Community Engagement Officer
St James Community Forum – Our People Our Places Project
Salary: £24,867. Access to employer’s contributory pension scheme - maximum 7% per annum.
Hours: Full-time hours – 37.5 hours per week. There will be a requirement to work at least two weekends a month and some evenings.
Location: St James Community Forum and Falls Community Council
Contract: This is a fixed term contract for 4 years. This post is subject to a 6-month probationary period.
Leave: 25 days per annum plus statutory holidays.
Reporting to: Director, Falls Community Council
Pre-employment checks: Subject to Enhanced Access NI Check
Closing date: 12pm Friday 28th August
The Our People Our Places project will see Ulster Wildlife, St James Community Forum and Falls Community Council work in partnership to deliver a vibrant community hub centred around St James Community Farm and Bog Meadows Nature Reserve.
This four-year project, which is funded by the National Lottery Community Fund, will enable local people to enjoy the health and well-being benefits of working with animals, growing their own food at the St James Community Farm, as well as exploring, learning and relaxing in their extended garden – the wild, green space offered by Bog Meadows Nature Reserve.
The project will strengthen social networks and skills by offering traineeships, volunteering, events and education programmes based around nature, conservation, animal husbandry and gardening.
DUTIES OF THE POST
The Project Officer for St James Community Forum will work closely with the Project Officer for Bog Meadows to ensure all programmes and activities delivered are joined up and co-designed – sharing skills and knowledge and building a truly linked programme. This project will deliver cohesively and effectively to meet local need and to build capacity, strengthening a sense of community ownership of the Farm and Nature Reserve.
- Design and deliver a traineeship/internship, managing one part time trainee per year.
- Design and deliver a structured volunteer programme and to support the recruitment, selection, and supervision of trainees, student placements and volunteers.
- Deliver horticulture and animal husbandry training both to trainees and volunteers.
- Ensure training provision and records are kept for volunteers particularly health & safety related requirements.
- Design and deliver a programme of community events and activities
- Design and deliver a youth engagement programme (including addressing issues such as ASB as well as offering volunteering opportunities and delivering school talks).
- Work in partnership with the Project Officer for Bog Meadows to deliver all activities in a joined up manner and to build a vibrant community hub centred around the Farm and Nature Reserve.
Horticulture / Animal Husbandry
- Lead volunteer and trainee groups to deliver horticulture and animal husbandry work at St James Community Farm in liaison with the St James Community Forum Team.
- Implement and adhere to St James Community Forum’s health and safety policy and procedures, including the production and review of risk assessments for the Farm.
- To take proper care of all St James Community Forum equipment, machinery and resources and to ensure that these are left safe, tidy, clean and secure when not in use and serviced regularly.
- Carry out regular tool inventories.
- To engage local community in horticulture and animal husbandry activities on site.
- To ensure compliance with statutory and funding requirements while undertaking duties.
- Assist with planning and managing budgets, and securing resources for the delivery of the project.
- Organise and facilitate Steering Group Meetings.
- Manage relationships with funders and partners as required.
- Ensure all funding requirements are met including progress reports and claims.
- Maintain positive working relationships with a range of relevant stakeholders.
- To liaise with Communications staff and project partners in the identification of potential media and social media opportunities relating to the project acknowledging the support of National Lottery Players.
ORGANISATION-WIDE RESPONSIBILITIES OF POST
While every member of staff has their own specific tasks and duties to perform on a day to day basis, there are also a number of additional areas of work that you will be expected to take part in for the overall development and delivery of the organisation’s aims.
- Adhere to the policies and practices of St James Community Forum at all times and respect the policies and practices of project partners.
- Identify and implement Learning & Development processes.
- Co-operate with and support volunteers and where appropriate supervise them.
- Participate in staff meetings.
- Ensure that contact with others is of a style and quality consistent with St James Community Forum ethos.
No job description can cover every issue which may arise and subsequently the post-holder may be expected to carry out other duties broadly consistent with those itemised above.
- 2 year’s full-time relevant experience.
- Experience in effective partnership working.
- Experience in planning and delivering community activities and events.
- Experience of delivering training.
- Experience in managing and supporting volunteers.
- An ability to communicate effectively, both written and verbally and the ability to converse with a diverse range of people at all levels.
- Effective organisational skills to include the ability to manage and prioritise workloads, meet deadlines, plan and manage budgets and organise meetings.
- A demonstrable ability to work independently without direct supervision.
- A good knowledge of health and safety legislation/procedures.
- Computer literacy with a good knowledge of Microsoft Office software.
- Broad knowledge of the St James / Bog Meadows area and key stakeholders
- Experience of working in community development
- An interest in animal husbandry
- Experience of working in the charity/voluntary sector.
- Training or education qualification.
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This project is funded by the National Lottery Community Fund