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Community Organiser

Build and coordinate a network of community-based organisations and coalitions of individuals committed to accelerating an end to homelessness with evidence.

Build and coordinate a network of community-based organisations and coalitions of individuals committed to accelerating an end to homelessness with evidence. Ensure that the lived experiences of people who have been impacted by homelessness are shared more widely and are embedded in all of the Centre for Homelessness Impact’s work, from strategy to evaluation. 


We are proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and are committed to celebrating and supporting diversity. We know we will thrive on it for the benefit of our employees, our products and services, and our community.  We encourage applications from people of all backgrounds, and particularly welcome applications from people with experiences of homelessness.


IN A NUTSHELL

As a community organiser you will set up, support and coordinate groups of individuals and organisations who share our vision of ending homelessness with new ways of working, including better use of evidence and data to accelerate an end to homelessness. You will make sure people who have experienced homelessness have new and exciting opportunities to share their insights and are central to all of our work. You will work with our team and partners and use your network to ensure a range of voices are represented in what we do. 


WHY IS THIS ROLE IMPORTANT FOR THE CENTRE’S WORK?

We want to create a national movement to use research evidence and data to end homelessness. This means mobilising individuals and voluntary groups to work alongside or independently of homelessness services delivered through local authorities. The Centre for Homelessness Impact is the UK’s What Works Centre for Homelessness. We want evidence to become the new normal in the homelessness sector, just as it is in education and public health. Lived experiences form a core piece of evidence that is crucial to shape the overall picture, so having people who can develop networks to ensure we can reach individuals with a range of experiences is crucial to helping us in our mission. 


WE’RE LOOKING FOR SOMEONE WHO CAN: 

  • Take the initiative to set up alliances of individuals and community groups in local areas or national networks to explore new ways to support people experiencing or at risk of homelessness
  • Coordinate the work and growth of these local or interest-based coalitions of people and organisations committed to ending homelessness, using the insights and resources developed by the Centre
  • Use your network and initiative to work with people affected by homelessness to capture their stories and insights for digital audiences and build a strong network of advocates and experts by experience 
  • Support staff who plan our events, including helping to identify people with lived experiences who would be willing to speak at the Centre’s scheduled events throughout the year
  • Inform our practices and contribute to the evaluation on our activities 
  • Contribute to the Centre’s network of local authorities and other partner organisations working in homelessness  

RELEVANT EXPERIENCE AND BEHAVIOURS

You will:
  • Have personal experience of homelessness 
  • Bring together individuals and organisations in education, faith groups, primary care, businesses and people working in homelessness services, or with previous experience of these, to adopt a shared approach to ending homelessness
  • Have access to networks of people who will help to inform our work 
  • Have project management and people skills to coordinate networks of grassroots coalitions and share the work that they do with others
  • Be comfortable and creative working in a digital environment 
  • Be creative and self-motivated and open to new ways of working and comfortable with a culture of experimentation 
  • Be willing to learn and contribute to different parts of the Centre’s work across all teams 


Nice to Have:
  • Good writing and communication skills 
  • Some experience of, or interest in, speaking at or taking part in events
  • Ability to work in Google Workplace online tools


You will be able to demonstrate the following

  • The capacity to build and nurture good relationships with diverse stakeholders and deliver tangible results.
  • Encouraging and supporting a range of different organisations at different stages of development  
  • Willingness to try new things in a considered and structured way and learning from experiences to improve processes.
  • A commitment to both the aims and values of the Centre  and ensuring that the voices of people with experiences of homelessness inform all elements of our work.


TERMS OF APPOINTMENT

Salary: £31,000 to £40,000 (pro rata if part time), depending on experience and location. 

Both full and part time considered.

Location: Flexible, with applications from Scotland, Wales or the North of England strongly encouraged. A lot of our work can take place virtually, but regular travel and some overnight stays will be part of this role once restrictions are lifted.


CLOSING DATE

Midnight Sunday 27 February 2022.

Interviews will take place 3 and 4 March via online video call.

TO APPLY

Please send to careers@homelessnessimpact.org either:

  1. Your CV and a cover letter in up to two sides of A4; or
  2. A short video (no more than 5 minutes)

Please say (in either your letter or video) why you think you are suitable for this role and why you want to work at the Centre.

For a brief discussion about the role please contact Greg at greg@homelessnessimpact.org. To find out more about the Centre’s current work with people with experience of homelessness, contact Hannah, our Communications and Lived Experience Specialist, at Hannah@homelessnessimpact.org.  

It would be really helpful if, in your application, you can please state where you initially saw the role advertised.



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General information

Who we are

We’re a social startup in the homelessness sector. Our mission is to end homelessness by helping charities, local authorities and policy-makers understand which programmes and strategies work best. We’re big believers in the power of evidence and human-centred design when it comes to solving complex social problems like homelessness – and we’re looking to build a small, agile team to deliver content, training and platforms that make a real difference to those affected, as well as people working towards a future without homelessness.

Joining a relatively small team you’ll be a big part of shaping the way we work, collaborate and deliver impact. You’ll also have a great opportunity to assert your aesthetic and personality on the centre and its work in a meaningful way.

Our values

We value optimism, diversity, collaboration, sense of ownership, the ability to embrace ambiguity, a talk-less-do-more attitude, learning from failure, and making each other successful. If you identify with our values and want to help us end homelessness, we’d love to have you in. We encourage applications from people of all backgrounds, and particularly welcome applications from people with lived experiences of homelessness.

Location

Flexible

How to apply

Read our job descriptions above and apply by emailing a cover letter and CV to careers@homelessnessimpact.org and reference the job title.

In your cover letter, please address the points outlined in the person specification section of the role you are interested in. 

For any queries you can email careers@homelessnessimpact.org and a member of the team will respond.

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