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					                           LEICESTER MONEY ADVICE
                       First Floor, Epic House, Charles Street, Leicester LE1 3SH




Dear applicant,


Startegic Financial Inclusion Champion

Thank you very much for your interest in the above vacancy. Please find enclosed a job
description and person specification for the role.
Please also find an application form for this post and an equal opportunities monitoring form.
Please return both of these forms to the following address:

By email to: steve.jelly@leicestermoneyadvice.org.uk
or
Post to:       Leicester Money Advice
               First Floor
               Epic House
               Charles Street
               Leicester LE1 3SH

Please note that the closing date for the advertised vacancy is 5pm Friday
20th February 2009.


Please note that applications will only be accepted on the form attached.
CVs will not be accepted.

If you have any queries regarding this post, or the application process in general, please
contact steve.jelly@leicestermoneyadvice.org.uk Leicester Money Advice at, or by
telephone on 0116 242 1120.
We look forward to receiving your application.


Yours faithfully



Kathryn Burgess
Executive Director


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              COMMUNITY LAW SERVICE (LEICESTER & COUNTY)
                   LEICESTER MONEY ADVICE LTD
                                     JOB DESCRIPTION
Role:               Strategic Financial Inclusion Champion
Office Base         First Floor
                    Epic House
                    Charles Street
                    Leicester
Reporting to:       Executive Director, Leicester Money Advice
Responsible for:    Financial Inclusion Champions (2)
Contract:           Fixed term or secondment to March 2011
Salary:             £43,500, plus contributory pension after 3 months
Hours:              37 hours per week
Overview:           Reporting directly to the Executive Director of the host organisation, the
                    Financial Inclusion Strategic Champion will manage the delivery and
                    development of the project, seeking to implement a Financial Inclusion
                    Strategy across the region and ensuring that the strategic objectives are
                    met, through working in partnership with the DWP and senior
                    stakeholders. The post holder will manage the two Champions to ensure
                    co-ordination of work across the region; be responsible for the budgets,
                    monitoring and outcomes of the programme and work with other Financial
                    Inclusion Champions nationally, feeding into the wider Financial Inclusion
                    agenda and representing the project externally.

Overall Objective: To support the Government’s financial inclusion policy objectives of
                   helping people to access financial services such as banking, affordable
                   credit, debt advice and home contents insurance.


About the Organisation
Leicester Money Advice has delivered debt advice services since 1980 and is the largest
specialist debt advice agency in the East Midlands. In 2006 we led a successful regional bid to
the national Financial Inclusion Fund for the delivery of Face-to-Face debt advice services.
This was achieved through groundbreaking collaboration and co-operation between members
of the three major advice networks; Advice uk, Citizens Advice and The Law Centres’
Federation, and resulted in the establishment of East Midlands Money Advice (EMMA)
Partnership.

The Financial Inclusion Fund initiative targeted significant funds for the development of Face to
Face money advice services in England and Wales. This substantial investment in front line
services provided by the not-for-profit advice sector was unprecedented, bringing massive
growth in access to debt advice, and an opportunity for many people to develop a career in
advice work.
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We secured funding for some 45 posts across 5 counties, working with 26 agencies to deliver
advice services with particular emphasis on targeting financially excluded individuals and
communities. We are also working with other strategic partners that have an interest in this
development and these include Housing Associations, ABCUL and GOEM.

Following further successful bids, our organisation has recently developed its range of advice
provision to include the following areas of law; Family and Matrimonial, Housing, Employment
and Welfare Benefits as well as retaining Debt.

