Get Involved Group Project Assistant
This is an exciting opportunity to work on an innovative and vibrant project, the Get Involved Group (GIG), which provides a platform for disabled people and carers to share their lived experience to help improve access to services and getting out and about in Brighton & Hove and Sussex.
You will be key in supporting the project aims by engaging with disabled people (pan-impairment) to identify issues and help plan the solutions to improving service provision and accessibility for all. You will support a team of volunteers, help connect people to their community and empower people to work together and implement positive change.
21 hours per week
£20,661 per annum, pro-rata
Closing Date: 14 September 2018 (12, noon)
Interview: 28 September 2018
To apply for this job an application form must be completed and submitted. further information can be found under: https://www.possabilitypeople.org.uk/about-us/work-for-us/
Working closely with the Project Lead the Get Involved Group Project Assistant will support the delivery, ongoing development and overall effectiveness of our work programmes.
- To support the project lead in coordinating and facilitating regular engagement activities and GIG projects, including Get Involved Group meetings, Keep Connected Group, Talking Possabilities radio show and other group meetings as required.
- To oversee the coordination of the monthly Get Involved Group newsletter, working with volunteers on formatting and editing the content for distribution.
- To support volunteers and bank staff taking a lead in project development activity, whilst managing their work plans and volunteer shift rotas.
- To identify new audiences and the most effective channels to reach disabled people and carers, disability groups and organisations, and professionals, securing support and involvement in the project and services as required.
- Conduct outreach to groups and individuals, to support their involvement in the Get Involved Group and Possability People ensuring the promotion of the Social Model of Disability through appropriate communications, briefings, presentations and networking opportunities.
- Working in close conjunction with Project Lead to develop operational approaches to support effective delivery of the Get Involved Group work programme, ensuring their social and economic value is maximised.
- To work alongside Possability People’s Communications Team, developing campaigns and publicity material to maximise our reach and impact using all social, electronic and traditional media and the press.
- To look at regional and national practice models, develop intuitive systems, databases and processes to identify relevant activity that could benefit the team’s work and which could influence thinking and delivery in Brighton & Hove.
- To assist in sourcing appropriate funding opportunities and relevant local and national intelligence to seed bids put forward by the project lead.
- To attend, report and contribute to meetings, events and workshops as appropriate to the project’s work.
- To ensure all necessary administration and record keeping required to support the work, including reports to funders, partners, Possability People committees and other interested parties.
- To ensure that Equal Opportunities Policy and procedures are established and maintained within projects and to contribute to the development and monitoring of Equal Opportunities policy within Possability People as a whole.
- Working alongside other staff, to help ensure that adequate Health and Safety procedures are in place in projects and to ensure the implementation of a suitable user complaints process
- To attend, report to and contribute to staff and team meetings, and other internal meetings and training events as necessary.
- Any other reasonable duties requested by the Project Leads.
- Unsociable hours may be required, i.e. attending occasional events.
Essential Experience and Qualities
Lived experience or excellent understanding of the barriers disabled people face and an enabling approach to overcoming them.
Hold a positive attitude towards tasks, be solution-focused, self-motivated, and encouraging toward others to achieve goals.
Proactive, can take initiative whilst working within a team as well as independently.
Good team working skills and the ability to engage effectively with staff, volunteers and service users
Personal responsibility for own development, committed to learning ‘on the job’
Creative and innovative thinking when problem solving with an ability to see the ‘bigger picture’
Highly organised and proven ability to prioritise workload in a dynamic team environment.
Proven negotiation and influencing skills and ability to promote the aims and objectives of the project
Proven ability in using social media and other communication channels as appropriate to the team’s projects aims and target audiences
Clear understanding of Equal Opportunities policy and practice and a commitment to implementation
Experience of delivering, monitoring and evaluating an outcome driven project.
Highly developed interpersonal skills and ability to work with a range of stakeholders at all levels
High competency administrative ability, IT skills and use.
Able to attend occasional events requiring unsociable hours (evenings/weekends)
Desirable Experience and Qualities:
Experience of inter-agency working.
Experience of community based work in various settings/locations and sectors.
Experience and knowledge of relevant statutory authorities.
Experience of volunteering.
Ability to drive/travel confidently and independently throughout Sussex, including rural areas
Job Type: Part-time