Job Vacancies

We currently have one job vacancy:

Local Development Officer in Berkshire

Full time role
Salary: £24,000
Starting: June 2017 (negotiable)
Requirements: Full driving licence, ability to work evenings and weekends, 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 32 million young people experience the benefits of Scouting to develop their full physical, intellectual, social and spiritual potentials.
We know that many more young people and adults want to join who we don’t currently have space for. Alongside our determination to provide high quality experiences to our members, we are committed to offering opportunities to even more young people than before. By opening new sections, we will grow the numbers of young people across Berkshire who are members of Scouting.
We have an established repeatable model to create new sections for our different age groups; Beavers (6-8 year olds), Cubs (8-10 year olds), Scouts (10-14 year olds) and Explorers (14-18 year olds) that focusses on building new volunteer teams within local communities who can then attract new young people to join. A new element of the role will involve supporting leaders of existing provision to increase the number of young people in their sections.

Purpose of the role

·       Support local teams of volunteers to create new sections and groups
·       Proactively identify growth opportunities and liaise with local volunteers to plan projects
·       Work with volunteering websites and initiatives to attract even more enthusiastic and energetic adults to join our ever-growing team

Key actions

·       Present to stakeholders including school assemblies and groups of potential volunteers
·       Coordinate and participate in meetings of local volunteer teams and other community groups
·       Support local volunteer coordinators to effectively manage teams of volunteers to create new groups
·       Help to build skills and capacity within our volunteer teams to continue creating new provision beyond the timeframe of this role
·       Create and maintain good working relationships with volunteer centres, be aware of local adult recruitment opportunities for existing volunteer teams to have a presence at
·       Provide a package of support to existing volunteers to help them recruit their own new volunteers, through small workshop resources, online tools and advice and guidance
·       Manage a range of enquiries from parents for their children to join and use this information to increase membership numbers in identified sections
·       Use a range of sources of management data to proactively identify potential growth opportunities, and liaise with local volunteers to develop these
·       Develop tools to support volunteers in efficient and effective managing waiting lists
·       Make excellent use of email, telephone and website content skills to manage your workload
·       Follow up on enquiries from potential volunteers and maintain a database

A usual working week

·       37 hours per week
·       Based at the County Office (Sindlesham Court, RG41 5EA)
·       Managing your own workload, meetings and commitments
·       We would not normally expect more than 2 evenings per week
·       We would not normally expect more than 1 weekend day per month
·       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 or charity sectors are desirable. You will be an excellent communicator, both verbally with passion and enthusiasm, and comfortable producing written content and presentation material. Prospective volunteers will feel enthused by your energy and persuasive skills, assisting them to find the perfect 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 teamwork roles 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.

Please send a covering letter and CV by May 7th to 

Interviews will be held Monday 15th May at Sindlesham Court, RG41 5EA.

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