Future Parks Accelerator Community Volunteering Development Co-ordinator

Reporting to: Chair of Trustees
Location: Birmingham area - home working
Salary: £26,999 FTE
Hours: 22.5 hours per week (flexible), with the possibility of increase dependent on funding
Duration: 6 months

We have an exciting opportunity for someone to join our multi-disciplinary Future Parks Accelerator (FPA) programme, Naturally Birmingham, as Volunteer Development Co-ordinator. This post will report into the Chair of Trustees at Birmingham Open Spaces Forum (BOSF).

The FPA is a nationally-funded programme which aims to embed the value of parks and green space across the City Council and Communities. The programme has four key themes – Housing, Children, Employment and Skills and Health and Wellbeing, all of which have huge opportunities to realise the potential for green space. We know that access to green space is inequitable for our population, yet the potential it has to impact on health and wellbeing is huge.

The appointee will:

  • Have knowledge of the project pilot areas - Dawberry Fields Neighbourhood Park (Brandwood) and/or Ward End Park (Washwood Heath)
  • Have the ability to motivate a diverse range of community participants and partners to take on volunteering in green spaces – including helping to redefine what volunteering is where necessary
  • Have knowledge of recording key information pertinent to volunteering
  • Have an understanding of, and commitment to, community development
  • Have knowledge of issues affecting communities in areas of deprivation
  • Take pride in being supremely efficient, well organised and on top of tasks
  • Be someone who actively seeks solutions to problems
  • Be self-motivated with a positive attitude and able to work flexibly
    Have excellent interpersonal skills and be able to communicate effectively with a broad range of people – from service users to Trustees and funders
  • Be able to work very effectively under pressure, meet tight deadlines, prioritise and pay excellent attention to detail
  • Be able to demonstrate flexibility and commitment to taking a full and active part in the life of BOSF, adapting to and managing change
  • Ability to work on own initiative and as part of a team
  • To proactively link with partners to attract funding.
  • Excellent leadership skills
  • Have project planning and implementation experience
  • Be able to use core ICT packages including Word, Excel and Powerpoint
  • Good working knowledge of current regulations and working practises in community green space
  • Effective communication skills both written and verbal
  • Ability to travel for the attendance of meetings, events & conferences (within Covid 19 guidelines).
  • A commitment to & appreciation of Health & Safety issues in the workplace
  • A commitment to promoting equal opportunities and diversity in all work practices, employment and partnering opportunities
  • A flexible approach including remote working and ability to work out of office hours including occasional evenings and weekend

Closing Date is – midday Monday 2nd November

Interviews – Monday 9th November

To apply for the post submit a CV and covering letter to Sarah Royal at [email protected]