Community Development Officer

Location: Yeovil

Closing date: 01/08/2021

Salary: £30,000 - £34,000 per annum (plus comprehensive benefits)

Employment type: Permanent

Hours per week: 37

About us

We’re Abri, a housing association based in the south of England. One of the largest in fact. We've got 35,000 homes and 1,500 colleagues. And if all our 80,000 residents lived in the same place, we’d have a town roughly the size of Guildford.

We’re a passionate bunch. We think we can make a real difference. Homelessness, poverty, inequality, a lack of affordable housing. They’re all linked. They’re issues that affect so many, young and old alike. And we don’t think that’s right. We want to give people the chance to dream big and be who they want to be. Homes are at the heart of everybody’s lives. And we exist to help make good homes, and good lives a reality for everyone.

About you

We’ve all got different backgrounds, strengths and experiences. But we share the same values. It’s these shared values that bring us together as one team.

Our colleagues embrace these every day. Be the difference to our customers and colleagues, always curious and look for better solutions, achieve together by working in partnership with others, own it openly through working with others in an open and honest way, and finally embrace possibility and see changes and challenges as welcomed opportunities.

If you share our values and want to make a real difference in the world, you’re on to a winner and we’d love to hear from you! 

Your new role

Are you dynamic and self-motivated? Can you devise and deliver innovative plans that have real results?  Do you have a passion for building and empowering communities?  If so, we need you!

Empowering communities and improving the lives of those within them is in our DNA.  It’s what gets us out of bed in the morning.  To continue the amazing success of our community investment projects, we’re looking for a Community Development Officer to join us based in our Yeovil office. 

You’ll develop, coordinate and deliver sustainable and meaningful community plans through consultation, research and data analysis to identify where the right resources and needed the most in the community, ensuring social value and value for money is always maximised.

Whether it be with our residents, local authorities or our range of community partners, you’ll be able to quickly build rapport with stakeholders at all levels and have the confidence to negotiate and challenge where necessary, all with the end goal of delivery sustainable community investment projects.

Experience in a community cohesion role isn’t essential, but the ability to research and analyse data, think creatively to find creative solutions to tricky problems and deliver results is a must! 

If this you want the opportunity to join a team as passionate and committed to building and empowering communities as we are, we’d love to hear from you!

What you can expect from us

We want our colleagues at all levels to be bold, inspiring and not afraid to speak up and be their authentic selves.

Your wellbeing is really important to us, so you can expect a competitive reward package to ensure you and your family are supported at work and at home.

We’ll work with you to help you reach your goals through personal development plans and our in-house People Development team.

Depending on your role you may need to work a set shift pattern, or you may have greater flexibility to choose when and where you work. Either way, we strive to ensure all colleagues have a degree of flexibility to attend life’s important events. 

Be yourself

Abri is committed to promoting an inclusive culture. We want our colleagues to bring their individual differences, life experiences and knowledge into the workplace and we welcome their contribution to our amazing company. Everyone is different, everyone is unique.

To our agency friends

We already have a number of carefully selected agency partners who know our business well and who support our in-house recruitment team during exceptionally busy periods. We’re not looking to add to our preferred supplier list right now but if you’d like to be considered at a future date please don’t hesitate to register on our procurement portal.

A virtual assessment day will be held on 9 August via Microsoft Teams.