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We're not hiring at the moment. However, here's a snippet of the ad from our last round of recruitment. If you like the sound of what we do and think you're the kind of person we're looking for, keep an eye on this page or follow us on our social media channels via the links at the bottom of this page.

SENIOR ASSOCIATE and AGENT OF COLLECTIVE IMPACT (Applications now closed)

 

 About the role 

 

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.

 

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)

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