North East Regional Manager

Reports to: Head of Programmes
Hours: 37.5 hours per week including weekend and evening work
Pay: £19,000 – £24,000 pa depending on experience
Location: home-based (with traveling to projects in Durham and Newcastle area)

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Job Description

FoodCycle is an award-winning national charity, delivering volunteer-powered community projects across the UK.  We build communities in our projects by combining surplus food, volunteers and spare kitchen spaces to create tasty and nutritious meals for people who may be at risk from food poverty and social isolation.  We are now looking to do even more and expand our presence across the UK. As Regional Manager, you will be an integral part in this exciting new process.

As Regional Manager you will represent, manage and co-ordinate FoodCycle for your allocated regional Projects. Our Projects are spaces where volunteers are empowered to run their own community meals using surplus food. You will manage local relationships with supermarkets, volunteer recruitment channels and venues to enable this to happen. You will continually be looking to increase our impact by working towards targets of increased meals served to our guests, expanding our existing Projects and setting up new ones within the area. An excellent communicator, you will manage the volunteers at each Project ensuring they are trained, supported and on-message with FoodCycle strategy, ensuring that volunteers are confident enough to self organise and make a success of their Projects.


Roles & responsibilities:

  1. Volunteer management – directly manage and support allocated regional FoodCycle Projects
  2. Expansion and setting up of new Projects within the region
  3. Budget management –  ensure that budgets for your Projects are managed correctly and we produce value for money
  4. Monitoring and evaluation  – with the Head of Programmes, ensure impact and outputs monitoring takes place across the programme, including leading on writing an impact report and reporting to funders
  5. Training – support the Projects team to develop training and resources for Projects (online and offline)
  6. Communications – manage volunteer communications within your region, including monthly content for newsletters, updating the website, social media and other channels. Be an advocate for FoodCycle at external meetings
  7. Supermarkets relationships –  Develop supermarket relationships at a local level and support new relationships with small retailers.
  8. Venues – liaise and form relationships with venues to enable them to further support our work and keep costs and disruption to a minimum
  9. Support the rest of the Projects team with ad hoc duties aligned with Food Cycle objectives

Safeguarding Statement

Safeguarding is Everyone’s business – FoodCycle is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare / wellbeing of children, young people and adults at risk. It expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Due to this all FoodCycle staff will be DBS checked.

Working at FoodCycle

Holidays: 23 working days and time off during Christmas at the discretion of CEO

Benefits: New staff are automatically enrolled in to our pension after three month’s service unless you choose to opt out.

Training: There is a significant per person training budget – your personal development plan will be curated with your line manager.

Applying for this role

What to send: A CV of no more than two sides, and a covering note/letter of no more than one side explaining why you are suitable for the role.

Where to send it: [email protected]

  • Deadline for your application: 9am Monday 29th January 2018
  • We will aim to get back to you by: Friday 2nd  February 2018
  • We aim to hold interviews by:  Wednesday 7th February 2018

Tips on your CV and covering letter: Your CV should tell us about your achievements. Have you done something impressive? Have you achieved your goals or perhaps surpassed them? Tell us about it!

Your covering email/letter should tell us why you are right for the role. Please keep it to one side. What you say should be relevant to the role, but we will also be looking at how you say it, so think about being concise, informative and not using jargon.

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