Director of community play project

Location: Kennington, London
Contract: Permanent, 4 days a week. 28 hours per week.
Salary: £28,000  
Reports to: Trustees
Deadline: 17th August. Interviews to take place the following week.

Lollard Street Adventure Playground is seeking a passionate and visionary leader to shape the next stage of our growth and lead our small enthusiastic team. Lollard Street Adventure Playground was one of the first adventure playgrounds in England, built in 1946 on the site of a bombed out school. Starved of funding for decades, it had fallen into disrepair before being closed by Lambeth Council due to austerity cuts in 2012.  The Kennington Association took over in 2013 and transformed this historic site, so that it is once again at the heart of our local community, bringing children and young people of diverse backgrounds and their families together. We are an oasis of children’s play where they can truly be themselves and initiate their own projects attracting over 70 children every session.

For this role as Director you will oversee the running and development of the whole community project. You will nurture relationships with a wide range of local organisations in our diverse community. You will lead on the strategy, developing the vision, mission and values of the playground.

You will provide financial stability and take full responsibility for the financial health of the project and oversee our fundraising strategy. Managing a case load of grants from organisations such as BBC Children in Need and Comic Relief.

You will lead a team of playworkers, youth-workers bike project workers inclusion workers and volunteers, developing a supportive team around you.

You will lead on all safeguarding policies and procedures for the project making sure good practise is adhered to throughout. 

You will supervise the management of the facilities to ensure they keep to our high standards and meet all health and safety regulations. You will oversee the hiring out of all our facilities and encourage new groups to use our space in creative ways.

Working with and developing the management committee (Kennington Association) is a core part of the success of this project as well as working with all key stakeholders such as local schools, Lambeth Council, children and young people, parents and carers, youth organisations and the police.

You will be the projects spokesperson protecting and enhancing the projects reputation and seeking new opportunities to grow and collaborate with other agencies and organisations.

We have planning permission for a new community building on the site of our existing one (circa 1956 prefab), so you will take the lead in ensuring the building project runs smoothly and to budget, working closely with architects and contractors.

While this is a, permanent position, we are committed to offering flexible working arrangements and are open to discussion regarding how this flexibility might be achieved. 


Personal Specification

Skills and Abilities

  • Ability to advocate for children’s free play.

  • Understanding of the importance of risk in children’s play.

  • Experience of working with children and young people (6-16) in a free play setting

  • Excellent team leader and able to motivate a team to work well with the children and with each other.

  • Experience of writing successful funding applications and ability to monitor and evaluate projects

  • Ability to write regular reports for the management committee and deal confidently with Lambeth Council and professional bodies.

  • Update and review policies in the light of changing legislation and good practice.

  • Good IT skills including excel worksheets

  • Good networking skills to engage more organisations.

  • Ability to work flexibly and manage their own time well.

  • Good knowledge of safeguarding policies and procedures preferably up to Level 3.



Qualifications and experience

  • Qualification in play-work is desirable, or other relevant qualification.

  • Experience of working with children and young people who have special educational needs or physical disabilities.

  • Experience of managing community projects

  • Excellent communication skills

  • Experience of applying for and managing funding grants.

  • Experience of being involved in building projects is desirable.

  • Experience of managing volunteers.


Must have a current DBS and will be required to apply for a new one.


For an application pack please email [email protected]


For more information, please contact us on 0207 793 9592 (Phil) or 0207 091 0841 (Anna) or visit their website

To apply please contact the email address via the apply button below for an application pack.