Location: Bristol, London or Sheffield Office with occasional working from home. Travel to other offices on occasions.

Hours: 35 hours per week

Contract: Fixed term, 12-month contract – November 2019 to November 2020

Salary: £30,000 per annum for a full-time role (£33,500 if based in our London Office)

Reports to: Head of Research & Policy

Direct reports: One intern

Deadline for applications: 10am on 16th September 2019.

Interviews to be held: 25th and 26th September 2019.

This role will appeal to you if you enjoy managing a diverse portfolio of commissioned research projects. Our research is delivered by academics, think tank-ers, and community researchers, and we ensure quality and coherence across the research programme. You’ll be liaising with our researchers, helping to get their work published and communicated, and drawing out insights from the whole body of our research to support learning within the organisation as well as our policy development and advocacy work.

Research and evidence are held in high regard at Power to Change, which is why 5% of our endowment is dedicated to research and evaluation. It’s a great environment to work in, contributing knowledge in a genuinely interesting and under-researched area. You’ll be part of a small team – the Research Institute comprises 5 staff – and will have plenty of opportunity to contribute to the future development of our work.

You will be working closely with other like-minded passionate professionals in our organisation to build the profile of a movement that will change the face of the country.

Power to Change is an independent charitable trust that supports community businesses in England, endowed by the National Lottery Community Fund. Our vision is better places through community business. We want to back people to build successful community businesses for the benefit of their local places.

Role purpose:

To support the Head of Research with the management of our research programme and to carry out discrete research or analysis activities

Stakeholders:

  • Power to Change colleagues
  • Commissioned researchers and research grantees
  • Research Associates delivering specific pieces of work for us
  • Academics, community business leaders, and others (from e.g. think tanks, central and local government) via our Research Advisory Panel

Key responsibilities:

Project and portfolio management:

  • Across our large research programme, support the Head of Research with day-to-day contract and project management
  • Commissioning new research projects and overseeing the award of new research grants
  • Support the Head of Research with overall portfolio management, such as monitoring spend or arranging research publication schedules
  • Ensure projects comply with PtC administrative procedures and carry out administrative tasks such as updating contracts registers and CRM systems

Communication:

  • Plan and deliver research dissemination activities, including writing summaries and blogs, presenting findings at conferences or events

Line management:

  • Line manage one policy & research intern (Bristol-based)
  • Provide ad-hoc assistance to other team members as required.

This job description is issued as a guideline to assist you in your duties, it is not exhaustive. Because of the evolving nature and changing demands of our work this job description may be subject to change. You may, on occasions, be required to undertake additional or other duties within the context of this job description.

Person specification:

What we’re looking for:

  • Experience of research management in social or policy research
  • 3+ years postgraduate experience
  • BA qualification in relevant discipline
  • Experience of Microsoft Excel
  • Flexible, “can do” attitude

Desired experience:

  • MA in social research or related discipline
  • An interest in the community or voluntary sector
  • Experience of managing budgets
  • Experience of using statistical analysis tools
  • Experience of Salesforce (Customer Relationship Management system)

We are an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all candidates irrespective of race, age, disability, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion or belief, or marital or civil partnership status. We will assess all applications against the requirements for this post as detailed in the job description and person specification and ask for names and education history to be removed from applications.

We are Disability Confident Committed, we welcome and respond positively to applications from disabled people. We will meet individual needs throughout the recruitment process, including making any appropriate reasonable adjustments during the interview stage and to our workplace if selected into post to support colleagues with any form of disability. If you meet the minimum requirements for the role and would like a guaranteed interview please email nicolaf@powertochange.org.uk, you do not need to share any details about your disability at this stage.

As a Mindful Employer we recognise that in the UK, people experiencing mental ill health continue to report stigma and discrimination. We are committed to creating a supportive and open culture, where colleagues are able to talk about mental health. We are also committed to ensuring that our employees feel safe in disclosing any mental health conditions and confident that they will be properly supported and offered reasonable adjustments when required.

 

If you have any questions about how Power to Change is an equal opportunities employer please contact our Diversity and Inclusion Coordinator, Edward on edwardw@powertochange.org.uk

Location: Bristol or Sheffield Offices with occasional working from home. Plus travel to other offices, including London, on occasions.

Hours: 35 hours per week

Contract: Permanent

Salary: £23,000 per annum

Reporting to: Media Relations Manager

Deadline for applications: 10am on 2nd September 2019.

Interviews to be held: 12th and 13th September 2019.

This is an exciting opportunity to join the Communications and Partnerships team of Power to Change as a full-time Communications Coordinator. We are a busy and friendly team, on a mission to grow the community business movement in England. This is an ideal opportunity for a rising marketing professional to build on their experience and make their mark on a great cause.

You will be working closely with other like-minded passionate professionals in our organisation to build the profile of a movement that will change the face of the country.

Power to Change is an independent charitable trust that supports community businesses in England, endowed by the National Lottery Community Fund. Our vision is better places through community business. We want to back people to build successful community businesses for the benefit of their local places.

