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Swindon City of Sanctuary Schools’ Co-ordinator
(Fixed Term 12 months) [Funded by the National Lottery Communities Fund]

Job TitleSwindon City of Sanctuary Schools’ Co-ordinator

Hours of work: 16 hours per week (52 weeks per annum; 25 days’ annual holiday pro rata plus public holidays)

Salary: £12,979 per annum for 16 hours (based on full-time salary of £28,392 per annum)

Contract: 12 months (Subject to passing a three-month probationary period)

Closing date for applications: 5.00pm, Thursday 25th January 2024.

We’re looking for a Schools’ Coordinator to work in collaboration with Swindon Schools to support them in gaining their School of Sanctuary Award. You will coordinate and expand developments of the existing Schools of Sanctuary Awards process. The role will be part of a small but excellent team. If you are looking to make a real difference to the community you live in, we’d love to hear from you.

Main duties and responsibilities

  • Working alongside the Charity Manager and a small staff team of project coordinators, Trustees and Volunteers to enable the Charity to fulfil its expected outcomes and outputs in line with its Strategic Plan and promote its values and Charitable Objects
  • Working with a small team of staff, trustees and volunteers to progress the current Swindon Schools of Sanctuary Network developments (including supporting FAB Fusion roll-out)
  • Working with a small team of volunteers, to maintain and sustain the existing Swindon Schools of Sanctuary Network and engage, involve and support up to 5 Swindon schools to support Schools of Sanctuary developments eg. sustaining current work with Welcome Ambassadors Swindon schools to achieve their School of Sanctuary Awards
  • Participating in and contributing to activities, courses, meetings, workshops, led by Schools of Sanctuary UK
  • Developing and extending the current CPD programme for Swindon Schools of Sanctuary Network
  • Working with staff colleagues to communicate the impact of Swindon Schools of Sanctuary developments within and beyond the local community
  • Managing admin tasks including tracking progress and reviewing outcomes of any developments
  • Monitoring and evaluating the outcomes of your work

Key experience / skills required

This Schools’ Coordinator role requires someone with a professional background in education and current knowledge of primary and secondary schools.

You must have a willingness to learn about the UK asylum system and current issues affecting people with lived experience of   asylum / migration / cultural marginalisation.

You must be able to collaborate with, motivate and inspire others.

You need to share passion and enthusiasm about the aims of Swindon City of Sanctuary and the City of Sanctuary UK movement

You should have an awareness of and willingness to learn more about Swindon’s rich cultural diversity.

You need to have exceptional organisational skills and the ability to work effectively without constant supervision.

Ideally, you’ll have a genuine interest in the issues affecting people seeking sanctuary in the UK.

To see the full job specification, please see additional document below

Equal opportunities

Our mission is to welcome everyone and create inclusive teams. We celebrate difference and encourage everyone to join us and to be themselves at work.

Hours and location

The Trustees of Swindon City of Sanctuary are open to flexibility around the precise work pattern of the role in terms of hours and location. We encourage a mix of office and home working.  We have an office in central Swindon, but you may need to travel around the town for meetings – we encourage use of public transport whenever possible.  

The role is offered as a fixed term part-part time (16 hours per week for 12 months) position.

Salary and benefits

The actual pro rata salary for this role will be £12,979 per annum.

We offer up to 25 days holiday per annum  (plus public holidays) and a contributory pension scheme.

How to apply

Please send a CV and a covering letter or audio recording, to [email protected] detailing:

  • Why you are interested in applying for the role
  • What you feel you could bring to our charity (eg. skills, work experiences, life experiences, interests)
  • Why welcome, inclusion, diversity and equality are important to you.

Should you wish to find out more about the role before applying, please email [email protected] requesting an initial, informal chat.

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