Norwich, Norfolk
£30,000 - £35,000 per annum depending on experience
Contract, Fixed Term Contract until 31 July 2022 (potential to go permanent), Full-time
Job description

VIY Senior Project Manager 

About Volunteer It Yourself (VIY)

VIY combines volunteering and DIY by challenging young people aged 14-24 to learn trade and building skills on the job, by helping to refurbish and transform youth and community facilities in need of essential improvements.  Young people are mentored by professional tradespeople and gain vocational accreditations as well as access to further training, work placement and apprenticeship opportunities.

To date over 600 youth and community buildings across England and Wales have been repaired/refurbished, involving 12000 young people, 1100 trade skills mentors, with 4500 young people gaining a City & Guilds accreditation.

VIY have recently been funded through the Community Renewal Fund to deliver multiple local community projects in partnership with three local authorities.  Between now and July 2022, the projects will help over 1000 young people learn and apply vocational construction skills whilst breathing life back into buildings at the heart of communities in Nottingham, Nottinghamshire and Norfolk.

To deliver this programme, we are now looking for a driven and ambitious individual to join the Norfolk team at this exciting stage.

Job purpose

The Senior Project Manager (SPM) will be responsible for on the ground project delivery of a number of sites across Norfolk.  In addition, they will manage a team of Project Managers, providing operational support and be the first point of contact for the escalation of any issues.  The position is home based, with frequent travel across the county.

About you:

  • You will be an enthusiastic professional with at least 3 years' experience of project management.
  • You will have exceptional organisational skills, with a proactive, hands-on attitude.
  • You are passionate about shaping an extraordinary offer for young people.
  • You can cultivate positive relationships, and able to motivate and influence people.
  • You have the ability to identify new opportunities and are a great problem solver.
  • You are accustomed to working in a fast paced environment, bringing energy, determination and flexibility.

About the role:

Key responsibilities

Project Management

  • Lead on the set-up and delivery of individual VIY projects on-the-ground, including the engagement of clubs, the management of trade skills mentors, project logistics and the overall building and youth outcomes of the project

  • Liaise with relevant VIY partners, such as Local Authorities and National Governing Bodies to help identify potential projects

  • Work with the Youth Engagement team to ensure appropriate identification, support and progressions of young people onto the projects and beyond

  • Scope project works with support from VIY’s Lead Mentor team, Project Management team and Construction Manager and develop appropriate budgets

  • Engage with key partners such as Travis Perkins, Dulux and Toolstation to source materials and tools for the project

  • Work with VIY’s Lead Mentor team, Project Management team and health and safety support to ensure a high standard of safety is maintained across these projects

  • Track and report on delivery-focused outcomes/milestones (e.g. no. of projects, no. of young people and trade skills mentors taking part, no. of accreditations and progressions achieved)

  • Day-to-day communication with Lead Mentors 

  • Support implementation of monitoring and evaluation plans, including the use of our Salesforce CRM

  • Liaise with Communications Manager to identify positive comms opportunities relating to young people/ volunteers/ mentors

  • Regularly travel to project sites as part of the process of scoping and managing the project throughout its duration

Leadership/ line-management

  • Manage and provide operational support to Project Managers

  • Maintain close communication with Project Managers to ensure clear understanding of the progress and status of every project

  • Work closely with the Programme Director, to ensure the portfolio of projects are collectively on track to deliver the Programmes KPIs

  • Manage the escalation of any issues e.g health and safety, budget, resources, materials etc

  • Oversee and manage the project budgets

  • Support with the identification of potential projects

Interviews for this position are being scheduled as applications come in, so please apply early. A full job description and person specification is attached below.

Posted on: 15 November 2021
Closed date: 15 December 2021
Job ref: VIY Senior Project Managers
Tags: Senior Management, Project Management

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