Employment Projects Officers x 3
Thank you for your interest in the above positions.
This is an exciting time for Gingerbread - we are working towards reaching even
more single parents, increasing the reach of our support services, and campaigning
to influence the issues that matter to single parents.
We are a relatively small charity, but we enjoy an excellent reputation, thanks to our
highly committed and skilled staff. You can find out more about the charity at
I am pleased to enclose the following:
Job description and person specification
Terms and Conditions for this post
Equal opportunities monitoring form
We welcome applications from candidates with a disability, and will endeavour to
make reasonable adjustments necessary. Please note that we are located in first
floor offices, which are accessed by stairs.
Should you wish to apply for this position please email your completed application to
firstname.lastname@example.org stating your name and the post you are applying for
in the subject line. Alternatively, you may post your completed application to Jane
Stern, HR Manager, Gingerbread, 255 Kentish Town Road, London, NW5 2LX. In
order to minimise the charity's administration costs, we will only be writing to
Please note the closing date for applications is Thursday 8 December, 5pm.
Interviews will take place on Tuesday 13 December. As the role will involve contact
with vulnerable adults and children, the offer will be subject to a satisfactory criminal
records bureau check.
Please do not hesitate to contact me on 020 7428 5436 if you have any queries or
would like further information.
Head of National Programmes
Reporting to Programmes Lead
Overview of Job
The postholder is responsible for supporting the Programmes Lead and National
Programmes Team in achieving contract compliance and targets, by providing an
efficient and effective all round project delivery and administration support.
1. Key Tasks and Responsibilities
Recruiting suitable participants for employability and other development
programmes and meeting recruitment targets.
Being responsible for delivering all aspects of specified programmes including
outreach, one-to-one interviews, recruitment, participant selection, trainer
liaison and client support, as agreed with the Programmes Lead.
Coaching single parents to achieve their action plan goals (employment,
training, education etc.) and delivering pre, during and post placement
support and maintaining up to date case notes.
Establishing relationships with employers and identifying and negotiating work
experience placements with them.
Deliver Gingerbread’s employability training to single parents.
Taking initiative for identifying problems and proposing workable solutions to
issues that arise within your own areas of responsibility.
Project Marketing and Communication
Identifying case studies to help the communication team achieve the Case
Study targets for programmes.
Liaising with the Communications Team to identify PR opportunities for
Ensuring that information about programmes is communicated accurately to
internal and external contacts.
Promoting projects and training programmes to external organisations and
clients via telephone, email and letter.
Liaising with funders, partners and other external agencies to ensure that
relevant information is received and communicated to fulfil the programmes.
Maintaining the training and supporting materials relating to the programmes.
Providing administrative support to programmes and/or other Gingerbread
projects to ensure that all administrative processes are adhered to and kept
up to date.
Reporting and Evaluation
Carrying out statistical analysis and producing management information
relating to the programmes.
Working with the National Programmes Team and Programmes Leads to plan
tasks that need to be completed, including attending regular meetings.
Assisting the Programmes Leads and National Programmes Team.
Working cooperatively, flexibly and supportively as a member of the National
As a member of the team, undertaking a wide range of project work and
providing cover for absences where required.
Providing an efficient, client-focused service.
Maintaining confidentiality where required.
Contributing ideas for development of Gingerbread.
To champion and promote equal opportunities and diversity both in your area
of work and the wider organisation.
To maintain awareness and ensure compliance with corporate policies
including health and safety and data protection
To actively contribute to organisational cohesion, encouraging cross-team
working, and a problem solving approach
To take personal responsibility for keeping up to date with issues affecting
lone parents, the work of the charity and maintaining professional skills and
To take a flexible approach to work and duties, within an appropriate level of
responsibility, carrying out other duties as directed by Directors/Managers
Projects Officer - Person Specification
1. Track record of success (at least one year) in supporting vulnerable,
disadvantaged and excluded individuals to make the transition into paid work
and achieving job outcome and other output targets
2. Proven track record of success in training vulnerable individuals and the
ability to deliver effective, high quality employability/personal development
training to single parents.
