Letter from Tony Armstrong, Chief Executive of Living Streets
Application Process and Timetable
How to Apply
Go to www.livingstreets.org.uk for further information
Living Streets is the national charity that stands
up for pedestrians. With our supporters we work
to create safe, attractive and enjoyable streets,
where people want to walk.
Letter from Tony Armstrong, Chief Executive
Dear Potential Candidate,
Thank you for your interest in this role. Living Streets has a positive vision of safe, attractive, enjoyable streets across
the UK, where people want to walk. We run a series of national campaigns and projects such as Walk to School and
Walk to Work. We work with local authorities across the country to help them make practical improvements to
streets and neighbourhoods, and of course we influence and lobby nationally, regionally and locally for policy that
supports the creation of living streets.
This is an exciting time for us: we have recently received a grant from the government’s Local Sustainable Transport
Fund (LSTF) that will enable us to work with primary and secondary schools across the UK over the next three years.
We are looking for a Project Co-ordinator (Schools) to recruit, deliver and evaluate this work in Hertfordshire. This
new post is part of the Delivery Department and will be key to expanding our schools reach in Hertfordshire, as well
as raising further awareness of the benefits of walking to school.
We’ve come a long way from our foundation in 1929. We have a distinguished record of innovative campaigning and
achievement and our projects and work with local authorities have led to improvements to the quality of our streets
and our activity levels. If you think you’re the right person to play an important role in supporting the organisation
through the next phase of our journey then we’d like to hear from you.
Chief Executive, Living Streets
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Living Streets is the national charity that stands up for pedestrians. With our supporters we work to create safe,
attractive and enjoyable streets, where people want to walk.
We have been the national voice for pedestrians throughout our 80 year history. In the early years, our campaigning
led to the introduction of the driving test, pedestrian crossings and 30mph speed limits. Since then our ambition has
grown. Today we influence decision makers nationally and locally, run successful projects to encourage people to
walk, and provide specialist consultancy services to help reduce congestion and carbon emissions, improve public
health, and make sure every community can enjoy vibrant streets and public spaces.
We started life in 1929 as the Pedestrians Association, set up to protect the rights of pedestrians in the new era of
widespread motor vehicles. The central ethos of the founders of the Pedestrians Association has been constantly
upheld, and the idea of protecting and promoting people's right to use their streets is as relevant now as it was when
those founders brought the organisation to life in the summer of 1929. Their passion and energy established the
vision that Living Streets continues to strive for today.
Living Streets has enjoyed a decade of steady growth and renewal. In 1997, the organisation had a turnover of
£25,000 and a part-time member of staff. We now have a turnover of around £3 million with a wide range of
projects and activities. Living Streets has offices in London, Newcastle and Edinburgh with other staff based
regionally as part of our strategy to have a wide geographical reach and ensure that projects belong to local people
The organisation has developed an excellent reputation within government, amongst related professions and the
sector for our policy and campaigning work, our innovative consultancy services and our national campaigns and
projects aimed at encouraging and enabling walking.
Project Co-ordinator (Schools)
Living Streets has been promoting walking to school since the first Walk to School Week in 1995. As environmental,
social and health issues have risen up the agenda at national and local level, the Walk to School Campaign has
demonstrated its value as a mechanism for promoting behaviour change among pupils and families. Our ambition is
that every child who can walk to school does so.
We have recently received a grant of £4.7 million from the Department for Transport as part of the Local Sustainable
Transport Fund (LSTF). This grant means we are now expanding our schools team to be led by a Head of Projects
(Schools), with three Regional Managers and 17 co-ordinators across the country.
The LSTF grant will see us work with 854 primary and 182 secondary schools in 11 local authorities across the UK,
rolling out our hugely successful WoW (Walk once a Week), Free Your Feet and Campaign in a Box initiatives. The
project is a partnership with Durham County Council (the lead authority) and ten other local authorities. This role will
co-ordinate all activity in [HERTFORDSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL] as well as contribute to the wider national goals of the
We’re looking for a dedicated and dynamic person to deliver this project in [HERTFORDSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL] .
One of the key parts of the role will be building relationships with stakeholders within the local authority, schools
and wider community. The role is based in [HERTFORDSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL] and regular travel will be required
within the local authority area. The postholder will be committed to delivering against the organisation’s strategic
priorities of influence, income and impact.
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Job title: Project Co-ordinator (Schools)
Salary Range: £26,650 - £32,800 per annum
Reporting to: Regional Manager South East England
Location: Hertfordshire County Council / Home-based
Length of contract: Fixed term contract until 31 March 2015
MAIN PURPOSE OF JOB:
To co-ordinate the LSTF-funded schools programme within [HERTFORDSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL] as a member of
Living Streets’ Schools Delivery Department. The post holder will act as the key contact in [HERTFORDSHIRE COUNTY
COUNCIL], liaising with all the schools, the local authority and any other stakeholders. They will be responsible for
recruiting schools, organising the distribution of resources to schools and supporting them in the implementation of
each intervention, with in-depth support provided to a small number of these schools each year. This will be a varied
role and an ability to embrace a diversity of tasks is essential.
