PROGRAMMES OFFICER, COMMUNITY
The UK’s leading interfaith organisation is looking for a friendly and organised individual to join our Community Team.
Founded in 1997, the Faith & Belief Forum works to build strong and productive relations between people of different faiths, beliefs and cultures. Our programme of Community events in London, including our flagship Awards events and the London Interfaith Fun Run, celebrate the vital work of grassroots faith and belief groups in the capital and create ways for groups to come together to build relationships across differences.
This role involves:
- Working with community stakeholders to plan and deliver events in London
- Researching and engaging new audiences in existing and new community events
- Administrative and logistical tasks for community events
To do this, you will need to:
- Have experience of organising in-person community events
- Be a clear communicator, able to confidently build relationships with people of different ages and backgrounds
- Have good attention to detail and be able to keep track of information in an organised manner
- Be available to work some evenings, weekends and bank holidays
You’ll be joining an organisation that embodies the inclusive and welcoming values we want to see in wider society. We pride ourselves on our diverse and collaborative working environment, where your passion and dedication will be rewarded through a flexible benefits package and ongoing support. At our most recent staff survey, 100% of staff said believe in the aims of the Faith & Belief Forum and 100% enjoy the work they do.
If you feel this role is for you, please visit www.faithbeliefforum.org/about/careers to download the job description and person specification, and information on how to apply.
For this role, we are actively reviewing applications and scheduling interviews as we receive applications. If shortlisted, you will be invited to attend an interview. We are looking for someone available to start as soon as possible. We hope to close recruitment no later than Friday 14 July.
Unfortunately, we cannot accept applications from individuals without the right to work in the UK.
Job Purpose: To work with the Community Team to deliver events in London
Salary: Band B (£25,214 FTE)
Contract: 1 year FTC
Location: At least 25% of working hours at our office in Kentish Town, London or onsite at events or meeting partners, with an increase in the run-up to events.
Hours: 37.5 hours, mainly core hours with some evening, weekend, and bank holiday working for events
Reports to: Programmes Coordinator, Community
Duties and Responsibilities
All activities will be undertaken in collaboration with the Community Team
- To deliver local projects which connect and celebrate residents from different faith and belief backgrounds in London boroughs, including a new community walking group in Barking and Dagenham, and borough-level Community Awards events. This will include (but is not limited to):
- Building relationships of trust with faith communities and leaders, local authority staff, senior stakeholders, and young leaders
- Supporting diverse stakeholders to develop interfaith projects together, including by facilitating meetings
- Developing and delivering interfaith events in local communities
- Leading on the delivery of community events such as an interfaith walking group
- To support with the delivery of London-wide Community events, including our flagship Awards event and the London Interfaith Fun Run, through tasks including (but not limited to) desk-based research, promotion via email and phone, guest list management, booking suppliers etc.
- To support the outreach and recruitment of London based stakeholders to departmental and organisational events and programmes
- To perform administrative and logistical tasks using agreed process and conventions including planning, activity/event delivery, finance, tracking expenditure
- To monitor and evaluate delivery, and to assist with the creation of those procedures
- To follow a schedule of reporting requirements for own project and contribute towards departmental and organisational reports e.g. by providing data and case studies.
- To contribute towards strategy development for the Community projects where relevant
Communications & Stakeholders
- To be an ambassador for F&BF, helping raise awareness of the programme and the whole organisation through speaking about our work in public, social media, writing articles/blogs (primarily related to departmental activities)
- To contribute towards external marketing and communications for Community events, and organisational communications e.g. event publicity, brochures, newsletter, social media
- To help develop and maintain relationships with stakeholders, particularly for the Community Team events, maintaining the database of contacts
- To work with others to help achieve the organisational aims (below)
- To be an active participant in the Team, working on some organisational initiatives to ensure a good working environment for all staff
- To contribute towards activities to raise funds, such as developing relationships with existing and potential donors, to support funding application writing, and sharing new ideas.
- To look for ideas for innovation, growth, sharing our learning, and continuing relationships with stakeholders
- Undertaking other initiatives necessary to ensure the successful implementation of the work of the organisation
Organisational strategic goals:
- To equip more learners with the skills and tools they need to handle and influence relations between different faiths and beliefs
- To generate stronger community-based movement, with youth at the forefront
- To project the voices of those we support and the impact of our partnership with them
It is essential to have sensitivity to the issues surrounding this area of work and a proven commitment to the aims of the Faith & Belief Forum.
We welcome experience and skills from all areas of a person’s life, including volunteering, community work, paid work and education.
- Programme or project management experience
- Experience of organising events
- Experience of, and ability to, develop and manage partnerships between a variety of internal and external stakeholders
- Experience of working with and supporting community groups
- Organised and efficient, with the ability to manage a broad range of changing priorities
- Ability to take initiative and work independently where needed
- Positive, supportive, and collaborative team worker
- Effective written and verbal communication skills including, sensitivity, diplomacy, advocacy, and a high level of professionalism
- Knowledge and understanding of faith and belief communities in the UK, and the wider context/sector
- Excellent IT skills, including skill using Microsoft Office to organise information
- Knowledge and understanding of the local context of the borough of Barking and Dagenham
- Knowledge and understanding of local government and local authorities in the UK
- Qualification in health and safety e.g. IOSH
- Experience using sports or arts and culture for social change
- Experience facilitating dialogue activities
- Experience using Salesforce to manage contacts
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