Head of Places and Capacity Building – Power to Change

Head of Places and Capacity Building

Bristol or Sheffield

Permanent – Full time Salary: £55k to £60k depending on experience
Power to Change was established in response to a growing recognition of the challenges faced by communities in maintaining vibrant local places with access to shops and services, opportunities for employment and skills development, a strong community fabric and a sense of a positive future. While industrial decline has made this a long term challenge in a number of communities, the scale and reach of the challenge sharpened in the wake of the financial crisis as a result of the closure of high street retailers and local public services, and cuts to much of the support available for the voluntary and community sector.

Power to Change is an independent charitable trust endowed with £150 million from the Big Lottery Fund to support community businesses across England over the next 7-10 years. Power to Change acts as a community businesses champion through the provision of funding and support on a local level. We also aim to play a broader national leadership and advocacy role to enhance the market for community business and increase awareness of its social and economic benefits.

Reporting to the Director of Funding you will lead place-based and capacity building programmes at Power to Change.

The first place-based fund to launch early in 2017, Power to Change Places, will distribute £10m over the next 5 years to 10 local catalyst organisations in urban neighbourhoods. You will take the lead on the delivery of this and future place based programmes ensuring good relations with a wide range of strategic stakeholders including delivery partners and developing relationships with the places we fund. You will liaise closely with the market development team to identify opportunities for new initiatives.

You will lead our programmes to build the capacity of community businesses (e.g. leadership training, peer to peer networks), building sustainable support for this emerging sector beyond the lifetime of Power to Change.

We are looking for someone who is passionate about regenerating communities through enterprise, with substantial previous experience of place-based initiatives and relationships with local stakeholders.

You should have experience of supporting or running community based or small trading enterprises will enable you to guide the team to ensure the best type of support is available.  You will have exceptional networking and management skills, working calmly under pressure with a number of competing priorities. You will have excellent communication skills with an ability to generate positive relationships with a wide range of stakeholders; you will be good spotting strategic opportunities for Power to Change to support the community business movement as well as conveying a clear vision of our programmes.

We are committed to the advancement of equality, diversity and inclusion. We seek to be a genuinely inclusive organisation by advancing equality and diversity through our policies and practices. We encourage and welcome applications from people from all backgrounds who are looking to make a real difference to the lives of their local communities.

We look forward to hearing from you!

If you would like to apply for this exciting role, please send your CV and supporting letter with salary details to sheena.pentin@careers4change.com

Community Forest Consortium Coordinator – Rainforest Foundation

Community Forest Consortium Coordinator

Kentish Town, London

Permanent contract

£32,736 per annum

 Closing Date: 29th November 2016
The Rainforest Foundation UK (RFUK) supports indigenous peoples and traditional populations of the world’s rainforest to secure and control the natural resources necessary for their long-term wellbeing and managing these resources in ways which do not harm their environment.

As part of a team of four staff, the DRC Community Forest (CF) Consortium Coordinator will provide administrative, finance-management and M&E support to the RFUK DRC team, consortium members and DRC partners under a specific DfID-funded project concerning implementation of community forests in the DRC (implemented by a consortium of international and national NGOs led by RFUK).

The post is based in the Rainforest Foundation’s north London office, with occasional travel to the Congo Basin region.

Please visit our website for a full job description and person specification and information on how to apply.

Please note that we do not accept CVs.

The full job description can be viewed and downloaded here.

The application form can be downloaded here.

Closing Date for Applications: 29th November 2016.

Training Coordinator – Circle Collective

Training Coordinator

Dalston, London

Permanent contract
Circle Collective was created to help unemployed young people acquire and develop the workplace skills, confidence, positive mindset and self-discipline needed to secure life-changing permanent employment. So far we have got over 170 young people into jobs. An innovative social enterprise and registered charity, which was founded in September 2010 by Turly Humphreys.

What is the job purpose?

This is an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic individual to help drive the expansion of our successful ‘Get Employed’ training programme. The programme has already helped more than 200 young people into work and we are looking for a training coordinator who can play a key part in scaling up our operation and supporting more and more young people to change their lives.

You will be joining a friendly, professional and business-focused charity that is wholly committed to providing the very best for young people, and ensuring we at all times exemplify our values of passion, enrichment, respect, community and results.

You will be passionate about supporting unemployed young people to develop the skills they need to secure life-changing permanent employment.