Role purpose:

To support our busy press office, our marketing and communications activities, and internal communications.

Key responsibilities:

  • Write case studies, award submissions, presentations
  • Support with event organising and delivery and follow up with sector partners
  • Answer press and media queries
  • Conduct research for press and media features
  • Draft press releases
  • Create media lists using Kantar/Gorkana
  • File press and media coverage
  • Support with film and podcast production
  • Design and produce collateral for the Power to Change team
  • Support on campaigns such as Community Business Weekend
  • Update the Power to Change website via the Content Management System (CMS)
  • Ad hoc administrative tasks and respond to queries from stakeholders
  • Visit community businesses and sector partners across England
  • Provide ad-hoc assistance to other team members as required.

 

This job description is issued as a guideline to assist you in your duties, it is not exhaustive. Because of the evolving nature and changing demands of our work this job description may be subject to change. You may, on occasions, be required to undertake additional or other duties within the context of this job description.

What we’re looking for:

  • Ideally, we would like you to have experience of working or volunteering in a press office, a communications agency or working as a journalist.
  • You will be a great writer and can create engaging and compelling content suitable to a variety of audiences. This will be demonstrated by your experience of having had writing published in a blog, press release, journalistic article or similar.
  • You will have proven organisation, planning and coordination experience, preferably from working on an integrated communications campaign
  • You will have an excellent eye for detail – you could be proofing everything from concise tweets to lengthy reports
  • You will have excellent verbal communication skills with a wide-range of stakeholders ranging from the owner of a community pub to a senior politician
  • You will have experience of using Adobe Creative Cloud programmes, WordPress and Canva, or the ability to get up to speed with using these programmes

 

Who we’re looking for:

  • You’re passionate and creative with bundles of positive energy and a desire to be an integral part of the dynamic team that is making community business famous in England.
  • You can manage your own time efficiently and work independently, but you also value collaboration and working as part of a team
  • You have a willingness to learn and get stuck into different projects with enthusiasm
  • You display confidence and enthusiasm in putting over a case for community businesses in a face-to-face situation, on the phone or in writing.
  • You have an interest and understanding of current affairs and social media, and how they play into the world of community business

You’re willing to travel around England, with some overnight stays

Email a CV and covering letter to sheena.pentin@careers4change.com

We are an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all candidates irrespective of race, age, disability, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion or belief, or marital or civil partnership status. We will assess all applications against the requirements for this post as detailed in the job description and person specification and ask for names and education history to be removed from applications.

We are Disability Confident Committed, we welcome and respond positively to applications from disabled people. We will meet individual needs throughout the recruitment process, including making any appropriate reasonable adjustments during the interview stage and to our workplace if selected into post to support colleagues with any form of disability. If you meet the minimum requirements for the role and would like a guaranteed interview please email nicolaf@powertochange.org.uk, you do not need to share any details about your disability at this stage.

As a Mindful Employer we recognise that in the UK, people experiencing mental ill health continue to report stigma and discrimination. We are committed to creating a supportive and open culture, where colleagues are able to talk about mental health. We are also committed to ensuring that our employees feel safe in disclosing any mental health conditions and confident that they will be properly supported and offered reasonable adjustments when required.

If you have any questions about how Power to Change is an equal opportunities employer please contact our Diversity and Inclusion Coordinator, Edward on edwardw@powertochange.org.uk

LinkedIn ad for Talent Acquisition Specialist

Reporting to: HR Business Partner

Based: London

Salary: £33,250+ DOE

Contract: Full time but open to a 4-day week or flexibility in hours and working days

Closing date for applications: Sunday, 14th July

This is an excellent opportunity to build your career in talent acquisition and HR, working in a dynamic and growing social investment organisation. You will have the opportunity to lead on the full circle of recruitment across all Big Society Capital departments to shape and direct the way we build our teams, acquire talent and support the wider social sector.

Working closely with the HR Business Partner and our Executive Committee (ExCo) you will create a strong talent pipeline for BSC’s current and future hiring needs. You will help us build long term recruitment strategies that meet our commitment to diversity and inclusion, reflect our culture of openness and purpose and balance innovative recruitment and selection techniques with trusted relationships with external partners.

As part of the HR Team you will play a vital role in supporting the people element of our business strategy. You will help BSC manage talent to ensure we have the right people resources to grow our impact, effectiveness, sustainability, and reputation. You will be innovative in your approach to building our reputation as an employer of choice, showcasing our sector and developing strategic partnerships within the sector to help build and sustain a successful social investment market.

