Community Impact Lead

Resource Futures

  • Full Time

About Resource Futures

Founded in 2006, we are an employee-owned, independent, non-profit-distributing environmental consultancy with a 30-year heritage in the waste and resources industry. Our services are designed to realise our vision of a sustainable world, with a focus on designing out waste and pollution, keeping products and materials in use and supporting and regenerating natural systems – a world designed according to circular economy principles. We are not only passionate about what we do, but also, more importantly, about how we do it. We are proud to be a part of the global B Corp movement to use business as a force for good. Read more about us here.

The opportunity

The community impact work we do at Resource Futures is an important part of our business, it captures a number of long-term projects which are at the heart of our company. These include:

  • Community RePaint – ongoing since 1992, the network is sponsored by Dulux, and collects reusable, leftover paint, which is diverted from the waste stream and redistributed to individuals, families and communities in social need at an affordable price.
  • CAG Devon – began in 2016 and supports and empowers community groups in mid-Devon to act towards a more sustainable future.
  • Devon waste educators – ongoing since 2008, our team develops resources such as workshops, assemblies, teaching packs, videos and training events. These have waste reduction, resource efficiency, composting and recycling messages for pupils and adults.
  • Glos Nappy Project – the team has been promoting the cost savings and environmental benefits of using real nappies to new parents as well as administering a real nappy incentive scheme for Gloucestershire County Council since 2008.

As well as acting as Project Director on key long-term projects you will lead on the development of our community impact work. This will involve establishing collaborative partnerships and revenue streams to maximise the positive work we are doing on the ground within communities across the UK.

You will also work with consultants focused on behaviour change, circular economy and resources and waste projects to engage with people and communities to bring about lasting change. This will include proactive business development, proposal and bid writing, sharing best practice of community development and education work and keeping abreast of related national, regional and local strategic policy

What you will be doing

As workstream lead, your role will include:

  • Developing and working with colleagues to set up collaborations with partners to link organisations with their communities;
  • Liaising with a wide range of external contacts and representing Resource Futures as well as the projects you lead at internal and external meetings and events, as appropriate;
  • Acting as a spokesperson around community issues for Resource Futures, including writing regular opinion pieces for use on our website and on LinkedIn;
  • Networking around the UK to spread the positive message of the CAG model, broader communities work as well as our work with schools;
  • Contributing to internal discussions on company strategy and using knowledge and experience to help the company achieve its mission;
  • Developing and packaging up new community propositions that can be used by you or the team in business development activity and marketing of our services;
  • Negotiating with new customers, stakeholders, partners and funders to secure the best terms of engagement on new projects and activities for all parties involved;
  • Attending supervision sessions and team/staff meetings in Devon and Bristol, as required – you will directly line manage three members of staff; and
  • Any other tasks as deemed appropriate to this post, including delivery work on projects in Devon, and other locations as projects are secured.

Your role on the project teams will include:

  • Managing budgets and appropriate Resource Futures contract procedures;
  • Support for dedicated project staff to meet targets;
  • Liaising with key clients, stakeholders, partners and funders;
  • Negotiating with groups, stakeholders and suppliers to get the best results for the project based on your knowledge and experience of the community and voluntary sector;
  • Line management of staff, including performance reviews; and

Overseeing long-term funding and strategy, including developing new revenue streams for the projects with private sector partners and through other means.

Benefits

We will offer you a generous ethical pension plan (you can contribute up to 7% and the company will match your contribution). We also provide life insurance, an Employee Assistance Programme (including on call GP access), cycle to work scheme, one volunteer day each year, subsidised professional membership, and an opportunity to become a company member. Plus, you will have access to our Consultative Group platform for employee voice. You will be joining a friendly, fun, professional, challenging and supportive place to work, and a place that is focused on making a positive impact.

Application deadline: Monday 17 May 2021, 9.00 am

Interviews: Tuesday 25 May 2021, to be held via Microsoft Teams

If you have not heard from us by the date of the interviews, your application has not been successful on this occasion. For any Job Description related queries about this opportunity please contact Bethan Jones on 07970 706488 or email Bethan.Jones@resourcefutures.co.uk