You will be responsible for the design, development and implementation of interactive and fun sessions across our ‘Get Employed’ programme. We have a growing partnership with a large local college and deliver the programme according to their awarding body and funding standards. The role will include coordinating and teaching workshop-style sessions in employability, customer services and work preparation, as well as coordinating volunteers and external partners to deliver some of the work shops and support our trainees in ‘job club’ sessions.

Being confident in working with professional corporate partners and coordinating volunteers and external trainers to deliver work shops and sessions to a high standard is essential. You will have the opportunity to take ownership of the delivery of the programme, so you must be a self-starter with the ability to manage and monitor your workload.

As a small, fast-paced company everyone gets involved in all elements of the charity and social enterprise, so you must be able to balance competing priorities and be invested in our social mission.

You must also have excellent communication and organisational skills, enabling you to effectively engage with young people not in education, employment or training.

Experience of the education, training or charity sector is essential as well as managing staff, volunteers and/or external partners.

You can read the full job description here

Apply here

Project Assistant (Ranger) – Groundwork

Project Assistant (Ranger)



Fixed term contract until 31st December 2017

£13,372- £15,000 per annum

Closing date: 

Midnight on 27th November 2016

Interview date:

1st December 2016 

Join a team that is changing places and changing lives.

Groundwork is the community charity with a green heart. We believe that big global issues – the economy, the environment – have a big local impact. Groundwork operates throughout the UK helping communities find practical solutions to the challenges they face.


We are looking for an Assistant Ranger with a keen interest in conservation and the environment to join our green spaces team. The position will provide the successful candidate the opportunity to take the first step in developing a career in the conservation/green spaces sector. The position will provide the opportunity to gain experience in practical conservation work, management of local nature reserves and construction projects (installation of boardwalks, raised beds etc).

The successful candidate will have a good understanding of the tool usage, habitat management and Health & Safety. They will also be willing to work outside in a variety of weather conditions. Some aspects of role will require lone working, and once a month weekend work.


Plan, promote and lead practical Conservation and Environmental tasks.

Assist with the management of local nature reserves and ancient woodlands including undertaking site surveys, inspections and maintenance.

Assist with grounds management at our environment centres.

Supervise and co-ordinate Volunteers and Community groups.

Demonstrate correct use of tools and equipment and safe work procedures.

Assist in construction of boardwalks, growing spaces, raised beds, etc.

Groundwork South is committed to transforming people’s lives and places through social, economic and environmental action. In terms of development and delivery of these projects we work across three business themes, Parks & Open Spaces, Youth & Employment and Greener Living & Working.

In return we offer:

·         A contributory pension scheme

·         Life Assurance for all employees at four times annual salary

·         25 days annual holiday, rising after two years and reaching 30 days after 4 years

·         Childcare vouchers are available on a salary sacrifice basis

·         Scope to continuing development of your professional skills

·         A salary sacrifice cycle to work scheme

·         A salary sacrifice Payroll Giving scheme

To apply please download the application form below and email to ldyke@groundwork.org.uk

or post to

Laura Dyke at Groundwork South, Riverside Community Centre, Dickens Road, Gravesend, Kent, DA12 2JY

before midnight on the 27th November 2016 or for more information regarding the post please contact Ronnie Fleming on 01895 832662.

CVs will not be accepted. No agencies please. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Please note that we reserve the right to close applications early in the event of a large response.

Closing date:  Midnight on 27th November 2016

Interview date: 1st December 2016


Job Description and Person Specification

Application Form

How to apply

We shall ensure fairness and equal opportunities throughout our workforce and in service delivery.  We welcome applications from suitably skilled candidates regardless of ethnicity, gender, disability. sexuality, religion or age.

Finance and Administration Assistant – Groundwork

Finance & Administration Assistant


Part-time (16 hours per week)

£16,338 (full time equivalent) plus attractive benefits

Closing date:

midday, Thursday 8 December 2016

Interview date:

Monday 19 December 2016

Join a team that is changing places and changing lives.

Groundwork is the community charity with a green heart. We believe that big global issues – the economy, the environment – have a big local impact. Groundwork operates throughout the UK helping communities find practical solutions to the challenges they face.

