Job title: Director
Office Location: Makespace Oxford, with flexibility for some home/remote working. Reports to: The Board
Hours: 3 - 5 days (22.5 - 37.5 hours) per week
Salary: £33,000 - £38,000 pro rata depending on experience
Contract: Permanent contract
Application deadlilne: 9am, Wednesday 3rd November 2021
Interview Dates: 8,9,10 or 11 November (TBC) at Makespace Oxford (or on Zoom if needed)
Find out More
We’ll be holding an Open Zoom session, where you can come along and chat with us about the Director role and find out if you think we’d be a good fit for you.
Join us at 12.30pm on Thursday 21st October here:
The session will be co-hosted by the current Lead Coordinator (Director equivalent) and another member of our team. If you can’t join the session don’t worry, we’ll write up the questions and any answers we give and share them as a blog post on our website as well.
As we plan more ambitious work to support community-led change in Oxfordshire, we’re looking for someone to lead the next stage of our development.
We have doubled in size in under two years of operation as an independent co-operative, owned and steered by our member groups.
It’s an exciting time for CAG Oxfordshire as the network celebrates its 20th birthday, reaches almost 100 member groups, and is working to take community-led climate action to the next level in Oxfordshire. The work that our members do is also broadening; though we start from our shared aim to tackle the climate crisis, our members don’t just work on ‘environmental’ issues or reducing carbon emissions. As a network we know that to build a better future we must tackle inequality and other injustices of all kinds in our communities.
Our members are more active and impactful than ever, running over 5,000 events and activities last year despite the challenges of COVID-19. Over the last year member groups contributed nearly 60,000 volunteer hours, equivalent to approximately 35 full time staff members. CAG Network members provide vital support to our communities - from community larders, to free refurbished laptops, to cycle repair. At the same time we are building a fairer, cleaner society with community-owned energy, spaces to grow and play, and the seeds of a circular economy.
We also know that effective community action doesn’t just happen. It takes a lot of work, imagination, and support. Our mission as an organisation is to support and facilitate the development of a strong, well-connected network of groups that are making change happen. We know that some core support, and the infrastructure to enable us to keep our efforts connected and collaborative, are vital to building a better future.
About the Director Role
The new Director will lead and coordinate our work. This includes managing our staff team in a way that keeps us developing more effective self-management practices over time. A key part of the role is ensuring we improve and deliver on our strategy and plans, drawing on the strengths and input of people across the organisation and our wider network. The Director will also develop new partnerships and income streams to grow our work; meeting the needs we can already see around us, and taking opportunities as they arise. Full details on the role are in the recruitment pack.
Who and what are we looking for?
You’ll have experience in a leadership or management role within an organisation, and want to put that to use to enable community-led change. You’ll be someone who can step back and look at the bigger picture, but you want to be involved in making stuff happen too.
Passion for our work
You will be passionate about the environment, tackling social inequality and building a more equal and sustainable society.
You’ll understand that leading doesn’t just mean making the decisions yourself. You’ll be comfortable drawing on the insight of others from across our team and network to make effective decisions, and you’ll know when to let others decide. You’ll understand the power in allowing and supporting people to self-manage their work, and the importance of staying aligned to a collective direction and priorities.
You’ll be able to skillfully navigate partnerships and ensure we’re playing a valuable role in the vibrant ecosystem of community-led action in Oxfordshire.
A head for figures
You’ll be confident in developing and managing a budget, and your financial literacy will enable you to clearly communicate our financial position to others.
You’ll help us grow our organisationwork sustainably by leading our work, writing fantastic funding proposals that align with our priorities, and ensure grassroots community action is properly resourced and supported.
Championing diversity and equity
You’ll broaden the range of perspectives and experiences people bring to our team. We’d like to particularly encourage applications from black, Asian and minority ethnic people; people who identify as having a disability; and people from working class backgrounds.
We’re a small, dedicated team, motivated by our belief in the power of well-connected community-led action. We work flexibly, trying to bring people together to find skillful solutions, and trying to respond quickly to take opportunities that others might miss. We’d love you to be the kind of person who’s happy giving things a go and learning from their mistakes, and is comfortable drawing on the skills and resources available around them.
If this sounds like you then we’d love to hear from you.
We are looking for someone who can work between three and five days a week.The role will be scaled appropriately according to the hours agreed with the new Director - there are more details on this in the recruitment pack. Some of the many benefits of the role include: flexible working hours, ability to mix home and office working, great colleagues and partners, pro rata share of 5 weeks holiday plus bank holidays, and the opportunity to make the role your own in many ways.
For full details on the role please download the recruitment pack below
Do join our Zoom drop in or if you have specific questions and can’t make it then please contact us and we’ll be happy to help.