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Vacancy: Community Development Manager

11 January 2014

Vacancy within the club's Community & Educational Trust department

Southend United’s Community & Educational Trust have a vacancy within their department as their Community Development Manager. Please see the job description below.

Job Description 

Job Title:  Community Development Manager

Hours of Work: 37.5 hours a week                 Salary: £30k per annum

Location: Southend United Football Club

Responsible to: Southend United Community and Educational Trust (SUCET) Chief Executive Officer

Main Purpose:

To have a good understanding of local communities and their varying needs, in conjunction with the declared strategic priorities of statutory agencies and other funders.

Identify and investigate potential funding organisations and programmes which could benefit SUCET, in particular the Lottery, Central Government, European Union and private sector sources in order to ensure that a wide range of funding sources is accessed.

Design and agree a mechanism for identifying suitable projects for funding and for developing these projects into well presented bids so that they are most likely to be successful.

Devise, in conjunction with SUCET members and partners, suitable bids for successful presentation to external funding agencies in order to maximize the external funding for SUCET and to enable it to achieve its strategic priorities.

Develop and manage suitable financial and administrative systems for controlling and monitoring the spending of externally sourced funds so that the requirements of the funding bodies are professionally and efficiently satisfied and that the benefits from the funding secured are maximized.

For the avoidance of doubt, a key success criterion for this post holder will be to successfully secure external funds for SUCET.

Specific purpose:

To be responsible for coordinating and writing reports for funding bodies and the Trustees as required.

To support the strategic management, forward planning and vision of SUCET to enable it to successfully expand its education and community provision to a wide range of social groups and communities

To network with other local agencies in the public, voluntary and private sectors in order to identify opportunities for future service development to meet identified needs of the community. 

To contribute to local priorities and plans in order to achieve better education and health outcomes for local communities.

Have a good understanding and be able to contribute to business plans, risk management policies, funding plans and influence the strategic vision of SUCET.

To identify and engage with local consortia and fora that will drive forward the work of SUCET. Work with identified staff members to develop community projects in the fields of Education, Social Inclusion, Sports Participation, Health and Disability. 

As a Senior Officer the post holder must ensure equality of opportunity is afforded to all persons (both staff members and programme participants), actively seeking to eliminate any direct or indirect discriminatory practices/ behavior.

In addition the post holder must be familiar and comply with all relevant Health and Safety, Management of Risk, Operational, Personnel, Data Protection and Financial Regulations policies and procedures.

Special conditions:

To keep records of financial spend and maintain records, statistics and information, both quantitative and qualitative, for monitoring purposes and contribute to the on-going development of the organisation.

The post holder will be required to work some evening and weekends as the requirements of the job demands

To undertake other duties and responsibilities as required from time to time commensurate with the grade of the post.

Further information:

Southend United Community and Educational Trust is a Best Practice Employer and is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. It expects all staff and employees to share this commitment.  Staff should understand the Trust’s safeguarding policy, procedures and best practice guidelines and use this understanding to ensure safe working practices, appropriate reporting of concerns and contribute positively to an environment that is free of bullying and harassment.  Employment will be subject to a satisfactory Enhanced DBS Disclosure and two written references.

Southend United Community and Educational Trust is an Equal Opportunities employer.

To apply for the post, please complete a SUCET application form and send with an attached C.V to Dale Spiby, Southend United Community & Educational Trust, Roots Hall, Victoria Ave, Southend on Sea, SS2 6NQ.

For further information please visit 

Application closing date: 5pm Thursday 16 January 2014

Interview date: week commencing: 27 January 2014

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