Volunteering Development Officer
Posted on Jan 16, 2019 by NATIONAL TRUST
We know that when volunteering is well managed, it brings huge positive benefits for organisations, communities and individuals. It's also at the heart of the National Trust: we were founded by volunteers and they have always been part of our organisational DNA. This is a great opportunity to join the fantastic team at Gibside.
What it's like to work here
Situated just outside Gateshead, this 18th century landscape garden and wildlife haven is loved by the local community. Weekly activities, play trails, and an adventure playground have made Gibside popular with families, and visitor numbers have doubled in the last five years. The staff welcome people with lots of energy to join this friendly garden landscape, situated on the edge of the city.
What you'll be doing
As the Volunteering Development Officer, you'll develop and review volunteer involvement across the portfolio. You'll be working closely with the property management team to jointly deliver volunteer growth and satisfaction. We aim to offer a rewarding volunteering experience for our existing volunteers and aim to grow the team in order to offer an even better service to our visitors. You'll be responsible for promoting this professional volunteer culture and supporting managers by sharing knowledge to help them effectively manage & develop their volunteers.
This role is about developing new and existing teams, challenging old ways of doing things and promoting innovation. It's about broader participation, not just managing volunteers.
Who we're looking for
To be fantastic in this role you'll need to have;
- A sound understanding of volunteering trends and previous ability in developing volunteering offers and programmes
- Passion and enthusiasm about the benefits of great volunteer involvement
- A can do attitude, and willingness to learn
- A sound working knowledge of volunteering principles and practice
- An understanding of the differences between staff and volunteers, particularly the legal framework, the approach to reward and recognition and different motivations
- People management skills, coaching, motivation and communication
Find out about the benefits we offer to support you on our NT benefits page (click on the link in the grey box from our advert page).
Benefits include flexible working whenever possible plus free parking at most locations. You'll be entitled to discounts in high street stores and cinemas, National Trust shops and NT cafes, and have free entry to NT properties for you, a guest and your children (under 18).
Your health and wellbeing is important to us and is supported through generous annual leave and the option to buy additional days (minimum contract length applies), a cycle to work scheme, subsidised health cash plan and confidential access to a free support service 24 hours a day should you need it.
Your future financial health is helped by an employer matched - up to 10% of basic salary - contributory pension scheme and you can further your career with training and development tailored to you.
All of this and the opportunity to give something back to your community with up to 5 days of paid volunteering per year!
Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD)