We are looking for a highly motivated, organised and committed individual to join our team in Thamesmead. This individual will play a central role in the implementation of the PCF approach to working with Children and Families in Greenwich and Bexley. The project officer will ensure all Peabody-run services and initiatives are of the highest quality and make a real difference to residents and the community. The project officer will have excellent problem solving and analytical skills and the ability to communicate with a variety of audiences.
Responsible for supporting Peabody Community Foundation (PCF) activity, programmes and approach to working with children and families within Greenwich and Bexley.
Reporting to the Children, Families & Young Peoples (C,F & YP) Lead, the Children & Families Project Officer will work in an operational capacity, primarily concerned with the implementation of the Moorings Children’s Community and supporting project relevant facilitation more broadly across the two boroughs.
Developing and maintaining partnerships with relevant, influential, borough based and pan London organisations across the public, voluntary and private sectors to support the availability and accessibility of local services and opportunities. S/he will be a centre of knowledge concerning children families and will be comfortable effectively communicating the assets, challenges, opportunities and outcomes to a variety of audiences, including but not limited to:
- The local multidisciplinary team to support improved awareness, co-ordination and the continuous refinement of local delivery and strategy.
- Internally to support improved awareness and Peabody’s other core business activity; social housing provider, regeneration agency and/or developer.
- Externally to promote activity, share best practice, co-ordinate delivery across the area and develop constructive partnerships.
The role will have responsibility within the following workstreams:
- C,F&YP activity within the Thamesmead LAP as part of Goal 5, including: Moorings Children's Community and Thamesmead Youth Offer.
- C,F&YP approach across Royal Borough of Greenwich / London Borough of Bexley
- Supporting the development of PCF CF&YP strategies across borough Local Area Plans & feeding into the Universal offer where required.
- To play a central role in the implementation of the PCF approach to working with Children and Families & Young People in Greenwich and Bexley including; line managing staff, projects and partners working across children services, youth work and parent support to achieve objectives
- Contribute to ensuring Peabody-run services and initiatives are of the highest quality and make a real difference to residents and the community
- Contribute to ensuring our strategy addresses the priorities of our residents and they are effectively involved in decision making at all levels (including through forums, surveys, focus groups and steering groups)
- Support the development of our relevant relationships with strategic partners within the local authority, health services, schools and the private and voluntary sector to maximise their contribution to programmes and the services and opportunities available to local residents
- Contribute to the development of sustainable funding models for the long-term, proactively seeking out funding opportunities and responding to them.
- Ensure the work is effectively monitored and evaluated, working with internal audit teams.
- Build excellent relationships internally with key staff across the business to ensure we deliver a ‘joined up’ offer to residents
- Working with our central Communications team as needed, ensuring that Children, family and young people’s programmes and services are effectively promoted to residents and the wider community
- Work with other area-based initiatives within the Peabody Community Foundation, sharing learning and contributing to the development of Peabody’s longer term approach
- Appropriately safeguard any child, young person or family members who are identified to be at risk and ensure the best practice applied
- Co-ordinate research with residents and stakeholders to identify their priorities and perceptions including: collating and analysing existing data in target areas and undertaking primary and secondary research or co-ordinating 3rd parties to do so.
- Report on progress towards the development of area plans, producing and maintaining project plans, action plans and reports for a variety of audiences.
- To adopt a Human Centred, Systems Thinking approach in line with Peabody’s values and strategic priorities.
- Support the Children, Families and Young Peoples lead to manage the governance of the Children’s Community Strategic Group and sub groups and deliver against the annual work plan in line with the theory of change
- Manage externally funded contracts, ensuring all delivery targets are met and reporting is completed to deadline
You will have:
- A track record of delivering community programmes that aim to improve outcomes for children and families and or young people
- Experience of developing new projects and excellent project management skills
- The ability to think analytically and work to support a complex partnership to achieve its long-term goals
- An awareness of the evidence base on improving outcomes for children and families
- Experience of demonstrating the impact of projects/services and meeting the demands of funders/evaluators
- Experience of effectively safeguarding children and knowledge of best practice
- Passionate about creating opportunities for disadvantaged people and an active commitment to equal opportunities, with the ability to work in culturally diverse communities and groups
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills, with the ability to communicate well with both residents and professionals
- Ability to effectively monitor and report on related income and expenditure
- A track record of successful fundraising
- IT literate with the understanding and ability to use Microsoft Office effectively
- Great interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate effectively with customers, staff and stakeholder
- Problem solving and analytical skills
- Ability to understand, analyse and contextualise a range of data, performance metrics and outcomes to reach conclusions and judgements.
- Organised, determined, confident and resilient
- Energetic, enthusiastic and highly motivated
- Relevant professional or occupational qualification
- Experience of working in the context of large-scale housing regeneration
This role is a 12-month fixed term contract
At Peabody, where possible, we provide flexible working opportunities from day one to our employees, as we recognise the importance of a good work-life balance; and to improve our productivity and performance, we embrace agile working, which means if you are in a desk based role, that will be a hybrid of office and home working. If your role is in a client facing environment, appropriate base location will apply.
Our mission is to help people make the most of their lives and an important part of this is to ensure that our organisation reflects the wider communities we serve. We want to attract recruit and retain a diverse, inclusive and creative workforce to give us the best opportunity to meet the diverse needs of our residents and customers. We actively encourage applications from all groups and communities, as well as from BAME, LGBTQ+ and disabled people.