MAIN DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Planning the interventions
Work with Hertfordshire County Council to identify one target area in year 1 and three target areas in each
Work with the local authority to identify outreach schools that suffer from physical barriers to walking for in-
depth support (6 in year 1 and 10 in years 2 and 3)
Help local authorities identify primary schools to take part in the Walk once a Week (WoW) and secondary
schools to take part in Free Your Feet and Campaign in a Box programmes
Coordinate ordering and delivery of resources to schools
Develop any additional resources required, working with design and print agencies
Create a robust timeframe for activities with clear responsibilities of Living Streets, local authority and the
Delivering the interventions
Support outreach schools, local authority and/or community to identify and tackle barriers to walking.
Agree and deliver outreach interventions with schools and local authority. Methods will vary but are
expected to include focus groups, on street audits, surveys, informal meetings and feedback, involving
parents, teachers and pupils
Make use of a small budget to implement improvements in target locations, based on the needs of the local
Work with the school/local authority/community to identify opportunities for local contributions to support
the delivery of improvements to the walking environment, influenced by community needs
Coordinate WoW across an average of 15 schools in year 1, 38 in year 2 and 61 in year 3, depending on local
needs, with schools being supplied with resources for the remainder of the programme
Support schools to promote and administer WoW, including provision of training
Coordinate Free Your Feet across an average of 3 schools in year 1, 8 in year 2 and 13 in year 3 (cumulative
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Deliver Campaign in a Box in an average of 1 school in year 1 and 2 schools in subsequent years
Deliver assemblies, presentations or events when required
Run events during key calendar times, such as Walk to School Week and Month across the region
Develop and maintain relationships with the local authority and schools to ensure smooth roll out
Monitoring and evaluation
Monitor and evaluate the interventions at each school, including gathering baseline data and setting up
systems for storing data
Track walking rates before, during and after the intervention to monitor performance
Contribute to reports for funders and partners and keep project management records up to date using
project management software.
Contribute to internal and external evaluation of the project
Collect case studies of your work to inform our communications and campaigns
Contribute to organisational work on the identification and roll out of environmental barriers and solutions
Be an active member of the Delivery Department, attending quarterly department away days
Support fellow Delivery staff and provide internal mentoring and training to others where appropriate
Identify any areas of development required and discuss these with your line manager
Assist with the delivery of Schools, Streets and Workplaces events outside your normal area of activity. This
may involve travelling beyond your normal region and occasional overnight stays. When allocating such
work, consideration will be given to personal circumstances and prior commitments, and will be agreed first
with the member of staff involved.
Be responsible for tracking and logging all time spent on delivering events outside of your main remit
Proactively look for ways to improve existing projects and identify potential new projects
Always look for opportunities to cross-sell to partners and pass leads to the Development Department
Actively support initiatives that support the community for change and encourage sign ups to LS e-news
Be an ambassador for Living Streets at public-facing events and in all dealings with partners and funders
The postholder may be required by their manager to undertake other duties, from time to time, within the
general scope of the post
To support the Regional Manager in working with the Development Team to establish sustainable income
streams in the region.
Terms and Conditions
Pension - 5% employer contribution (employee contribution not compulsory).
25 days holiday in year 1 (in addition to public holidays and 2/3 days off at Christmas), rising by 1 day each
year of service up to maximum of 30 days after 5 years
Flexible working / home-working agreement arrangements possible.
Please note: Enhanced CRB clearance is an essential requirement of this post.
And after completion of 6 month probationary period:
Annual interest-free Season Ticket Loan
Cycle To Work Scheme (cheap cycle and cycle equipment purchase).
Childcare voucher scheme
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Applicants must be able to demonstrate:
Experience and confidence in working with school children, with excellent presentation skills
Experience of working with local authorities
Experience of managing activities with multiple deadlines and stakeholders
Experience of data management and monitoring, evaluation and report writing
Knowledge and skills:
Excellent written and verbal communication skills
Confidence in dealing with people at all levels
Strong time-management skills
An understanding of the primary and secondary school environments
Ability to work remotely and with minimal supervision
Excellent IT skills, including Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook
Knowledge of school travel issues
A positive, ‘can do’ approach to tasks
An understanding of, and commitment to, the agenda of Living Streets
Commitment to equal opportunities and the ability to implement the Living Streets’ equal opportunities
It would be preferable for applicants to also demonstrate:
Events management experience
Experience of working on projects that deliver health/environmental outcomes
Experience of handling media and press liaison
Knowledge and skills
Knowledge of sustainable travel
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Application Process and Timetable
Deadline for applications Thursday 12th July 9am
Interview Date TBC, central London
Please Note: Candidates who are invited to interview will be asked to undertake some tasks before the
interview – there is no need to prepare for these, they will be given to you on the day.
Please complete the application form below and send it (preferably by e mail), quoting the job
4th floor, Universal House
88-94 Wentworth Street
London E1 7SA
CVs will not be accepted
If you require any further information, please visit our websites www.livingstreets.org.uk and
www.walktoschool.org.uk. If you wish to discuss this vacancy informally, please call
South East – Julia Crear, Regional Manager, 020 7377 4901
North West and Midlands – Jenny Wiles, Regional Manager, 07702 717540
North East – Sam Potter, Regional Manager, 0191 245 7360
STRICTLY NO AGENCIES.
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APPLICATION FOR POST (please complete):
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EDUCATION AND QUALIFICATIONS
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omitted any fact which may have a bearing on my application. I understand that any subsequent contract of
employment with Living Streets will be made on the basis of the information I have provided. Furthermore, I
understand that a false declaration, which results in my appointment to Living Streets, will render me liable to
dismissal without notice.
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