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Volunteering and Engagement Coordinator

Reference   (Please mention Stopdodo/Environment Jobs in your application)
Sectors Sustainability, Climate, CSR, EMS
Location England (North East) - UK
Town/City Jesmond Dene
Salary Additional Information £25,000 per annum
Salary (Minimum)
Salary (Maximum)
Type Fixed Term and Permanent Roles
Status Full Time
Level Mid Level
Deadline 03/08/2020
Company Name Urban Green Newcastle
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Website Further Details / Applications
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Directory Entry : Urban Green Newcastle is an independent charity which is responsible for the management & upkeep of the city’s 33 parks and 61 allotment sites. For jobs with Urban Green Newcastle please visit their website.
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Responsible To:   Director of Parks and Allotments

Responsible For:  Will supervise volunteers, interns and assistant staff as necessary.  Some responsibility for small to medium projects and budget management.

Job Purpose:

The Volunteering and Engagement Coordinator role is integral to Urban Green Newcastle being seen as a fresh, inclusive and welcoming organisation, which not only attracts people to spend time in our parks and allotments but encourages them to support us with their time and energy. Working with colleagues and partners, the Volunteering and Engagement Coordinator will build and maintain our reputation for being the place to come for enriching, rewarding and exciting volunteering and engagement opportunities.  While constantly seeking new and innovative ways of broadening our appeal, the role will develop and promote the volunteer offer, helping existing supporters feel valued and supported, and creating new approaches to inspire and motivate a diverse range of people to become involved.  At the same time, the role will ensure that Urban Green Newcastle engages with as wide an audience as possible, enthusing people about our parks and allotments, encouraging more people to use and enjoy them, and using these opportunities to help build skills and capacity. 

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

The following is typical of the duties the postholder will be expected to perform. It is not necessarily exhaustive and other duties of a similar nature and level may be

required from time to time.

  • Develop and grow an exemplary volunteering offer across the parks and allotments, providing diverse opportunities to improve the experience for current volunteers, whilst broadening the appeal and encouraging wider involvement.
  • Work closely with other colleagues and partners to develop a varied programme of activities across parks and allotments, including educational opportunities, to engage and inspire the community.
  • Identify, develop and manage relationships with key stakeholders (both internally and externally), members of the community and local groups, developing new areas for partnerships and joint working and inspiring new audiences to become involved with Urban Green Newcastle.
  • Develop and manage strategies and systems to support the volunteering and engagement role, including creating databases, guidance, and carrying out high quality marketing and communication.
  • Coach, mentor and support others (including colleagues) in developing skills to ensure Urban Green Newcastle provides a supportive environment to deliver high quality engagement and volunteering opportunities, sharing knowledge and experience to build capacity. 
  • Develop opportunities for skills development, educational activities, training and apprenticeships across the Urban Green estate, in association with key partners.
  • Research and analyse trends in volunteering and engagement, to innovate and pilot new ideas, and undertake evaluation to ensure continual improvement.
  • Establish effective systems to identify and manage the risks associated with volunteering and engagement activities, and ensure that these processes are followed to comply with the relevant national legislation and guidance, and internal policies.
  • Lead on, or support, the development of projects and plans, in close association with partners where possible, and contribute to their financial monitoring and delivery.
  • Seek creative solutions for funding Urban Green Newcastle activities, and support the production of funding applications, accreditation applications or bids, and monitor any budget allocated.
  • Actively promote Urban Green Newcastle, and reflect the passion and commitment required to build a new organisation that is striving to be the best in all we do.

Job Description and Person Specification

Application Form

Equality and Diversity Monitoring Form

Deadline for all applications: Monday 3rd August 2020, 9:00 am

Please send your completed Application Form and Equality and Diversity Monitoring Form to recruitment@urbangreennewcastle.org. Please note that we do not accept CVs. 

Interviews will be held via Zoom, w/c 10th August 2020. Please clearly state on the continuation sheet on the last page of the application form any dates that you are unavailable for interview.

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