SafeWise Volunteers Manager

We’re looking for someone with a record of success in recruiting, supporting, coaching, monitoring and rewarding volunteers. We need you to set up rigorous and efficient systems to standardise procedures at both our existing centres, double the size of our volunteer team, and prepare us to open our third centre in Swindon/Wiltshire.

What we do

SafeWise is a charity which runs experiential safety, health, citizenship and life skills education centres in Bournemouth and Weymouth, with a third centre planned for Swindon/Wiltshire in 2019. These centres feature full size scenarios such as streets, pedestrian crossings, buses, trains, fire and home safety scenarios, with exciting plans for future development. We teach visitors of all ages a wide range of skills for life such as fire, water, home, road and travel safety, health, crime, internet safety, bullying and mental wellbeing. These skills for life are often marginalised in our education system, but we think they are as important as literacy and maths.

What we believe

Our philosophy is that every visitor should experience a fun and immersive learning environment in which they ‘discuss, decide and do’, rather than simply listening and being told. Talk, decision-making and practical activity in our realistic scenarios deliver memorable learning and motivate visitors in a way that is difficult to replicate in a classroom.

What we are looking for

Overall, we want to double our visitor numbers within three years. To do that, we need to double the numbers in our volunteer pool too. We need a volunteers professional who knows how to recruit, train, support and monitor a larger and more diverse team. Someone who can build strong relationships with key organisations to promote this unique and exciting  volunteering role. Can you work with our Centre-based teams to set up and manage robust systems for recruitment and management across our two centres, and prepare us for our third? Can you define and promote different volunteer roles requiring specific skill sets? Can you enthuse and inspire volunteers to achieve consistently high standards of delivery? In short, can you make sure we have the quality and capacity to receive increased visitors from September 2018? If this is you, please get in touch!

The detailed bit

We’d like our new Volunteers Manager to start as soon as possible, although we will wait for the right candidate. This is a part time post of a flexible 21 hours a week around core hours and job requirements. It is a one year contract in the first instance with the intention to extend depending on income generation. It is likely to be based at SafeWise HQ in Bournemouth but could be based at Weymouth instead. Regular travel will be required to our other centre and for meetings about our third centre in Swindon/Wiltshire, and elsewhere on occasions. The postholder must be willing to work out of hours from time to time. Salary dependent on experience. This post is not currently suited to job share.

Please see the formal Volunteers Manager Job Description for full details of the role, and browse our website at www.safewise.org for an overview of what we do.

Next steps

Potential candidates are invited to visit one of our centres for a look around, an informal chat with our new Chief Executive, Rob Hattersley, and to meet other members of the team. Please phone 07969 011508 to arrange this, or email rob@safewise.org.

To apply

Please send your Curriculum Vitae and a letter of application by email to rob@safewise.org. Your letter should explain why you would like to be Safewise Volunteers Manager, and outline the skills and experience which would enable you to make a success of the role.

The closing date is Friday 22nd December 2017 at 5pm. Interviews will be held on Tuesday 9th January 2018 at SafeWise Bournemouth.