Yorkshire and Humberside Regional Coordinator

Closing date 28 February 2018
Organisation City of Sanctuary
Location Leeds
Hours Part time
16 per week
Salary £22,658 pro rata (equivalent to Local Government Scale NJC Point 25)
Telephone 0113 3862224
Email joanna@cityofsanctuary.org
Website www.cityofsanctuary.org

Holiday entitlement:  28 days plus 8 statutory Bank holidays, pro rata
Based: At our Head Office in Leeds - 4th floor, Oak House, 94 Park Lane, Leeds LS3 1EL 
Reporting to: Chief Officer
Temporary Post: 18 months

About City of Sanctuary  
City of Sanctuary is a movement committed to building a culture of hospitality and welcome, especially for refugees seeking sanctuary from war and persecution. The City of Sanctuary UK organisation supports a network of local groups includes boroughs, villages, towns and cities across the UK and Ireland and those involved in streams of sanctuary and welcoming work; all committed to building this culture of welcome across every sphere of society. Wherever refugees go, we want them to feel safe and find people who will welcome them. Please go to our website and read our Charter for further information https://cityofsanctuary.org/.

Purpose of the post
The Yorkshire and Humberside* Coordinator will be a member of the City of Sanctuary UK team who work collaboratively to support and coordinate a network of City of Sanctuary groups across the UK.  The post holder will also contribute to the building of a City of Sanctuary movement throughout the UK and contribute to the delivery of the organisations strategic objectives. The post holder will fulfil the need for close and supportive relationships with our local groups, the core reason the organisation exists, and to will facilitate cooperation and sharing of ideas and resources across the region. *Current list of groups in Y&H include Barnsley, Bradford, Calderdale, Doncaster, Harrogate District, Kirklees, Hull, Leeds, Malhamdale, Ripon, Sheffield, Skipton, Wakefield & York

Main duties
The post holder will be required to:-
1.   Support existing and new groups in the Yorkshire and Humberside area*  

  1.     Provide one to one support to existing and new local City of Sanctuary groups

  2.     Build relationships and trust with local groups in his/her are

  3.     Offering support to groups to get new City of Sanctuary initiatives started

  4.     Communicate regularly with groups/key people in the region by email, phone and through face to face visits (as far as is reasonable possible visit each group around twice a year, with at least one visit involving attendance of a steering group meeting).

  5.     Work with new groups so they understand what they are signing up to when they join the network and provide the interface between local groups and the  national organisation

  6.      Assist local groups to access and use the website and CoS resources

  7.      Facilitating and supporting streams of sanctuary in the geographical areas

  8.      Facilitate and support Sanctuary Awards as appropriate

  9.      Listen and encourage and provide advice in certain areas when requested

  10.      Work with local groups to organise regional meetings, meetings may be themed around a topic of shared interest or general support meetings (and must allow the chance for networking

  11.      Build contacts and relationships with main refugee support charities in the area

  12.      Work with trustees involved in local groups as appropriate

  13.      Work with colleagues to ensure that groups are supported in using the website and email    

2.   Communications  
a.    Contribute and work with the National Team to facilitate good communications across the network through email and newsletters. 
b.    Contribute to the circulation of City of Sanctuary news to other relevant networks
c.    Work with the team to contribute to the social media strategy to promote key messages through updating Facebook and Twitter accounts
d.   Deliver presentations to facilitate the growth of the movement  

3.   General  
a.    Undertake administration tasks and maintain administrative records as required, including, but not limited to, information required for monitoring and evaluation purposes
b.    Liaise closely with other members of the national team and trustees
c.    Attend network-wide meetings when necessary
d.   Work as part of the national team to deliver on national partnership work, including national events such as Sanctuary in Parliament
e.    Assist with administrative and budget tasks when required with the support of the Finance Officer and the  Chief Officer
f.     Provide reports for internal purposes as well as contributing to funders reports when required
g.   Work within City of Sanctuary Policies and Procedures at all times
h.   Take part in training, learning and development as required by the role
i.     Carry out additional duties that may be reasonably expected

1.   Experience  
a.    Participation in the sanctuary movement, preferably through involvement in a local group or stream
b.    Experience in working with refugees and asylum seekers and understanding of the key issues effecting them
c.    Experience in addressing groups of people in a variety of settings
d.    Experience in communications work
e.    Proven experience of developing and facilitating alliances and relationship
f.    Track record of influencing stakeholders
g.   Track record of building professional relationships with a wide range of people  

2.   Knowledge and skills
a.    Good understanding of the asylum and refugee process, the changes going on and the need for sanctuary
b.    Sound knowledge of the refugee and third sector
c.    Ability to demonstrate the skills required to build alliances and relationships e.g. influencing skills
d.    Strong inter-personal skills of listening, questioning, feedback and rapport building
e.    Ability to relate to and work with a wide range of people
f.     Ability to prioritise, work under pressure, self-manage and meet challenging deadlines
g.    A good communicator, being able to use a wide range of communication methods, including written, oral and social media
h.    Effective knowledge and skills to design, build and deliver presentations to a wide range of audiences
i.     Good IT skills and ability to use a variety of software packages, such as Microsoft Word, Powerpoint, Excel, Access etc
j.     Basic web developer skills, including the ability to use WordPress
k.    Facilitation and meeting/event organisation skills
l.     Proven skills in administration, organisation and basic finance work

3.   Qualities
a.    Must be passionate about our work
b.    Clearly demonstrate a commitment to and sympathy with the vision and aims of the City of Sanctuary movement
c.    Persuasive and diplomatic in building alliances and relationships
d.   Committed to personal development and continued improvement
e.    Self-motivated and pro-active in seeking solutions to problems
f.     Flexible to new ideas
g.   Resilient and calm under pressure
h.   Multi tasker with a sense of humour and ability to get on with a wide range of people in a wide range of contexts
i.     Able to adapt to changing situation and cope with varied work programme
j.     Flexible person who is committed to a team but able to work alone and self- motivate  

4.   Practicalities
The role requires regular travel and occasional overnight stays 

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