Wealden Communities Development Worker
Salary: £32,909.00 pro rata
Contract type: Permanent
Working pattern: Part - time
Closing date: Tuesday 30 May 2023
Interview date: To be notified
How to apply: Please send your completed Application Form along with the Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form to HR@3VA.org.uk or write to us for further information.
About the role
Responsible to: Community Development Manager
Location: Home based: working across Wealden
Salary NJC Scale Point 26 – £32,909.00 pro rata
Hours per week: 22.5 hours
Pension 6% employer contribution
Holiday pro rata: 26 days plus statutory holidays
We are the Voluntary Action for Eastbourne, Lewes District and Wealden. We enable and support community groups, voluntary organisations and individuals across East Sussex, to improve quality of life and equality of opportunity for everyone. We represent and advocate for the voluntary and community sector with local government and other statutory authorities.
Purpose of the role
As Wealden Communities Development Worker, you will support, develop and facilitate a vibrant, dynamic and connected voluntary and community sector, building capacity in individuals and groups to support local activities and initiatives which benefit the community.
The postholder works as part of a team of Communities Development Workers for Eastbourne, Wealden and Lewes District and also as part of the wider 3VA community development team.
The role is about:
• Identifying local community needs and priorities, helping to set up new groups and building capacity and capability which enables the voluntary and community sectors to be effective and sustainable.
• Identifying, developing, and supporting events and partnership projects.
• Ensuring that groups are supported in good management and governance practice.
• Bringing an entrepreneurial approach to identifying funding, development, and collaborative opportunities
• Promoting and supporting 3VA membership as a key element in developing and maintaining a vibrant community and voluntary environment
1 Community Engagement and Development
• Maintain networking and collaboration which identifies community priorities.
• Support emerging developing, maturing groups.
• Support and build networks which encourage local groups, businesses, and organisations to support community groups and initiatives.
• Signpost community groups towards learning and development opportunities
• Support groups to identify funders, provide assistance and feedback on applications.
• Maintain representative groups and networks to ensure voices are heard by decision makers.
2 Networks and Partnerships
The post-holder plays a crucial role in ensuring 3VA’s continuing success and development by working with colleagues to identify development, delivery, and advocacy opportunities. External agencies, organisations and special interest groups are central to successful delivery, so the post-holder plays a role in:
• Consulting with existing and potential partners, agencies, and the voluntary and community sector
• Supporting and developing delivery partnerships and consortia
• Identifying and developing active partnerships with the private sector
• Demonstrating a creative and entrepreneurial approach to opportunities
• Participating in the development of strategy and business planning
3 Process, Review and Evaluation
It’s important to the communities we work in, to 3VA as a strategic organisation, and to our commissioners in ESCC and WDC, that the post-holder maintains a strategic and critical overview and understanding of the sector and context. Monitoring, reviewing, and understanding trends and changes in need and delivery is an important part of the work.
The post-holder will therefore ensure efficient and effective reporting and evaluation of their work by:
• Maximising their effective use of CiviCRM
• Developing and implementing creative impact and outcome reporting
• Ensuring consistent and accurate reporting against all KPIs
• Keeping and maintaining accurate records
• Producing narrative and statistical reports and presentations subject to required timeframes.
4 Informing and Communicating
Effective, planned, and targeted communications underpin the postholder’s work as well as 3VA’s. As part of our Communications Strategy, the postholder makes effective use of:
• Facebook page
• Linkedin profile
• Twitter profile
As well as writing short and medium length piece for website publication, news alerts and our magazine ‘Communities Insider East Sussex’ the post-holder writes quarterly reflective and narrative reports (utilising quantitative data) for our commissioners.
• Work collaboratively as part of the 3VA staff team towards the aims and objectives of the organisation as a whole and assisting with general duties in the absence of other members of staff.
• Ensure that records are kept as part of 3VA’s overall monitoring and self-evaluation procedures and to ensure that activities are consistent with quality standards and policies agreed by 3VA.
• Participate in 3VA meetings e.g. team meetings, 1-2-1’s.
• Produce written reports
• Maintain knowledge of relevant legislation and policies and procedures
• Undertake any other duties reasonably be required which are in line with the post.
6 Special working conditions
• Be prepared to work flexibly, including evenings and weekends as required.
Application Closing Date – 5pm Tuesday 30 May
Please send your completed Application Form along with the Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form to HR@3VA.org.uk or write to us for further information.
Your starting salary will be pro rata if the above position is part-time or term-time only.