We're hiring!



 About the role 


The role we’re looking to fill is a brand-new role – just our third staff member so far. Since our work is so varied, we’re looking for someone who can develop and lead new projects within our world of collective impact. It can be very hard to pin this down to a simple list of ‘key responsibilities’, but here’s our best attempt:


  • A strong focus on building and making the most of networks

  • Establishing and growing relationships

  • Facilitating and supporting partnerships

  • Building alliances

  • Proactively developing new opportunities for collective impact (e.g. joint funding bids)

  • Facilitating workshops and training sessions

  • Developing content for new sessions

  • Supporting group learning through action inquiry processes

  • Supporting people through change and turmoil

  • Business development and associated administrative tasks


This might all sound a bit vague, so here are two real-life examples of really exciting work we’re involved in:


· VONNE Climate Action Alliance – Working closely with VONNE and other member organisations, we have helped to design and develop how exactly the alliance will work. We have led members through a facilitated process to deepen relationships, extend capacity, and determine priority actions for the whole alliance.


· Gateshead Multiple and Complex Needs initiative – Within Gateshead, there has been a recognition that there are multiple (12+) multi-agency groups that meet to plan how to support people with multiple and complex needs within the borough. Unfortunately, these groups do not link up well and often duplicate or even contradict each other’s decisions. Together with a small team of partners, we have been brought in to help the Gateshead system provide more joined-up, effective support for people with multiple and complex needs.


We’re a small start-up who have only existed for 18 months. As a Community Interest Company, we’re a not-for-profit organisation. We’re based in the North East of England, and most of our work to date has been within the region, though we are actively expanding. Here are some of the words we use to describe our work:

  • Fast-paced, challenging, interesting

  • Varied, collaborative, focused

  • Meaningful, confusing, fun


In order to thrive in this environment, we think our team members need to have:


  • A sense of humour

  • A solid understanding of the challenges facing people and communities

  • A desire to support change

  • Compassion

  • Patience

  • Flexibility

  • A desire to learn – constantly

 About you 


We hope you’re getting the sense that the nature of our work is quite unusual. We don’t fit neatly into the usual categories, so the person we’re looking for will need to be able to thrive in this sort of open-ended environment. Here’s what we think we’re looking for in a person:


  • Able to work comfortably in complexity and uncertainty

  • Willing to operate outside your comfort zone regularly and often

  • Interest in and desire to learn about system thinking and systems change

  • Must be creative, able to see and generate new possibilities, and challenge old assumptions

  • Must genuinely care about people and enjoy helping others

  • Motivated by social justice and wanting to end disadvantage and inequity

  • Good facilitation skills

  • Able to support large groups of people through challenging processes

  • Based in North East England (preferred)

 Our recruitment process 


While we love chatting to people, we’re not convinced that interviews alone are the best tool for finding out about how a person will fare in a job. As a result, we’re trying to open up our recruitment process. This is what we think it will look like:


1. Open Zoom chat pre-application – come along and chat with us to find out if you think we’d be a good fit for you.

- Wednesday 14th October 5:30-6:30 - https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84846044416 

- Wednesday 21st October 5:30-6:30 - https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87538324679


2. Written application – help us understand why you’re going to be a good fit here at CIA. What’s led you to apply? What excites you about working with us? What experience do you bring?

- Send us a couple of pages answering these questions (and anything else you want us to know) together with your CV to jobs@ciacic.com by midday on Wednesday 28th October


3. Task – If your written application is successful, you will be invited to deliver a 15-20 minute session of your design to us and partners over Zoom, choosing from three possible topics

Further details of the topic options can be seen here 

- We’ll offer a choice of days/times in the week commencing 2nd November


4. Interview – nothing overly formal but a chance for us to understand more about your desire to work with us and what you can bring to the table.

- We’ll offer a choice of days/times in the week commencing 9th November



 Contract type: Initially a 12-month contract with the hope to extend, depending on funding

 Hours: 37 hours per week (Monday – Friday, 9:00am – 5:00pm)

 Pay: c.£30K

 Benefits: Unlimited holiday policy + 6% employer’s pension contribution + home-based working (because   it’s COVID…)


If you have any questions, please email andy@ciacic.com.

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