Job Opportunity: Volunteer Coordinator – Brent

The Kids Network Volunteering Opportunities in London

We particularly encourage applications from Black candidates and People of Colour to apply for this role as we continue to build our culture of inclusion and representation within our team.

About us

The Kids Network is a community of children and young professionals connecting through fun, friendship and hardship for positive social change. We provide children with a volunteer mentor; a young professional from the community who delivers safe and consistent sessions over 12 months. Each mentee receives 100 hours of one-to-one support outside of the home and school environment.

As a young, growing organisation, we are looking for someone to join our small but mighty team to lead our programmes across London communities.

Volunteer Coordinator:

We are excited to announce that we’re hiring a Volunteer Coordinator to join the team to launch and lead on our Brent mentoring programme. You will work to support our amazing mentees by managing our volunteer mentors. You will lead our Brent project, bringing the community together through fun and friendship.

This is a really exciting opportunity to play a crucial role in the growth of the organisation and make a positive impact for children in Brent as we navigate different covid-19 restrictions.

Role description:

  • One year fixed term contract (with the potential to extend)
  • 5 days a week (35 hours)
    £26,000 pa
  • Some weekend and evening work required

As our Volunteer Coordinator you will have an entrepreneurial spirit to effectively deliver our mentoring programme in order to achieve positive outcomes for children.

About you

We are looking for a highly motivated, personable, strong communicator who is passionate about the importance of mentoring and equality of opportunity. To be successful, you will be solution focused, positive, proactive and a quick learner.

Experience of developing relationships, supporting volunteers working with vulnerable children and delivering programmes from a charity perspective is essential.

The Kids Network values fun, commitment and innovation – this is the culture we want embedded throughout the organisation. If you are passionate about connecting for change and share our vision, we want to hear from you. We are actively looking for someone with a strong knowledge and understanding of Brent, who will be able to embed our work into the local community.

About the role:

Safeguarding and policies:

  • Uphold our safeguarding principles and processes to the highest standard,
  • Act in compliance with our policies and processes at all times, ensuring our data is stored and managed in line with GDPR,

Volunteer recruitment and management:

  • Drive a diverse volunteer recruitment strategy to represent our mentees,
  • Vet, train 40 new mentors in line with our safer recruitment practices, and match a minimum of 30 of them to mentees,
  • Deliver outstanding volunteer management, ensuring weekly sessions take place across the board,
  • Celebrate volunteers in creative and effective ways,
    Manage CRM system, ensuring data is kept up to date.

School management:

  • Onboard schools onto the programme, bringing in £10,000 in the pilot year,
  • Onboard a minimum of 30 children onto the programme over the course of the year,
  • Manage and build relationships with schools,
  • Collect impact and case studies for each of our school partners,
  • Organise termly meetings with schools presenting cohort’s impact,

Community building:

  • Build and manage strategic relationships with key community stakeholders,
  • Act as an ambassador for The Kids Network attending events where necessary,
  • Communicate the successes of the organisation to our supporters through our channels,

Projects:

  • Manage Innovation projects as arranged with line manager.

Essential skills and experience:

  • Track record of managing volunteers effectively – ability to motivate and support volunteers to provide consistent support to vulnerable children
  • Experience in following safeguarding processes and foundation level in child protection
  • Experience of developing networks and relationships with a wide range of partners, volunteers and stakeholders
  • Experience of delivering small to medium-scale programmes from start to finish
  • Ability to be solution focused and self-motivating, to work on your own initiative and be accountable for your own work
  • Exceptional communication skills, with the ability to communicate to a range of audiences with impact
  • Skilled at delivering engaging training sessions and organising events
  • Excellent IT skills with ability to use spreadsheets, emails and databases effectively
  • Non-judgemental, self-motivated, pro-active, compassionate and solution focused

Desirable skills and experience:

  • Understanding of the UK education and charity sector
  • Experience of working with children and families directly in challenging environments and understanding of the challenges facing children in London
  • Experience onboarding schools onto programmes
  • Experience delivering effective training and workshops to volunteers to support their development
  • Marketing and communications skills
  • Event management skills

The Kids Network is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The successful applicant will be required to apply for an enhanced DBS check.

The closing date for applications is 26th November at midnight. We will conduct interviews on the 2nd and 3rd December.

To apply please send your CV and a cover letter, no longer than two pages, to our Head of Programmes, Amy Campo McEvoy, a.campomcevoy@thekidsnetwork.org.uk