Project Manager - Gloucestershire Community-Led Housing Hub advertised by GlosJobs.co.uk

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Gloucestershire Rural Community Council (GRCC)

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Gloucestershire Rural Community Council (GRCC)
Community House
15 College Green
Gloucester
Gloucestershire
GL1 2LZ

Tel: 01452 528491

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Project Manager - Gloucestershire Community-Led Housing Hub

Gloucester

Fantastic opportunity to become the CEO-in-waiting of a new social enterprise to expand community-led housing across Gloucestershire.

12-month fixed term contract.

In 2020, the UK Government provided a significant grant to launch an initiative to grow the provision of community-led housing in Gloucestershire.  The need in the county for such housing is considerable and growing; the current shortfall is impeding economic development, worsening the scourge of homelessness in its many forms, and failing to provide an alternative to the large, corporate house builders who do not always take sufficient account of local social and environmental objectives.

The COVID pandemic has impeded the planned progress that underpinned the Government grant, but there are significant funds left in the pot and around 12 months allowed to spend it: the potential to make an impact, and quickly, is great.

The post holder will immediately become the Project Manager for taking forward this work, which currently operates under the label 'GlosHub'.  The initiative is being incubated by Gloucestershire Rural Community Council (GRCC), with a wealth of experience in this field, and you will initially be an employee of the organisation.  However, the clear intention is that, by the end of the 12-month contract, you will have built a new social enterprise with its own new funding sources and a pipeline of business, that makes it viable in its own right: this is an opportunity to build and, hopefully, lead a spin-out with social end environmental impact at its core.

Helpfully, the work does not start with a blank sheet.  GRCC has already undertaken housing needs surveys and neighbourhood development plans for a number of communities: these are the glimmers of opportunity which the post holder will now need to seize. 

Your role will be to:

  • follow these leads an unearth new ones
  • work with communities to help them develop their plans and liaise with local government
  • identify and progress potential funding sources
  • support communities to contract with developers keen to act in line with their objectives and ethos...
  • ...and to stay alongside them, supporting and informing, as the initial spade goes in the ground, and new houses are built and sold or rented out
  • and then, also, to help put in place an ongoing management plan that delivers a lasting set of impressive financial, social and environmental benefits

The post holder will be able to draw on the support of a wider set of GRCC staff in the early months, including for financial management, communications and marketing, and community housing expertise.  There is the potential for resources to be formally transferred to 'GlosHub' at the point of future spinout.  But a key part of this role is to identify funding sources - grant-making bodies, local and central government, and social / impact investors - that will enable this start-up to stand on its own two feet, and employ its own staff, before long.  (An experienced steering group of advisors is already in place, with a pedigree of guiding similar initiatives elsewhere in the UK.)

You?  Need to have bags of energy, and a resolute determination to overcome obstacles in a field of work which can bring equally resolute opposition.  A real passion for social and environmental impact.  Experience of project management - ideally with formal accreditation - though it does not have to be in this field.  And outstanding skills as a communicator, persuasive and principled in equal measure.

GRCC is a charitable company with a 100-year history and an exciting future.  As the lasting effects of COVID become clearer, the need for community-based initiatives to build back better is growing, and GRCC aspires to be at the heart of innovations combining public, private and third sector organisations.  We are an organisation with an appetite for change - both around us, and within our team - and we are looking for colleagues with that entrepreneurial, can-do attitude to play an active role in that journey.  We welcome applicants from across the breadth of communities we strive to support, and aspire to diversity in our team - including for ethnic background, religion or belief systems, sex, sexuality, or gender identity - as a source of strength.

For an informal conversation about the role, please see the email address to the right of this advert.

If you wish to apply immediately, please submit a CV with a covering letter of no more than 2 sides setting out why you believe you would be suitable for the role by clicking on Apply Now.

Closing date for applications: 12 noon on Friday 28 May 2021. Interviews to be held on Monday, 7 June 2021.

Salary: Up to £45,000 p.a. FTE

Hours Per Week: Full-time, part-time, job-share options are possible.Flexible & home working too

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