Regional Programme Manager - Midlands

Contract: Fixed-term Maternity cover for up 12 months
Hours: Full time of 37.5 hours per week
Location: Home-based

About us
Food for Life is about making good food the easy choice for everyone. We work with schools, nurseries, hospitals, care settings and whole communities, to make healthy, tasty and sustainable meals the norm. We reconnect people with where their food comes from, teaching them how it’s grown and cooked while championing the importance of well-sourced ingredients.
Food for Life is a Soil Association programme – find out more about who we are here

About the opportunity
Are you passionate about positively changing people’s lives through the power of good food? Food For Life Get Togethers is a 4 year, UK-wide programme which will connect different generations through cooking, growing and sharing food. The project, will bring people of all ages together to improve their physical and mental wellbeing, tackle ageism and build new connections that strengthen communities.

Your role
As the Regional Programme Manager Midlands for Food For Life Get Togethers, you will be responsible for managing the development, delivery and sustainability of inclusive cross-generational food activities. These activities will take place in schools, early years, care and community settings in the target areas of Leicester City and county, Nottingham City, Birmingham, Stoke on Trent, Walsall as well as across the Midlands as a whole. Food For Life Get Togethers is an exciting new programme for Food for Life which builds upon previous successful work linking generations through cooking, growing and sharing food together. 
You will be able to develop key local and regional strategic partnerships and collaborations, working closely with partners to achieve set KPI’s on time and within budget. You will be responsible for line managing two Regional Engagement Officers for the Midlands programme.

About you
We are looking for an outstanding project and people manager, with experience of working with local and regional stakeholders and partners. You will be experienced at building positive relationships at a senior level as well as with front-line staff and service users. You will enjoy taking a test and learn approach to programme delivery that puts people in the lead and promotes local ownership. You will be confident at fostering collaborative working and presenting complex information and ideas in an accessible way.

Please visit our website to read the full Job Description for the role.

Commitment to Safeguarding
The Soil Association and FFL are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all children and young people that we work with. In accordance with this commitment, we ensure that we follow a thorough and safe recruitment and selection process for all roles that work with children. This includes checking against the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) where appropriate. Please ensure that you completed the attached self-disclosure form to apply for this position and please note that if you are successful in your application to the role any offer of employment will be subject to a satisfactory DBS check.

Our employee benefits
Working with us you will have a range of financial and lifestyle benefits, including:
• 27 days annual holiday plus bank holidays, increasing to 30 days with service
• A defined contribution pension scheme
• Free membership of the Soil Association Charity
• Discounts on organic produce, farm visits
• Volunteer days to give back to the local community or support green initiatives
• Family-friendly policies, flexible working and childcare vouchers
• Cycle to work scheme

Closing date for applications: 9 am, 6th February 2020

Interviews are expected to take place: 17th/18th February 2020

To Apply
Please submit your CV with a covering letter (both in Microsoft Word format) to recruitment[at]soilassociation[dot]org. Your covering letter must cover the “essential” criteria listed in the Job Description. Failure to submit a covering letter may mean your application is removed from the shortlisting process. To support our work on enhancing our advertising reach please complete the Equal ops and self-disclosure forms (available on our website) and submit with your application. Please make sure that the file names of the documents you attach contain your name (first name and surname)  

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