Community Project Officer

Location London
Flex Type Various flexible
Role Basis Permanent
Salary £26,000 to £28,000
Company Charity People

Community Project Officer
Dystonia UK
London/Hybrid – a mix of work from home and London office (office days to be agreed at start but will include a minimum of 2-4 days per month)
Full-time with flexible working – this is a full-time role; however, reduced hours may be considered for the right candidate
Salary £26,000 – £28,000 depending on experience
Excellent benefits including 25 days annual leave plus bank holidays, flexible and hybrid working, employee pension scheme, and Employee Assistance Programme

Would you like to join a small, growing charity playing a vital role in the organisation’s operations and community outreach initiatives?

Are you passionate about making a difference and do you thrive in a dynamic environment?

Charity People are delighted to be partnering with Dystonia UK, a small, ambitious charity which exists to give hope and support to those living with dystonia, to bring on board a Community Project Officer.

Dystonia is a neurological movement disorder estimated to affect at least 100,000 people in the UK. It can affect any region of the body, caused by incorrect signals from the brain, resulting in uncontrollable muscle spasms, which can, for some, be painful. It is the third most common movement disorder behind Parkinson’s and essential tremor. Dystonia is a lifelong condition which can affect both children and adults, and currently has no cure. Dystonia UK is the only UK national charity dedicated to helping people living with dystonia and creating UK and worldwide awareness.

The Community Project Officer will work closely with the Director of Operations, managing tasks to support the smooth operations of Dystonia UK with specific responsibility for the community projects of the organisation. They will improve organisational impact through supporting the implementation of projects and outreach.

Key responsibilities:

• Community Project Management: You will support the implementation of community projects and initiatives, assist in setting up and growing support groups nationwide, and coordinate logistics for events and programs. You will also build relationships within the dystonia community and NHS stakeholders.
• Volunteer Management: You will develop sustainable volunteer recruitment and induction procedures, coordinate volunteer recruitment, induction, and ongoing support, and organise volunteer programs and community events.
• Operations: You will support with operations, such as conducting risk assessments, support with planning and coordinating projects and events, maintain office operations and manage distribution of information resources.
• Reporting: You will lead the development of surveys and feedback forms, analyse data to assess the quality and impact of support services, and monitor project budgets and prepare financial reports.

The Community Project Officer will be organised, with strong attention to detail and good planning and project management skills. The successful candidate will be an excellent communicator with a wide range of stakeholders, and personable and flexible in their approach. You will be able to work independently, as well as part of a small team. This role will be well suited to someone who can understand the detail, as well as see the bigger picture. You will understand how to work in a small charity with national reach and will thrive in that environment. The ideal candidate will have experience working in the charity sector or charitable health sector, but this is not essential.

The role is home-based with around 1 day a week in the office in Vauxhall. There is flexibility about the day in the office (ideally Monday-Thursday) with an option to be in the office more frequently. There will be some requirement to attend events and meetings in the evenings and at weekends for which time off in lieu will be given This is a full-time role; however, reduced hours may be considered for the right candidate. The post will be subject to satisfactory references, and a DBS check.

If you would like to support the work of Dystonia UK and the dystonia community, you have the skills to apply for this role and would like to join a small passionate and dedicated team where you can make a real difference, we would be delighted to hear from you.

How to apply:

The application process is CV and Supporting Statement. In the first instance, please send your up-to-date CV to for more information or contact Jen for an informal confidential chat about the role.

We will be reviewing applications and interviewing on a rolling basis, so please do get in touch as soon as possible for more information about the role and next steps. The final closing date for your CV and Supporting Statement will be at 9am on Monday 15 April. The interviews will take place either w/c 8 April or w/c 15 April.

Charity People actively promotes equality, diversity and inclusion. We match charity needs with the skills and experience of candidates, irrespective of age, disability (including hidden disabilities), gender, gender identity or gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, or sexual orientation. We do this because we know greater diversity will lead to even greater results for the charities we work with.

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