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Programme Manager

Soziale Dienste & Gemeinwohl
Wirtschaft & Fundraising
Dienstort Edinburgh
Dienstverhältnis Vollzeit
Veröffentlicht am 18.12.2023

Volunteering Matters

Programme Manager

6 Month Contract (potential for extension)

Fulltime role: 35 hours

Salary: £30,000

Start date: January 2024

Location: Locally homebased (regular travel in West Lothian)

Closing date: 10am, 8th January 2024

Interviews: TBC January 2024

Volunteering Matters

Volunteering Matters is a national volunteering and social change charity. We harness the unique power of volunteering to bring people together and build stronger, more resilient communities across the UK.

By bringing people together, we aim to resolve some of society’s most complex issues and have a real impact in communities. From tackling social isolation and loneliness; improving health and wellbeing; building skills, confidence and opportunities; and ensuring young people can become change makers in their community.

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Purpose of the role

You will play a key role overseeing, managing, delivering, and developing our work across West Lothian. Initially, this role will be focused on 2 priority areas:

1) We are part of a West Lothian third sector consortium who will shortly begin delivering Parental Employability Support. Within this project, we will ensure that parents have the opportunity of taking part in positive and empowering mentoring relationships, and paid work placements/jobs provided by local Employers.

2) We are also part of a West Lothian programme known as Cashback: Community Connections. Alongside our partner organisations, we support young people who face multiple barriers to moving on in life. This includes those who are involved in, or at risk of, offending behaviour, engaged in Youth Justice, or are due for release from custody. Our part of the service includes providing young people with the opportunity of mentoring relationships, and access to volunteering.

As a senior member of the regional team, you will role model our organisational values and demonstrate excellent leadership, people, and communication skills. You will develop and maintain effective working relationships with internal and external colleagues, parents, young people, Mentors, and other stakeholders.

Key Duties:

  • To role model our organisational values (further info below) and demonstrate excellent leadership skills
  • To effectively oversee the quality delivery of our programmes across West Lothian, ensuring each one meets its required goals, targets, milestones, and anticipated impact
  • To lead discussions, attend meetings and manage relationships with external colleagues, partners, and stakeholders, liaising regularly with all to provide regular progress reports
  • To provide effective line management to a small staff team, leading and encouraging staff performance and development, coaching, setting objectives and reviewing progress
  • Oversee the effective recruitment, training, and support of Volunteer Mentors
  • To maintain quality standards around effective Volunteering Management, particularly in relation to Mentoring
  • To ensure all aspects of project delivery, and staff management, are compliant with health and safety, data protection, GDPR and safeguarding quality standards.
  • Develop relevant information and materials to promote and raise the profile of our work locally
  • Work alongside the Delivery Leader, ensuring programme income and spend is in line with budgets
  • To promote and adhere to Volunteering Matters policies and ways of working. This includes effective teamwork, working flexibly, and being adaptable to change
  • Administration tasks including the use of Office 365, Microsoft Teams, and other software

Skills Required:

Proven leadership skills with an ability to provide supportive and effective line management

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent people skills, able to establish and main strong working relationships, to enthuse and influence others
  • Strong organisational and time management skills, able to prioritise a demanding workload, working under pressure and to deadlines
  • Ability to oversee and manage all aspects of delivery and development of several volunteering programmes simultaneously
  • Excellent decision making and problem-solving skills, able to use own initiative and manage challenging situations
  • Highly IT literate and comfortable using a range of essential systems including Office 365, Microsoft Teams and other relevant software

Experience Required

  • Experience of line managing, coaching, or supporting staff. Ability to set and achieve high standards for self and others and to manage work performance effectively.
  • Experience in project management, with a strong track record in meeting goals and objectives
  • Experience in all aspects of effective Volunteer Management, but particularly in Mentoring
  • Experience of effective partnership working and managing relationships with external stakeholders
  • Knowledge and understanding of effective monitoring and evaluation processes to measure outcomes
  • A strong knowledge and understanding of barriers and life challenges facing young people, and parents, today in Scotland
  • Experience in safeguarding, and assessing and managing risk

Qualifications:

Relevant experience and values alignment is more important for this role than specific qualifications.

Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) scheme

This role requires membership of the PVG scheme. Having a conviction is not necessarily a barrier to employment. If you are not currently a member of the PVG scheme, we can support you with the application process (fees will be reimbursed by Volunteering Matters).

At Volunteering Matters, we embrace a philosophy of ‘Freedom within a Framework’ and are guided by our organisational values at all times:

We are Empowering.

We are Inclusive.

We are Compassionate.

We are Positive.

We are Straightforward

We are looking for a candidate who can evidence these characteristics in their application and at interview.

Employee Benefits

Volunteering Matters ambition is to be the best place to work in the charity sector. We offer a wide range of employee benefits which include:

  • Fully flexible working
  • Unlimited annual leave allowance to achieve a positive work-life balance
  • Cycle to Work scheme
  • Interest free season ticket loan (public transport)
  • Competitive and supportive maternity/adoption/family leave provision
  • Competitive and supportive sick leave provision
  • Access to our free Employee Assistance line (provided by CiC Wellbeing)
  • An organisational “Wellbeing Promise”

Diversity & Inclusion

Volunteering Matters welcomes all applicants and are keen to ensure our team reflects the diversity of the UK and the communities we serve. We encourage applications from disabled, LGBT and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds, along with candidates with any protected characteristics and from disadvantaged groups.

Disability Confident & Reasonable Adjustments:

We guarantee to interview anyone with a disability whose application meets the minimum criteria for the role. Please provide evidence in your application, which demonstrates that you meet the level of competence required in the “Experience/Skills” section of this advert.

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