Project Officer (Operational Development) .
Start date: 01/8/19
Status: Full-time, fixed term role until 01/11/19
Salary: £20000 per annum pro rata
Deadline: 18th June 2019
The Challenge’s vision is a more integrated society where there is understanding and appreciation of each other’s differences. We design and deliver programmes that bring different people together to develop their confidence and skills in understanding and connecting with others. We believe everyone benefits when people from all walks of life come together to better know, understand and trust each other. This also applies to the people we employ to work with us. As an equal opportunities employer our aim is to have a diverse workforce to reflect the communities we work in.
This is a unique opportunity to join a dynamic, rapidly growing organisation, working with young people and local communities across the country. For more information about what The Challenge does and what its values are, please visit our website.
About the role
The Challenge is one of the UK’s fastest growing charities and the largest provider of the government’s National Citizen Service (NCS) programme. In 2018 we directly delivered the NCS Programme to over 30,000 young people. Our graduate programmes continue to engage thousands of NCS graduates and other young people in on-going opportunities to get further involved in impacting their communities and improving integration.
We are looking for an exceptional, energetic and organised individual who is passionate about young people making a difference in their community. This colleague will join our Extension team, playing a key role in supporting our HeadStart programme, other NCS graduate activities and programme innovation in the region.
-To set up and manage high quality charity partnerships to assist the delivery of various programme activities.
-To motivate young people to access, engage in and complete activities through engaging communications and other creative solutions.
-To plan, prepare and deliver high quality events in line with the NCS extension framework and other TC programme guidelines.
-Implementation of The Challenge Health and Safety and Safeguarding policies during all programme events and activities.
-Managing sessional Graduate Mentor staff during delivery.
-To support on the collection and analysis of monitoring data, including evaluating the quality of partnerships, project development and events to inform future delivery cycles.
-Provide effective and inspiring leadership to seasonal staff and young people.
-Manage programme administration including finances, attendance records, risk assessments and young people’s records.
-To support the development of NCS extension programmes, HeadStart and other initiatives run by The Challenge wherever possible.
-Attend and lead on local and regional NCS extension training events and activities, including residential camps where appropriate.
We are looking for an exceptional individual with the following qualities:
-Motivated by the idea of delivering a high quality programme that makes a difference to young people and their communities.
-Experience and passion for working with community groups to build a more integrated society.
-Experience of leading young people.
-High attention to detail and a meticulous approach to time management.
-Excellent communication skills – both written and verbal.
-Comfortable balancing multiple priorities across a varied workload.
-Creative, positive and solution focussed.
-Experience of using SalesForce CRM platform
-Experience of workshop facilitation
-Working knowledge of the NCS/Headstart programmes, gained through previous employment on, or participation in the programme.
-Experience of monitoring and evaluating a project with a view to continuous improvement.
The Challenge is committed to safeguarding and protecting the young people that we work with. As such, all posts are subject to a safer recruitment process, including the disclosure of criminal records and vetting checks. We ensure that we have a range of policies and procedures in place which promote safeguarding and safer working practice across our programmes.
We expect all staff and post holders to share this commitment to safeguarding by ensuring compliance with our policies and practices.
Only applicants who have the right to work in the UK or have a valid visa or work permit for a minimum of 6 months at the time of application will be considered for this role.
In addition to being part of a fun, dynamic and challenging workforce, we are proud to offer an attractive benefits package including contributory pension, Simplyhealth cash plan, Ride 2 Work, childcare vouchers, season ticket travel card loan etc. to eligible employees.