Job Vacancies

We currently have two vacancies:

Job Vacancy - Volunteering Development Officer

Part time role. Arrangement of hours can be flexible for the right candidate – e.g. 15 hours per week wholly or mainly during school term time, grouped into 2 days per week or spread over more. We are open to discussions about making this work for the right person.
Salary: £15,000
Starting: November 2017, negotiable
Requirements: Full driving licence, ability to work evenings and very occasional weekend days, based in an outer-Reading office with some home working available, satisfactory Enhanced DBS check.

About Berkshire Scouts

We are a local charity, supporting over 9,200 young people aged 6 to 25 and 2,500 adult volunteers in over 100 communities across Berkshire. Across the UK, Scouting provides opportunities every week to over 450,000 young people and is supported by over 115,000 adult volunteers. In nearly every country around the world, over 40 million young people experience the benefits of Scouting to develop their full physical, intellectual, social and spiritual potentials.
The effective support, development and management of our adult volunteers is an exciting challenge. We have recently undertaken a number of projects to develop this area further, and in doing so have identified the need for this new role to drive forward other developments to continue the current momentum.

Purpose of the role

·       Provide developmental support to key volunteer line managers
·       Manage a number of change projects to enhance the support given to adult volunteers, in partnership with key volunteer line managers

Indicative upcoming projects

·       Lead on a range of development projects to enhance adult volunteer training
·       In partnership with the volunteer line manager, deliver an individualised induction programme to key local volunteer roles (Group Scout Leaders)
·       Offer coaching relationships for a number of volunteer managers with an agreed focus
·       Continue to develop greater support for existing and new trustees
·       Proactively recruit and attract new members to join the adult training team
·       Be a member of the regional team delivering skills courses to volunteer managers
·       Support a working group seeking to enhance the experiences of appointment reviews, through both formal and informal methods
·       Support the recruitment of new volunteers, including the management of volunteering enquiries
·       Provide organisational support to occasional thematic events (e.g. a day’s conference for around 130 volunteer managers)

A usual working week

·       15 hours per week (days and times to be mutually agreed) mainly during school term time
·       Based at the County Scout Office (Sindlesham Court, RG41 5EA)
·       Managing your own workload, meetings and commitments – including the use of technology to maximise your efficiency
·       We would not normally expect more than 1 evening per week
·       We would not normally expect more than 3 weekend days per year
·       Time worked beyond contracted working hours will be claimed back as Time Off In Lieu (TOIL) within a reasonable period of time

What sort of person are we looking for?

Experience of The Scout Association is not essential, but experience within the youth, charity or learning and educational development sectors are desirable. You will be an excellent communicator, both verbally with passion and enthusiasm, and comfortable sharing materials in a written and face-to-face environment. Our volunteers will feel enthused by your energy and persuasive skills, assisting them to find the best role within our organisation to contribute to their local community.
The role involves managing and making best use of your own time and showing that you are self-motivated. Flexibility in your role is essential; at times you will be looked upon as a catalyst for a new project, and at other times you act in a facilitative or coaching capacity to volunteers. By being sensitive to the volunteers you are working with, you will demonstrate a pragmatic approach to tactfully managing relationships. Scouting is a values-based organisation; as a key member of the team, you will demonstrate your commitment to these in the course of your activities.
Applications welcome by October 13th via email to
Interviews will be held on either Thursday 19th or Saturday 21st October at Sindlesham Court, RG41 5EA. Please advise of your availability for both dates at the time of application

Project Supporter in Reading

We are looking to appoint a Project Supporter to work with the Regional Services Team, and local district members to support opening new Scouting provision, currently in the Whitley area of Reading with opportunities to develop elsewhere in the near future. As a Project Supporter you will work closely with new and existing volunteers during their initial set-up period. The Project Supporter will provide hands on, consistent and experienced support to the new adult volunteers as part of their induction as section leaders.
It is likely that potential project supporters will be; experienced leaders, effective facilitators, who are happy to work both alone and in close co-operation with staff and volunteers and enthusiastic about starting new Scouting.
The Project Supporter will be paid £50.00 per week for the effective provision of support to new sections.
Formal expressions of interest are required by 8th October 2017. Please find below:
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