We also operate a Discrimination Project, funded by the Equality and Human Rights
Commission, which provides advice and support to individuals in cases of discrimination in
either employment or in access to goods and services, including taking on these cases. It also
provides a public legal education role through the provision of talks and training to increase
awareness, understanding and application of discrimination legislation

For more information visit our website at www.leicestermoneyadvice.org.uk



     Job Purpose: To give strategic direction to enable and achieve the
following financial inclusion policy outcomes for the region and contribute
             to the Government’s Financial Inclusion strategy:-

1.     Influence statutory and other bodies to address financial exclusion as part of their
       service planning processes.
2.     Increase access to and take up of transactional bank accounts, encouraging greater
       confidence in using direct debit payment options and wider use of bank accounts for
       day-to-day budgeting and financial management.
3.     Increase Financial Capability through the development of training/workshop events
       that encourage greater financial understanding leading to increased confidence in
       utilising bank accounts to assist in managing personal finances.
4.     Support an increase in access to and development of money advice services through
       influencing strategic partners to better understand the positive impact resulting from
       (investment in) the provision of money advice services.
5.     Increase awareness of third sector lenders as an alternative to home credit/door step
       lenders/high interest lending.
6.     Form partnerships between debt advice agencies and local third sector lenders; work
       in partnership with appropriate organisations including BERR’s illegal lending teams to
       combat illegal lending; work towards establishing support and referral mechanisms are
       in place for victims of illegal money lenders.
7.     Increase the proportion of housing authorities and private landlords offering insurance
       with rent, or other appropriate home contents insurance schemes, and increase the
       take-up of these schemes through raising consumer awareness.
8.     Encourage greater habitual saving into formalised secure products through raising
       awareness of and promoting active engagement with Government supported saving
       schemes including the Child Trust Fund and Saving Gateway for consumers and
       relevant support agencies
9.     Develop credible proposals for establishing new third sector lending provision in the
       high priority areas identified by Financial Inclusion Taskforce research
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10.    Support the regional co-ordination of the Save Xmas campaign.
11.    Monitor and feedback on the use of informal saving products across the region
12.    Increase awareness of sources of free, independent debt advice

13.    Support the take up of preventative guidance including the North East Money
       Guidance pilot
14.    Ensure that financial and other resources are managed within agreed plans and
       identify opportunities to make best use of available resources.

      Main Duties Responsibilities: Strategic and Project Management in Derbyshire,
                        Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire and South Midlands

1      To be the lead contact with the DWP in managing the contract, including budgets and
       outcomes, and attending national Champions events run by the DWP
2      To lead on setting up an Advisory Group to develop and monitor the implementation of
       a Strategy for Financial Inclusion in the region.
3      To work with existing local and regional networks and partnerships of financial
       inclusion intermediaries through events and regular stakeholder engagement; and
       develop new networks and partnerships.
4      To build the role of local authorities and Local Strategic Partnerships in financial
       inclusion, to help meet the Government’s policy objectives across the region.
5      To develop local networks of financial inclusion intermediaries through events and
       regular stakeholder engagement; building on the work initiated by ‘now let’s talk
       money’ Stakeholder Managers.
6      To develop and work to regional and sub regional action plans by identifying the most
       significant issues with the greatest potential for improvement, particularly in areas
       identified as having high levels of financial exclusion, and identifying clear, practical
       actions that will lead to solutions.
7      To develop partnerships with Rural, Housing and Insurance Champions teams to
       share good practices and lessons learned and to use the experience from the financial
       inclusion beacon local authorities to identify best practices and arrange communication
       routes to ensure identified practices can be shared.
8      To work with local stakeholders and partners to establish steering groups to develop
       credible proposals for establishing new provision of affordable credit, saving and
       banking services in areas where there is currently little or no provision.
9      To ensure that promotion for mainstream banking is developed and continued.
10     To effectively manage budget and financial processes within the programme
11     To provide support and direction to the 2 Champions working across the region
12     To lead on project planning, including the full integration of effective monitoring and
       evaluation
13     To monitor and report on the progress of the Financial Inclusion programme to the
       SMT and the Trustee board as appropriate.




