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We are recruiting!

We are currently recruiting for a Community Champions Project Manager and Volunteer Coordinator. Please help us by spreading the word to anyone that might be interested or if you are interested yourself see the full job description below and apply by 5pm, Sunday 8th September.

Job Description

Title: Community Champions Project Manager & Volunteer Coordinator

Responsible to: Chief Executive Officer

Responsible for: Community Champions and volunteers

Job Summary:

Sustainable Merton is Merton’s leading environmental charity. We work to engage residents, community groups, and businesses in Merton in sustainability issues and the current Climate Emergency. The focus of our work is on waste, particularly plastic waste, energy, air quality and food - covering food growing, food miles and food poverty.

We are very reliant on attracting funding to support our work, through fundraising and bidding to other sources of income.

We have been running our Community Champions project for a number of years and currently have around 58 volunteer Champions registered with us.

The role of the Community Champions Project Manager and Volunteer Coordinator is to communicate and meet with our team of volunteers, support the activity they do, and represent the work of the Charity. We would expect you to build relationships with organisations, businesses and funders to ensure the long term sustainability of the project.

We are looking for someone who is a self starter, used to multitasking and working in a fast paced environment.

Salary: £28,000 per annum pro rata (£11,200). We will also consider this as a self employed role.

Hours: 14 hours a week, flexible working can be agreed, will involve some evening and weekend work.

Place of work: Sustainable Merton Office, Morden Hall Park, Morden SM4 5JD.

This is a fixed term contract through to 31st March 2020, with the possibility of extension subject to funding.

Closing date: 5pm, Sunday 8th September

To apply: Please send your up to date CV and a covering letter by email to and mark for the attention of Diana Sterck.

Main Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Recruit, support and manage our team of Community Champions, matching their skills and areas of interest to the work of Sustainable Merton.

  2. Draw up and manage the Community Champion annual programme of activity, delivering this within budget and to the expected outcomes and outputs.

  3. Work with team members to produce the Community Champion newsletter and to organise Community Champion get togethers to share information and to get their feedback and ideas.

  4. Work with team members to draw up and deliver campaigns for Community Champion activity and community engagement, such as #plasticfreemerton and “100 Ways to Save the World”.

  5. Organise Community Champion led activity, such as local litter picks, overview of street cleanliness, waste management and other activity and events within our 4 themes of waste, air quality, energy and food. Link opportunities that are forwarded to us (for example corporate volunteering) to Community Champion involvement.

  6. Research and apply for funding for the Community Champions project, in order to achieve its long term sustainability and develop it as a model for community engagement.

  7. Produce reports and give updates to Sustainable Merton Trustees, partner organisations, funders, volunteers and the local community

  8. Publicise the work of the Community Champions to the press and through social media, e-newsletters and email updates.

  9. Coordinate a record of all volunteer hours for the Charity on an annual basis.

  10. Support the work of the CEO in fundraising, bidding and partnership activity

  11. Undertake other appropriate work for Sustainable Merton in agreement with the CEO.

Person Specification



Knowledge and understanding of volunteering, the role it can play and the administrative framework important for success.

Strategic understanding of the Climate Emergency and passionate about taking action.


Able to communicate well, both face to face and in writing.

Knowledge of Google suite of documents with strong IT skills.

Able to use relevant project and budget management tools to measure progress and ensure targets are met on time and within budget.

Able to manage effective community engagement programmes and campaigns.

Familiar with a range of social media channels.

Self motivated, able to work independently and within a small team.


Managing a project of a similar size or in a similar environment.

Managing staff or volunteers in community projects.

Designing community engagement activities and programmes.

Experience of communication methods such as websites, newsletters, e shots and social media channels

Monitoring project progress against agreed targets.


The post-holder will need the flexibility to undertake some evening and weekend work.


Knowledge of Merton borough, its key community groups and funders.


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