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Katherine Low Settlement
£25,000 per year (actual - 25 hours per week)
Seeking a highly motivated senior manager to make a real difference to the education of refugee young people and their families.
The Baca Charity
LE11, Loughborough
£22,000 - £25,000 per year pro rata
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London, Greater London
£27,000 - £35,000 per year
Contract, Part-time
Job description

The mission of this role is to ensure that the refurbishment of our new office and community space is completed on time, within budget and to a high standard. The Project Manager will  deliver the following outcomes:

Outcome 1: RSN develops and maintains a clear plan for the refurbishment of the building

Key tasks include:

  • Drawing on the work of the architect and the findings of the specialist surveys, create a clear staged timeline for each aspect of the refurbishment process

  • Liaise closely with all stakeholders party to the plan, including but not limited to Community Church Harlesden, Jigsaw Consult, Brent Council Planning Department, Brent Council Economic Development and Town Centres Team; Heritage England; DGA Architects 

  • Monitor progress against the plan, providing regular progress reports to RSN’s Chief Executive, the Building Steering Committee and other key stakeholders.

Outcome 2: RSN maintains a clear budget for the refurbishment process 

Key tasks include:

  • Drawing on the work of the cost consultant, to create a full budget for the refurbishment

  • Liaising with grant and statutory funders (including but not limited to Brent Council’s NCIL team) to agree line-by-line budgets in line with whole project budget

  • Monitoring expenditure and providing regular budget reports to RSN’s Chief Executive, Head of Operations, and the Building Steering Committee

Outcome 3: RSN obtains appropriate contractors and suppliers for each aspect of the premises refurbishment

Key tasks include:

  • Ensuring value for money by obtaining quotes from contractors, specialist technicians and suppliers required for each stage of the refurbishment

  • Ensuring quality by obtaining references from the above

  • Wherever possible, mobilising pro-bono or discounted work from the above, in support of the charitable aims of the project

Outcome 4: RSN responds in a creative and timely manner to challenges throughout the refurbishment process

Key tasks include:

  • Creating and owning a risk assessment to accompany the project plan, identifying likely risks and presenting mitigating actions

  • Undertaking regular site visits to track the work of contractors and monitor progress

  • Responding calmly and with a solutions-focused mindset to challenges that emerge

  • Keeping the Chief Executive and Building Steering Committee fully appraised of all challenges encountered

Outcome 5: RSN builds an environment and space that will well-serve its tenants and the local community

Key tasks include:

  • Building and strength-testing the business plan for how the space will be used

  • Registering and reviewing emerging space-use ideas shared by founding tenants and presenting these to the Building Steering Committee

  • Ensuring all reasonable and achievable actions are taken to create a building that is sustainable and eco-friendly

  • Documenting expressions of interest from and managing communication with prospective tenants, presenting recommendations to the steering committee

  • Documenting expressions of interest from and managing communication with individuals and organisations who wish to hire regular or one-off group activity or event-space in the refurbished building

  • Ensuring that the culture and ethos of RSN and other founding tenants is reflected in the space created- environment, culture, ethos, events etc

  • Working with RSN’s Head of Culture, Ethos and Innovation to ensure acquisition of the new premises leads to positive changes in ways of working (e.g. internal comms to inspire a vision for the building, reducing staff travel across London, re-orientating volunteer and young people events towards our own premises etc)

  • Drafting a multi-organisation ‘community life strategy’ for core tenants as the building transitions from refurbishment to occupancy

5. Person specification

In order to achieve this role’s mission and deliver the above outcomes, we would like candidates to demonstrate the following competencies:

Competency 1: Ability to manage a project on time, within budget and to a high standard 

  • Manages their own time and that of others to ensure key milestones are met 

  • Experience managing project budgets, monitoring income and expenditure, accurately presenting financial reports and ensuring projects remain on budget

  • Able to accurately advise on money saving opportunities including charity VAT exemption, and other available charitable credits

  • With an eye for detail, double-checks information and their work to provide accuracy and consistency.

Competency 2: Work with external agencies

  • Communicates professionally, promptly and warmly with all stakeholders, including architects and design professionals, construction and other technical specialists, local government and donors.

  • Able to ask appropriate questions to elicit information to make informed decisions, and explain information succinctly and compellingly.

  • Competent with financial negotiations and conflicts, demonstrating assertive but friendly manner, capable of pushing the project forward

  • Able to clearly explain a brief and desired outcomes to a range of industry, technical and non-technical partners/contractors

Competency 3: Knowledge

  • Demonstrates a sound knowledge of the key stages of a refurbishment project

  • Understands common challenges and potential solutions

  • Has access to a range of construction and design experts for consultation on expert issues - demonstrating an ability to understand, absorb and summarise new information quickly and proficiently

Competency 4: Personal working style

  • Works well independently and is confident to take decisions on their own whilst recognising situations where it is appropriate to discuss with their line manager or the wider team

  • Prioritises actions appropriately when juggling competing deadlines.

  • Maintains stable performance when under heavy pressure or stress, demonstrating strong willingness and internal motivation to work hard and get the job done. 

  • Takes the initiative to reflect critically on their own performance and develop improvement strategies.

  • Recognises the importance of discretion and confidentiality, while remaining honest and forthright.

Competency 5: Team working

  • Contributes to a positive working environment by taking time to build relationships with everyone they engage with through this role, being helpful, kind and sensitive to their needs. 

  • Proficient user of digital programmes and applications (eg Xero, Excel / Gsheets, Gmail, Powerpoint / Gslides , WhatsApp, CiviCRM)

  • Participates actively in team meetings

Competency 6: Self-care

  • Has developed and practices effective self-care to avoid burnout, including the ability to maintain appropriate boundaries in order to keep workload at a sustainable level. 

Competency 7: Ethos

  • Is passionate about RSN’s vision enabling young refugees to build more hopeful futures through education. Is inspired by the possibility of positive change and committed to nurturing hope within their sphere of influence.

  • Demonstrates a strong understanding of the mission, culture and ethos of the other founding tenants (Jigsaw Consult and Community Church Harlesden)

  • Motivated by personal core beliefs (whether Christian or not) and values being part of an organisation which is founded on, and seeking to outwork, the Christian faith.

6. Equal opportunities 

RSN is committed to promoting equal opportunities in employment. Any job applicants will, except in circumstances justifying different treatment that are not unlawful (for example to comply with an occupational requirement), receive equal treatment regardless of age, disability, gender identity, marital or civil partner status, pregnancy or maternity, race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation (Protected Characteristics).

Additional documents
Job description and person specification (.pdf)
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At Refugee Support Network we are working towards a world where all young people displaced by conflict or crisis are able to build more hopeful... Read more

Posted on: 15 January 2020
Closing date: 26 January 2020
Tags: Project Management,Operations

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