Community Development Lead
Salary: Starting from £32,909 to £37,261 per annum
Grade: Grade 6
Hours: 37 per week
Place of work: Portland House, Worthing
Closing date: 7th December 2022
Adur and Worthing Councils share an ambition to empower local people and local communities to take a leading role in shaping and making decisions that will affect their lives, their families, their communities and their places.
As part of this, the Councils are investing to develop a strong culture and practice of participation both as an organisation and in our work with communities.
This role is designed to make the join between our participation ambition and our Housing Transformation work which is focused on rebuilding the Adur Homes Housing Service from the residents’ perspective.
In the short term this role will be pivotal in shaping a new culture of trust between Adur Homes residents and the Councils, whilst in the longer term, this role will be instrumental in laying the foundation for future co-production of council services and Projects.
To succeed in this role you’ll:
- have knowledge of and experience in a tenant engagement or community development role.
- be able to demonstrate your experience of reviewing, developing and redesigning community engagement in partnership with residents.
- have experience of working with volunteers.
- be familiar with asset based approaches to community development.
- be able to communicate with people with different levels of literacy and communication ability.
- be able to act assertively and decisively when dealing with challenging situations.
- have excellent interpersonal skills and act with tact and diplomacy.
Main duties of the post:
- To build trusting relationships with Adur Homes residents, mixed tenure residents in both Adur and Worthing and residents groups.
- To work with residents to identify opportunities for community organising such as community events, community gardening and community circles.
- Manage and organise community engagement and projects
- Deliver measurable outcomes in improved levels of engagement and participation of resident communities.
- Ensure that resident groups are supported, effective, well represented and trained and compliant with their constitutions and terms of reference.
- To work with residents to develop community culture, agency and pride.
- To work with residents, colleagues and partners to source and bid for local community grant funding to benefit residents and the wider community.
Staff are our most important asset and we therefore have a benefit package which reflects our continuing commitment to our employees. This includes:
Generous leave entitlement; a minimum of 25 days + Bank Holiday entitlement
Local Government Pension
Training & development
Employee Assistance Programme (EAP)
Flexible working options
We are committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive community - a place where we can all be ourselves and succeed on merit. Staff work in a supportive and safe environment, recognising their responsibility to value and respect each other’s contributions. Standards of conduct must be of the highest level to ensure that no-one is harassed, bullied or victimised. We offer a range of family friendly, inclusive employment policies, staff engagement forums and are keen to hear from applicants from a variety of different backgrounds.