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Feeding Liverpool Director

Feeding Liverpool
Liverpool

Posted: 10 Jun 2024

Deadline: 1 Jul 2024

Compensation: circa £42,000, subject to experience

Paid Full-time Flexible hours

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Job description

Feeding Liverpool is the city of Liverpool’s food alliance; connecting and equipping people and organisations to work towards good food for all. See www.feedingliverpool.org for full details.

Building on our work since 2015 tackling hunger and food insecurity, Feeding Liverpool lead Liverpool’s Good Food Plan in partnership with communities and organisations across the city. 

We recently announced that our current Director, Naomi, is leaving us.  We are therefore looking for a new Director – someone who can pick up our story from the last 8 years and shape the next chapter.

This is an exciting time to join our movement. The organisation is in excellent health – we have secure and stable funding, a creative and dynamic staff team, a strong Trustee Board and a fantastically committed group of partners and member organisations. Liverpool is full of inspirational people, active in building a city based on good food for everyone - whether that’s those who experience food insecurity on a day-to-day basis, health workers, growers, restaurateurs, or those working and volunteering in community food initiatives. Our work is led by their voices. We view ourselves as pioneering, with our alliance-based approach a national exemplar. 

But we have lots to do. Liverpool still has high levels of food insecurity, stark health inequalities and a community food movement that is vulnerable to food inflation and supply issues.

Our new Director will continue to shape and influence the way the food system works to develop and grow our community food movement, and grapple with the complex causes of food supply and insecurity.

We would refer potential candidates to our website for stories, reports and strategies that outline our approach, but we have developed a detailed job description and person-specification which outlines the character and competencies we think we need. 

This includes:

  • Outstanding Leadership Skills – leading both our organisation and its team, but also wider systems leadership as we work together to achieve our vision.
  • Excellent Communication Skills – this role will need you to be able to participate within communities but also to advise and direct Liverpool’s strategic leaders.
  • Personal values that match those of Feeding Liverpool - A passion and commitment for Good Food for everyone; a heart for those who struggle to access good food; a real belief in the value of others opinion, regardless of background – and the drive, determination and creativity to bring about lasting change.
  • Experience of organisational management with a track record of collaboration and building lasting partnerships.

Our new Director will need to be hands on and active in our communities.  There is opportunity for occasional working from home, but we would need you to be based in or near to Liverpool.

To read the full job description, please click here. 

All queries relating to this role should be directed to Feeding Liverpool’s Coordinator, Gentian Khan, who will be able to direct your query to a member of the Trustee Board.

The closing date for applications is 5pm on 1st July. 

We will be shortlisting candidates on the 3rd July and interviewing on 19th of July.

Main purposes of job

  • Figurehead and key contact for Feeding Liverpool and the Good Food Plan.
  • Senior lead executive responsible for delivering the Good Food Plan.
  • Team Leader for the management and development of Feeding Liverpool.

Key responsibilities

  • To exercise critical thinking in relation to food insecurity and Good Food.
  • To oversee the delivery and the continued evolution of the Liverpool Good Food Plan.
  • To engage with relevant stakeholders locally and nationally.
  • To stimulate and encourage the emergence of projects and programmes.
  • To oversee the management of contracts and partner relationships.
  • To synthesize research, data, lived experience and policy.
  • To promote the values and principles of Good Food Plan working.
  • To work with the Trustees to lead the organisational aspects of the alliance, including staff management and financial reporting, and to monitor the sustainability of the organisation.
  • To lead the organisation’s fundraising strategy.
  • To lead the organisation’s safeguarding policy and processes.
  • To identify and implement relevant policies as and when required, in partnership with the Trustees and team members.

Key tasks

  • To supervise other Feeding Liverpool staff members in the exercise of their responsibilities and ensure that these are carried out efficiently and effectively.
  • To develop and ensure good lines of communication with Good Food Plan stakeholders.
  • To oversee the Feeding Liverpool and Good Food Plan communications and social media policies and processes.
  • To ensure that there are adequate monitoring and reporting systems in place for the Good Food Plan.
  • To work alongside Feeding Liverpool’s external fundraiser.
  • To work alongside our Human Resources trustee on aspects of recruitment and staffing.
  • To work with Trustees and staff team to manage the organisations finances and ensure we meet our reporting requirements.

General responsibilities

  • To work collaboratively with trustees, team members and stakeholder partners.
  • To promote the ethos of Feeding Liverpool.
  • To encourage the development of staff members and volunteers.
  • To maintain confidentiality at all times in respect of Feeding Liverpool matters and prevent disclosure of confidential or sensitive in formation.

Application information

Applications should be made by providing a covering letter of no more than 2 pages, plus a CV to the following email address gentian@feedingliverpool.org

The covering letter should set out why you think you are suitable for the role and how you meet the qualities we are looking for in our new Director.

The deadline for applications is 5pm on Monday 1st July. 

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About Feeding Liverpool

Feeding Liverpool is the city of Liverpool’s food alliance, connecting and equipping people and organisations to work towards good food for all. Building on our work since 2015 tackling hunger and food insecurity, Feeding Liverpool are developing and driving forward Liverpool’s Good Food Plan in partnership with communities and organisations across the city.

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