Job Title: Project Officer, Pocket Places for People, Reading
Salary: Grade F: c. £23,000 per annum
(dependent on relevant skills and experience)
Fixed Term: 2 year contract
Hours: 37.5 per week
Purpose of the Job:
To deliver a ‘Pocket Places for People’ project in Reading, with a
focus on the community engagement element of the project.
Dimensions of Job:
Pocket Places for People is a new project, inspired by low-cost street
reclamation projects in New York City. This innovative project seeks to
focus on an urban corridor and support local communities to reclaim a
series of ‘pocket places’ along it, to help re-knit the social and
physical fabric of their area. The pocket places will initially be temporary
to try out ideas, but with a view to more permanent interventions. They
might include placing planters, benches or pop-up street cafes in
otherwise isolated traffic islands or forgotten spaces, or provide
facilities to fix a bike or grow food, etc.
Place in the Organisation:
The postholder will report to Programme Manager, Smarter Choices,
South East, working closely with the Urban Designer, Pocket Places for
People, the DIY Streets Manager and local authority staff.
Programme Manager, Smarter Choices, South East
Urban Designer, Pocket Places for People
DIY Streets Manager (Bristol)
Regional Director, South East
Other Pocket Places for People Project Officers
Other DIY Streets staff
Other Sustrans staff
Various staff, Reading Borough Council to include Officers,
Managers, Councillors and other decision makers)
Local residents, users, and other stakeholders in the
project, to include shoppers, traders, landlords, community
Local police and health services
Key Responsibilities (not in ranking order):
To design and deliver a stakeholder engagement process with the
aim of creating a series of ‘pocket places’, in a set location within
To act as lead contact for partnership delivery of the Pocket Places
for People project in Reading. In particular to include all liaison with
relation to the temporary trialling of proposed interventions,
including event management and overseeing installation.
To liaise closely with the Urban Designer, Pocket Places for People, to
enable them to develop appropriate design materials to facilitate
stakeholder input into the project, and to ensure appropriate
oversight of technical aspects.
To facilitate (or co-facilitate with the Urban Designer, Pocket Places
for People) all stakeholder design workshops.
To act as key contact for all stakeholders, working proactively to
engage as many local people/community groups as possible in the
To organise and deliver all engagement activities and events, (for
example, but not limited to, consultation workshops, pop-up travel
advice surgeries, and eye catching/unusual events and street parties,
with the aim of increasing or refocusing human activity in the target
To ensure effective local partnerships are developed and maintained
in order to support wider project objectives.
To participate in project meetings with partners, the project steering
group and other stakeholders.
To support the delivery of travel advice to local residents and businesses
through Reading Borough Councils Local Sustainable Transport Fund
programme and in the vicinity of the ‘Pocket Places for People’ scheme’
To support national Pocket Places for People project coordination
and management in:
overall project management including scheduling and budget
the monitoring, evaluation and reporting of the outcomes and
outputs of the programme
the communication and dissemination of DIY Streets,
including arrangement of and/or participation in
wider resource management and project review;
To liaise closely with colleagues in the South East region to ensure
integration between Pocket Places for People activities and wider
Sustrans policy and project work.
To work with the Sustrans press and publicity team to support the
generation of positive media based upon Pocket Places for People
project work in Reading.
To provide support for other Pocket Places for People projects/staff
if appropriate and required.
To support and comply with the organisation’s Policy for the
management of Health and Safety.
To work in accordance with the arrangements described in the
organisation’s health and safety management system including any
project or department specific requirements.
To undertake any other duties appropriate to the grade, the post
and capabilities of the post holder as directed by the management
group or line manager.
The post will be based at Reading Borough Council and/or Sustrans’
office, Oxford. Some travel, including regular visits to the project area
and overnights away together with work outside normal office hours
will be required.
This job description does not form part of the contract of employment,
but indicates how that contract should be performed. The job
description may be subject to amendment in the light of experience
and in consultation with the jobholder.
Compiled by: DIY Streets Manager
Date: October 2012
Project Officer, Pocket Places for People, Reading (SUS740c)
Qualifications, Educated to degree level or equivalent, or relevant
education and equivalent experience.
Experience Experience of delivering a practical project which had
stakeholder involvement as a core element.
Experience of workshop design and facilitation.
Experience of organising and delivering community
Proven experience in involving local people in projects
using creative and eye catching methods.
Skills and Excellent interpersonal and networking skills,
abilities specifically with relation to members of the
community / general public.
An ability to develop productive working relationships
with partner organisations.
Strong project management skills.
Excellent written, verbal communication and
An ability to be organised and efficient, able to
function on own initiative with limited supervision.
Strong administrative skills.
Knowledge An understanding of local travel and urban
Computer literate (knowledge of word-processing,
databases, spreadsheets packages, internet and
Other A dynamic and creative approach.
Committed to the ideals of active travel and
Experience Experience of working in neighbourhood
Experience of creating and managing a website / blog.
Skills and Ability to write and edit copy for websites and other
Knowledge Knowledge and understanding of:
urban and public realm design
transport planning and policy