Skip to main content

Project manager – Community Leadership Academy

Closing date: 18 March 2019

Location: London
Salary: £38,000 - £42,000 depending on experience (based on a 36hr week)

Based on our insight and learning from the Big Local programme so far, including feedback from local people, we believe the time is right to develop the first ever national community leadership academy to help residents better recognise and use their existing knowledge, skills and strengths as effectively as possible. This would include both empowering them to develop new skills and confidence, while providing support around the emotional aspects of volunteering. We have committed £1m to this work over the next three years reflecting its importance to us, and our commitment to making this a high-quality experience for those involved.

We are seeking to work with consortia that bring a range of relevant experience and expertise to the development and delivery of a leadership academy.

This is a crucial, exciting and fast-moving time to explore opportunities, work with residents and experts to create something relevant and inspiring, linked to the learning and ethos of Local Trust and the values of a shared leadership approach that recognises the potential in all those people who work to improve their communities.

We are now looking to appoint a Project Manager to take this work forward and work with a range of partners and Local Trust to turn this vision into a reality.

Main purpose of the role

The purpose of the Project Manager role is to co-ordinate, manage and support the development and delivery of the community leadership academy for Big Local volunteers, working with the academy consortia, steering group and Local Trust.

Job description (key duties)

  1. Act as Local Trust’s lead on development and delivery of the Leadership Academy as the main point of contact, management and support for the Academy consortium
  2. Establish, agree and monitor project timeline, key milestones and deliverables reporting regularly to senior staff on progress
  3. Assess a range of complex information to identify and manage risks to the project, ensuring a focus on quality
  4. Establish and service a project steering group of community leadership experts to guide and provide challenge to the direction of the Academy, and manage information flow and expectations between a range of project stakeholders
  5. Provide insight to community leadership and the big local context, and continue to develop expertise to inform direction of the Academy
  6. Support the Local Trust research team to develop and deliver evaluation and learning relating to the Leadership Academy and work with the consortium to ensure learning improves the Academy
  7. Work with the consortium, Local Trust and external organisations to establish and deliver a communications strategy, including producing high quality content for a range of audiences
  8. Manage and monitor project budget and spend, ensuring good value for money
  9. Maintain appropriate administration and reporting systems, processes and procedures to ensure the smooth running of the leadership academy
  10. Draft a range of project information and high quality progress reports for senior staff and the Academy steering group as required
  11. Act as a team player, contribute to organisational work and initiatives
  12. We expect you, as a member of the Local Trust staff team, to:
    • demonstrate Local Trust’s vision and values in your daily work
    • consistently contribute to organisation-wide learning drawing on experience gained in your role, and similarly seek to learn from the work of colleagues to inform your work
    • actively look outward and engage with the widest range of external stakeholders to influence, inform and excite others about the work of Local Trust and Big Local
    • take a proactive role in promoting equality and anti-discriminatory practice
    • help Local Trust deliver its environment and sustainable development policy and environmental management system
    • be aware that you have a duty of care for the health and safety of yourself and others.

Person specification

Knowledge and experience:

  • Experience of set-up, delivery and management of complex community focused funding programmes/projects including managing grants and contracts;
  • Knowledge and experience of community development approaches to social change and community leadership or related practice;
  • Experience of working with partnerships and consortia at a local, regional, or national level;
  • Experience in financial planning, monitoring and review of high value programmes / projects;
  • Experience in carrying out assessments on funding proposals, including due diligence on organisations;
  • Experience of people and stakeholder management, including staff, consultants and organisations operating on delivery contracts or grants;
  • Relevant degree/professional qualification or equivalent work experience

Skills and abilities:

  • Excellent communication skills (including writing skills) and the ability to produce reports, correspondence and other materials for a wide range of stakeholders, to a high standard;
  • An understanding and knowledge of some or all of: grant management and administration; place based funding and regeneration; community development;
  • An awareness of the needs of residents and stakeholders. Builds rapport and establishes effective relationships with all stakeholders;
  • Skilled negotiator with the ability to arrive at positive solutions to complex and competing demands;
  • Ability to maintain and develop appropriate programme systems to ensure effective monitoring and reporting;
  • Understanding of community development policy development and implementation, or a willingness and ability to quickly develop one;
  • Ability to anticipate and identify issues and potential risks and take a proactive approach to resolving them;
  • Ability to prepare, monitor and review budgets and work plans;
  • Comfortable with and capable of analysing and interpreting complex financial and other information, producing numerically accurate work;
  • Competence in the use of information technology, social media and software (including MSOffice and grant/funding management software, maintenance and development of databases) and an understanding of its potential uses in managing and communicating about Big Local

Personal attributes:

  • Energetic, enthusiastic with a can-do attitude to supporting the areas and people we fund and willing to go the extra mile;
  • Takes significant personal responsibility, can work with autonomy and is used to using own initiative;
  • A team player, open to learning and supporting others;
  • Cares about quality of work and takes pride;
  • Able to rely upon own judgement and knows when to seek further assistance;
  • Able to deal with multiple priorities and determine priorities;
  • Commitment to equality and diversity;
  • Willing to work occasional evenings and weekends. Travel as required.

How to apply

Please submit a CV and supporting statement explaining why you are interested in this role, detailing how you are a good candidate for this post and how you fulfil the person specification to putting PROJECT MANAGER in the subject line.

Download PDF


Our phones are down

2 Jan 2019: Our office is open but our phones are not working. Please email us at while we fix them and we will respond to messages as soon as we can.

Got it

We’re making changes to the website. Your feedback will help us improve the site. Your feedback: