Volunteer Programme Manager

38538.00 - 43473.00 GBP Annual
24 Nov 2016
09 Dec 2016
Contract Type
Full Time
Volunteer Programme Manager

Hindlip, Worcestershire

Salary scale GBP38,538 to GBP43,473


Full Time

The closing date for this post is 12 noon on Thursday 8th December 2016

The interviews will be held on Tuesday 20th December 2016

A strategic alliance has been formed between Warwickshire Police and West Mercia Police in order to enable both forces to meet the challenge of reducing policing budgets. By working more closely together the forces will benefit from greater operational and organisational resilience, making us the fourth largest geographic police area in England and Wales.

The main purpose of the role is to develop and manage the volunteer programmes within West Mercia and Warwickshire to encourage community participation and engagement and ensure volunteers are used to support strategic goals.

To act as a champion and lead for Neighbourhood Watch, other Watch Schemes, Police Cadets and the Special Constabulary.

Main Responsibilities:
Develop, maintain and support strategic direction to senior managers as regards to the use of warranted and non warranted volunteers and Police Cadets across the alliance.
Contribute to development and implementation of formal policies and procedures for warranted and non warranted volunteers and Police Cadets, in consultation with key stakeholders from both within the organisation and outside (e.g. other forces or agencies) enabling the organisation to use volunteers effectively , consistently and efficiently, maintaining the integrity of volunteering.
Maintain an overview of the current best practice nationally of volunteering including legal frameworks, Health and Safety, administrative processes, best use of volunteers and the innovative approaches to recruitment and retention of volunteers. Ensure that such best practice is incorporated.
Direct and co-ordinate the work and activity of staff in order to ensure the best use of resources and that that strategic objectives are met and that a cohesive consistent management system is established and maintained.
Provide specialist advice and support to the senior management teams across the alliance on matters relating to volunteers and identify issues arising from legislation, internal policies and procedures that may affect volunteers and their managers. Maintain working relationships with Staff Associations in particular UNISON.
Develop and maintain relationships with local voluntary and community sectors to identify opportunities to work together to utilise their skills (e.g. specific expertise that the organisation is lacking such as those within minority groups) to the mutual benefit of both parties.
Develop performance criteria to monitor and evaluate the contribution volunteers make to the organisation and determine the continued viability of the initiatives from a contribution versus cost basis.
Identify geographical gaps and opportunities to develop further watch schemes that enhance Local Policing. Maximise the use of social networking technology and enhanced messaging systems with existing schemes.
To act as initial point of contact regarding misconduct issues or complaints from or against volunteers, liaising with the relevant departments for onward referral, maintaining involvement in an advisory capacity.
Work with other internal stakeholders to develop procedures for the recruitment and selection of volunteers and Police Cadets (excluding Special Constabulary) including the writing of role profiles in consultation with departmental managers.
To undertake other duties commensurate with the nature, level of responsibility and grading of this post, as required.

Degree/ Level 5 qualification
Detailed knowledge of the concepts, principals and practical aspects of volunteering.
Extensive experience of managing staff and working with volunteers
Experience of managing large and complex projects, including assessing and planning, initiating, Implementing and reviewing tasks / projects.
Proven experience of managing and delivering organisational change
Competent IT Skills including the use of Microsoft Office applications.
Excellent interpersonal skills including the ability to influence and negotiate with others
Excellent oral and written communications skills
Ability to work under pressure in high profile environments to meet strict deadlines.
Special Conditions

Travel throughout Warwickshire and West Mercia

The duties of this post will require, occasionally, working unsocial hours (including weekends).

We want our organisation to be as diverse as the community it serves. We welcome applicants from all sections of the community.

You will be required as part of Warwickshire Police and West Mercia Police recruitment process to successfully complete vetting and credit checks