Locality is a charity and the national membership network supporting community organisations to be strong and successful.

About the role

This is an exciting opportunity to work with our members (community organisations), Local Authorities and other organisations, delivering high quality support and business advice.  And being part of the wider Locality family means your work will inform how we support community organisations right across the country, influencing campaigns and promoting community power.

The duties include:

  • Supporting business development and income generation, developing and responding to trading and other opportunities, that meet the aims of Locality and achieve income targets.
  • Responding to tenders for contracts and funding bids, meeting contractual requirements while providing responsive and high quality services to users and stakeholders.
  • Providing high quality business support to community based organisations and other stakeholders; including business planning and feasibility, community business start up support, governance and legal structures and access to funding.
  • Working with our programme team to deliver advice and support grantees and participants of programmes administered by Locality.
  • Member engagement and development of our member offer on both a paid and unpaid basis, ensuring members needs drive the development of services; utilise member experience, skills and knowledge effectively through delivery, intelligence gathering and evidence collection.

About you

We are looking for someone with a track record in providing consultancy services and advise to community sector organisations, around matters relevant to the sector; with experience of winning contracts and funding bids and meeting financial and other targets.

You will have an in-depth understanding of community organisations/enterprise in order to develop and deliver a credible and respected consultancy service, with specialisms in one or more of the following areas: community business planning (incl. start-ups), governance and legal structures, property related developments (incl. community asset transfer), impact measurement, evaluation, community engagement, supporting investment readiness and access to funding (e.g. grants, loans and community shares).

Excellent communication and financial literacy skills are a must.

Download the full Job Description and Person Specification

Other information

The post is full time, however, in line with our flexible working policies, if you would like to suggest alternative arrangements, just let us know.

Locality has recently been awarded Investors In People Gold accreditation. This comment from our recent staff survey summed up the feedback received:  “great leadership, intelligent proactive colleagues, inspiring members and trust and flexibility to do the job”.

Our commitment to diversity and inclusion

The sector in which Locality works is often dominated by people from White British and/or people with privileged backgrounds. We are looking for people that bring a different perspective so that we better reflect the communities we serve. We are keen to see applications from people who have lived experience of living and or working in communities/organisations.

We particularly welcome applications from those who are significantly underrepresented in our organisation and sector, such as disabled people and people from Black, Asian and minoritized ethnic communities. Where we have candidates of equal merit, we will prioritise selection and appointment of people who are from such backgrounds. We will also offer interview coaching to shortlisted candidates from underrepresented groups.

How to apply

We strongly encourage you to:

If you want an informal chat about this role with any specific queries you have you can call Paul Hassan on 079 1226 9677 Monday to Thursday between 10 am – 4 pm.

When you are ready to make your application, you will need to answer some questions through a web form and upload your CV. Your answers for each question will be up to 300 words – longer responses will be cut off at 301 words when your application is processed. If the questions are not answered your application will not be considered.

The application form is quite short, but you will not be able to save your progress. We recommend that you look at the questions in the form, write your answers in a document first, then copy and paste them into the application when you are ready to apply.

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Closing date is 10am, 12 April 2021

Longlisted candidates will be invited for an informal first interview on 29 April 2021. Those successful at this stage will be invited to interview on 12 May 2021.

All interviews will be via Zoom.

If you have any queries on the application process – please email Sheila on sheila.kenny@locality.org.uk