Project Manager, part-time, self-employed
Closing date: Friday 13th August 5 pm.
Contractor: Cadbury Barn Trust, Charity 1190666

The Cadbury Barn Trust is working to secure reprovision of amenities including café and community space in Manor Farm Park, Northfield, Birmingham, B31, and supporting activities that promote health and wellbeing. We are looking for a part-time Project Manager working on a self-employed basis working mainly from home.

The Cadbury Barn Trust CIO was established in July 2020 building on many years work undertaken by the Friends of Manor Farm Park and other Stakeholders. We are working with the City Council to establish a community space, café and toilets in Manor Farm Park in Northfield, Birmingham B31, and to support activities promoting health and wellbeing.

In the interim, the Trust wants to liaise with park users and the public, build up its public profile, install some temporary buildings (containers) and provide a variety of activities for local people consistent with the Trust’s aim of promoting health and wellbeing, building on the Cadbury legacy.

We are now recruiting a project manager who will support the CBT Trustees in developing and implementing our interim plans and further develop and progress our longer-term plans. They will help us secure a lease on the site from the Council, plan for the creation of a community hub, and liaise with potential contractors and future users. They will update our Business Plan and work on other documentation needed by the Council.

This role will be a short-term, part-time contract on a self-employed basis, fees to be agreed, variable flexible hours but averaging around 10 hours p/w over six to twelve months (there may be periods when more or fewer hours a week will be required) mainly working unsupervised from home and with various meetings in person or via Zoom as required.

The role may include:
• Working with Trustees and other partners including Council representatives to ensure that the project moves forward consistent with the overall shared vision and that project goals are completed and delivered on time.
• Attending Board meetings, supporting the Board Chair and other Trustees with preparation and actions for the Board and working groups.
• Attending other meetings as required, including with Council officers and members.
• Identifying suitable individuals, groups or organisations to deliver a variety of activities in the park and organising and promoting these activities.
• Progressing the commissioning and installation of a temporary container on-site to support our interim activities.
• Working with the CBT Community Liaison volunteer to use relevant channels to liaise with community groups, users and other parties about the developments, and incorporating their views into the plans for the site.
• Preparing documents and negotiating terms including heads of terms, terms of a lease, or tender documents.
• Identifying and applying for grants for both interim and long term capital and revenue to fund organisational development, interim activities, promotional materials and development of the long term proposals.
• Identifying and exploring other potential revenue streams to support sustainable community building based on the updated business plan.
• Potentially working with specialist consultants and advisors e.g. lawyers and architects who will contribute to the progress of the overall project as well as potential contractors and suppliers.
• Undertaking any other work arising or requested.

Person Specification and Experience:
We are looking for a dynamic person with experience in both project management and working with the community and charitable organisations and volunteers, as well as liaising with local authorities and a variety of other stakeholders. They must have good IT, financial and communications skills. Experience of business operations would be a bonus. Commitment to community-led projects is essential.
• Ideally, the Project Manager will have experience of managing a project using public and charitable funds to develop a community resource
• The project manager should have good communication skills and be able to produce high-quality documents
• They should have experience of working with charities and voluntary groups and be able to coordinate and lead project teams with members from different organisations and sectors
• A working knowledge of Local Authority structures, planning, legal and financial procedures is desirable
• A working knowledge of charities and charity law is also highly desirable
• They should have experience of developing business or marketing plans, preferably in the not-for-profit sector
• Ideally they should also demonstrate an understanding of operating a successful business in a competitive environment
• They should be able to work unsupervised
• They should be able to work flexibly

The application procedure
Please request the full Briefing Pack from [email protected] before applying.
The closing date for receipt of applications is Friday 13th August and interviews will take place on Thursday 2nd September.