Lincoln Community Development Worker Project (trading as developmentplus) is a community development organisation which has worked across the County of Lincolnshire since 1997. We are a registered charity and company limited by guarantee. We work alongside people in their community, facilitating their involvement in decisions that affect their lives, supporting them to identify and develop initiatives that they feel will improve their quality of life socially, environmentally, economically and through learning. All of our work is based on the values of community development, working alongside people and not imposing our views on them but valuing their skills and abilities, ensuring their participation and providing opportunities for their personal development. Our purpose is to help communities develop, through the use of community development skills, and we recognize that there are communities of interest and geography, and we will work with both.
We are seeking to employ one of two part time Project Officers. The post is funded through the City of Lincoln Council to support 4 of the 8 Neighbourhood Boards across the City. The second post will be based with the VCS in City Hall and will support the remaining 4.
The two Project Officers will work closely together to provide a holistic package of support to all 8 Boards across the City. It will be essential for the worker to network and develop relationships with other providers of services.
The developmentplus Project Officer will be responsible to the General Manager who will provide day to day line management / supervision.
- Fixed term post funded for one year.
- Main office: Queens Park Community Hub, South Park, Lincoln, LN5 8EW
- The employer is developmentplus, contract issued on appointment.
- Hours per week are 14 per week – normally worked around core hours Monday to Friday, but required on occasions to work outside of normal office hours in agreement with the employer.
- Salary £8,918 for 14 hours per week.
- Access to relevant training.
Support the wider project team to develop the Neighbourhood Boards within the City of Lincoln to increase their resilience and ensure that are capable of moving community aspiration forward and holding the council and other agencies to account :-
1) Improving the governance and administration resilience of the boards;
2) Upskilling of the community representatives on the boards including ward councillors;
3) Attracting and supporting residents within the area to support the work of the local board;
4) Providing each board with the ability and confidence to help them identify the needs and desires of the local communities that they serve;
5) Support the boards to understand what type of funding exists and how it can be accessed.
- Co-ordinate and liaise with Neighbourhood Boards including arranging and facilitating meetings and workshops.
- Act as the main point of contact for four of the Neighbourhood Boards within the City.
- Carry out an audit of each of the Boards to identify how effective they are at representing the communities that they serve.
- Review the terms of reference produced by the Neighbourhood Boards and through consultation amend them as appropriate (including their vision, working arrangements, governance and membership).
- Carry out a skills audit for each board and identify training requirements.
- Co-ordinate and work with local partner organisations to identify shared aspirations and mechanisms for effective local delivery by the Boards.
- Support the development of a communications strategy for each Board to ensure effective engagement with the local community.
- Support the development and implementation of a performance management framework to help the Boards measure their success and impact.
- Develop promotional materials appropriate to the specific job tasks.
- Create and sustain links with key personnel and agencies to develop effective partnership working.
- Support management to undertake risk assessments relating to the project, enact recommendations and operate in accordance with all Urban Challenge policies and practices.
- Collect and collate information, and produce reports for monitoring and evaluation purposes.
- Undertake relevant training as directed.
- Other general duties appropriate to the level of responsibility of the post.