Community Empowerment Manager

Shropshire Wildlife Trust

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Community Empowerment Manager 
Salary: £18,471 – £19,294 pro rata (£30,785 – £32,158 FTE)
Location: Shrewsbury, Shropshire – some flexible working offered 
21 hours per week (usually worked over 3 days)
Maternity Cover – 6 Months FTC
Closing Date: 9am on 17th April 2024
1st Interviews: 26th April 2024

Do you have a passion and enthusiasm for work with communities?

Are you experienced in managing staff and volunteers delivering community engagement
activities?

We’re looking for a Community Empowerment Manager to join our team in Shrewsbury. They will
manage a small team that brings people together to take action on shared goals. These
facilitated and sustainable activities will lead to a ripple effect of people acting for nature
and the climate.

You’ll successfully close the Trust’s Nextdoor Nature Project in Telford, providing all
required achievement, impact and financial reports as well as fully contributing to national
evaluation. Managing staff and volunteers delivering community engagement activities will also
be a key part of the role, ensuring they fit with the Trust’s three-year strategic goals (and
associated budget) for community development. Another, exciting part of the role will be
supporting staff to review and modernise our volunteer management systems and implement changes
to the wider organisation.

Further Activities:

  • Oversee the dissemination of key learnings and impact stories to SWT trustees, staff and
    other organisations.
  • Manage the community listeners’ network.
  • Support SWT monitoring, reporting, evaluation and communications activity.
  • Scope, develop and facilitate work within identified communities.
  • Support the empowerment of under-represented and disconnected groups within their local
    communities, working with them to enhance community cohesion and collaborative working.
  • Champion the community organising approach, sharing skills, experience, knowledge and
    learning.
  • Promote both local and national campaigns through community networks, liaising with
    communications contacts to maximise their reach and impact.
  • Build positive relationships between the Trust and community-based organisations and Local
    Authorities to support objectives.
  • Support the Nextdoor Nature resource hub by working with your team and relevant partners to
    collect and collate any successful resources.

What we’re looking for:

  • Strong people and project management skills.
  • Outstanding organisational skills to prioritise and manage a varied workload.
  • A passion and enthusiasm for working with communities and an understanding of the
    principles of community organising.
  • A proven track record in developing strong relationships with key individuals/stakeholders
    from diverse audiences.
  • High level of IT competence & excellent knowledge of Microsoft Office applications is
    essential.
  • Excellent written communication skills for producing reports / sharing impact.
  • Experience of voluntary sector organisations is desirable

Why work for us – benefits we offer:

  • Flexible working
  • Home working
  • Salary sacrifice scheme
  • Generous pension
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Support with training and development to assist career progression
  • Inclusive & supportive work atmosphere

We value passion, respect, trust, integrity, strength in diversity, and pragmatic activism.
Whilst we are passionate in promoting our aims, we are not judgemental and are inclusive. We
want our people to be as diverse as nature, so we particularly encourage applications from
people who are underrepresented within our sector, including people from minority backgrounds
and people with disabilities. We are committed to creating a movement that recognises and truly
values individual differences and identities.

As a Disability Confident employer, we are committed to offering an interview to anyone with a
disability that meets all the essential criteria for the post. Please let us know if you
require any adjustments to make our recruitment process more accessible.

No enquiries from agencies or for further advertising will be taken.

About us:

Shropshire Wildlife Trust (SWT) has a vision of a thriving natural world, where Shropshire’s
wildlife and natural habitats play a valued role in addressing the climate and ecological
emergencies, and people are inspired and empowered to take action for nature. We combine
projects across Shropshire (including Telford & Wrekin) with advocacy and campaigning to
restore nature and to engage people. We manage over 40 nature reserves and have almost 50
staff, 300 volunteers, and over 9000 members. SWT is an autonomous charity, but we are
increasingly working collectively, as part of The Wildlife Trusts (TWT), to ensure that our
local actions have a national impact and help to address global issues.

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