Over the last decade, the structures and processes underpinning the housing market have led to increasing homelessness and insecure poor quality accommodation. Passivity and the absence of effective regulation penalises some of our most vulnerable citizens. Whilst this is a national issue, many of the resolutions sit within local systems.

Increasing use of ‘exempt accommodation’ to house vulnerable people has been an accelerating trend across the last decade. Both commissioned and non-commissioned provision have successfully averted homelessness. However, our focus is on the non-commissioned provision that forms the majority of the offer as currently the accommodation is without any external assessment, or assurance that the minimal support, care and supervision is being provided.

Aside from the direct impact on vulnerable citizens, Birmingham City Council has formally recognised the wider implications of increasing use of exempt accommodation. These include:

1. Additional pressures on statutory agencies
2. Reduced public safety
3. Loss of private rented sector homes.
4. Increase in referrals from outside of the city.
5. Loss of economic independence of residents and tenants
6. Poor alignment with ‘care, support and supervision’ needs for individual residents.

To address these challenges we all need to work as partners in improving the housing in the city. The Quality Standards alongside the ‘Charter of Rights’ aims to support this complex issue.

We are recruiting to the following role:

Project Coordinator
£28,203 to £29,854
35 hours per week
12 months fixed term contract
Location: Blend of home working and Central Birmingham Office Based

We are looking for an experienced project coordinator with a proven track record of project coordination and experience of coordinating budgets and financial resources.

The quality standards framework around non-commissioned exempt accommodation is a new approach with an aim to create consistency and transparency for current or potential residents and referring agencies. Our ideal candidate will have excellent communication and collaborative skills, a passion for making positive change and drive to shape this new and exciting role.

You will play a pivotal role in the co-ordination and delivery of quality standards for exempt accommodation and associated activity.

With a robust understanding of the experience of people within exempt accommodation in Birmingham, the successful candidate will be responsible for the development and ongoing maintenance of a robust quality management framework through Co-production with partners.

The successful candidate will be required to support a delivery plan for the work including, milestones, outputs, outcomes and potential new priorities, as well as to co-ordinate the activity associated with the quality standards that supports the ongoing financial sustainability of the project.

You will have experience of assessing against quality or performance management standards and act as the point of contact for providers to advise, guide and support on the aims and delivery of the Quality Standards.

We are looking for candidates that can demonstrate the following BVSC organisational values:


COMMITMENT: MAKING A POSITIVE DIFFERENCE THROUGH PASSION, INNOVATION AND SOCIAL ACTION.
COLLABORATION: CONNECTING PEOPLE AND ORGANISATIONS TO WORK TOGETHER TO IMPROVE LIVES.
INCLUSION: EMPOWERING AND INVOLVING EVERYONE IN CREATING A FAIR AND EQUITABLE BIRMINGHAM.
INTEGRITY: BUILDING TRUST THROUGH DELIVERING EXCELLENT OUTCOMES.

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Closing date for applications – Monday 26th October 2020 at 10am
Interviews to take place – Tuesday 3rd November 2020 via Zoom

For further information or to request an application pack for the above mentioned role, please contact the recruitment team at [email protected]

Secondments will be considered for all posts.

BVSC is an equal opportunities employer.