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