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BuDS is a mainly volunteer charity but we do have a growing number of paid opportunities too.

Project Co-Ordinator

Overview

BuDS is a collaborative community where disabled people help each other and work together as volunteers on the charity’s projects and activities. Many of our disabled volunteers are jobseekers and we have always actively supported them to move closer to and enter employment. Our project to do this is called Reach4Work and it has been very successful over the years. During 2020, with funding by SEMLEP, Reach4Work expanded and opened up new opportunities and ideas, including a digital skills project called R4W Digital. We now wish to grasp those opportunities by expanding and developing Reach4Work into a bigger and even more effective project, using a recent grant by Children in Need.

The Reach4Work team will include 3 part-time staff and a number of BuDS volunteers for whom this role will have line management responsibility. The paid staff will be the R4W Personal Development Advisor, R4W Career Advisor and R4W Digital Team Coordinator. You will also work closely with BuDS Ambassadors and key stakeholder contacts including DWP.

Main Responsibilities

  • Quickly establish a close working relationship with your executive Trustee(s) and make yourself familiar with the R4W project and the plans and expectations for it.
  • Quickly establish a close working relationship with your staff and volunteer team.
  • With your team members, agree a Project Plan to reach the goals and outcomes of each aspect of the Reach4Work project, broken down into final, monthly and weekly objectives.
  • With your team members, agree a Team Development Plan to move the team toward having full capacity and quality in order to achieve its goals. The TDP may include recruitment, training and personal development targets and should dovetail with individual development targets or plans for team members.
  • Host and run a weekly team meeting for the R4W project as well as fortnightly supervision session with your designated trustee.
  • Between team meetings, be available to and support as appropriate all team members with the achievement of their tasks. Where team members are themselves volunteer jobseekers, prepare with them an Individual Development Plan and regularly monitor progress towards this and which barriers to progress need still to be removed.

Person Specification

  • Thorough understanding of the nature of this role and relevant experience of disability employment projects and work, including social model support for disabled people.
  • Relevant experience in one or more of the below:
    • team facilitation, social model support for disabled people, outcome-based project work, project planning and management, volunteer facilitation, Agile working in a non-IT/software setting.
  • Good IT knowledge and working ability to use Office 365 & Microsoft Teams.
  • Organised and self-motivated and able to work effectively remotely from home.
  • Must be able to work cooperatively and effectively with a wide variety of people including disabled people with impairments of all types.
  • Understanding and personal commitment to the Social Model of disability and the barrier-removal method of working which is central to the social model.

Benefits

  • Remote working opportunity
  • Flexible working hours
  • Learn more about remote team working and Agile principles
  • Being part of a great support network

Safeguarding 

BuDS is committed to safeguarding all those with whom it works. This post will be subject to an enhanced Disclosure & Barring check before appointment. Character and professional referees will also be taken up on appointment. BuDS will assess any safeguarding risk disclosed by the check or references in accordance with our safeguarding policy.  Post-holders will be required to follow BuDS safe working practices which include using only the charity’s secure monitored IT network for communications and joint working. Secure laptops will be provided if not already owned.

BuDS is an equal opportunities employer. If you have any specific requirements or require assistance or reasonable adjustments to be made for you during the selection process, we will accommodate them. These posts are open to all and disabled people with relevant experience and skills are actively encouraged to apply.

The salary is negotiable in the range £12-14 per hour for 25 hours per week for 12 months.

To express an interest and get further information, please e-mail [email protected]