy through inspiring, growing, and enabling Shed Communities across the United Kingdom.  


The Shed movement is growing and this is an exciting time to join UKMSA as we work to support and promote Sheds for the improvement of health and wellbeing, adding years to life and life to years.

We are looking for someone to be at the forefront of this work, developing our volunteer network and supporting the growth and sustainability of the movement.

We are looking for candidates who have experience of volunteer management and strategy development that includes recruitment, engaging, developing and motivating volunteers.  It is essential that you can both work as part of a team and have the resilience and drive to work alone as volunteers and colleagues are based across the UK.

If you are interested in joining us then please visit our website for our application form and send it together with your cv and a covering letter.  

Please apply as soon as possible as we will be arranging to meet potential candidates at the earliest opportunity.


The development programme of UKMSA is primarily driven through the volunteers across the UK.  This role will develop, coordinate and manage all aspects of volunteering within UKMSA’s national Shed Ambassador programme and networks, whilst supporting community development programmes for the charity.  


·     Lead on the development strategy of UKMSA delivered primarily through our volunteer infrastructure. 

·     Lead on the development, implementation and evaluation of the UKMSA volunteer programme ensuring it meets the strategy of the organisation.

  • Support the development of resources to empower and enable Sheds. 
  • Support the Vision and Aims of the UK Men’s Shed Association

Volunteer recruitment, training and support

  • Undertake recruitment that ensures the right volunteers with the right skills.
  • Identify, develop and deliver appropriate infrastructure including policy development and training to enable volunteers to be effective in their roles.
  • Monitor and review volunteers ensuring they receive sufficient support to undertake their duties
  • Facilitate and where appropriate engage with knowledge sharing and social sessions for volunteers including regular briefings on the role of UKMSA, its strategic direction, goals and responsibilities of staff and volunteers.
  • Act as a central point of contact for volunteers and for the coordination of volunteering enquires
  • On an ongoing basis review and develop the UKMSA volunteer strategy.

Networking & partnerships

  • Develop and manage partnerships with external stakeholders.
  • Promotion of the role of volunteers and the contribution they make within the Men’s Shed movement.
  • Engage and support the development of connectivity across Sheds 
  • Develop and maintain links with the third sector for the furtherment of Men’s Sheds.
  • Representation of UKMSA at a national and regional level where necessary.
  • With the Chief Officer support the development of funding and partnership proposals. 

Training & resource development

  • To source / design and deliver relevant training for Shed Leaders, Workshop Supervisors and Committees that responds to the need and sustainability of Sheds.
  • Working with volunteers to co-produce resources to underpin the work of the volunteer workforce and support developing and existing Sheds.
  • To work with existing Sheds and Shed-Leaders to develop resources and opportunities that support the sustainability of the Men’s Sheds movement in the UK. 

Monitoring and evaluation

  • Prepare evaluation, monitoring and impact reports for key internal and external stakeholders including Trustees.
  • Ensure and advocate appropriate levels of support and supervision across volunteer programmes.
  • To manage and report on finances related to the role.

Equality, diversity, and equal opportunities

UKMSA is fully committed to and promotes equality and diversity in all aspects of the organisation and its work.  As part of their employment, all staff are expected to understand, comply with and promote the UKMSA’s Equal Opportunities policy 



Proof of eligibility to work in the UK is required. 


Personal Specification


  • Knowledge of volunteer programmes and how to effectively implement and maintain them
  • Knowledge of current trends, resources and information related to volunteer management
  • Good understanding of the third sector and community development
  • GCSE English and Mathematics or equivalent


  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to deal with a diverse range of people
  • Empathy with volunteers and an understanding of their needs
  • Project management knowledge and skills 
  • IT literate including Microsoft Office and video conferencing 
  • Ability to build relationships, inspire, influence and motivate others
  • Ability to deal with information in a confidential manner and respond with sensitivity
  • Good organisational skills and the ability to manage a variety of tasks 
  • Administrative and IT skills, and an ability to maintain records and produce reports
  • Ability to present and manage budgets
  • Ability to work on own initiative and as part of a small team


  • Experience of leading/working in volunteer management in the third sector
  • Proven experience of initiating and managing volunteer projects 
  • Budget management with good financial awareness 
  • Experience of working across different sectors and developing links with external stakeholders and organisations
  • Delivery of successful development programmes.


More about UK Men's Sheds Association
UK Men's Sheds Association

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Posted on: 26 November 2020
Closed date: 16 December 2020
Tags: Project Management, Volunteer Management

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