We are a national network supporting community organisations to be strong and successful. This is our reason for being, but to support others Locality itself needs to be a strong and successful organisation.  

About the role

We are looking for a Development Officer for our North and Central England Services team, based within or within travelling distance of Yorkshire – particularly West Yorkshire. This is a small team of 7, who are focused, friendly and genuinely driven by our values and mission.

The role is all about delivering high quality consultancy, business advice and support to members, community organisations and other stakeholders including local authorities.

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 from Yorkshire.

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.

You will need

The experience and/or ability to provide high quality support in several of the following areas:

  • Business planning and feasibility work.
  • Community business start-up support.
  • Governance and legal structures.
  • Land and property related developments including community asset transfer.
  • Social impact measurement.
  • Project evaluation.
  • Partnership development and collaboration.
  • Community engagement.
  • Supporting investment readiness and access to funding (grant, loan and community shares).

Key responsibilities include:

Supporting business development and income generation, developing and responding to trading and other opportunities that meet the aims of Locality, and meeting income generation targets.

Tendering for contracts and developing funding bids, meeting of contractual requirements, and providing responsive and high-quality services

Providing high quality business support to community organisations and others.

Working with our programme team to deliver advice and support to participants of programmes administered by Locality.

Engaging with Locality member organisations and supporting the development of our member offer – ensuring that Locality member’s needs drive the development of services and utilise member experience, skills and knowledge effectively.

Developing external relationships including partnerships and alliances to support Locality’s vison, values, and ambitions.

Read the full job description

We expect the role to be full time, however, in line with our flexible working policies, if you would like to suggest alternative arrangements, just let us know.

Locality have recently been awarded Investors In People Gold accreditation backing up our own survey where all staff felt that Locality was a great employer. The comment “Great leadership, intelligent proactive colleagues, inspiring members and trust and flexibility to do the job” summed up the feedback received.

How to apply

We strongly encourage you to look carefully at our website and find out more about our work and our projects.

If you have any further questions not answered on our website or in the job description, call Mick McGrath (Development Officer) on 0791 2269 668 for an informal chat, Monday to Friday between 9am and 4pm.

When you are ready to make your application, you will need to answer some questions through a web form and upload your CV.  These key questions will be your opportunity to show us how you will fit into Locality as an organisation and into the team. Ideally your answers for each question will be around 300 words. 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.

Apply for the Development Officer role

Online Interviews are scheduled for 19 November 2020. You will need to have access to a computer with a camera and microphone and internet access.

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