Build a fairer society….unlock your potential with Locality

About the role

Do you believe in the power of community? Do you have the skills and experience to help community organisations thrive? This role is all about delivering high quality support and business advice to community organisations and others.

Locality is a charity and the national membership network supporting community organisations to be strong and successful. Based in or within travelling distance of Yorkshire, you will be part of a team working with our members (community organisations), Local Authorities and other organisations in the region and beyond, 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 work is as exciting and diverse as the community organisations we work with. Our team members are multi-skilled specialising 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).

We are looking for people with experience of working in or with community organisations and enterprises and with a track record of developing organisations to be successful.

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.

Curious to know what working at Locality as a Development Officer entails? Follow the links to discover a week in the life of a Locality Development Officer, read the full Job Description, and find out more about working for Locality.

A week in the life of a Locality Development Officer

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”.

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, call Mick McGrath (Development Officer) on 07912 269668 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. 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.

Closing date for applications is 12pm, 15 January 2021.

Online Interviews are scheduled for w/c 8 February 2021. 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

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