Community Development Worker

Closing date:Sunday 18 April 2021
Remote Working / Hartlepool

Annual salary - £24,315

Hours - Full time, 35 hours per week

Term - Fixed term until 4 March 2022 (we are open to secondment opportunities)

About the role

JRHT’s role in Hartlepool is key to work in the town to develop locally owned and driven solutions to poverty. The Hartlepool Action Lab’s approach of identifying and drawing together assets, ideas, energy and resources is an important contributor to change in the town -

Our work aims to be agile and creative in addressing problems, supporting communities to find and implement local solutions to poverty. Since 2016, this has created locally driven projects working on issues ranging from housing, volunteering, community development, benefits, energy, food and digital inclusion.

The post offers an exciting opportunity to work alongside others – local residents, voluntary organisations, the public sector and businesses – in shaping and supporting actions that make a genuine impact on poverty and build the strengths and resources of those involved.

About you

You will possess excellent interpersonal skills and your ability to build and maintain effective working relationships will be at the forefront of everything you do. As someone who is able to plan effectively you will have experience of working in a collaborative and community-based way.

If you have experience of working with diverse groups and communities and are able to understand the lived experience of others and use that to inform thinking and advocate for change, then we would love to hear from you.

You will need to have solid experience of working with and establishing positive relationships with a range of groups and organisations in community settings. You will also have the ability to analyse and interpret information and then communicate effectively through a variety of media and to a range of audiences.

Managing competing deadlines and taking a planned approach to your work are seen as essential as are solid communication skills and the ability to build rapport with others.

This post gives an excellent opportunity to gain experience in a leading social change organisation and make a difference in your local community. The role can be undertaken remotely but will include extensive travel in and around Hartlepool once restrictions lift.

About us

The Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) is an independent social change organisation working to solve UK poverty. The Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust (JRHT) is a registered housing association and care provider in Yorkshire and the North East. JRF and JRHT are two important influencing organisations with an ambitious agenda for inspiring positive change in the UK in line with our vision of a prosperous and poverty free UK.

How to apply

Please send your CV and a written statement (no more than 2 sides of A4) outlining your suitability for the role (incomplete applications will not be considered) and email to [email protected]

Please also complete the Monitoring form detailed below.

Closing date for applications is Sunday 18 April 2021.

Interviews will be held on Wednesday 28 April 2021.

Due to current Covid-19 Social Distancing requirements, interviews will take place using Microsoft Teams.

Application documents

Our commitment to equality, diversity, and inclusion

At JRF/JRHT we believe in giving everyone an equal chance to succeed. Applications are welcome from all regardless of age, disability, marriage or civil partnership, pregnancy or maternity, religion or belief, race, sex, sexual orientation, trans status or social economic background. We positively encourage applications from people with experience of living in poverty.

We are a Disability Confident Employer. This means that we are committed to the recruitment, progression and retention of disabled individuals. We shall also offer interviews to disabled candidates who meet the minimum criteria for the job. If you have a disability, please tell us if you would like to be considered for an interview under the Disability Confident Scheme.