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Programmes Officer, West Midlands

Application deadline: 14/10/2019

The UK’s leading interfaith organisation is looking for a passionate, motivated and organised individual to join our growing West Midlands Team.

 Founded in 1997, the Faith & Belief Forum works to build strong and productive relations between people of different faiths, beliefs and cultures. Our team in the West Midlands deliver an increasing number of Education and Community engagement projects, connecting people from different backgrounds.

This is an exciting opportunity to play a dynamic and hands-on role supporting the delivery of Community Dialogue events in Walsall. As one of the five areas chosen to work with the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government you will be part of an exciting project developing new ways of brining communities together. Working closely with Walsall Council you will support people to have open and honest conversations within and across diverse communities. This will involve training and supporting local people to develop the skills and confidence to facilitate meaningful dialogue sessions within their communities.

You will also have the opportunity to support Education programmes in the region, working with over 80 schools through our Award-Winning Workshops, School Linking and other creative youth projects.

This role involves:

  • Working with the West Midlands and Community Team to design trainings and workshops, which aim to foster increased understanding and stronger relationships across communities.
  • Training and supporting volunteers from the local community to deliver their own of Community Dialogue Sessions.
  • Working with local sports, and arts groups to creatively support Dialogue sessions.
  • Planning a final conference to share the learning from the project
  • Sharing progress and outcomes of the project digitally via social media posts, podcasts and blogs.
  • Supporting the wider work across the West Midlands including the delivery of our Education & Learning programmes in Schools.

To do this, you will need to:

  • Be an effective relationship builder who can confidently build and maintain key partnerships to ensure successful projects.
  • Bring experience of community engagement and working on complex projects.
  • Have experience in planning and facilitating workshops with people from backgrounds and ages.
  • Be passionate about bringing people from different communities together and supporting volunteers.
  • Be willing to work remotely and have flexibility for evening and weekend work.

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   to download the job description and person specification, and information on how to apply.

The deadline to apply is 12pm Monday 14 October.  If shortlisted, you will be invited to attend an interview w/c 4 November in Walsall.  We are looking for someone available to start this role in December.

 We believe in order to effectively serve our beneficiaries; our work must be influenced by a broad range of voices. Therefore, we actively encourage applications from people who are currently underrepresented in our staff team. This would include BAME candidates and those who identify as Muslim, Sikh, Hindu, Buddhist and Jain. We celebrate difference and are committed to creating a working environment where everyone is included.

Unfortunately, we cannot accept applications from individuals without the right to work in the UK. 

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