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Communities Manager

Job Vacancy – Communities Manager

BS3 Community Development is a well-established community anchor organisation in south Bristol – our mission is to improve the health, wellbeing & happiness of the people in the BS3 postcode area of south Bristol.

We are strengthening our team with the addition of a Communities Manager role to support our community development and engagement work.

HOURS: 30 hours per week (work pattern to be agreed)

RATE OF PAY: (F/T = £24,000 per annum; pro rata 30.0 h/ week = £19,208.38 per annum) (£12.28/hour) plus benefits including subsidised childcare & training and development opportunities

CLOSING DATE: Monday the 18th of October

INTERVIEWS: Thursday the 21st of October

START DATE: November 2021

REPORTS TO: Head of Communities and Engagement

FOR AN APPLICATION PACK: email hr@bs3community.org.uk or download one from our website

Main purpose of job

To provide management, direction and first-line supervision to a team of four to eight community development team members. (This number will vary depending on grants and projects). Oversee the day-to-day running of the communities’ work-streams working towards an agreed community development plan - to ensure high quality relevant and meaningful groups and services are developed with and within our community, delivered within budget and meeting the needs of the community.

Key Responsibilities

To lead the team and support and facilitate the development of an ABCD (asset-based community development) approach:

  • Using a co-produced methodology between agencies and our residents.
  • Leading by example, demonstrating fair, respectful, trusting, supportive and constructive relationships and highly effective communication with people.

To support the team to be person-centred and approachable:

  • Focusing on the delivery and growth of an inclusive, interesting, active and varied programme of services for people developed in response to identified local need.
  • Maintaining a hands-on, problem solving, active and engaged management style.
  • Identifying evidence and utilising information about the needs and opinions of people in the community, including existing research and local information, and supporting people from our community to be an active part of that evidence gathering.
  • Networking with decision makers, influencers and providers to encourage the required and desired services and activities in our community.
  • Ensuring residents rights, equality, inclusion and anti-discriminatory practice are reflected in all aspects of delivery.

To be an active and dedicated member of the charities’ Operational Working Group:

  • Working closely with other managers (and others) to ensure that services are aligned and that departments are working towards the same goals to best meet the needs of the community and the organisation.
  • Ensuring systems and communications are consistent, organised and efficient and compliant with the charity’s policies and procedures.

To deputise for Head of Communities & Engagement where needed:

  • At meetings/ events, (with health care providers, community partners, local authorities, etc – anything to do with our community development work).
  • Ensuring key points are accurately captured and fed back plus any required actions highlighted/ next steps understood.

To support the collation of monthly metrics; qualitative, quantitative and anecdotal, for all groups and activities and feed into funding applications:

  • Developing monitoring and evaluation processes to gather and report on statistics, consultation outcomes, feedback and impact monitoring data.
  • Researching and providing specific data relevant to funding applications.
  • Ensuring funds awarded are used as agreed, results are measured and reporting is accurate.

To embrace existing relationships with partner organisations:

  • Supporting communications in order to ensure the development of efficient and effective practices, services and activities which are required/ desired by our residents are accessible to them.
  • Embracing and working to achieve equality, diversity, inclusion and belonging in all that you do.

Essential Skills

  • Evidence of professional development related to community development
  • A good understanding of safeguarding and experience of interacting with all age groups
  • Some computer-based experience and a willingness to learn new systems.
  • Line-management experience and ability to demonstrate leadership, motivational practices and organisational skills
  • Previous experience of supporting, delivering and developing in-community services – setting-up and running community groups, booking venues, promotion, etc
  • Knowledge and understanding of community and social issues and the wider provision of services for communities

Desirable Skills

  • Holds current first aid and DBS certificates
  • Understands the importance of the wider determinants of health and a holistic approach to wellbeing
  • Understands and has undertaken work using a co-production methodology
  • Some experience or understanding of managing budgets and working with grant-funded projects
  • Experience and success in applying for grants
  • Knowledge and understanding of legislation and guidance related to working with different communities
  • An understanding of the various organisations, networks, initiatives and other issues related to residents of South Bristol, Bristol and beyond

To successfully fulfil our vision we need a truly diverse workforce that reflects the society we serve. We therefore welcome and encourage applications from anyone who meets the job requirements. We are actively seeking people with a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences in terms of ethnicity, culture, and religion, LGBTQ+ candidates, people from any socio-economic background, those who consider themselves to be or have been diagnosed as neurotypical or have psychological or physical conditions or levels of ability that may require adaptations or support.

As this role is working in a “regulated activity” according to the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006, the successful applicant will require an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Certificate (DBS).

Part-time hours: 30 per week

Application Deadline: 18/10/2021

Job Types: Part-time, Permanent

Salary: £19,208.00 per year

email: hr@bs3community.org.uk