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Join the team at Timebanking UK as projects and comms officer

Timebanking UK are recruiting a new role ‘Projects and Communications Officer’ which will be remote working four days a week at £26k per annum pro rata. The closing date is 11th November and interviews scheduled for 23rd/24th November.

To apply, please send your CV and a letter of application to JOHN@TIMEBANKING.ORG,
cc SARAH@TIMEBANKING.ORG 

Closing date for applications: Friday 11th November.

Interviews: Wednesday 23rd & Thursday 24th November 2022.


Job Title: Projects and Communications Officer

Description: Part-time 4 days a week

Location: Remote

Salary: Salary £26k per annum pro rata

Responsible to: New Partnerships and Business Lead

Timebanking UK are a national charity providing advice, training and resources that enables time banks to flourish, engage and involve local people across the UK and beyond. Timebanking is where people help one another in communities using time as the currency creating mutual social and practical support networks to make people feel safer, happier and healthier.

Job Role:

This is an exciting role within the organisation to help coordinate a variety of projects and improve the communication across our time bank network, stakeholders and supporters, helping us to reach a wider audience. You will act as a conduit between Timebanking UK, our projects’ partners and our member time banks. The projects involve working with the staff team and time banks to achieve specific targets and collating succinct information into effective reports.

You will also have a key role in fundraising, writing funding bids to Trusts and finding new funding opportunities, with support from the staff team. Experience with writing tenders will be an advantage in this role.  

Proving the impact of our organisation and that of timebanking is extremely important, so experience in the generation of reports and using social return of investment would be particularly valuable.

Since we are a small charity, employees are expected to be flexible, adaptable and contribute where they can to our success. Timebanking UK has a small staff team and friendly company culture and we all work closely together to support the growth of timebanking.

Main Responsibilities 

  • Coordination and monitoring a variety of projects and reporting to funders 
  • Exploring funding opportunities and writing funding applications
  • Communicating with our member time banks
  • Supporting the team in proving the impact of Timebanking UK and in turn the value and impact of timebanking for people and communities (including SROI)

 

Skills Specification

Essential
  • Project delivery and monitoring experience
  • Effective report writing
  • Communication experience using a variety of methods with people at all levels
  • Experience of fundraising, writing funding bids and understanding the necessity of unrestricted funding and managing budgets
  • Excel, Word and MS Office applications experience
Desirable
  • Compiling newsletters (copy and design)
  • Experience with website content management systems
  • Knowledge of the charitable sector, systems and challenges

 

Person Specification

Essential
  • Self-driven, motivational person capable of working alone whilst being a team member
  • Ability to manage multiple initiatives and prioritise and co-ordinate under pressure
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Desire to learn new systems/skills and technology
Desirable
  • Experience of establishing and developing innovative programmes that deliver positive outcomes for people and communities

To apply, please send your CV and a letter of application to John@timebanking.org,
cc Sarah@timebanking.org 

Closing date for applications: Friday 11th November.

Interviews: Wednesday 23rd & Thursday 24th November 2022.

 

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André Gorz, a French social scientist, coined the term “degrowth” in 1972. At an academic forum, he posed a revolutionary question: “Is the earth’s balance, for which no-growth—or even degrowth—of material production is a necessary condition, compatible with the survival of the capitalist system?” Back then, the idea of prioritizing human and environmental welfare over economic growth was so radical that Gorz was laughed out of the political sphere. 

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The full story can be read here (external link).

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