Praxis Community Projects
Job Title: Project Lead – Community Development
Function: Community Development
Responsible to: Chief Executive Officer
Hours: 35 hours per week – permanent appointment
Salary; NJC points 37 – 40, starting salary £33,813
Holiday entitlement: 25 days per annum, with 1 additional day per annum for every completed
year of service up to a maximum of 5 additional days.
Pension: Administered by The Pensions Trust – 3% employee contribution / 5%
To be with displaced communities, listening and acting through our common humanity to create
and nurture reconciliation, human rights and social justice..
To make a significant contribution to the strategic development of community development
projects and hold lead responsibility for their effective delivery, including the overall management
of budget and human resources.
To ensure Praxis builds on its work as a centre of expertise for community development work with
Post holder reports to the Chief Executive Officer
Staff reporting to this post: core staff and volunteers allocated to community development work.
1. To take a lead responsibility for the development of community development projects.
2. To play a key role in the strategic planning process of Praxis.
3. To maintain an up-to-date knowledge of national and local policies and research which impact
upon new communities and neighbourhoods with high population churn.
4. To maintain a high level of expertise in community development techniques, including action
research, participative workshop techniques, community empowerment and capacity building.
5. To employ art and cultural activities as an integral component of Praxis work with communities.
6. To facilitate participation of communities within local policy-making and the voluntary and
community sector infrastructures including the internal processes of Praxis.
7. To manage community development projects within the budgetary and financial management
requirements of Praxis.
8. To identify opportunities, especially funding, which will enable Praxis to develop and lead on
9. To provide management information and other detailed reports as required, for the board
senior staff and funders.
10. To ensure that the approach to Community Development programme is responsive to
changes in social policy at local and national level, and to changing needs among Praxis
members and the wider communities of refugees, asylum seekers and new migrants.
11. To build effective partnerships with community organisations, local authorities and other
12. To ensure that Praxis’ community development work and its individual projects operate within
clear, workable and effective guidelines, policies and procedures.
13. To enable community development staff, through supervision, mentoring, coaching and
appraisal, to provide a high standard of service and develop professionally.
14. To undertake duties as a line manager as set out in the Staff Manual including playing a role
in grievance and disciplinary procedures.
14. To ensure that work is monitored and evaluated and quality assured to meet internal and
15. To ensure innovation in providing appropriate models of work appropriate to the needs and
aspirations of our target beneficiaries.
16. To maintain compliance with policies and procedures of Praxis in relation to Child and
Vulnerable Adult protection.
17. To maintain compliance to ensure continuing IiP, Matrix, OISC, CLS accreditation.
18. To carry out other duties as required.
Education Essential / Method of assessment
Degree or diploma in community work Essential Application form /
Higher degree in relevant area Desirable Application form /
Social policy impacting upon migrant communities and Essential Application form /
neighbourhoods of high population churn interview
Action Research techniques Essential Ditto
Participative workshop techniques Essential Ditto
Project management Essential Ditto
Direct face to face work with refugee or migrant Essential Ditto
Delivery of community projects Essential Ditto
Use of art and cultural activities in community Desirable Ditto
Supervision and mentoring of staff and/or volunteers Essential Ditto
Managing budgets Essential Ditto
One to one counselling / mentoring skills Essential Ditto
Group work skills including participative workshops Essential Ditto
Administration Essential Ditto
Excellent interpersonal skills Essential Ditto
Strong team player Essential Ditto
Highly motivated and determined to succeed / Positive Essential Ditto
Flexible, adaptable Essential Ditto
Approachable and supportive Essential Ditto
Supports the charitable principles and objectives of Essential Ditto
Praxis Community Projects.