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Publica

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Publica
Trinity Road
Cirencester
Gloucestershire
GL7 1PX

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If you wish to have an informal discussion about this role, please contact: Jacqueline Wright on 01285 623617 or email jacqueline.wright@publicagroup.uk

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Community Builder x 2 - PUB095

Cotswolds

Do you have experience in community wellbeing and engagement?

Cotswold District is a great place to live, work and visit, and we are rightly proud of our businesses, communities and residents. We are busy recreating a council that’s pro-active and responsive to the needs of our residents and businesses in a fast changing environment. That means we need to be ‘fleet of foot’ and look for innovative and creative ways to deliver against our Corporate Plan priorities.
About the role…

We have an exciting opportunity for a Community Builder to take an asset-based community development approach to support residents to grow in confidence, enabling them to feel empowered and more connected to their local community.

The key areas of your role will be to research and establish a deep understanding of the area, working with local residents and organisations to identify community assets and strengths.  You will support residents to make ‘connections’ in the community. Connecting people who want to take action through conversation and story sharing and to provide support, whilst ‘stepping back’ to ensure that local groups and activities are established and sustained.

Relationship building is essential for this role as you will encourage a more supportive, inclusive and welcoming society by identifying and building upon a community’s existing strengths and energies (its assets), to help communities become stronger and more resilient.

Your input will contribute to achieving the Councils’ corporate visions and priorities by enabling and supporting opportunities for local communities to achieve the best possible outcomes of the district being a great place to live, learn, do business and enjoy.

This is a new role covering the Cotswolds, famous for quintessentially English market towns and villages built from honey-coloured stone. With a range of gently rolling hills and the largest area of outstanding natural beauty in England making it a perfect base for walking and cycling, you will have this right on your doorstep.  With our agile working ethos: you will be spoilt for choice.

As part of a friendly and dynamic team you will be able to shape this new varied role to make a real difference. You’ll be out and about in our communities to meet residents that are buzzing with ideas and you can help them shape their local area and build on all the positives that came out of this pandemic.

You will need…

• A minimum of 5 qualifications equivalent to NVQ level 2 or GCSE at Grade C/4 or above, must include Maths and English
• Two years’ experience in a community wellbeing and/or engagement field of work
• A clear understanding of asset based community development
• Experience in ‘Active Listening’ and engaging people from different backgrounds
• Knowledge of the local area, ideally living in the Cotswolds
• Excellent interpersonal skills, including motivation, negotiation, persuasion, diplomacy and reassurance

Special Conditions…
• As this role may take you across the district you will need the ability to travel and have access to a car
• DBS check, which will be carried out by Publica in the pre-employment checks

For more information about this role please see the Job Description/Person Specification below.

If you wish to have an informal discussion about this role, please see details to the right of this advert or click on Apply Now.

Please follow the link to see our great benefits: Benefits

You will be employed by Publica Group Ltd which was created by four partner Councils (Cotswold District Council, West Oxfordshire District Council, Cheltenham Borough Council and Forest of Dean District Council)  to deliver more efficient and improved services.

Publica is a unique place to work – we are a local government organisation with a twist! Publica wants to transform the way local services are delivered. To help do this we have started to fundamentally rethink the way we design our services in the digital era so that Publica is a customer-focused organisation driven by real user needs.

Role description and employee specification

Job title: Community Builder (x2) Main location:  Cotswolds
Reports to:  Community Wellbeing Manager Working hours: 28 (2 posts)
Salary range: £18,805 - £21,180 pro rata

Purpose: This role takes an asset-based community development approach to support residents to grow in confidence, enabling them to feel empowered and more connected to their local community. It is hoped that this in turn will help improve their health and wellbeing and have a positive impact on local health services. To achieve that, the postholder is expected to:

● research and establish a deep understanding of the area, working with local residents and organisations to identify community assets and strengths. 
● support residents to make ‘connections’ in the community i.e connecting local people who want to take action through conversation, story-sharing and sign-posting.
● encourage a more supportive, inclusive and welcoming society by identifying and building upon a community’s existing strengths and energies (its assets), to help communities become stronger and more resilient.
● contribute to achieving the Councils’ corporate visions and priorities by enabling and supporting opportunities for local communities to achieve the best possible outcomes of the district being a great place to live, learn, do business and enjoy.

Key responsibilities:  ● To support the Community Wellbeing Manager on enabling the outcomes that benefit community wellbeing, liaising with communities and council services to enhance healthier, more hospitable, safer and stronger communities overall - to meet locally identified needs and to build increased self-reliance from individuals and communities
● Build and sustain relationships with local residents and groups, and make connections, whilst identifying community building themes.
● Connecting people who want to take action through conversation and story sharing and to provide support, whilst ‘stepping back’ to ensure that local groups and activities are established and sustained.
● Providing support but not making individuals dependent on you. Looking to empower others not just 'do' the job yourself
● Ensuring new groups or activities become established and sustainable by playing the part of 'permission-giver'. Empowering others and giving them confidence to try new things, to see visions become reality. 
● Sharing knowledge on how to access funding so that residents can get started with their ideas or projects.
● Share  learning, knowledge and best practice with others
● Work alongside other teams to inform the activity across a range of community focussed disciplines, so that the services delivered in the locality – either directly by Publica or commissioned from other providers – are aligned to identified local need.
● Actively participating in fulfilling the feedback and evaluation requirements and keeping written records

This role description sets out the key outcomes required. It does not specify in detail the activities required to achieve these outcomes.

General Accountabilities

● Support an effective response to a major incident by taking a support role within the Council’s civil emergency response team and meet the company’s responsibilities under the Civil Contingencies Act
● The post holder is responsible for maintaining a safe working environment and ensuring as far as reasonably practicable that safe working practices are adopted within this work environment
● Work in compliance with the codes of conduct, regulations and policies of Publica
● Exercise proper and absolute integrity in respect of all confidential matters and the confidentiality of personal and sensitive information
● To undertake all tasks and responsibilities as may be reasonably required from time to time

Essential requirements, qualifications, skills and abilities:

Qualifications
● A minimum of 5 qualifications equivalent to NVQ level 2 or GCSE at Grade C/4 or above, must include Maths and English
Knowledge and Experience
● 2 years’ experience in a community wellbeing and/or engagement field of work
● Clear understanding of asset based community development
● Experience in ‘Active Listening’ and engaging people from different backgrounds
● Knowledge of the local area

Skills
● Excellent interpersonal skills, including motivation, negotiation, persuasion, diplomacy and reassurance
● A highly effective communicator across the full range of audiences and channels
● Able to build and maintain relationships, alliances and networks both within and external to Publica
● Ability to inspire others to think and behave differently so that shared objectives are met
● Excellent listening skills 
● Self-starter with a positive attitude
● A passion for communities 
● Able to motivate yourself and other people
● Empathetic without being diverted from the focus of the role.
● Resilience and determination 
● Very effective at helping others to help themselves
● Competent using a range of technology and software, including Microsoft and Google suite

● Is customer focussed, responsive, and co-operative                                   

Closing date for applications: 6th June 2021 @midnight - Interview Date: Tuesday 22nd June 2021 via video conference

Salary: £18,805-£21,180 per annum pro rata

Hours Per Week: 28 hours per week - Permanent

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