Paddington Development Trust are recruiting for a Project Co-ordinator, please also pass on to anyone you think maybe interested.
Central and West London
Between 30 and 35 thousand pounds depending on experience
Closes 12 Jul 2017
Hours Full time
The role is to co-ordinate services across our many partners to ensure we offer a good employment service to unemployed people from disadvantaged communities.
Paddington Development Trust is a long established community development organisation (Charity Number 1080883). It works in West and Central London to deliver projects that help individuals and groups with health, education and employment, including self employment. It has been involved in the physical and social regeneration of the area around North Westminster for many years although this particular job would have a much wider geographical remit.
PDT is a good place to work. While we appoint to fixed roles and functions, there is also space to develop your own ideas. People here work hard and are committed to the organisation’s social goals but there is good team work and it is a friendly place to have a job. This particular role holder would work in the Employment Team, located at the Stowe Centre in Harrow Rd W2, Westminster. But, because the job is a co-ordination role, the person needs to be prepared to travel to visit partner organisations across West and Central London.
This particular post is fully funded through the Big Lottery Fund: the Building Better Opportunities programme. The BBO programme is part Big Lottery Funded and Part ESF funded.
Our goal is to help people access jobs; training and work placements – particularly people from marginalised communities – and to help them develop confidence and overcome the barriers created by different forms of deprivation. The person we are looking for will share these goals and will be imaginative and flexible with a background in community development and, ideally, welfare to work programmes. PDT manages large employment contracts which it delivers both through partnership work and directly through its own team of employment advisers. The person appointed will act as the ‘glue’ between PDT and its partners, ensuring messages and opportunities are shared and that the partnership remains productive. They will also help create many of those opportunities, for example by opening up training and volunteering pathways. They will communicate about (and often organise) courses that cut across the partnership, they will help share job and placement opportunities, organise events, help partners find recruitment opportunities to enrol beneficiaries and liaise with a large range of external organisations to maximise opportunities for our unemployed clients. They will support the Head of Employment Services with research and report writing. They need to be outgoing, diplomatic, articulate and able to work on their own. They also need to be confident and persuasive, insisting on high quality of work while still being supportive to our partner organisations. They will need to be a very good communicator across a range of audiences.
While this role does not carry any staff line management duties, it is seen as a middle management job and the incumbent will need to manage some meetings and co-ordinate some staff activities. There may well be later opportunities to apply to progress, depending on future funding.
Responsible to: Head of Employment Services
Partnership work:To communicate regularly with partners and help co-ordinate PDT’s partnership activities thus ensuring the successful delivery of our funded workTo establish productive and warm relationships with partner and referral organisations, including both formal representatives and informal community leaders. To communicate key messages to stakeholders.
Helping partners to support unemployed clients
Through focussed outreach work, to assist the work of the Employment Team and especially the Employment Advisers by helping them build caseloads and create trust, identifying gaps in service and ensuring that all groups and events are accessible to individuals from a range of backgrounds and cultures
To identify, help create, and communicate services for job seekers, those who are economically inactive, long term unemployed and JSA and ESA recipients
To help ensure that a high standard of client centred, high quality practice is achieved in the employment services and to help oversee the quality of IAG offered by partner organisations
To work with partners and advisers to open up pathways for participants and into opportunities for training, placement and jobs to help ensure targets are met for recruitment, outputs and outcomes
To help ensure service users have a voice in shaping the programme
To encourage particular communities of disadvantaged clients to join the projects to benefit from employment and training advice, using appropriate media
To actively promote opportunities to participants and partners and to assist in the creation of marketing materials
To identify locations, clusters, friendship groups and community gatherings where opportunities can be promoted and explained
To conduct formal and informal research to identify local needs at an individual and group level within the projects’ boroughs. This may include consulting published reports and resources, conducting focus groups and individual interviews, consulting with council and local authorities, community groups, health services.
To stay abreast of funders’ regulations in relation to e.g. publicity, procurement etc
To work closely with members of PDT Employment team and partners to plan, set up, deliver and evaluate activities and services
To organise and minute some meetings – e.g. of the Programme’s Steering Group
To assist in the preparation of reports for meetings and give verbal and written progress reports.
Commitment to Paddington Development Trust’s mission and values, and that of our funders, as well as a desire to make a difference to individual lives and empower local communities.
An empathetic understanding of factors leading to deprivation and cultural sensitivity to different traditions and attitudes in the target populations
The ability to build effective rapport with partner organisations, funders, stakeholders, community groups, participants and staff teams
Willingness to be pro-active, resourceful, flexible and ability to adapt in the fast-paced and constantly changing environent
Excellent communication skills both orally and in writing
Good presentational skills for both formal and informal settings. Ability to chair small meetings.
A creative approach to problem solving
Awareness of national and European trends in Welfare to Work and changes in regulations and an ability to explain these to partners
Strong planning and organisational skills and ability to manage own time
An entrepreneurial approach to outreach to create pathways to communicate with non-traditional clients and those from more closed communities
A person-centred outlook, with the ability to support and motivate potential service users and referral partners.
Knowledge of safeguarding and health and safety issues
IT skills to work in an office that uses Microsoft Office applications
Proven track record in working with partnerships
Evidence of effective multi-agency working and making things happen
Demonstrable past success in helping people overcome challenges and gain access to opportunities
Experience of communicating with those far from the labour market
Experience of running groups and delivering training
A relevant language in addition to good written and spoken English
The ability to set and achieve own goals, as well as those set by PDT and its partners, and to work independently as well as part of a team
Experience of outreach work related to charitable or social goals
Applicants should send a letter of application (two pages maximum) and their CV by email to the address below BY 12th JULY at 10 a.m. Alternatively you may send your CV and application letter by post to Ife Olonade, Paddington Development Trust, The Stowe Centre.
In your letter, please demonstrate how your experience and abilities relate to the the qualities described in the JD here but please do not follow the JD point by point as a list! This is not how applicants will be selected for interviews.
Interviews will be held from July 12th in the following two weeks but we will work around people’s holiday commitments within reason.