Job Title: Community Development Director
Reporting to: Initially to The Trust’s Deputy CEO, thereafter to the CEO
Location: 1 Thorpe Close, London W10 5XL
Who we are looking for: We are offering this post on a salary range: £45,000 - £55,000.
We would expect an experienced director who can command a salary of £55K to hit the ground
running but we are also interested in hearing from talented managers, with a strong track record in
hands-on community development, looking to move to a senior executive role and requiring some
Summary Purpose of Job: You will be responsible for:
1. Supporting and developing the Trust’s work in community development, health, education
and the arts (CHEA), co-ordinating its staff, ensuring the work is well delivered and targeted
and championing and being the advocate for the work within the Trust and in the borough.
2. Becoming a full member of the executive board and (i) engaging with the Trust as a keenly
commercial and demanding social enterprise; (ii) developing a strategic overview of how
the Trust can make its most distinctive and effective contribution in CHEA and (iii) working
with trustees to decide and evolve CHEA’s strategies, policies and priorities.
3. Initiating projects and new areas of work in the light of the above, identifying sources of
funding and raising funding as required.
4. Taking full responsibility for the significant CHEA budget and ensuring the work is
effectively (and cost-effectively) managed, promoted, resourced and evaluated to achieve
maximum impact and benefits.
and in support of the above - You will be responsible for:
5. Providing line management to the CHEA staff team, supporting their professional
development and, together with them, developing the community work of the Trust with
particular attention to:
- Working selectively with community groups and voluntary organisations in the borough
where there are specific opportunities for the Trust to contribute and bring added value;
- Identifying needs and gaps in community provision and initiatives to which the Trust
can make a distinctive contribution;
- Working with other departments of the Trust and external partners as appropriate to
develop such initiatives, identify funding sources and bring in funding;
- Developing the resources and services of the Trust for community benefit.
6. Providing a range of support services, including:
- Servicing the CHEA sub-committee and its trustees;
- Co-ordinating Trust community services and events;
- Representing the Trust on external bodies;
- Keeping up to date on central and local government and voluntary sector policies;
- Co-ordinating, setting, monitoring and managing the CEA annual budget;
- Recording, monitoring and evaluating community work initiatives undertaken and
producing written reports, policy papers and recommendations for trustees and
- Any other duties as may from time to time be reasonably required.
Essential experience, qualifications, skills and abilities - You are required to
1. An education qualification at degree level or comparable.
2. Significant experience of running an organisation and leading a staff team.
3. The commitment and skills to ensure the work of the CHEA team is well positioned within
the Trust and with trustees and is a key deliverer of the Trust’s charitable aims.
4. A track record of initiating community projects and services in response to local needs,
seeing those projects through from start to finish and finding ways of sustaining them
(including moving successfully from a leadership to a hand-over role).
5. Experience of supporting residents and community groups to set up, run and develop a
charity/community organisation and a good awareness of charity law.
6. A good awareness of funding sources for community projects and evidence of significant
successful fundraising from a wide variety of sources – e.g. government regimes, charitable
trusts, private and corporate funders.
7. Experience of having an effective financial overview and grip, including familiarity with
management accounts and drawing up and managing budgets and delivering within
8. Up to date awareness of central and local government and voluntary sector policies, where
these present opportunities for specific community initiatives.
9. A strong commitment to supporting community initiatives which help to remove barriers
and disadvantages and bring about new opportunities and the ability to engage effectively
with a wide diversity of individuals, communities and agencies.
10. Independent mindedness in the face of funding fashions and fashionable community jargon
and the interest and ability to think and act long term.
11. A good analytic ability coupled with empathy and the ability to read people and situations.
12. A broad pair of shoulders and the ability to work through conflicts and disagreements.
13. Very good communication skills, both verbally and in writing, including the ability to
advocate on others’ behalf and to present a case and articulate a vision with eloquence.
14. Good organisational skills, including practical knowledge of MS office applications.
MAIN TERMS AND CONDITIONS
Starting salary £45,000 - £55,000 per annum depending upon qualifications and experience,
with scope for progression. There is an annual cost of living review on 1st April every year.
2 Performance Related bonus:
You will be eligible to participate in whatever reward system is currently operating for your
post (currently bonuses may be awarded on 1 April each year after you have been in post for
at least one year).
35 per week with additional hours as required by the duties of the role. The role will involve some
evening and weekend work.
25 days with pro rata entitlement in the first year which ends 31st March.
