We are recruiting an Operations Manager for our Space4 Project

Over the past year we have all recognised the importance of community.  This is an amazing opportunity for someone who feels passionate about making a real difference!

Space4 is a community project established by St Michael and All Angels (C of E) church in Houghton-le-Spring.  The project works with people from all backgrounds seeking to be a ‘space for community to flourish’.  For 6 years the project has provided a ‘drop-in’ based on the high street running group sessions as well as providing a community foodbank and clothes bank.  Space4 has grown and developed by valuing and listening to our community.   A recent grant award has now allowed for exciting developments of the project, including further development of a community hub, a community food store, a ‘community builder’ scheme as well as the development of a community café.

In the past, our approach has focussed on creating a welcoming and safe space within a dedicated building based on the high street.  Our ethos leads us to try to make sure people feel valued and cherished as part of a community, believing that everyone has something to contribute.  We try to empower people to take control of their own lives and encourage people to be the best version of themselves they can be.

The project is now in an exciting stage after being awarded funding for a three-year development program that will increase community engagement and drive the charity towards sustainability.  This is a fantastic opportunity for the right candidate to be part of a challenging, but dynamic and rewarding three-year journey and to be an integral and valuable part of the team as we move forward to asset-based community work.

We are looking for someone who has drive and energy with good community project experience.  The ideal candidate will have a compassionate, diplomatic and tactful approach and be able to sensitively communicate with people from a range of different backgrounds.  They should have good organisation skills and leadership experience, ideally working with community projects.  Working with the support of the Space4 Development Manager, they will be responsible for all operations of the Space4 project enabling us to meet our commitments associated with the Lottery ‘Reaching Communities’ Award.

Working as part of a great team of dedicated and passionate staff and volunteers this will be an exciting role for the right candidate. If you think you could be the right person to fit the role or would like to find out more then we’d love to hear from you.

Follow this link for more information about the project:  http://bit.ly/Sp4NCh.  

Space4 Operations Manager

Based Houghton-le-Spring (and surrounding area)

Salary £26,200 per annum (£28,070 FTE based on 37.5 hour week)

Three-year fixed term contract (extension subject to funding)

35 hours per week

25 days holiday (plus 8 statutory days holiday)

Other Benefits: Pension with ‘People’s Pension’ (3% employer contribution)

Employer: Space4 (part of St Michael & All Angels Church, Houghton-le-Spring)

Application deadline: 30th June (5pm)

Interview date: 12th July

For an application form, more information or an informal chat about the role, contact:

             Angela Slater:

             email: angelaslaterajs@gmail.com

             or call: 0793 106 4891

The format and scheduling of the interviews depends upon the lockdown conditions and pandemic situation prevailing at that time.  It is possible that interviews will be conducted through Zoom.

Space4 and St Michael and All Angels, Houghton-le-Spring are committed to equality and diversity and welcome applicants from all sections of the community.  The successful candidate should have a positive attitude to Christian ethos and values. 

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975. It will be necessary for an enhanced disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service for details of any previous criminal convictions.

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