Key accountabilities & responsibilities:

Talent Management & Workforce Planning

  • Work with the HR Business Partner and ExCo to determine staffing needs, define and prioritise role and resourcing requirements
  • Research and implement new techniques to acquire talent for BSC. These may include secondments to and from BSC, job rotations, job shares, learning programmes and other external partnerships within the sector
  • Provide market and industry information to inform our planning process, ensure we adhere to best practice and understand our target market

Recruitment & Selection

  • Oversee our full cycle recruiting from initial job briefing to on boarding, working with the HR Assistant to plan and coordinate the process. ?
  • Develop strong working relationships with internal stakeholders and pro-actively manage expectations. ?
  • Work with managers to design job descriptions and interview questions that reflect each position’s requirements. Identify key assessment criteria that ensures an inclusive process and attracts a diverse range of candidates with the relevant competencies and who share our values. ?   
  • Use creative sourcing techniques to build an effective pipeline, which identifies and engages both active and passive candidates through a blend of recruitment methods, including social media, recruitment agencies and search firms, job boards, referrals and networking.
  • Interview candidates alongside the appropriate Managers and teams, conduct telephone interviews and alongside the HR Assistant, plan and administer other forms of assessment such as presentations and case study exercises. ?
  • Identify passive talent and build talent pools for current and future vacancies. ?
  • Be responsible for external recruitment events to introduce potential applicants to the sector and attract talent to BSC. ?
  • Assess candidate information using our Applicant Tracking System and use HR analytics to assess the effectiveness of our recruitment strategies. ?
  • Be responsible for ensuring a positive experience for the candidates applying direct to BSC, via online channels and through agencies and guide candidates on their interview journey. ?
  • Manage a range of recruitment channels including the careers page, LinkedIn, job boards, social media, internal networks and recruitment agencies and identify opportunities to further improve our employer brand and our reputation as an employer of choice. ?
  • Work with the HR Business Partner to set, generate and report KPIs that will demonstrate the impact of our people strategies and help us identify risks.

Retain & Develop

  • Be responsible for employee onboarding across BSC, coordinating HR, team and BSC inductions to ensure a consistent and well managed process that demonstrates professionalism, introduces people to our culture and ensures new hires have the necessary tools and resources to start their career with us.
  • Work with Managers to ensure thorough and appropriate team and department inductions that are consistent and reflect our values.
  • Manage any secondee programmes, learning programmes and potential job rotations, working with the HR Business Partner to ensure these programmes support our business needs, run efficiently and ensure a positive experience for programme participants.
  • Work with the HR Business Partner and our Talent Development Specialist to plan learning and development for new joiners.
    1. Policy & Procedures
  • Ensure any policies relating to recruitment and selection including our flexible working and job share policies adhere to best practice, are fit for purpose and fully support our drive for diversity and inclusion across BSC. ?
  • Support our Talent Development Specialist in the delivery of Recruitment & Selection training and be the subject matter expert in related policies and procedures. ?
  • Ensure our pre-employment checks are fit for purpose and meet the requirements of the FCA. Work with the HR Assistant to ensure an efficient and smooth process and consult with our Compliance Manager to ensure we meet the relevant regulatory requirements. ?
  • Ensure our HR systems (CascadeGo, 7Geese, BrightHR) are updated with the appropriate employment information, data and policies and that any new joiner information relating to their role and salary are up to date for payroll purposes. ?
  • Keep abreast of relevant recruitment legislation, considering its impact on BSCs recruitment strategy and suggest appropriate action. Keep managers informed of changes that may directly affect them or their teams. Ensure we work with the wider sector to share best practice, learn from each other and support sector wide initiatives. ?
  • Participate in our Diversity and Inclusion forum working with BSC colleagues and external partners to ensure we adopt the charter. ?
  • Working with the HR Assistant to manage and plan for all types of family leave ?
  • Pro-actively manage the leaver process. ?
  • Support wider HR and Core team on projects and initiatives. ?
  • Work with the HR Business Partner to ensure our People Strategy continues to reflect the talent needs of BSC. ?

Person Specification

  1. (essential)
  • Extensive experience in end-to-end recruitment with a proven track record of implementing creative solutions to the challenges of talent acquisition, managing several different roles at any one time and meeting tight deadlines ?
  • Excellent research and sourcing skills and experience of using HR Analytics to improve processes ?
  • Fluent in the use of recruitment and selection channels such as LinkedIn, CV databases, and adept at utilising a variety of marketing channels to advertise and source new talent?
  • Some generalist HR experience?
  • An interest in the work of impact investment, not for profit or charitable sectors?

Experience (desirable)

  • Experience in talent management and talent development across multiple discipline areas and levels including leadership positions?
  • Experience of managing high volume recruitment campaigns would be an advantage
  • A background in the social sector?
  • Candidates who have previous experience of recruiting within a start-up, the social sector or financial services would be highly desirable?
  • A mix of in-house and agency recruitment experience?
  • Some experience of financial services regulatory compliance

 

Skills, abilities and attributes ?

  • Highly developed interview skills with an ability to screen for key competencies and values?
  • Fantastic interpersonal skills and a confident communicator ?
  • An ability to manage several stakeholders with competing demands?
  • A willingness to learn and solve problems and work proactively with minimal supervision
  • Co-ordination, planning and organisation skills with the ability to prioritise tasks and adapt to new and changing priorities
  • Excellent attention to detail, time management and organisational skills ?

 

Qualifications ?

  • CIPD qualified to level 5 would be an advantage but is not essential to the role ?