Summary We're looking for a Senior Volunteering & Community Officer to join the team at the Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Portfolio.
If you have experience in volunteer management then we'd like to hear from you. This role will manage the Bedfordshire portfolio including Ashridge Estate, Dunstable Downs and Shaw's Corner.
Contract: permanent contract
Hours: 37.5 hrs per week
Salary: £25,927 pa
What it's like to work here
The Ashridge Estate is a 5000-acre estate with ancient woodlands home to over 1000 ancient and veteran trees and rolling chalk hills that are bursting in wildflowers and rare butterflies in the summer. Within the estate you will find the Bridgewater Monument and Pitstone Windmill.
Dunstable Downs and the Bedfordshire sites
The breath-taking landscape and views of Dunstable Downs just a 10-minute drive from Ashridge transport visitors to a different place. Whether is to fly a kite, picnic in the clouds, discover rare and wonderful wildflowers or grab a coffee with a view, Dunstable Downs is key part of this portfolio. In addition to Dunstable Downs, we also look after several smaller countryside sights across Bedfordshire including Totternhoe Knolls, Sharpenhoe Clappers and Sundon Hills.
Tucked away in the village of Ayot St Lawrence, Shaw's Corner, the home of playwright George Bernard Shaw is the jewel in the crown of this portfolio. We offer our visitors a unique and personal insight into the fascinating life of this once a-list celebrity.
What you'll be doing
You will be managing the development and delivery of this portfolio's strategic plan for volunteering and communities alongside the property leadership team. Managing and embedding change whilst widening and deepening our relationships with existing and new audiences.
You will also increase the confidence and capability of others whilst creating a collective, flexible and inclusive environment for existing & future volunteers, communities and partners.
Who we're looking for
- Understanding and good practice of volunteer management.
- Understanding of good practice in community engagement and involvement, as well as broader participation and partnership working.
- Practical and successful experience of developing and implementing new products and approaches to volunteers.
- Excellent organisational and planning skills.
- Ability to coach and support those managing, supervising and working alongside volunteers and community partners.
- Strong communication skills.
The National Trust has the motto 'For everyone, for ever' at its heart. We're working hard to create an inclusive culture, where everyone feels they belong. It's important that our people reflect and represent the diversity of the communities and audiences we serve. We welcome and value difference, so when we say we're for everyone, we want everyone to be welcome in our teams too.
Wherever you're from, and whatever your background, we want to hear from you - and it doesn't matter if you're jam first, cream first, or even if you don't like scones at all. Everyone is welcome.
Benefits for working at the National Trust include:
- Flexible working whenever possible
- Free parking at most locations
- Free entry to our properties for you, a guest and your children (under 18)
- Substantial pension scheme of up to 10% basic salary
Click here to find out more about the benefits we offer to support you.