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Vacancy – Funding And Community Officer

Job Title: Funding and Community Officer

Location: Victory House, Balliol Business Park or any accommodation as directed by the PCC

Accountability: Director of Communities and Commissioning

Salary: £30,381 p.a

Car user status: Casual

The Funding and Community Officer for the Police & Crime Commissioner for Northumbria will work with the Director of Communities and Commissioning to support them in their role in developing and implementing the PCC work programme including providing an effective and efficient grant funding and community engagement programme for the Police & Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Northumbria.

The post holder will also have responsibility for developing and maintaining links with the voluntary and business and community sector ensuring that the Commissioner’s Advisory Groups are fully serviced and provided with support in the development of this area.

You will be responsible for administering a grant aid and commissioning programme, oversee grant approvals, monitor funded projects, contribute to financial returns and plan and develop on-going funding programmes across Northumbria.

The post holder will refresh an outreach programme for the Police & Crime Commissioner with communities across the Northumbria Force area, including the protected strands. The post holder will gather, verify and assess all appropriate and available information to enable them to produce a dynamic programme of engagement and consultation with local community groups and will engage with individuals, groups and organisations in each community, designing presentations that communicate the aims of the Police & Crime Commissioner. You will design consultation exercises with local communities on key criminal justice issues.

You will plan and organise tasks effectively, taking a structured and methodical approach to your work, manage multiple tasks effectively by thinking things through in advance, prioritising and managing time well.  You will be focused on the outcomes to be achieved, working quickly and accurately and seeking guidance where appropriate.

The key roles of this post will include:

  • To support the work of the Police & Crime Commissioner and to work alongside the Director of Communities and Commissioning.

  • To develop and enhance community links.

  • To be able to meet with and deliver presentations to a mix of audiences, from formal meetings with town and community councils to informal meetings with groups of local residents.

  • To promote the work of the OPCC with local community groups.

  • To enhance community consultation programmes across neighbourhoods on key community safety issues.

  • Formulate a forward grant aid programme and monitor and evaluate project progress.

  • Oversee grant approvals and contribute to devising an effective, efficient community safety and victims support programme.


Essential Qualifications

  • Knowledge and experience of public service processes and structures – national and local.

  • At least 5 years’ experience with a proven track record in a fast-paced environment.

  • Excellent consultation skills – with a wide range of members of the public and groups.

  • Ability to dissect and understand policy and an ability to produce briefing notes from the information.

  • Excellent written and oral communication.

  • Experience of organising community meetings and advisory groups and maintaining links with local people.

  • Ability to work as part of a team or on your own and to meet tight deadlines.

  • Experience of dealing with the public.

  • Experience of dealing with public enquiries and complaints.

  • Strong organisational skills and ability to handle multiple tasks and meet deadlines.

  • Grant administration experience.

  • Project evaluation skills.

  • This post requires a Criminal Record Bureau enhanced check.

  • This post may involve registration with the Independent Safeguarding Authority.


Desirable Qualifications

Knowledge and experience of:

  • Work with community and voluntary sector as well as public bodies and agencies


Closing date: 30 July 2015

Interviews: Week commencing 10 August 2015

How to apply:

Please send you completed applications to

Application Form

Vacancy Contact:

For further information regarding the above post please contact Rachel Snaith, Director of Communities and Commissioning, OPCC on 0191 221 9800 or

The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner fully supports a policy of equal opportunities and we welcome applications from suitably qualified people from all sections of the community, regardless of race, sexual orientation, religion, gender, disability or age.