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                       Additional Duties and Responsibilities

1.     To ensure that all duties and responsibilities are discharged in accordance with the
       host organisation’s Health and Safety at Work and other work related policies. All
       employees have Health and Safety responsibilities to themselves: to those they
       manage, to their colleagues, to customers and to everyone affected by the
       organistions service delivery and business activities.
2.     The post holder will comply with the Leicester Money Advice equality and diversity
       policy and assist with its development and promotion within the organisation, and
       amongst partner organisations.
       Recognising the importance of promoting and encouraging tolerance, fairness and
       equality and in positively influencing other colleagues to achieve the aims associated
       with equality and diversity. The post holder may be expected to work with local
       people, businesses, employers, voluntary and community groups and other bodies
       with the aim of building a tolerant, compassionate and respectful place in which we can
       all live and work.
3.     The post holder will be responsible for ensuring that all employees for whom they are
       responsible realise their full potential by carrying out regular appraisals to identify
       training and development needs in line with the organisation’s service delivery and
       business objectives.
4.     The post holder will be required to demonstrate a positive approach to the
       development and success of the organisation by contributing to and delivering a high
       quality, effective and efficient customer driven service.
5.     The above duties and responsibilities cannot totally encompass or define all
       tasks which may be required of the post holder and the post holder may be
       expected to undertake additional duties and responsibilities that are
       commensurate with the grade of the post that may arise from time to time, as
       directed by the Executive Director of Leicester Money Advice

                                 PERSON SPECIFICATION
Qualifications/Training/Knowledge:
1.        Knowledge of business and project planning/management techniques
2.         Knowledge of national (and local) government current agenda around Financial
           Inclusion.
3.         Knowledge of the issues faced within the provision of advice services, particularly
           within the not-for-profit sector
4.         Working knowledge of MS applications (Word, Excel, Access)
Work Related Experience:
1.         Experience of project management and/or contract management
2.         Experience of working in partnership with senior stakeholders in the Public,
           Voluntary and Private Sector.
3.         Experience of managing relationships with Government or other large funders

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4.         Experience of producing and delivering reports and presentations for committees
           and external bodies
5.         Experience of working and liaising with a large number of partner organisations
           and/or stakeholder groups
6.         Experience of managing and working as part of a team and also working on your
           own without direct supervision
7.         Experience of working and liaising with a range of statutory and governmental
           agencies
8.         Experience of managing, directing and developing staff
9.         Experience of preparing, reviewing and implementing business and strategic plans
10.        Experience of representing an organisation/ business in local/regional/national
           groups, committees or forums
11.        Experience of producing promotional and/or publicity material
12         Experience of fund raising, or securing funding from government sources
Skills, Abilities & Personal Attributes:
1.         Highly motivated and enthusiastic approach to work
2.         Excellent interpersonal skills
3.         An innovative thinker able to turn ideas into practical initiatives.

4.         Inclusive approach to idea development

5.         Ability to develop relationships, build successful partnership co-operation and work
           with a wide range of external bodies including public, voluntary, professional and
           private organisations and individuals.
6.         Skilled in networking and creating positive relationships and partnerships locally, and
           /or regionally and/or nationally
7.         Excellent written and verbal communication skills for a range of audiences and the
           ability to make and maintain excellent working relationships with key stakeholders
8.         Ability to set strategic plans and to implement them across a partnership
9.         Ability to set up mechanisms to collect and analyse information.
10.        Ability to plan, manage, monitor, co-ordinate and deliver projects and work
           programmes on time and to specification.
11.        Ability to manage a small staff team undertaking varied and complex tasks
12         Ability to assume responsibility
13         Able to move freely within the region, utilising own transport
14         Willingness to undertake occasional evening work as required

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                        JOB APPLICATION FORM
                   LEICESTER MONEY ADVICE LIMITED
Please complete in black ink
Post applied for:                        STRATEGIC FINANCIAL INCLUSION CHAMPION
Closing date:                            FRIDAY 20TH FEBRUARY 2009
Where did you see the job advertised?


PERSONAL DETAILS
Surname                                                    Title

Other names
Home address                                               Tel. no.
(including postcode)
                                                           Mobile
                                                           number
Email address
Work telephone no.

