We are seeking a self-motivating, energetic Project Manager with experience and heart for vulnerable people leaving prison. You will be comfortable working inside prison as well as outside. You will work strategically for the future while managing the details of day to day support – perseverance is key, it can take time to get results.
WCCT Change for Good supports those coming out of prison to move on in their lives. Established in 2013, our work is centred on Wandsworth Prison, in partnership with the multi-faith Prison Chaplaincy, and with the essential involvement of a team of trained volunteers who befriend and mentor our clients. (see www.changeforgood.info) The Project Manager, who works closely with the Trustees and has the help of a support worker who reports to her/him, will maintain and continuously improve that work. They will extend the work by enabling a peer-support group, “owned” by clients. We have a pilot group meeting in Central London and hope to expand this work in collaboration with others. The Project Manager will be responsible for this development and others to increase the quality and geographic spread of our work.
The work will include
- ensuring that sufficient volunteers are recruited, trained and supported
- identifying those who can gain from our support, engaging them, assessing needs and risks
- matching clients to volunteers, tracking progress
- enabling the peer support group(s) and their development
- building and maintaining relationships with faith groups and other communities around London
- researching and finding partners to develop our service
- together with trustees, applying for funding.
The successful candidate will have:
- project management experience supporting vulnerable people
- two years’ experience of managing a team including staff and volunteers
- experience of working in diverse communities and of equal opportunities issues
- an understanding of the criminal justice system, (or homelessness, addiction, mental health, community work etc) and the role of befriending / mentoring to enable change for good.
- resilience to work effectively in a challenging environment: in prison and outside, with those who have left prison
- a personal faith (a genuine occupational requirement).
Those who have lived experience of being in prison are welcome to apply. The role will require full prison clearance.
Interviews will be held in Wandsworth on Tuesday 30 July 2019.