Job Description

Job Title: Community Participation Coordinator
Accountable to: Chief Executive Officer
Responsible for: Development and management of community stakeholder engagement and management of our volunteer program.
Salary: Salary:  £17,478.72 (£29,131.20 pro rata)
Hours: Community Participation Coordinator for 3 days a week Thursday Friday & Saturday x 24 hours  ( Some overtime will be available as needed)
Term: Fixed term:
3 years, includes 6-month probationary period
Deadline for submissions

Shortlist interview dates

Thursday 16th January 2020

Tuesday 21st and Thursday 23rd January 2020


Job Title: Community Participation Coordinator

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Gasworks Dock Partnership (GDP), a registered charity based in the East London Borough of Newham, is managing the regeneration and development of Cody Dock into a Creative Industries and Community Quarter.  Our vision is to rehabilitate Cody Dock creating new workspace, visitor facilities and public space, not only providing jobs and public facilities but also fostering greater community cohesion and civic pride through restoration and celebration of the area’s waterways and rich industrial heritage.

We are looking for a new member of staff to lead the development and delivery of our corporate engagement and volunteer program building upon our supporting existing relationships within the business sector, with a view to creating a self-funded substantive post that generates a sustainable form of income for the charity. It is an exciting time to join the team as we have received planning approval and capital funding for a whole range of large scale projects that will provide volunteering opportunities such as environmental citizen science activities, operation of our community boat, dock restoration and the construction of our new Community Centre, Rolling Bridge and Leaway wash block facility.

Main Purpose:

  • Develop our relationships with Newham and Tower Hamlets diverse communities
  • Support our environmental lead with the delivery of our schools program
  • Manage and recruit people for our community volunteer activity days
  • Supervise our community volunteers and co-produce work development plans

Key Tasks and Responsibilities:

  • Working alongside our CEO and project leaders to identify volunteer opportunities and help to promote them to local residents, community groups and schools.
  • Oversee the smooth running of community volunteer activities, provide supervision of volunteers including matching volunteers with activities that are of interest and oversee personal development.
  • Outreach and work with local community groups to ensure our opportunities are available to everyone and help ensure an inclusive volunteer recruitment programme targeting hard to reach groups.
  • Supporting and managing the Project Administrators with social media relating to volunteer activities and promotion of events and activities relating to the project and its partners.
  • Working with the Project Administrators to develop inclusive communications and assess any barriers concerning volunteer involvement.
  • Providing input to external evaluators of our volunteer programmes.
  • Working with the Project Administrators to accurately record all data on Salesforce, monitoring information and creating and generating reports for board members, users and stakeholders.
  • Work alongside the Project Managers to ensure all legal and statutory responsibilities of the project are met (e.g. first aid and DBS checks).
  • To work within the policies and procedures of the organisation.
  • Managing our Cody Dockers resident and volunteer meetings and get together.
  • Contribute to newsletters with case studies,
  • Promote volunteer activity and business engagement opportunities through press releases, our website and produce regular posts on our Cody Dock Facebook, Instagram and twitter social media accounts.
  • A flexible approach is needed as additional duties commensurate with the role may occur from time to time such as attending and assisting on events at the Dock as required.
  • Support the project team in the design and delivery of events at the Dock. This will include 8 seasonal community events, a number of national events that GDP are involved in and other ad hoc events linked to activities at the site
  • From time to time cover and support the Corporate Volunteer Program Manager with the delivery of community volunteer days.
Community Participation Coordinator
Essential Desirable
Qualifications & Knowledge Educated to degree level or with equivalent experience Level 2 Safeguarding Current DBS check (Enhanced)



·      Successfully engaging and managing volunteers.

.      Working with communities and schools’ sector.

·      Strong project management experience.

·      Working with Microsoft office suite; Excel and word, Google Docs.

·      A team player, able to delegate.

·      Strong on performance management with the ability to set and monitor boundaries.

·      Demonstrated knowledge and experience with Safeguarding, current Health and Safety and equal opportunities procedures.

·      Knowledge and application of CRM database systems.

·      Display an understanding of basic marketing principles.


·      Working with third sector organisations and local authorities.

·      Experience with posting on social media; Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

·      Brokering opportunities to support individuals to achieve their goals

·      Working with Corporate CSR departments

·      Working knowledge and application of Salesforce

·      Experience working with Gmail, Google docs and Google Drive

Skills & Personal Attributes
.     Strong organisational skills, thorough, able to prioritise and manage own workload and that of others.

·     IT literate and fluent with MS Office suite.

·      Ability to deliver quality presentations suitable for a variety of different audiences.

·      Excellent interpersonal skills, with an ability to build and maintain effective working relationships with partners, funders and other external agencies.

·      Ability to understand and communicate effectively with a wide range of audiences, both verbally and in writing.

·      A confident, warm, outgoing and approachable manner, with the emotional intelligence to lead creatively and empower others to maximise their strengths.

·      Willingness to get involved and assist project workers with events and volunteer activity.
Ability to work within the boundaries of confidentiality.

·      A commitment to the principle of equal opportunities and experience of implementing equal opportunities strategies.

·      A commitment to the vision, mission, aims and values of Cody Dock

This appointment will be made on the basis of a 6-month probationary period and are subject to two satisfactory professional references, completion of a self-disclosure form and a DBS check.


GDP Values             

All employees are requested to uphold the values that underpin GDP’s philosophy:

  • We recognise the importance of identifying and cherishing spaces that have the capacity to inspire people.
  • We wish to enable sustainable communities to emerge and grow within these spaces.
  • To uphold GDP’s vision – GDP defines ‘vision’ as the belief that unites a board, management and staff and directs decision making, prioritisation, policies and partnerships.
  • To support our charitable objects as defined within our Memorandum and Articles of Association.



Selection Process

Once we have received your completed application form we will then:

  • Read the information provided and ensure it matches the person specification
  • Invite shortlisted candidates for an interview, which will include a short 15-minute exercise on our CRM system
  • Referees will be contacted


The closing date for completed applications is the 16th of January 2020.

Please do not send us your CV’s.


Once we have received your completed application form we will:

– Read the information provided and ensure it matches the person specification;

– Invite shortlisted candidates for an interview;

– Referees will be contacted if you’re shortlisted for the interview.

Under the Exceptions Order to Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, employers are entitled to ask applicants to disclose any criminal records they may have when they are applying for jobs involving work with children and young people. Given the nature of our work with schools, young people and vulnerable adults, we request all candidates complete a Self-Disclosure Form and if they are not able to provide an up to date original copy of a DBS check, they will be asked to complete a DBS as part of the application.

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