Community Project Coordinator, remote working based in the Newcastle area

Newcastle upon Tyne | £25,000 - £29,000 per annum

Employer: Blue Cross for Pets
Sector/Specialism: Charity

Job title: Community Project Coordinator

Contract: Full time, FTC until end February 2024

Salary: £25,000 - £29,000 per annum

Location: Home based with regional travel within the Newcastle area

Closing date: 17 February 2023

Interviews dates: We will be contacting and interviewing people as they apply, therefore, we may close the application process early

Blue Cross is one of the UK’s leading animal welfare organisations for animals. We are a charity that supports sick, injured, and homeless pets and care for more than 40,000 animals every year through our rehoming, veterinary and education programs. The help we offer includes veterinary treatment, finding loving new homes for pets, behavioural advice, support with pet bereavement and education for future generations.

About the role

This role is all about supporting community-based projects which improve the lives of people and pets with our client’s dignity at the heart of everything we do.

No pet should have to go hungry. And no one should have to choose between feeding themselves or feeding their pets. Hard times can happen to anyone, and with pets in the family there are more bowls to fill when money is tight.

Following the success of our five Blue Cross pet food banks and our partnerships with 66 human Food Banks we are now looking to open more pet food banks across the UK to provide support for people in short term crisis.

This is an exciting and vital role in our team and plays an instrumental part in setting up a national pet food bank service.

Using excellent communication skills, the role of the Community Project Coordinator will include initiating and maintaining effective relationships with local suppliers, authorities, and communities within their areas to build the foodbanks, securing donations and overseeing logistics.

You will collaborate closely with colleagues by providing feedback from frontline delivery to develop projects that meet the needs of the public and our partners.

To help run the foodbanks we will need the support of a new volunteering team; the Community Project Coordinator will be responsible for recruiting and managing their team and providing them will all the support they need to conduct their role.

Want to know more the detail? Great! We have attached the job description which hopefully gives you everything you need.

About you

You will have demonstrable experience in a similar role with a positive attitude that enthuses our audiences and brings the work we do to the people who need it.? You will be skilled at initiating and building meaningful relationships showing empathy and being a confident, non-judgmental, professional. You will enjoy collaborating with people from a diverse range of backgrounds and able to adapt your approach to suit their needs.

You will have:

• excellent planning, time management and organisational skills with previous networking experience
• the ability to build, develop and nurture relationships and partnerships
• a full UK driving licence with access to own vehicle (expenses will be paid) and happy to travel as needed
• proven administration skills
• excellent attention to detail
• confident IT skill with day-to-day experience of MS Office and web-based databases and platforms

It would also be great if you had:

• Supervision or management of volunteers
• Previous experience working in the charity sector

Why Blue Cross

Our people are the most important part of delivering our purpose. If it weren’t for their amazing efforts and commitment, we would not be able to make a difference that we do today. We offer a generous benefits package that includes:

• 38 days annual leave (including bank holidays)
• Employee Assistance Programme
• Holiday exchange & enhanced parental leave
• Annual volunteer days
• Long service awards, starting from 5 years
• Huge range of discounts across high street stores, insurance services & more

How to apply

Click the apply button below and complete the online application process before the closing date on 17 February 2023.

To apply for this role, all candidates must complete the online application process.

To meet our project timelines, we are looking for people that can start employment with us no later than Monday 3 April 2023 and we will be contacting and interviewing suitable people as they apply, therefore, we close the role earlier than the stated date. We therefore recommend that you apply as early as you can.

At Blue Cross we are passionate about our commitment to diversity, inclusion and removing barriers, should you like to discuss any reasonable adjustments or changes to our recruitment process to support you to be your best then please get in touch. You can get in touch with us either via email at, via telephone on 01993 825515 or if you would prefer a video call then we can arrange this using Microsoft Teams.

Blue Cross holds inclusion as a core organisational value.? We positively encourage applications from suitably qualified, experienced, and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, transgender status, religion or belief, marital status or pregnancy and maternity.? We actively embrace our differences and know that it is our differences that make us unique.? You are very welcome at Blue Cross, without the need to hide any part of who you are.