Parks Stakeholder Officer

Do you want to work for an organisation whose aim is to enrich lives and strengthen communities? Enable is recruiting for a Parks Stakeholder Officer to support our Parks Team.

Location: Wandsworth
Contract Type:
Full Time, Fixed Term (1 year contract)
Salary:
£30,131
Closing date: 31 May 2022

Ref: PA015

The London Borough of Wandsworth has one of the richest varieties of green open spaces in central London.  Enable is the lead contractor employed by Wandsworth Borough Council to manage and improve 32 parks and open spaces as well as deliver leisure services such as outdoor events, filming, sports provision and wellbeing activities throughout the borough. 

We work closely with local stakeholders, volunteers and ‘Friends of’ groups who share our aims of providing and making improvement to high quality, well managed and inclusive parks and commons.  Working with local communities is at the heart of what we do and the role of Parks Stakeholder Officer is integral to maintaining long lasting relationships and providing support for groups and individuals who help deliver park improvements. 

We are looking for a dynamic and engaging individual who has energy, ideas and a passion for  supporting the community.  We need someone who can develop collaborative working opportunities and provide guidance and support, going the extra mile to help our partners.  You will have experience working with community groups, small charities and volunteers and you will have a passion for making lasting improvements to a wide range of greenspaces from national flagship sites to pocket parks.   

Joining a highly motivated team which specialise in horticulture, infrastructure, participation, engagement and fundraising you will be a team player who has strong self-motivation and the ability to support colleagues as well as work on personal initiative.  

You will working closely with our Head of Parks to facilitate participation by our Friends groups, Management Advisory Committees and the wider community, in all aspects of greenspace provision as well as supporting colleagues delivering greenspace improvements and helping to deliver and support stakeholder events.    

The role is for 40 hours a week and is based in the Parks Office within Battersea Park.  Alternative measures including some working from home may be required in the short/medium term due to Covid-19. You will be expected to travel around Wandsworth to visit sites and meet stakeholders on a regular basis and to work evening and weekends as necessary.  

Why should you join Enable Leisure and Culture?  

  • 30 Days Annual Leave
  • Flexible Working
  • Pension Scheme
  • Life Insurance
  • Eyecare Vouchers
  • Free Gym membership
  • Season Ticket Loan
  • Cycle to Work scheme
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Weekly fruit basket
  • Staff Treats
  • Weekly Wellbeing Hour

We are unable to provide sponsorship for this post.  In order to apply for this post, you must demonstrate your eligibility to work in the UK.  We anticipate a high volume of interest in this post and reserve the right to close this role early if we find the right candidate, so encourage you to apply early.   

Diversity is valued at Enable and is important in the work that we do. Applications from all sections of the community are welcome and will be considered on merit. Should you have a disability and require any additional support or if you have any questions regarding the above role, please contact us at hr@enablelc.org.  

 

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You will work with senior members of the Parks team and report to the Head of Parks in all matters relating to Friends groups and key stakeholders across parks, commons and green spaces in Wandsworth. 

  • Attend meetings with Friends groups independently and alongside senior managers, to understand their priorities and key concerns. 
  • To take responsibility for providing resolutions to concerns, on behalf of the whole parks team. 
  • To provide regular updates and reports on progress to encompass day to day working and project specific milestones, both from parks colleagues and from across all other Enable service areas as appropriate. 
  • To provide ongoing advice and support to groups to sustain collaborative working on shared goals. 
  • Working in conjunction with colleagues ensure stakeholder groups are informed about, and encouraged to participate in, consultation and information sharing exercises. 
  • Working in conjunction with colleagues, engage volunteers from key stakeholder groups in appropriate aspects of practical landscape management and volunteering for horticulture and biodiversity. 
  • Working in conjunction with colleagues to provide guidance on logistics and necessary permissions for stakeholder events and activities delivered in greenspaces  
  • Where appropriate you will support communities to establish new Friends groups 
  • Assist colleagues with delivering formal consultation exercises to include attending meetings onsite and online, giving presentations, discussing improvement proposals and capturing responses and feedback. 
  • Contribute to management and improvement plans to ensure that developments and improvements meet the needs of stakeholders, and are appropriate for the character of each place. 
  • Contribute to the development and execution of funding applications, particularly where these address shared goals identified in collaboration with stakeholders. 
  • Assist with the attainment of external quality accreditation for parks and green spaces such as the Green Flag Award and London in Bloom, in particular to ensure that submission accurately reflect the contributions of stakeholders. 
  • To work as part of the Parks Development Team to provide continual service improvements; to ensure activities are integrated and sustainable; to provide cover and support for colleagues; and to attend meetings (both internal and external) as required by the Head of Parks, and to carry out any other duties commensurate with the role.
  • Educated to degree level (or equivalent qualification) or appropriate experience in a directly related post. 
  • Excellent people skills and the ability to create a reliable warm welcome across our parks and greenspaces.  
  • A positive “can do” attitude  
  • Proven experience of building strong and sustainable working relationships with a diverse range of partners. 
  • Active communication skills with the ability to listen and question to garner an excellent understanding of stakeholder priorities  
  • The ability to concisely define areas of agreement and difference and to express clear commitments and be accountable 
  • Excellent problem solving skills, demonstrating the ability to negotiate “win, win” solutions and to take reasonability for delivering them 
  • Sensitivity, empathy and tenacity; the ability to meet stakeholder agendas by adapting your approach and style. 
  • The ability to work independently using your own initiative and prioritise effectively. 
  • The ability to work collaboratively as part of a team on common goals and shared projects. 
  • Excellent writing, numerical and presentation skills including the preparation of concise progress reports, and project milestones.  
  • Clear understanding of the logistics and practicalities needed to support stakeholders to deliver events and activities safely and successfully  
  • Experience of devising and delivering improvement schemes ideally in placemaking or landscapes, in collaboration with community group partners.  
  • Be able to travel around Wandsworth regularly as work requires and able to work additional early morning, evening and weekend hours for which time off in lieu will be given. 

On Offer:

  • 30 Days Annual Leave
  • Flexible Working
  • Pension Scheme
  • Life Insurance
  • Eyecare Vouchers
  • Free Gym membership
  • On-site shower facilities
  • Season Ticket Loan
  • Cycle to Work scheme
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Weekly fruit basket
  • Staff Treats
  • Weekly Wellbeing Hour
  • And more!

Please read the Job Description below and then apply online. If you have any problems with the online service please email hr@enablelc.org.

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