Who are we looking for?
We are looking for someone who has experience of managing a team and can demonstrate how they have empowered and motivated that team beyond expectations. With the added experience of being able to recruit and develop a diverse team, in particular volunteers, you may be exactly what we are looking for to join us in this role as Community Shop Manager.
A home is a fundamental human need, as essential as education or healthcare. Yet millions of people across Britain struggle on a daily basis with homelessness, bad housing conditions, soaring rents, discrimination and the threat of eviction. So, we are striving for change, with individuals, in communities, across society, and leading the way to a safe home. We need ambitious, best-in-class individuals who are passionate about our cause to join us at this exciting time. This is your chance to play a part in the fundamental change we are striving to achieve.
At Shelter we are united by our purpose to defend the right to a safe home. Our enemy is the social injustice at the core of the escalating housing emergency. We believe that to win that fight, we must be representative of the people we are here to help and those who support our movement for change. In all our people decisions, we take pride in being inclusive, fair, equitable and transparent.
We have committed to combat racism both within and outside Shelter and welcome you on our journey to becoming a truly anti-racist organisation.
About the role
Your role will be varied and will challenge you, but will provide you with stimulating and satisfying work. Our Community Shop Managers do not have a typical day and that's because they are continually seeking different opportunities to engage with the local community and increase their shops contribution to Shelter's cause. This could be through local community links, such as with other retailers, schools, churches or the local food bank.
You will develop and encourage your own and your team's interest and passion in merchandising the shop to attract those customers and donors through the door as well as continually developing your own and your team's knowledge of who Shelter are and what we do.
It goes without saying that your volunteers, under your leadership, will run an exceptional shop that will raise as much money as possible for Shelter's work.
How do I demonstrate I am who you are looking for?
You will need to address and provide examples of the following in your application and at interview:
- Experience of managing a team of staff and or volunteers, including recruitment and development of that team
- Experience of providing excellent customer service, preferably in a face-to-face role
- Experience of being enterprising and innovative
How do we describe our Community Shop Managers?
If we were to describe our Community Shop Managers in 4 key words, they would be Confident, Inspiring, Enterprising and Influential. Our Community Shop Managers are happy to roll up their sleeves and lead by example and their aim is to develop and empower their team.
At Shelter we value our people and the skills and expertise they can bring to their role to help further Shelter's cause. As a Community Shop Manager, how you manage people is the most important skill we are looking for and it will be critical to your success in this role.
How is this all possible?
It's simple, with a strong, motivated and committed volunteer shop team behind you, anything is possible!
What are the benefits?
We offer a wide range of benefits, including 30 days annual leave, enhanced maternity/paternity leave, childcare vouchers and interest free travel loans. Our employees also have access to a tenancy deposit loan, cycle to work scheme and an employee assistance programme. Full training and support is also available to candidates that don't have retail experience but do possess all the other skills required to do the job.
Shelter helps millions of people every year struggling with bad housing or homelessness through our advice, support and legal services. And we campaign to make sure that, one day, no one will have to turn to us for help. We're here so no one has to fight bad housing or homelessness on their own.
Safeguarding is everyone's business. Shelter is committed to protecting the health, wellbeing and human rights of those we support, and enabling them to live free from harm, abuse and neglect. All our staff will be expected to observe professional standards of behaviour and conduct their work in line with our Safeguarding Policies.
Shelter does not accept unsolicited CVs from external recruitment agencies nor accept the fees associated with them.