3. Knowledge of recruitment practices, effective job searching techniques,
vocational training and education routeways.
4. Experience of building productive relationships with employers and
negotiating their practical support for employment initiatives (work experience,
5. Experience of working in a fast-paced target driven environment, with the
ability to plan and prioritise work, meet strict deadlines, retain motivation and
focus, and maintain an accurate approach to work tasks.
6. Understanding of labour market opportunities and ability to match single
parents to them.
7. Excellent communication skills, including good written and spoken English,
with the ability to relate empathetically but positively to single parents, and to
inspire and motivate individuals to achieve their employment goals, as well as
the ability communicate effectively with a wide range of organisations and
partners, both in person and over the telephone
8. Experience of face-to-face negotiating and interviewing.
9. Experience of working on own initiative and working flexibly as part of a team.
Ability to use initiative and deal with urgent matters appropriately in the
absence of other team members.
10. Good general education, with a willingness to learn and to share ideas, and to
give and receive constructive feedback.
11. Good office administrative skills, with experience of setting up and/or adapting
office systems, including filing and information retrieval systems.
12. Working knowledge of the benefits and tax credits system as it relates to
employment, and childcare.
13. Good planning, monitoring, and analytical skills with the ability to design
processes to achieve project plans, and to contribute to projects through
effective research and initiative.
14. Knowledge of key issues affecting lone parents and their children, particularly
their barriers to employment. Commitment to promoting the interests of single
parent families and to representing them positively to external audiences.
15. Good IT skills (ability to use key Microsoft Office programmes effectively),
including willingness to learn and undertake training in database design and
management or other IT related training.
16. Understanding of the nature and demands of training and development and
willingness to develop training skills and acquire supporting knowledge.
17. Ability to travel in the UK and spend occasional nights away from home.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
This information has been prepared to give you an overview of the terms and
conditions of employment that are relevant to this particular post. Every care has
been taken to ensure that the details are correct, but they are not to be regarded as
part of any contract of employment.
The salary for this post is £25,130 per annum FTE. For part time employees, the
salary will be adjusted on a pro-rata basis. A cost of living review of salaries will
occur each year.
Hours of Work
This post is available on a full or part time basis, between 28 - 35 hours per week.
Our offices are open to callers and visitors between 8.30am and 6pm, Monday to
Friday. You will be asked at interview to let us know your preferred working hours
and pattern. Staff may work flexitime in accordance with our flexitime policy.
This post is based in our office on Kentish Town Road.
There are 3 roles which will be offered on fixed term contracts of different lengths.
1 post will be offered on a fixed term contract until March 2013.
2 posts will offered on fixed term contract of 3 months, from January-March 2012.
Full time staff are entitled to 28 days leave per year and all public holidays.
Entitlements are pro-rata for part time staff. In addition, our offices are closed
between Christmas and New Year, and staff are not required to work between these
Gingerbread sick pay is linked to length of service. Entitlement starts with 1 week’s
pay in your first three months of service, and rises to 6 weeks’ pay per 12 month
period during your first year of employment. This rises according to length of service
to a maximum of 26 weeks’ pay per 12 month period after two years’ service.
Work life balance policies
Gingerbread understands the demands on working parents, and staff balancing
personal commitments with work. We are proud of our range of policies to support
staff, which include dependent care leave, flexitime, enhanced maternity and
paternity provisions, working at home, flexible working and sabbatical leave.
Gingerbread contributes 5% of gross salary per employee to its own employers’
pension scheme. This is open to all staff after three months’ employment. Staff are
expected to make a minimum contribution of 1.25%.
All appointments are subject to receipt of satisfactory references. This post is subject
to a satisfactory CRB check.
The first 6 months of your employment will be a probationary period, during which
you will be expected to demonstrate your suitability for the post. During the
probationary period your work and role will be reviewed with your line manager, and
if you meet the required standard you will be confirmed in post.
If candidates have any queries relating to the above terms and conditions, please
contact Jane Stern, HR Manager on 020 7428 5785.
255 Kentish Town Road
London NW5 2LX
Tel: 020 7428 5400
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