Administrative Assistant

Would you like to work in a dynamic organisation that is supporting a growing movement of people building genuinely and permanently affordable homes and is part of a cutting edge collaboration to scale up community led housing?

Why join us

Community land trusts (CLTs) are a vital force for social good. They are local organisations set up and run by local people to develop and manage homes as well as other assets important to that community, like community enterprises, food growing or workspaces. The CLT’s main task is to make sure the homes are genuinely affordable, based on what people actually earn in their area, not just for now but for every future occupier.

The community led housing movement has gained momentum over recent years, particularly following the commitment from Government to invest £300 million in the sector through the Community Housing Fund (CHF). The sector is now on the cusp of significant expansion and there is real potential to move it from a niche emerging market into the mainstream.

About the National CLT Network

National CLT Network is the national membership body for community land trusts established in 2010. The National CLT Network provides resources, training and advice for CLTs, and works with Government, local authorities, lenders and funders to establish the best conditions for CLTs to grow and flourish. Some of the notable achievements include:

  • Securing £300m Government funding for community-led housing, and a full exemption from the Government’s 1% cut in social rents;

  • Supporting the establishment of over 100 CLTs with small grants and advice;

  • Significantly raising the political and public profile of CLTs, including among Cabinet Ministers, MPs (70 MPs were engaged on one campaign), policy makers and key partners;

Comprising a small, dedicated and ambitious team, the National CLT Network is now poised to begin a period of growth. It has an ambitious strategy to scale up the CLT sector and to develop the organisation into a strong, viable and resilient social business. We have recently won funding to be part of an ambitious partnership to provide a national infrastructure of support for community led housing. We are also taking part in a major project to scale up the sector in North-West Europe.

About the role

Our Administrative Assistant will play a key role in communicating with and supporting members, potential members and people interesting in community-led housing, ensuring that they get helpful information and advice. You will also provide some administrative services for our key partner, the UK Cohousing Network. You will provide essential administrative functions, including financial, HR, IT and facilities administration. You will support our project and programme managers on the administration of grants and funding reports and have a key role in supporting our board of trustees.

The challenges and opportunities include:

  • Providing an information hotline, ensuring all enquiries are dealt with professionally;

  • Working closely with colleagues to develop and deliver communications tools, such as newsletters, websites and social media platforms.

  • Providing administrative support for members, the office generally and for effective project management

  • Provide book-keeping and financial administration, making sure our accounts are accurate and up to date.

  • Supporting the Board, ensuring that meetings are well-administered and taking minutes;

  • Taking the initiative, making recommendations and delivering ways to bring together and rationalise the administration of each organisation to ensure they are efficient and run smoothly.

About you

This is an exciting and career-enhancing role. It could be the right opportunity for a range of potential candidates. Your motivations might be many and varied – from wanting to develop your career in administration, to having a passion for housing or communities, or because you want more responsibility and the opportunity to work in a growing charity where you can use your initiative and develop your potential.

Particularly if you: enjoy a variety of tasks and challenges, are a team player, a strong communicator, flexible, organised, enjoy improving systems and processes and have strong attention to detail. You will also feel strongly about the importance of social justice and the difference that CLTs and community-led housing can make.

Whatever your motivations, the National CLT Network would like to hear from you.

Details

The role is for a full time, permanent post. The working hours are 9-5, Monday to Friday, with a one-hour lunch break. The salary is £20,900 to £24,000 depending on skills and experience.

Benefits include a generous employer match scheme for pension contributions, healthcare and a training budget.

How to Apply

Please download the candidate recruitment pack which contains full instructions on how to apply.

You are welcome to make an appointment to discuss the role further with our Finance and Operations Manager by emailing  info@communitylandtrusts.org.uk

Note Updated: The deadline for your application is midday on Monday 21st  January 2019

Note updated: Interviews are scheduled to take place on Tuesday 29th January.

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