Community Rail Network jobs – head of people & funding (part-time, 3.5 days pw)

Community Rail Network jobs – head of people & funding (part-time, 3.5 days pw)

22 Dec, 2020

Employer: Community Rail Network

Salary: £35.5-37.5k pa pro rata, 3.5 days per week

Location: Huddersfield or home based will be considered

We are seeking an adept head of people and funding, to lead a small team serving community groups across Britain, taking on general management, partnerships and fundraising responsibilities for our dynamic organisation. You’ll be playing a vital role, enabling us to further support our members to bring local people together and promote sustainable, inclusive transport.

About us

The Community Rail Network is a national not-for-profit organisation supporting a growing ‘community rail’ movement, which helps communities get the most from their railways, promotes sustainable and inclusive travel, supports local development, and brings people together.

Spanning Britain, community rail is made up of 72 community-based partnerships, plus more than 1,000 station volunteer groups and social enterprises, striving to put railways and stations at the heart of communities. Their activities range from station-based arts projects for young people, to advising train operators on service improvements, to enabling groups with disabilities access rail travel, to promoting green tourism.

Our enthusiastic team of 16 is (usually) based partly in our Huddersfield office, and partly from home. We work together to support and advise our members, provide training, events and resources, and champion community rail and its unique insights. We believe in developing our staff and helping every member of the team reach their potential.

About this role

This role is being created as part of a reorganisation that takes us from two teams to three: support & development; comms, policy & insight; events, funding & admin. Heading up the third of these, you will report in to our chief executive, as a member of our SMT, and line manage two direct reports: our administration manager, and events and fundraising manager. You will play a critical role in maintaining our strong funder relationships and developing additional funding streams, while also working across our team to help ensure that our forward-thinking organisation is well-run, continuously developing, collaborative and financially sustainable.


Although we are all working from home currently, this team is based in our central Huddersfield office, so you will need to be able to travel to the office regularly, although we are flexible as to whether you will be mainly based from home or in the office.

Main responsibilities

You will work closely with colleagues, and draw on our members’ and partners’ experiences and ideas, to develop our team, so we’re well-organised, skilled, high-performing and forward-thinking, while strengthening external partnerships and broadening our income base. This will include:

  • Engaging with colleagues and drawing on best practice to ensure effective people and resource management and professional development across our organisation, so we take a collaborative and organised approach, and every member of the team is supported to deliver to the best of their ability, with a strong focus on wellbeing and inclusion;
  • Implementing a more strategic approach to partnerships and income development, maintaining and strengthening our existing funder relationships, and developing additional income streams to help us broaden our income base;
  • Liaising with existing and potential partners at a senior level to ensure the further growth of our embryonic corporate partnership and grant fundraising, alongside effective funder reporting and communications, and developing reciprocal benefits;
  • Overseeing our events and admin functions, working with our experienced events and admin staff to ensure these crucial areas of our work are efficiently and effectively delivered, in line with our members’ needs and feedback;
  • Leading on identified developments to the way we work, especially helping to embed use of digital delivery methods across our events and admin functions, and overseeing successful implementation of a new CRM system for member support and partner engagement;
  • Working with the rest of the SMT and our management accountant to ensure we take a robust approach to budgeting and finance, making best use of our funding to support and empower community rail;
  • Contributing to the organisation’s leadership and development as part of the senior management team, playing a key part in our annual planning cycle, upholding and helping to periodically review our top-level strategy, and identifying and pursuing new opportunities.

Skills and competencies

  1. An excellent understanding of, and track record in, third sector management, including experience managing, building and drawing on a multi-faceted team, implementing and developing policies, procedures and projects, and overseeing budgets and delivery in line with funder agreements and strategies;
  2. An ability to work across the organisation to strengthen and support good people management, including an understanding of HR good practice in relation to equality, inclusion and wellbeing;
  3. Skills and experience in third sector fundraising, especially corporate fundraising, reporting and grants, and confidence identifying and developing new opportunities;
  4. A proven ability to develop and maintain mutually-beneficial, lasting partnerships, including with funders, and to engage externally at a senior level;
  5. A demonstrable ability to understand and draw on financial information, and to manage and develop income and expenditure in line with policies and long-term strategic goals;
  6. Excellent communication skills, articulate, assertive, and with the ability to work diplomatically and astutely with staff and stakeholders at all levels;
  7. An understanding of how to deliver services, activity and organisational development in a way that is responsive to members/service users/beneficiaries’ needs and input;
  8. IT literate with a good working knowledge of how third sector organisations can harness digital methods;
  9. Excellent organisational skills, with the ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines while dealing with competing priorities;
  10. Appreciation of and commitment to community development, empowerment and sustainability, and the value of community engagement in relation to transport.

To apply

Email jobs@communityrail.org.uk by 6pm on Monday 11 January 2021 with two attachments: your CV and a covering letter of up to two sides of A4 summarising why you are the ideal person for this job  and your relevant skills and competencies. Please include a daytime phone number.

First interviews take place on Weds 20 January on Zoom or Teams. Candidates shortlisted for interview will be contacted by phone. Due to our limited resources, we are unable to provide feedback to candidates who are not shortlisted. 

Other information

We are flexible whether you will be home-based, or based in our Huddersfield office when it reopens. However, you will be managing a team based in Huddersfield, and expected to travel meetings and events in various locations by train, including some out of hours working and overnight stays, so good transport links are important, including an ability to get to Huddersfield, as is a flexible approach.

This is a part-time position, 3.5 days per week. We are flexible which days these would be, and also use a flexi-time system (with core hours usually 10.00am-3.00pm). We are committed to being a flexible, supportive and understanding employer. This is a permanent position with a probationary period of six months.

Community Rail Network is an equal opportunities employer.

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