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Network Coordinator

Soil Association
Spear House, Victoria Street, Bristol BS1 3NX

Posted: 10/02/2020

Deadline: 24/02/2020

Compensation: £32,395 pro rata (£25,916 pa)

Paid Part-time Fixed term / contract


Job description

Salary: £32,395 pro rata (£25,916 pa) Contract: Fixed term contract to 1 December 2022 (with potential for extension) Hours: 0.8 FTE, 30 hours per week. We are willing to be flexible on working times and to consider 4 full days per week or 5 shorter days. The role will involve regular travel across the UK and potentially some overnight stays. Location: Home-based

About our organisation

The Soil Association, formed in 1946, is the only UK charity which works across the spectrum of human health, the environment and animal welfare. That’s because we cannot tackle these issues in isolation. We campaign for change, we support farming innovation, we serve healthy food in communities, we support and grow the organic market and we protect forests. We couldn't do any of this without our dedicated staff. We make a difference in the world where it’s needed the most. Sustainable Food Cities is a partnership programme led by the Soil Association, Food Matters and Sustain: the alliance for better food and farming. We support towns, cities, boroughs and counties to transform their local food culture and food system for the better, working with more than 60 local food partnerships across the UK. We help people and places to share challenges, explore practical solutions and develop best practice on key food issues.

About the opportunity

Sustainable Food Cities is entering a new and exciting phase. We will be working to adapt and extend the SFC model to new places and new geographies as part of a wider Sustainable Food Places initiative, with the aim of building a critical mass of 100+ dynamic sustainable food partnerships across all parts of the UK. At the same time, we will be supporting a vanguard of established food partnerships to achieve our bronze, silver and gold awards as they work to become exemplars of just what can be achieved through a collaborative approach to good food.

The greatest strength of the Sustainable Food Cities Network lies in the huge breadth of experience and expertise built up by our members over many years. As a core part of Phase 3, we will be working to empower and enable those members to support each other through peer to peer learning, exchange and mentoring and, over time, to take greater and greater control of the Network.

The Network Coordinator will be a pivotal role in Phase 3. Key everyday tasks will include ensuring all our members get the right support at the right time; fostering learning, exchange and peer to peer support across the Network; signposting members to good practice and helping them to overcome challenges; managing and delivering Network communications and events including the website, newsletter, social media and the annual conference; and helping to coordinate SFC operational staff in their engagement with and support for members.

About you

This is a multi-faceted role suited to someone with real energy and enthusiasm who can work under pressure and is happy to juggle multiple different strands of work at the same time while maintaining good working relationships with a large range of stakeholders. If you love the idea of working with inspiring people and connecting and supporting them to fulfil their potential, then this could be your perfect job.

Our employee benefits

Working with us you will have a range of financial and lifestyle benefits, including, 27 days annual holiday plus bank holidays, increasing to 30 days with service (pro rata for part-time) For more information on our benefits please visit our website.

Important dates

Closing date for applications: 5pm, Monday 24 February

Interviews are expected to take place Wednesday 4th March in Bristol

Application information

Please follow this link to read the full Job Description for the role.

Please submit your CV with a covering letter (both in Microsoft Word format) to recruitment@soilassociation.org. Your covering letter must cover the “essential” criteria listed in the Job Description. Failure to submit a covering letter may mean your application is removed from the shortlisting process. Please make sure that the file names of the documents you attach contain your name (first name and surname)

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About Soil Association

Our organisation started in 1946 to pioneer a better world – one where we can all farm, eat and live healthily in balance with the environment. Our team of around 250 employees have been working with this vision for positive change ever since. We’re farming, growing, buying, cooking and eating. We’re campaigning, lobbying and certifying. We’re running research programmes that pave the way for change. And we’re inspiring millions of people to take their own step towards a sustainable future.