Sector Support and Development Officer with Voluntary Impact Northamptonshire


Salary: £23,698 pro rata

Terms: 30 hours per week

Location: Northampton

Closing Date: 5pm, 11 May 2016

Supporting the Voluntary sector across Northamptonshire

VIN provides support for the voluntary and community sector in Northamptonshire. They provide a range of support services for frontline voluntary and community groups to enable them to function more effectively within a challenging operating environment.

Working in partnership with other infrastructure and voluntary sector organisations as well as statutory and educational bodies within the county, VIN aims to develop a thriving independent voluntary and community sector that is able to be a valued partner in the development of Northamptonshire and its communities.

About the role

This exciting and challenging role carries out a range of high level advice and support work for the voluntary sector across Northamptonshire, ensuring that the standard on support and development advice given across the county is consistent.  The Sector Support and Development Officer is focused on providing advice sessions, meeting training needs and developing of information resources and engagement.  It will require the ability to provide information and advice on funding and sustainability, and on good practice in running and managing a voluntary / community organisation. The post holder has important internal and external roles in co-ordinating VIN’s delivery of information and support services for voluntary and community groups, and in carrying out essential external liaison and promotional work for the organisation.

Who They’re looking for

Demonstrable experience of working with community groups or voluntary organisations either in a paid capacity, or as a volunteer, or management committee member is essential. You will need an understanding of good practice in running voluntary or community groups and a knowledge and understanding of legislation and regulation which applies to voluntary and community groups. Our ideal candidate will be organised, reliable, and able to work on their own initiative and have experience of providing information/advice to individuals in a one to one setting as well as experience of group training. You will be a team player with excellent interpersonal skills in particular listening skills and advocacy skills and the ability to represent VIN externally. You should have excellent and accurate IT skills, and the ability to structure your workload as well as good written communication skills and experience of writing for different audiences.

What They’ll give you

A competitive salary, 20 days holiday per year (pro rata) rising by one day per year to a maximum of 30 days and a matched contribution of up to 5% to a pension scheme. No CVs accepted, application form only.

For an informal chat about the role please contact Becky Thornton 01604 637522 or

Interview date TBC

Click here to download the full job description and application form. 

Please also refer to VIN’s application form guidance notesequal opportunities and monitoring form and diversity statement.