Youth community organiser

Contract: One year fixed term in the first instance, with the possibility of renewal subject to funding and organisational need.

Salary: £15,039

Hours:  22.5 hours a week across 4 days 

Location: Based at TCC’s office in Wrexham. The work will be delivered in a variety of locations across Wrexham, Flintshire, and Denbighshire, with occasional travel and evening/weekend work.

Reports to: Lead community organiser.

Closing date for applications: Midday on Wednesday 29th August 2018

Interview date: Wednesday 12th September 2018.

Background and purpose of the job

TCC is the longest established community organising group in the UK, and tackles social injustice by supporting diverse communities to gain the power they need to enact change. We do this through community organising: bringing together local groups, supporting them to set their own agenda, take action, and improve their communities. Our members are many different faith groups, community organisations, and schools from across Wrexham, Flintshire, and Denbighshire. Any of our members can raise an issue for TCC to work on, meaning we are a truly democratic, grassroots led organisation.

The youth and community organiser will join a small team with three other members of staff based in Wrexham. They will work with TCC’s existing contacts in local schools, community organisations, and faith groups, developing a programme which will develop young people as community leaders, using community organising techniques. The work will involve training young people in active citizenship and community organising. The youth and community organiser will then guide young people in identifying issues affecting their own lives, and will support them to take action to improve things for themselves, meeting directly with power holders. We are looking for someone able to facilitate young people having a greater influence on the decisions made about them. The successful candidate will need to be someone who is not only confident enough to challenge people in power, but is able to inspire young people to do the same, in a constructive and effective way.

As part of a small team, the community organiser is required to be involved with all aspects of running a small organisation, including fundraising, report writing, and administration.

Key tasks will include:

• Using community organising methodology to work with children and young people.

• Leading workshops and training sessions for children and young people, giving them the skills and confidence to be active in their communities.

• Supporting children and young people to develop the issues that surface in their communities into focused and well-targeted pieces of public action, to bring about real change.

• Building relationships with key public figures, service-providers, and power-holders.

• Working with the lead organiser to identify and develop young community leaders from TCC’s existing membership.

• Working with the lead organiser to develop strategic campaigns and actions which will involve young people and adults.

• Working with the lead organiser to identify and develop new ways to expand the role of youth and community organiser and TCC’s work.

• Keeping abreast of economic developments, public policy, social trends, and local and national power relations.

• Contributing to and developing TCC’s overall work, supporting the lead organiser.

• Assisting on TCC’s general training.

• Updating TCC’s website and using social media.

• Working with the lead organiser to make the post sustainable at the end of the funding period, and assisting with general fundraising for TCC.

• Any other tasks as may be required.

Terms and conditions:

 • One year fixed term contract, with the possibility of renewal.

• You will be employed by TCC (Together Creating Communities / Trefnu Cymunedol Cymru).

• Salary to be paid on the JNC salary scale. Employees can progress one salary point per year, subject to satisfactory annual review, up to a maximum of point 19 (currently £28,404).

• Annual leave starting at 23 days holiday per annum pro rata (plus statutory bank holidays), increasing 1 day per year of service up to a maximum of 30 days pro rata.

• A pension contribution of 10% of salary, subject to the employee contributing 5%.

• 6 month probationary period.

• Must have access to use of a vehicle – expenses paid at 45p a mile.

• Any offer of employment will be subject to a satisfactory disclosure report from a DBS check. Having a conviction will not necessarily bar you from employment, it will depend on the circumstances and relevance to the post

Person specification

E = essential criteria. D = desirable criteria.

Experience

Experience of working with children and young people. E

Experience of leading successful training sessions or workshops. E

Experience of motivating, inspiring & leading others. E

Experience of community organising. D

Experience of supporting children and young people to take action. D

Experience of working with power holders or public figures. D

Experience of organising public events. D

Experience of project management. D

Experience of fundraising and/or bid writing. D

Experience of being involved with/leading effective community campaigns. D

Experience of contributing to or writing funding applications. D

Eperience of fundraising. D

Experience in writing successful press releases and responding to press enquiries. D

 

Skills

Is able to build relationships quickly with a wide range of people, children and adults. E

Excellent IT skills, with a high level of proficiency in packages such as Microsoft Word, Excel, and Publisher. Able to manage own administration. E

A high level of internet proficiency, able to conduct online research and use social media. E

Able to write reports, make public presentations and develop publicity which will further the work of TCC. E

Self-motivating, can work independently, and manage own time. E

Can think strategically and also pay close attention to detail. E

Can work as part of a small team. E

Able to communicate effectively in oral and written English. E

Able to communicate effectively in Welsh. D

Knowledge of website management and development. D

Ability to create / edit photo and video media. D

Experience of design work using digital programs (e.g. Adobe Creative suite/ Photoshop /InDesign or similar). D

 

Qualities

Has a passion for social justice tempered with a strategic approach to bringing about change. E

A strog commitment to TCC’s vision and values. E

Has an informed interest in public life & current affairs. E

Understands and respects the values of Christianity and other major faith traditions. Able to identify with, and work with people from different faith traditions and none. D

Qualifications

Qualifications equivalent to Level 2 in English and Maths, e.g. GCSEs graded A*- C. E

Educated to degree level or higher. D

 Holds a relevant qualification e.g. in youth/community work or politics. D

 

Other

Able to work some evenings & weekends. E

Willingness to travel around the UK, including some overnight stays. E

Willingness to undergo training. E

Provision of own transport. E

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