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Capacity Builder

Blue Octopus Recruitment Ltd
Trafford, Greater Manchester / Agile Working
£31,726 – £34,391 per annum
Closing date
25 Dec 2021
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Job Details

Our Purpose at Trafford Housing Trust is to provide homes and neighbourhoods everyone can be proud of. As an organisation, we are already and have been, since our inception, a force for social good.

Thanks to the acquisition by L&Q, THT now have the resources to make an even bigger difference. The North West Foundation is here to enhance the social impact of THT by developing and funding additional activities, projects and services to meet customer need. We do this through supporting local community organisations, developing new internal services and increasing our partnership working with other organisations.

We now have a temporary maternity cover position available until December 2022.

Our Capacity Builders provide support to organisations serving communities where THT customers live, whose goals align with the NW Foundation’s priorities. The Capacity Builder will enable Voluntary, Community, Faith and Social Enterprise (VCFSE) organisations to grow, build sustainability and resilience and to achieve their goals. Engagement will be through coaching based one-to-one or group sessions which will empower VCFSE organisations in accessing funding from THT or other sources; to strengthen their structure, offer and social impact.

This role requires travel in the community, the ability to drive / owning a car would be desirable.

The Role

Key responsibilities in this role include:

  • Build and manage a caseload of customers; delivering bespoke coaching-based interventions that enable VCFSE organisations to achieve greater social impact and sustainability.
  • Provide funding advice, bid-writing support and project support to organisations seeking investment from both THT and external funders.
  • Support organisations to implement quality monitoring & evaluation frameworks that enable them to fully demonstrate the impact of their work.
  • Support VCFSE organisations to build their own networks and connections in pursuance of achieving their goals.
  • Develop and deliver face to face and virtual learning opportunities, such as workshops and events targeted at VCFSE organisations and aiming to meet identified needs and development opportunities.
  • Undertake audits and scrutinise data provided by funded organisations to ensure requirements of grant agreements are met.
  • Provide insight to the NW Foundation Community Grants Panel, to enable them to make well informed decisions; attending panel meetings when required.
  • Maintain an up-to-date knowledge of social issues relevant to NW Foundation priorities and local gaps in provision. Support organisations to respond to those needs.

The person

To be successful in this role you will have:

  • Proven track record in community capacity building and may have recognised relevant vocational or professional qualification.

Why work at THT?

We’re actively building diverse teams and encourage applications from everybody. We want to create an inclusive environment where everyone can contribute their best work and develop to their full potential. We celebrate our differences and recognise the importance of our teams reflecting the communities we serve.

What really sets this job apart from the others is what we do as an organisation. There is rarely a dull moment in Housing. We are simultaneously trying to meet the needs of a diverse customer demographic, working out how to help an ageing society to live long healthy lives at home, deciding what to build and where to build it to make sure the right kinds of homes and buildings are available at the right time for the people who need them most. If you are passionate about making a difference in society, look no further.

What Trafford Housing Trust can offer you:

Trafford Housing Trust (THT) encourages a healthy work/life balance with family friendly policies and we offer an attractive benefits package for employees, as well as a competitive and transparent system of pay and reward. These benefits include:

Closing date for applications: 15th December 2021

Interviews will take place 10th and 11th January 2022


Blue Octopus partners with employers from a multitude of different sectors and industries, using our next generation technology and recruitment expertise to help attract, engage and hire the best talent for their unique career opportunities. We know that having the right people in place is crucial to every business’ current and future successes, regardless of the area they operate in.

Over the last decade, our experience has allowed us to specialise in several sectors, including social housing.

Blue Octopus has a strong history of working with social housing providers to help them hire the best talent and improve their talent management processes. This experience, coupled with knowledge developed over time, has allowed us to fully understand both the market itself and the skills required within the sector. We understand that operating at a high standard, efficiently and cost-effectively, is vital for our clients in the Social Housing sector, who provide a much-needed service for their tenants.

Find Us
Octo House, 2 Station Road
West Yorkshire
LS21 3HX
United Kingdom
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