Volunteer Development Manager (maternity cover)

Volunteer Development Manager (maternity cover)
The Engine House, Swindon, SN2 2EH
£28,000/full time/fixed term
Job type
Fixed Term Contract

Working in close partnership with the Head of Volunteering and the other members of the Volunteer Development Team, you will play a key role in coordinating and driving new projects to increase volunteer activity across English Heritage.

As part of our strategic plan, we are looking to find new ways to involve more people in our work. Our heritage is for everyone and people are keen to participate in protecting and illuminating it.

Volunteers form a key part of that collective movement to ensure the past is protected for future generations and the historic environment is understood, valued, cared for and enjoyed.

Joining a small team based in our Swindon office, you will help drive forward the next phase of our volunteering strategy, to provide quality experiences to engage with the history and heritage of local communities through volunteering.

Volunteering can help English Heritage involve the public in a way that is different from interaction with paid staff as it develops skills on both sides of the manager-volunteer relationship; and it capitalises on the variety of skills, experience and knowledge that volunteers bring.

In order to achieve ambitious targets for growth, we intend to expand our offer strengthening best practice in our existing volunteering programmes whilst also broadening our appeal to be more inclusive. You'll have the opportunity to shape how we welcome and support our volunteers, as well as shouting about the impact that volunteering is having across the Charity.

Whilst articulating and managing clear routes into volunteering for prospective volunteers, you will work closely with the wider Volunteer Team as well as colleagues in Marketing to ensure a fit for purpose volunteer recruitment marketing offer, including the development of a volunteering brand, website and social media offer that appeals to new and diverse audiences.

You will have a passion for working with volunteers and enjoy being a part of a busy team with constantly changing priorities. As a confident communicator, you will be comfortable building rapport with staff and volunteers and using your skills to ensure good practice around the recruitment, training, support, retention and recognition of volunteers.

As a natural problem solver you will seek to use your initiative to overcome practical issues that come up as part of supporting volunteering at historic properties. With the ability to lead on the development of processes and procedures, you will be able to also manage the unexpected when it arises.

Your delivery style will demonstrate the English Heritage behaviours of Collaboration, Innovation and Empowerment in everything that you do.

You will have a thirst for continuous self-development and be able to demonstrate a sound understanding of the voluntary sector. Highly collaborative, you will work to engage a range of stakeholders to support the charity's objectives. With the ability to influence and challenge where necessary you will build strong working relationships across a variety of levels within the organisation.

You'll find it's a workplace like no other - taking you behind the scenes of these extraordinary sites and supporting you to share your ideas, inspire others and make a difference.

You'll also be joining our charity which through our 400 historic monuments, buildings and sites, brings the story of England to life for over 10 million visitors each year.

English Heritage offers a competitive salary, a generous pension scheme, 25 days holiday (plus bank holidays) and other financial and non-financial lifestyle benefits.

Closing date: 29/03/2018 23:59:59

You will need to refer to the following documents when completing your application.

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