The Trust encourages job related training and development and aims to provide this
predominantly through good line management support and in-house programmes. External
resources are utilised when appropriate.
6 Sick Pay:
In addition to statutory sick pay the Trust operates its own occupational sick pay scheme, over
and above the statutory level, for staff who have been confirmed in post.
7 Maternity, paternity and adoption benefit:
We run an occupational maternity, paternity and adoption scheme for staff who have been with
the Trust for 2 years. Statutory maternity, paternity and adoption rights apply for staff with less
than two years service.
You are entitled to join the Trust's contributory occupational pension scheme.
There will be a probationary period of 6 months.
10 Notice Period:
During the probationary period notice will be 4 weeks from you to the Trust and 1 week from
the Trust to you. After successfully completing the probationary period and up to completion
of two years service, notice will be 8 weeks from you to the Trust and 4 weeks from the Trust to
you. For each further year of completed service, an additional 1 weeks written notice will be
given to you from the Trust for each additional full year of completed service up to a maximum
of 12 weeks notice for 12 years service or more.
11 CRB & References:
Employment will not commence until the Trust is in receipt of two satisfactory employment
All offers of employment are subject to an enhanced CRB Disclosure which will be requested in
the event of an individual being offered this position. Candidates with a criminal record are
asked to notify the HR team as early on in the recruitment process as possible so we can
discuss whether the type of record will affect the chances of a job
offer being made.
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR –
The Trust’s developmental approach
The Trust was set up in 1971 as a charity to regenerate 23 acres of derelict land in North
Kensington, West London. Today we are a multi-faceted social enterprise and community resource.
With our £6.5 million annual turn-over and over 100 staff, we develop and manage a portfolio of
130 tenancies and 10 acres of open space and gardens, run a fitness club and a major sports
facility, generate our own income, make grants and subsidies to charities and initiate programmes
in sports development, community development, health, education and the arts. For an overview
see www.westway.org & www.dta.org.uk
The Trust has an open-ended approach to development, which runs through all its operations and
which can best be summarised as:
- Evolutionary and long term.
- Independent, pragmatic, opportunist, innovative and hard headed.
- Disciplined in how it balances commercial v. charitable concerns in developing its land,
attracting grants, paying off loans and applying its assets to realise its charitable
- Working with a wide range of communities and organisations, so that its natural tendency
is to support variety, diversity and difference and to develop facilities and projects which
seek to be inclusive and open to all.
Through our wide charitable objects we aim to create a range of fresh, diverse and affordable
opportunities for people of all ages and across communities. In sharing our resources we are keen
to focus where there is need or disadvantage by providing help and support to individuals, groups
and other charities to realise their own goals and ambitions and by developing projects and
services which fill gaps or provide innovative alternatives to those currently on offer.
Features & examples of Trust community work
Features of the Trust which enable its community work to make its distinctive contribution include:
- Having a wide set of charitable objects which enables the Trust to respond to any issue
which it thinks worthwhile and to which it can make a distinctive contribution.
- As a long term agency with an open brief, the Trust can, where it thinks it appropriate,
provide a long term approach to supporting and growing community projects.
- In working with other individuals or community groups, the Trust has the ability to draw
on the resources of the whole organisation: starter grants, selective core grants, free
meeting halls, outdoor space, subsidised charity offices, links with other Trust projects
and qualified and experienced staff (from sports to finance, from HR to property and
gardening, from marketing to IT and admin.)
- As a relatively large local voluntary organisation, the Trust has good all round links and
relationships with the local statutory, private and voluntary sectors and with community
organisations with whom it works closely.
Examples of the services and resources which the Trust has helped to bring to the area include:
- Resources for migrant and refugee communities: Ongoing support for small groups,
including establishing a small grants scheme at the Trust, helping initiate and establish: (i)
an Information and Advice Centre and a Women’s Project with the local Moroccan
community; (ii) the Migrant & Refugee Community Resource Centre; (iii) the Consortium of
Supplementary Schools in North Kensington; (iv) the creation of the post of Director of
Education at the Trust to develop work with ethnic minority communities through the
Partnership for Supplementary Schools in Kensington & Chelsea and complementary adult
- Services for older people: Helping initiate, establish and grow (i) Sixty Plus (now Age
Concern Kensington & Chelsea, incorporating Sixty Plus) and (ii) Open Age - two of the
major project initiators and service providers for older people in the borough, both now
undergoing step-changes to their organisations.