PRESENT POST OR MOST RECENT EMPLOYMENT
Post held
Salary
Employer’s name
Employer’s address
(including postcode)

Telephone number
Date of appointment                              Leaving date
Period of notice
Reason for leaving
Brief details of responsibilities held




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PREVIOUS EMPLOYMENT (starting with most recent)
Post held                                                      Salary
Employer’s name
and address
Date of appointment                             Leaving date
Reason for leaving
Brief details of responsibilities held




Post held                                                      Salary
Employer’s name
and address
Date of appointment                             Leaving date
Reason for leaving
Brief details of responsibilities held




Post held                                                      Salary
Employer’s name
and address
Date of appointment                             Leaving date
Reason for leaving
Brief details of responsibilities held




ADDITIONAL
Dates             Employer’s name            Job title                  Salary
employed




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VOLUNTARY/COMMUNITY WORK
Please give details of any voluntary or community work in which you are, or have been,
involved, or any outside activities relevant to this post.




BREAKS IN EMPLOYMENT
Where breaks in employment are shown please explain below.




EDUCATION AND QUALIFICATIONS
Dates      School / College / University        Course Title               Qualification gained
attended                                                                   and Grade




OTHER TRAINING Please give details of other courses undertaken, or qualifications achieved,
including short and in-service training.
Dates             Course / Qualification




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TRANSPORT
Do you have a current full driving license?
Do you have access to a vehicle?

REFERENCES Please give details of two referees, one of which MUST be your present or
most recent employer
Referee One                                          Referee Two
Name                                                 Name
Position held                                        Position held
Address                                              Address
(including                                           (including
postcode)                                            postcode)

Telephone no.                                        Telephone no.
Email address                                        Email address
Can we contact prior to interview?                   Can we contact prior to interview?


REGISTERED DISABLED PERSONS
Are you registered disabled?
If YES, please give details




REHABILITATION OF OFFENDERS ACT 1974
Please give details of any criminal convictions - we will only take them into consideration if they are
relevant to the position you have applied for. Positions at Leicester Money Advice involve the provision
of financial advice to individuals, sometimes in their own homes and as such are exempt from the
Rehabilitation of Offenders Act. You are therefore required to include details of any convictions that
might otherwise be considered to be spent under the terms of the act.




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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Please give any further information in support of your
application. Please ensure that you provide evidence for each of the criteria contained within
the Person Specification for this post. Please also include your reasons for applying.
If required you may continue on a separate sheet(s) which should include your name and the
title of the post for which you are applying.




I certify that to the best of my knowledge the details provided on the application form
and any other supporting papers are true and accurate. Furthermore, I understand that

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the provision of false information will result in termination of any contract of
employment entered into

Signed                                                           Date

                       Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form
Leicester Money Advice aims to be an Equal Opportunities employer and to treat all employees
and applicants fairly. To ensure that these equality policies and procedures are working
effectively, we would like you to complete this monitoring form. We will use the information only
to monitor and review our recruitment process to ensure that we are being fair and providing
equal opportunity at each stage. All information is kept strictly confidential and is destroyed
once our review is complete. If you have any queries or concerns about filling in the form,
please contact to discuss.

Thank you for your help.

Post applied for

Gender                  Male                Female

Age

Do you consider yourself to have a disability?            YES                 NO

If YES, are you registered disabled?                      YES                 NO

Please give details about your disability below:




How would you describe your ethnic origin?
A. White                                        D. Black

    i White British                                  i Black Caribbean

    ii White Irish                                   ii Black African

    iii Any other White background                   iii Any other Black Background


B. Mixed                                        E. Asian

    i White and Black Caribbean                      i Pakistani

    ii White and Black African                       ii Indian

    iii White Asian                                  iii Bangladeshi

    iv Any other Mixed background                    iv Any other Asian background
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C. Chinese                  F. Other Ethnic Origin

    i Chinese background        i Any other Ethnic category




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