Jobs at Heart of Bucks – Community Development Advisor

July 21, 2017 10:37 am    

Job Title: Community Development Advisor

Purpose: To support delivery of HOB’s funding programme to the widest possible range of beneficiaries across Buckinghamshire through the promotion of funding opportunities and the impact achieved, and the provision of information and advice to community groups seeking HoB funding.

Responsible to: Chief Executive

Salary: £25,000-£27,000 pro-rata dependent on experience

Job Type: Part Time – 30 hours p/w (worked flexibly*)

Location: Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire

Closing Date: 18th August 2017

Heart of Bucks is proud to be one of the 46 UK Community Foundations (UKCF). UKCF is a small but influential umbrella organisation that covers the whole of the UK. As a Community Foundation, we secure donations from individuals, trusts and organisations that want to make a difference in their local communities. Our aim is to ensure that charitable giving is maximised throughout the county and distributed to the widest possible range of community groups through our programme of grants and loans.

The Role
This is a great opportunity to join the small, friendly enthusiastic team at Heart of Bucks and contribute to our growth and expand our reach into communities county-wide. If you understand the importance of the voluntary sector in making a difference to so many lives then this could be the role for you.

As a professional grant making organisation our role is to encourage and support the sector by providing expert advice and guidance to organisations who are applying to us for funding. Last year, we made over 230 grants totalling more than £760,000 voluntary organisations in Buckinghamshire.

You will be a key contact for the Buckinghamshire community, promoting our different funds to all sectors, initiating and maintaining effective working relationships with colleagues, client organisations, the wider community and other external agencies.

To help tell our story to the media, partners, our members and donors you will need to be confident, a clear organised thinker and able to demonstrate a positive, friendly attitude at all times and engage with a wide range of people and organisations. The ability to prioritise effectively is essential.

You will need excellent attention to detail and great communication skills, including the ability to spot compelling stories evidencing the impact that funding can achieve and the confidence to deliver presentations and talks to a range of groups.

Whilst you will work closely with our Grants and Loans team and will be well supported by the whole HOB team, you will also be happy lone working for a significant part of your time. *Your hours will be worked flexibly to maximise the opportunity to engage with community groups, including occasional evening and weekend work.

Main Duties
Community Development work

• Maintain an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the range of HoB funding and a good working knowledge of external funding and other information and advice sources.
• Promotion of HoB funding programmes through various channels.
• Develop HoB impact reporting strategy, working with groups to support them to identify and convey compelling stories evidencing the impact of their work.
• Maintain and develop strong working relationships with key organisations/individuals e.g. infrastructure organisations supporting the voluntary sector.
• Develop and implement a strategy to identify and engage with less represented groups.
• Promote and deliver Funding Advice Surgeries (FAS) around the county.
• Deliver presentations and talks to relevant stakeholders on funding topics.
• Actively seek and develop media opportunities to promote Heart of Bucks.
• Represent HoB at the Bucks Funding Group or similar groups responsible for delivering county-wide funding information and provide support to related events.
• Contribute to the development of publicity materials.
• Advise and support community groups and organisations through the process of funding applications to HoB and end-of-grant monitoring, including on-site visits where appropriate.
• Interpret governance and financial documents to be able to advise community organisations as to their eligibility for funding.

• Contribute to HoB knowledge about the needs of the Buckinghamshire Community and the developing trends in the local third sector.
• Keep abreast of relevant legislation and best practice affecting HoB work and contribute to organisational knowledge as to the impact of changes in these, in order to support our grants programme work.
• Contribute to Vital Signs and other research projects.
• Maintain accurate information recording on the HoB Salesforce database.
• Attending HoB and other events where required.
• To attend relevant training, conferences and events as required.
• Other relevant duties as required.

Person Specification

Skills Essential Desirable
Previous experience in a similar role X
Ability to identify and promote great stories evidencing the impact of funding X
Excellent interpersonal skills, able to work with a variety of internal and external stakeholders, adapting your style to your audience as required X
Ability to deliver persuasive and engaging presentations and talks X
Understand the need for confidentiality and discretion with sensitive information X
Ability to manage a time-sensitive workload, coordinating range of activities at the same time with proven ability to prioritise effectively. X
Ability to manage a time-sensitive workload, coordinating range of activities at the same time with proven ability to prioritise effectively. X
Excellent IT skills X
Full, clean driving licence with access to a car X
Experience of Salesforce (or similar CRM system) X
An understanding of voluntary sector governance X
Knowledge of Voluntary sector funding X
Knowledge of Voluntary sector funding X
Personal profile
Comfortable undertaking lone working as a significant part of the role X
*Flexibility to adjust working pattern incl. occasional weekend and evening work. X
Good initiative with a problem-solving approach to new challenges X
Confident and upbeat persona, happy to meet and communicate with a wide range of people and organisations X
Proactive self-starter, able to work with minimal supervision X
Commitment to work as part of a strong supportive team. X
Willingness to travel and work in different locations around Bucks. X
Willing and able to identify own learning needs and to undertake relevant development activity. X

Please e-mail your CV and a covering letter to Ashleigh Oswin setting out how you are suited to this position, and how you meet the qualities in the person specification.

Closing date for applications is 18th August 2017 but we reserve the right to close the vacancy earlier so we encourage you to apply early.

Interviews for short-listed candidates will take place on 24th August 2017.

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