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Volunteer Centre West Berkshire is a charitable incorporated organisation, formed in 1974. The organisation’s overriding ethos is to match local people to local need. We provide information, advice and guidance and personally match people to one of the more 350 volunteering opportunities in West Berkshire.

We also provide help and information to charitable organisations in West Berkshire, whether helping start a new charity or providing assistance with fundraising, training and governance. As well as run local schemes providing help for socially isolated and the elderly.

Current vacancy

VCS Partnerships and Engagement Manager Voluntary Sector Support for West Berkshire

Line Manager: VCWB Director  

Base of Work: Volunteer Centre West Berkshire (with some home and field working)  

Hours 30 per week: 4/5 days flexible

Salary: £40,000 pro rata and work place pension scheme.

 Holiday: 28 days pro rota.

 Equal Opportunities. We are an equal opportunities employer

The Voluntary Sector support service is funded  by The Community Fund, The Greenham Trust and West Berkshire Council. This is a five year  funded post.

 The successful candidate will play a key role in the development of the Volunteer Centre in its aim to further support and develop the vibrant voluntary sector in West Berkshire. The successful candidate will also deputise for the charity director.

 

 ABOUT US:  

The Volunteer Centre was established in 1974. It is a multi-faceted charity that operates a number of services within Newbury and West Berkshire. These include The Newbury Community Car Service, The Newbury and Thatcham Handybus Service, Newbury Shopmobility, and the West Berkshire Suicide Prevention Action Group.  In addition, the charity performs the duties of a CVS (council for voluntary service) and accordingly VCWB supports the voluntary and community sector in West Berkshire. It is a nationally-accredited Volunteer Centre and receives the financial support of The Community Fund (The National Lottery), The Greenham Trust, West Berkshire Council and other trusts. It also derives income from its services and donations. The charity is governed by a board of trustees, all of whom are local and have a stake in West Berkshire in some way. There are a small number of staff led by the director, a training and events’ organiser, a funding advisor, a recruitment officer, an accounts clerk, and a team of office and external volunteers.              

The VCWB does this by:  

o    Supporting people to find volunteering opportunities and develop their skills and knowledge through volunteering and training.

o      Supporting charities and other not-for-profit groups with information, advice and training, and helping them to have a collective voice in matters that affect them and the people or environment they support. 

o     Responding to communities who have identified needs and assist people to create the solutions they want to see, and help them to make change happen. 

 o   Having been established since 1974, The Volunteer Centre West Berkshire draws upon a 47-year history of supporting communities in West Berkshire voluntary and community sector in the county.  

 

ABOUT THE ROLE:

 The VCS Partnerships and Engagement Manager will:   

• Embed partnership working with VCSE organisations within the local authority area.   

• Develop and support active, two-way communication and feedback mechanisms between the local authorities and the CCG

• Create and strengthen VCSE leadership groups or alliances at system, place and neighbourhood levels to enable better co-ordination and communication within the VCSE sector.  

JOB PURPOSE: 

·  To lead and demonstrate the value of partnership working between the VCSE sector, the local authority, the Clinical Commissioning Group and other statutory bodies which will positively impact upon communities.  

·   To develop VCSE networks or alliances that enable the VCSE sector to play a full role as an equal partner with statutory bodies. 

·  To deputise for the VCWB Director. 

 

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES & ACCOUNTABILITIES:  

Strategic Leadership:  

• Provide a leadership role to ensure the voluntary and community sector is an equal partner in developing partnerships within the local authority area.   

• Advocate for the VCSE sector, encouraging partners to consider new and innovative approaches to working closely with the sector to support the health and wellbeing needs of local communities.  

• Attend and present to Health and Well-being Board meetings, health integration boards, events, and other information-sharing forums. Co-ordinate VCSE attendees of boards and work streams, making sure there is a communication flow between everyone and avoiding duplication of effort or initiative. 

Partnership and relationship management: 

• Develop excellent relationships with project stakeholders from VCSE and public sector colleagues. 

• Develop robust partnerships between key stakeholders at all levels to ensure effective networks are created and maintained.   

• Ensure stakeholders are kept informed of progress, pre-empting their request for feedback and consulting with them on queries in a prompt and professional manner.  

VCSE engagement:  

• Initiate/formalise interest -level VCSE alliances where they do not currently exist, ensuring they are inclusive: eg the Arts, Heritage, and Sports organisations and to support those forums as well as three other forums that currently exist and to enable the involvement of organisations of all sizes and diverse communities including those with protected characteristics or that experience health inequalities.  

• Alongside local VCSE development bodies, organise and facilitate networks and engagement events with the VCSE sector. 

 

SAFER RECRUITMENT:  

 Volunteer Centre West Berkshire is fully committed to safeguarding and ensuring the welfare of children and adults. This is a responsibility that is shared by all staff and volunteers. The suitability of all prospective employees or volunteers will be assessed during the recruitment process in line with this commitment. VCWB has safeguarding policies in place which staff/volunteers are expected to read at induction and keep up to date with any policy changes throughout their employment and/or volunteering experience. Regular training is provided. 

 

JOB DESCRIPTION PERSON SPECIFICATION:  

 

 About you: 

• A natural collaborator, with the ability to establish credibility and maintain relationships with colleagues from front-line staff to senior stakeholders.   

• Experienced at working effectively at a senior level with partnership initiatives.  

• Innovative and pragmatic, with a track record of conceiving and implementing systems and services that have achieved demonstrable results.  

• A desire to effect positive change, and a genuine interest in communities and their wellbeing.  

• A self-starter who is able to plan ahead, work independently, be self-motivated and use own initiative.  

• A strategic thinker with a flexible approach.   

• Able to work outside normal office hours on occasion.   

Education and qualifications:  

• Educated to degree level or equivalent experience.   

• Evidence of ongoing professional learning and development. 

Experience:  

• Working with the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector. 

• Experience of consensus building and understanding of power.  

• Successfully leading projects from inception to close-down, including setting realistic delivery timeframes, meeting project objectives, and monitoring and reporting outcomes.  

• Successful partnership working and relationship building with key stakeholders, including local authorities, voluntary sector, and local communities.  

• Working with people from a variety of backgrounds and a strong awareness of diversity and inclusion values.  

Knowledge, skills and abilities:  

• A clear understanding of the role and potential of the VCSE sector within the health and social care system, and an awareness of the local, regional and national health and care agenda from a VCSE perspective.   

• An understanding of the workings of local government and the wider health and social care landscape, the challenges, and the reform agenda.  

• Ability to assimilate complex information quickly and communicate (written and verbal) effectively with multiple stakeholders.  

• Excellent persuasion, influencing and negotiation skills. Able to communicate with tact and sensitivity where appropriate. The role will include managing potentially complex and politically sensitive relationships.  

• Ability to work across and understand the geographically, economically, and culturally diverse communities across the partnership.   

• Good analytical skills and a practical approach to problem-solving.  

• Excellent organisational, planning and management skills, with strong attention to detail.

• Competent user of databases, data analysis packages and the Microsoft suite of software.   

Other work-related requirements: 

• Full British driving licence and access to private means of transport that is insured for business use.  

 

 How to apply:

All applicants should submit a covering letter, together with a CV, via email telling VCWB about yourself, and how your experience to date would contribute to the work of the organisation.

Closing date: August 19th 2022.
Interviews will be held, in person, at VCWB’s offices in Newbury on Friday, September 2nd, 2022, at (Time)

Volunteer Centre West Berkshire,
Broadway House,
4-8 The Broadway,
Newbury,
RG14 1BA.
Telephone: 01635 49004

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