National Trust Cheshire: Quarry Bank Mill: Volunteering & Community Involvement Manager

Quarry Bank Mill: Volunteering & Community Involvement Manager

From room guides to gardeners, sales assistants to computer experts, volunteers are the lifeblood of Quarry Bank Mill and collectively they give around ten thousand hours of their time each year. Without the dedication of our volunteers, we wouldn’t be able to care for this special place or offer our visitors such unforgettable experiences. Their hard work isn’t something that we take for granted.

The role also involves working with our property & project teams, and external partners, to lead on our community engagement ambitions, specifically in the communities of Styal, Wilmslow and Wythenshawe. We want these communities to see Quarry Bank as theirs, developing mutual benefits and connections, for example through learning and employment opportunities, and increasing access and participation with property activities.

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What’s like to work here

This former cotton mill was built in 1784 and is one of Britain’s greatest industrial heritage sites. The busy estate hosts many schools programmes and events, which help bring Quarry Bank’s fascinating story to life. New areas of the estate will shortly open to the public, creating additional project-based roles. This is an exciting opportunity to work in fast growing location and the team pride themselves on being dynamic, highly motivated and passionate people.

What you’ll be doing

The role involves: planning and development of volunteering; supporting our volunteer managers and 400 volunteers; developing and implementing our community involvement strategy and partnerships with external organisations; administering our volunteer systems and processes; applying insight and evaluating the quality of our volunteering and community involvement offer; and participating in the financial planning process.

We are currently implementing a major three-year Heritage Lottery funded project on site, and you will also be involved in “People” workstream. You will also be a key part of the property’s leadership team, and will act as a duty manager, so you will play a full and active role within the operation of the visitor attraction and wider property activities.

Who we’re looking for

To be successful in this role you need:

  • Experience of working with organisations and groups to deliver community engagement initiatives
  • Passionate and enthusiastic about the benefits of great volunteer involvement and the importance of involving our supporters in our cause
  • Knowledge and understanding of the core purpose and work of the National Trust
  • Experience of working with volunteers and knowledge of the framework which the Trust uses to support the volunteer journey. Evidence of understanding the differences between staff and volunteers, particularly the legal framework, the approach to reward and recognition and different motivations
  • Evidence of continuing professional development and personal skills development through the NT skills framework and/or other training frameworks
  • Inspiring leadership skills, including coaching, team development, training, motivation, communication and setting strategic direction
  • Proven track record of managing budgets
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills including public presentation and influencing
  • Advanced IT skills (Microsoft Office)

The package

Looking after you

  • Health cash plan – from as little as £2.81 per month for you and your dependents
  • Pension contribution match up to 10%
  • EAP and proactive Health and Wellbeing
  • Discounted gym membership

Looking after your career

  • Grow your career through professional training courses across the Trust
  • Develop your skills with an internal secondment
  • Pay review linked to values and behaviours, commitment to progression
  • Income protection due to illness

Unique to Us

  • Work in some of the most beautiful, iconic and unique locations in the UK
  • Free entry to NT properties for you, a guest and your children (under 18)
  • 20% off in our retail and catering outlets
  • Discount up to 35% off a National Trust holiday cottage booking