We're looking for an Executive Officer who is excited by Pembroke House's ambition to build a settlement model for the 21st Century and has the energy and drive to play a central role in seeing it become a reality.
Application Deadline: 12pm Monday 26 November
Interviews: Late afternoon/evening Tuesday 4 December and morning of Wednesday 5 December
Pembroke House has a long history in Walworth and we've developed rapidly in recent years. Today we are home to a huge range of community activities and we are building alliances with local residents, groups and organisations that will make a long-term difference well beyond our four walls.
The next two-years will see exciting developments:
- We will prototype a second site, a “Walworth Living Room”, that will act as a social front door to Pembroke House, with a central community kitchen and cafe surrounded by shared activity, meeting and office spaces
- We are working with partners from across the community, statutory and private sectors to pioneer new neighbourhood models to improve health and wellbeing in Walworth
- We will launch a wide-ranging programme to understand the contemporary relevance of settlements and build momentum behind a settlement movement for the 21st Century
- We are overhauling our approach to learning and evaluation — reviving the settlement aspiration to use the experience and insights of practical local action to change policy and practice further afield
The Executive Officer will work at a fast pace with Pembroke House's Executive Director to oversee and coordinate a wide range of tasks. You will gain a unique perspective across an enterprising and growing organisation.
- To work with the Executive Director (ED) to develop Pembroke House in line with our ambitious strategic plan
- To take on specific tasks on behalf of the ED and Senior Management Team (SMT) on matters ranging from strategy, to HR, new project activities, and fundraising
- To research and develop ideas and briefing papers for the ED and SMT to support discussion and decision-making
- To coordinate, track, and project-manage work streams that cut across the organisation
- To support internal communications and contribute to an engaged and effective team
- To represent Pembroke House at meetings, conferences, and workshops
- To contribute to external communications, including social media and marketing
- To prepare agendas for weekly SMT meetings and circulate papers
- To support the good governance of trustees’ meetings, including drafting, compiling and circulating papers, taking minutes, and tracking actions
Development & Fundraising
- To work with the SMT to coordinate fundraising efforts across Pembroke House
- To develop and maintain a clear case for support across our activities
- To research, identify, and build relationships with potential funders
- To work with the SMT and staff-team to draft applications, reports, and evaluations
- To arrange appointments and meetings for the ED
- To track actions at SMT and Trustee meetings, delegate tasks, and follow up as required
- To support arrangements for visitors, events, and meetings
Who we're looking for
The person we appoint to this role will be a fantastic organiser. You will be ambitious and eager to see tasks through to completion, ensuring that our work moves forward at pace. You will also be a talented writer and communicator, able to bring complex ideas together in clear and succinct form both on paper and in person.
This role would suit someone who has experience in a dynamic work environment and who wants to play a central role in an enterprising organisation that is taking the next steps in its development.
Like all roles at Pembroke House there will be a significant degree of people-facing work and you will form relationships with ease with people from all walks of life.
- An undergraduate degree
Skills, Knowledge and Training
- Ability to plan, prioritise, and re-prioritise tasks to manage workload
- Ability to maintain focus and adapt in a rapidly changing environment
- Excellent communication skills
- Able to write clearly, concisely, and persuasively
- Ability to conduct independent research
- Ability to distil complex ideas and data into clear briefings, bids, and presentations
- 2 - 3 years' employment in a busy working environment working to and meeting tight deadlines
- Experience managing relationships with senior stakeholders
- Experience driving complex projects through to completion
- A passion for the mission and values of Pembroke House
- Ability to take initiative and work independently
- Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work as part of a team
- Quick learner and ability to respond to and act on feedback
- Confidence in delegating tasks, including to people who are not direct reports
- Commitment to the Equal Opportunities, Data Protection, and Child and Vulnerable Adult Protection Policies of Pembroke House
- Sensitive to the ethos of St Christopher’s Church
- Ability to work occasionally outside of normal office hours including evenings and weekends
- Ability to operate with a high degree of confidentiality and diplomacy, including amongst colleagues
If you have any questions about the role then please be in touch with Mike Wilson, Executive Director at [email protected]
Come and See Pembroke House
Interested candidates are also invited to come and see Pembroke House. This will be a chance to find out more about the organisation as well as to get a sense of the place, people, and projects that define Pembroke House. Candidates can attend one of the following two dates:
12:00 - 15:00, Thursday 15 November, during our weekly Lunch Club
17:00 - 19:00, Thursday 22 November
Please contact James Jenkins by email at [email protected] to notify us of your attendance, specifying which date you are available.
Salary: £27,000 - 31,000, depending on experience
Cost of living will be reviewed annually and is currently pegged to the Higher Education single pay spine – a collective agreement negotiated between five trade unions
Hours of Work: 35 hours per week
Normal office hours are 9am to 5pm including 1 hour for lunch
A Time Off in Lieu policy is in place requiring agreement from the Line Manager
This post qualifies for the Flexi Hours Scheme. Flexi-credit of up to 14 hours and flexi-debit of up to 10.5 hours can be accrued in any one reporting period
Approximately half of the team are part-time employees and we all come from diverse backgrounds and experience – ranging from dance, local and central government and youth & community work, to academia, music and politics.
Food plays a central role at Pembroke House: all team members are offered free food on a Thursday as part of our weekly lunch club as well as at monthly team dinners, healthy breakfasts, and lunches.
No-one at Pembroke House is confined to a desk or computer — everyone chips in with projects, events and activities.
A Week of Wellbeing is organised for staff each year and other activities take place throughout the year.
28 days paid annual leave per annum, plus the standard Bank and Public Holidays and three discretionary days between Christmas and New Year.
The leave year begins on 1 April. During the first year of employment, you will be entitled to annual leave on a pro rata basis
A 3% contributory pension is offered, subject to qualifying criteria