Finance & Administration Assistant, Groundwork Luton & Bedfordshire

Term: part-time, 16 hours per week

Salary: £16,338 (full time equivalent) plus attractive benefits

Location: based in Luton

We work in partnership with residents, local authorities, schools, other charities and local organisations to develop projects that create better places and improve the quality of life of those who live there. With a turnover of £3.5 million and 70 staff, we are in a strong position to build on our achievements so far and expand our project programme further across Bedfordshire and the rest of the east of England.

We are seeking a highly motivated individual to provide support for Groundwork’s activities in Luton & Bedfordshire. The role encompasses a wide range of responsibilities and the successful candidate will join a highly committed and energetic team.

You will have strong administration/finance, communication, IT and people skills. Your work will reflect the dedication and enthusiasm that’s key to everything we do. We’ll make sure you’re given all the support and guidance you need and you will have the opportunity to become part of a highly successful organisation making a real and positive difference to your local area.

Closing date: midday, Thursday 8 December 2016

Interview date: Monday 19 December 2016

For an informal chat about this post, please contact Tillie Sutterby on 01582 720147 or natalie.sutterby@groundwork.org.uk.

To apply, please download the following application pack and return, completed, to natalie.sutterby@groundwork.org.uk

Job description and person specification

Application form

Equal opportunities monitoring form

Declaration of convictions (please complete, even if you have nothing to declare)

The Tree Council – Part-Time Administrative Assistant

Administrative Assistant



21 hours, evenly distributed over 3, 4 or 5 days

£20,000 to £25,000 pro rata

Closing date:

By 17:00 Thursday 10 November 2016

The Tree Council is the UK’s lead charity for trees, promoting their importance in a changing environment. It was founded as the national tree planting campaign that would follow up the success of Plant A Tree In ’73, encourage action for trees and run National Tree Week.

We are still working in partnership with communities, organisations and government to make trees matter to everyone.  Our work has expanded and we are responsible for the annual Community Action Programme that includes Seed Gathering Season, National Tree Week and Walk in the Woods month, supporting the groups organising local events.

We also co-ordinate and manage our national volunteer Tree Warden Scheme, fundraise and distribute grants for planting trees, woodland wildflowers and bluebells, and hedges and work with our partners on an agenda for change that includes the Tree Care Campaign, the Green Monuments Campaign and the Hedge Tree Campaign.

Purpose of post:

1. To contribute to the effective operation of the organisation through the day-to-day provision of administrative support and related services, undertaking activities appropriate to the needs of the organisation

2. To provide assistance that reflects the priorities of the work programme

3. To establish and implement new procedures as necessary to ensure an exemplary standard of support and service

4. To support and add value to the work and effectiveness of the team and the promotion and delivery of The Tree Council’s objectives

Find the full job description, person specification and application for on the links below.

Job Description

Person Specification


Please submit completed application form by 17:00 Thursday 10 November 2016 to info@treecouncil.org.uk

Interviews will be held on the week commencing 14 November 2016

Volunteering with The Tree Council

We are always interested in hearing from prospective volunteers who might be interested in office-based volunteering to support our day-to-day operations and special projects. If you would be interested in volunteering with us in this context, please email  volunteers@treecouncil.org.uk  with some information about the type of opportunity you are seeking and any particular skills you would like to share.

Inspirational Jobs – Enterprise and Training Coordinator, Bootstrap Company

Enterprise and Training Coordinator

Bootstrap Company

Dalston, London


Salary: £25k to £35k p.a

depending on experience

Closing Date:

5pm 6th October 2016

Bootstrap Company is based in the heart of Dalston, Hackney, providing workspace to a diverse community of over 300 small businesses, charities and social entrepreneurs. This ranges from startup breweries and fashion designers through to established charities and businesses.

Bootstrap runs a year round cultural programme in our unique spaces including Dalston Roof Park, Bootyard and an underground WW2 bunker.

Bootstrap Campus is a pioneering project run by Bootstrap to create opportunities for local young people to develop their skills, experience and networks.

Read about Bootstrap’s mission here.

About the role:

This role is at the heart of Bootstrap’s work to create a thriving community through creativity, employment and enterprise.

This role will develop and deliver a training programme to support Bootstrap’s network of social enterprises, charities and creative entrepreneurs. This role will manage the Bootstrap Campus project to deliver training supporting 18-30 yr old’s into work through employability and enterprise training. Lead on fundraising activity to increase the social impact of enterprise & training activity.

More details about the role here

Please send a cover letter and CV to vacancies@bootstrapcompany.co.uk