- Training projects: Working alongside individuals with a vision to establish (i) NOVA new
opportunities and (ii) The Video College from their inception and continuing to support
their developments. NOVA is now a well established and innovative employment training
provider in Kensington and Chelsea while The Video College provides unique
opportunities for young people to acquire hands-on production skills, to have local
screenings for their films and progression routes towards further training and
- Health & Fitness projects: Through the Trust’s Sports development team and its
Portobello Green Fitness Club, the Trust has for many years been running a wide range of
community fitness activities. It has now been looking to bring health promotion fully on
board as an additional activity and is currently running an NHS funded Health Trainers
pilot programme, involving six people from local communities who have been trained up
to support local people with health issues to develop healthier lifestyles. The Health
trainers are managed by a Community Health Programmes Manager, a new Trust staff
- Arts projects: Through the Trust’s Community Projects Manager, the Trust currently
supports a number of arts initiatives, including:
- working with a local steel band to re-establish its training work with young people,
helping to bring in funding and put the organisation on a firmer footing;
- helping the internationally respected inclusive theatre company Chickenshed to
establish its West London base in Kensington & Chelsea and to develop an inclusive
children’s theatre, youth theatre and a young adult company for the area;
- bringing in external funding to complement Trust funding, enabling the Trust to
continue to engage a company of freelancers to run an ongoing arts in education
programme in 8 local primary schools each term, based around traditional storytelling
but also bringing in singers, musicians, visual artists, dancers and puppetry.
- Establishing key projects in other sectors, such as:
- helping initiate and develop Westway Community Transport, the sole provider of
community transport in the borough and now one of the largest schemes in London;
- working with the local Social Council to help establish FOCUS K&C, a new community
fund, stimulating philanthropic giving in Kensington & Chelsea and introducing
donors to local charities to assist them with grant aid donations.
Funding for community development
From the outset it has been the business of community development at the Trust to attract its own
external funding for new projects it has helped initiate and set up as independent charities and this
has continued to be a successful Trust endeavour for both revenue and capital projects.
As the Trust has succeeded in generating increasing income from its commercial portfolio,
additional Trust resources have been put in place to support community development. As well as
allowing £20,000 annual budgets each for Small Grants to local groups and Education Grants to
individuals, this has enabled selective core funding of Trust supported independent projects to
strengthen their expansion from year to year. However over the next 3 to 5 years, as the Trust
invests in developing its property portfolio in order to generate increased future rental income, it
will be cutting back on the core funding it has been providing over recent years.
In the past 5 years, the increase in Trust income has enabled the Trust to expand its own direct
community services selectively. In Adult and Community Learning, this has enabled our Director of
Education who is charged with raising the majority of funding from external sources, to
complement it with Trust funding, enabling both the Trust and its students to retain their
independence in what they want to achieve while complementing the more prescriptive Learning
and Skills Council funding. In Arts in Education, it is enabling the Trust to support an innovative,
ongoing programme of storytellers and other artists working closely with children and teachers in 8
primary schools each term with an open, creative developmental agenda against the trend of one-
off and short term project funding of the arts. On the Stable Way Close site, adjacent to our land, it
has helped the Trust to support an open ended community development approach with traveller
families, when other local funders were reluctant to.
The post of Community Development Director
This new post is part of succession planning at the Trust. For the first 3-6 months the post will be
line managed and carried out in association with the Trust’s Deputy CEO, responsible for
community development. Thereafter leading up to the retirement of the Deputy CEO at the end of
June 2011, the Community Development Director will take on full responsibility for the Trust’s
community work and its budget in community development, health, education and the arts (CHEA)
and will join the Trust executive board as a full board member.
The first 3-6 months will provide the post-holder with the time and opportunity to get familiarised
with the local scene and with the borough’s wide range of local community groups and agencies
and to identify and prioritise issues to which the Trust can make a distinctive contribution and
where it might best initiate new projects and partnerships.
During the first year there will also be specific areas of work on which the post-holder will be
required to focus and in particular:
- Developing the Trust’s health agenda across departments in association with the Community
Health Programme Manager;
- Working with the Trust’s Director of Education to develop the future direction of work with
supplementary schools and helping to raise the additional resources required;
- Working with the Community Projects Manager to support selected charities/social enterprises
with their fundraising and income generating.
The post has an exciting, open development brief, allowing considerable scope for the skills,
experience and passions of the person appointed and for progression.