Vi-Ability, the UK Social Enterprise of the Year in 2015, successfully partners with sports clubs to enhance the lives of the local community through education and inspiration. Such work has resulted in the creation of a community hub model – whereby a club at the heart of the local community is thriving, financially stable, and providing opportunities for individuals to develop skills & broaden horizons through education, participation, volunteering and employment.
The Community Development Officer role is being created to deliver our “More than a Club” project in Pembrokeshire. The “More than a Club” pilot project is supported by the Ireland Wales European Territorial Co-Operation programme, which is helping to strengthen collaboration between Ireland and Wales to address common economic and social challenges. The project aims to develop new social enterprises aligned with professional football clubs in Ireland (via the FA Ireland) and Wales which will design, develop and deliver innovative social programmes centred on health, education and social inclusion.
These entities will be created as sustainable social enterprises by linking with a variety of agencies locally and nationally to deliver important community programmes. The project objectives in Wales will be replicated in Ireland and there will be a great deal of co-operation between Vi-Ability and the FAI. Vi-Ability now wishes to recruit a Community Development Officer who will be responsible for designing, delivering and developing the work of the Social Enterprise on behalf of the local football club based in Pembrokeshire – Haverfordwest AFC.
Reporting to Vi-Ability’s Operations Manager, the Community Development Officer will be responsible for the delivery of the community focused programmes associated with the “More than a Club” project, such as Vi-Ability’s own Run the Club programme, walking sport programmes and, dementia related interventions.
Alongside this, the Community Development Officer will:
- Work as part of a multi-disciplinary team to assist in the delivery of socially focussed programmes, services and events in the football club’s local community, including (but not limited to) football themed education/health programmes for school children, working with elderly and other groups of marginalised people and facilitating football activities for people with disabilities
- Liaise and co-operate with a broad range of community service providers including Local Authorities, Social Services, various Government Departments and other relevant statutory agencies in the design, development and delivery of socially focussed programmes;
- Liaise and co-operate with a variety of community groups and organisations to develop and maintain community relationships and to identify target clientele for the Football Enterprise programmes;
- Assist in the delivery of a range of social services in the community
- Set work targets
- Keep up to date with local, regional and national developments in the education, health and welfare sector, in relation to both policy and practice;
- Help to identify opportunities to create new income streams via fundraising events, philanthropy, corporate social responsibility, charitable foundations and EU and statutory funding avenues;
- Co-operate with the project team to develop the commercial potential of the services delivered by the Enterprise;
- Assist in relevant grant applications related to ongoing work;
- Co-operate with the project team to collate information and assist in the preparation of reports for the project management team, steering committee and EU funding office;
- Carry out performance management duties for the Enterprise Assistant;
- Co-operate with the project evaluation team once appointed;
- Assist with communication/marketing activities (as requested).
Key Skills Required
- Have experience of working in community development projects/social inclusion programmes with economically, socially, geographically and / or educationally disadvantaged people;
- Demonstrate stakeholder management skills with ability to build and maintain effective working relationships;
- Have an understanding of how social enterprises operate;
- A knowledge of the role of the local statutory and voluntary sectors in relation to sports development;
- Knowledge of national and local statutory agencies which could directly affect the project is essential. In particular, Local Authorities, Education and Training Boards and the Health Service Executive;
- A knowledge of the local and regional football landscape and the operations of local sports clubs would be an advantage;
- Have a sound understanding of the promotion of social inclusion through sport.
- Degree level or equivalent in a relevant field such as sport, youth/community, business development;
- Hold a recognised training qualification (e.g. Level 3 Education and Training);
Abilities, skills and knowledge
- Ability to work with people from a range of cultural, social, ethnic backgrounds and with different skills;
- Ability to work on own initiative;
- Innovative and creative;
- Welsh speaker (desirable)
- Good written and spoken communication skills;
- Excellent presentation skills;
- Computer literate;
- A team player who is self-motivated and reliable;
- Hold a full UK Driving Licence;
- Commitment to Vi-Ability’s values and a working style that reflects these.
This information is available in Welsh upon request. Vi-Ability welcomes applications in both Welsh and English.
Applicants should apply by sending a CV and cover letter. Cover letters should be no more than 2 pages and outline how you meet the person specification as listed above. CVs submitted without a cover letter will not be considered.