Post: Community Development Worker

JOB DESCRIPTION

JOB TITLE:
TERMS:

Community Development Worker
Fixed Term Contract
SEPTEMBER 2014 – MARCH 2016
HOURS OF WORK:

16 hours per week

DAYS OF WORK:

Primarily Wednesday and Thursday, but some flexibility

RESPONSIBLE TO:

Board of Directors, Centre Manager

MAIN CONTACTS:

Zone/Project Managers, Centre Staff, and Volunteers

RATE OF PAY: £12.80 per hour

MAIN PURPOSE OF THE JOB:
To deliver a programme of activities that will engage with local families from the Barlow Moor Estates to improve the quality of life for local people and build a stronger community.

This work will tackle local issues, including community safety, social inclusion, health, education, unemployment, anti-social behaviour and gang culture.

To work in partnership with a specialist charity Challenge4Change to address issues identified by local people through activities including family challenge days, physical activity and sport development.

MAIN TASKS
1) To identify issues of concern to the local community and to support and work with them in finding solutions and in resourcing services in response to these needs.

2) To set up and deliver a wide range of activities and projects in response to the community consultation.

3) To provide support and training for local volunteers enabling them to take an active part in the development of the project.

4) Set up and facilitate a project steering group

5) To identify additional sources of funding and submit funding applications.

6) To devise and complete evaluation procedures that meet the monitoring and reporting requirements of the Peoples Health Trust.

7) To work with staff from other voluntary and statutory organisations to achieve the project aims

8) To develop effective working relationships with all partners and stakeholders

9) To undertake all project administrative tasks, including updating project news regularly on the BMCA website

10) To attend relevant training and meetings (these may be outside normal working hours).

11) To treat all centre users, staff, volunteers and board members with equal respect and to carry out all duties with regard to the Association’s Equal Opportunities Policy.

12) To engage with clients in a friendly, courteous, prompt and appropriate manner, using excellent communication skills and ensuring delivery of high quality customer service at all times

13) To use the IT equipment provided, appropriately and effectively

14) To adhere to all health and safety requirements, taking reasonable care not to do anything that may endanger yourself or others

15) To promote equality, inclusion, respect and fairness and to manage diversity in all areas of planning and service delivery, through an active involvement in implementing our equality and diversity policy

16) To promote the work of the project generally

17) Such other duties that occasionally arise, which fall within the purpose of the post

PERSON SPECIFICATION
UNDERSTANDING AND AWARENESS
Essential

An understanding of the importance of confidentiality

An understanding of and commitment to the principles of safeguarding children, young people and vulnerable adults

An understanding of and commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion

An understanding of community development methods

Desirable

An awareness of community opportunities and issues

EXPERIENCE

Essential

Specific experience of community work, in particular of community development methods and activities

Project Management

Data handling, report writing and administration

Using Microsoft Office Packages: Outlook, Excel and Word.

Recruiting, training and supporting volunteers

Valuing and supporting team and multi-agency working / partnership working

Working effectively with people who may be confused, distressed, angry and antagonistic

Desirable

Knowledge of this locality

SKILLS /
QUALITIES/ ABILITIES

Essential

Self starter who enjoys working under own initiative

Able to manage and prioritise your own workload, including working under pressure

Focussed with excellent attention to detail

Effective record keeping

Excellent report writing skills

Clear verbal communication skills

Good team player

The ability to anticipate and identify problems and find solutions

Able to build and maintain professional relationships

Commitment to the work and values of BMCA

Enthusiasm

Desire to help people and commitment to the needs of vulnerable people

Two references will be taken up and an Enhanced DBS check carried out following a successful interview.

Equal Opportunities

BMCA recruits staff and volunteers on the basis of their skills, experience, temperament and ability without regard to race, nationality, gender, age, sexuality, disability or religion.

The Application Procedure

Closing Date: 23rd June 2014 at 4 pm

Completed applications can be submitted by either post or email.

Email: philomena@barlowmoorca.co.uk

Post: Philomena Sales, Barlow Moor Community Centre, 23 Merseybank Avenue Chorlton, Manchester
M21 7NT

Short-listing: We are only able to contact you if you have been short-listed for interview, and will do so by email or telephone after the closing date.

Interviews:
The interview (with Centre Manager and Two directors) will be held on 2nd July 2014