Head of Market Development and Investment - Community Shares Unit (Three Year FTC)

Community Shares
Home Based (with regular travel across the UK)
£50000 per annum
Closing date
1 Nov 2021

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Head of Market Development and Investment - Community Shares Unit (Three Year FTC)
Home Based (with regular travel across the UK)
About Us
The Community Shares Unit (CSU) is a partnership between Co-operatives UK, Locality, and the Plunkett Foundation, set up in 2012 to support community ownership of vital buildings, spaces and services.
Community shares are an accessible way for people from all backgrounds to invest in a project or causes they believe in. They give people an equal stake and a say in what matters to them, as investment amounts can start as low as £10. Some share offers that demonstrate best practice are matched by institutional investment administered by the CSU through our Booster programme.
We’re now seeking an entrepreneurial Head of Market Development and Investment to deliver campaigns to raise awareness of community shares, to develop and promote new practice in the sector and to secure further funding to grow the work of the community shares unit.
This is a full-time role working 35 hours per week. but some flexibility and possible job share arrangements would be considered.
The Benefits
- Salary circa £50,000 per annum
- 34 days’ holiday rising to 39 days (including Bank Holidays)
- Employee assistance programme
- Enhanced contributory pension
- Interest-free season ticket loan
- Flexible working patterns
- Coaching programme
- Cycle to work scheme
The Role
As the Head of Market Development and Investment, you will co-ordinate the activities of the partnership and lead on you will lead on the three strands to the CSU strategy:
- Market development – including campaigns to promote community shares, supporting societies and groups and work with partners and government
- Standards – development and promotion of new practice in the sector
- Investment – attracting further resources to the unit to further the community shares model
This vital additional capacity will focus initially on market development and investment.
About you
You don’t need to have existing knowledge or experience of community shares, but the successful candidate will be able to demonstrate:
- A strong track record of strategic marketing, fundraising or business development
-  Relationship building with a range of senior stakeholders
- Excellent persuasion skills, particularly with funders and policy makers, will be vital, as will excellent analytical skills to interpret complex data and policies
Interest? We can’t wait to hear from you.
The closing date for applications is 10am on 1st November 2021.
This is a full-time role; however, some flexibility and possible job share arrangements can be considered.
Other organisations may call this role Head of Market Development, Head of Investment, Head of Organisational Development, Market Development and Investment Lead, or Head of Investment and Market Development.
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Community shares: a unique form of investment
Since 2012, over £155m has been raised by over 104,203 people in community shares across the UK. 

  • Community shares have been invested into over 450 co-operative and community business including shops, pubs, renewable energy schemes, housing projects, community hubs and much more. 
  • Community shares is a user-friendly name for withdrawable, non-transferable share capital: a form of equity uniquely available to co-operative and community benefit societies.
  • Community shares are a flexible and effective way to raise finance: an incredible 92% of all businesses who have used community shares are still trading. 
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