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Swindon City of Sanctuary is mainly made up of volunteers but we do have a very small team of employees and on the occasion a vacancy comes up we will advertise it here so do keep checking or contact us if you have a query regarding a job vacancy or volunteering opportunity.

Charity Manager (Permanent) [funded by the National Lottery Communities Fund]

Job Title: Swindon City of Sanctuary Charity Manager

Hours of work: 30-37.5 hours per week (52 weeks per annum; 25 days’ annual holiday plus public holidays)

Salary: up to £35,000 per annum (pro-rated for part-time)

Contract: Permanent

Closing date for applications: 5.00pm, Monday 10th October 2022

We’re looking for a new Charity Manager to run the organisation on a day-to-day basis, taking care of fundraising, campaigning and the management of our small but excellent team. If you are looking to make a real difference to the community you live in, and you have experience of fundraising and people management in a charity, we’d love to hear from you.

Main duties and responsibilities

  • Direct and lead the delivery of our strategic aims through our 3 core areas of activity: Campaigning, Education and Streams of Sanctuary.
  • Take responsibility for inspiring and engaging our staff across all our work.
  • Ensure that all staff are given the information, training and support, including regular supervision, that they need to enable them to perform their roles to the best of their abilities.
  • Coordinate our fundraising activities including identifying and applying for suitable funding opportunities and providing the monitoring and evaluation required to demonstrate our impact for new and existing funders.
  • Manage the day-to-day record keeping by staff, including financial, and personal or sensitive data recording. This may include revising procedures as necessary.
  • Take responsibility for the charity’s policies, updating them as directed by the Board of Trustees and in line with external changes and developments.

We have an active board of 10 trustees at present, some of whom have been with us since we began. As our Charity Manager, you’ll be reporting to our Chair of Trustees, with additional help, support and engagement from other members of the Board.

Key experience / skills required

You must have experience of people management and fundraising within a charity.

You must be comfortable developing relationships with a diverse range of people, from grant funders to local politicians (councillors and MPs); with staff, trustees and volunteers, and with all who make Swindon a vibrant, culturally diverse community, whether beneficiaries or supporters.

Your ability to speak, read and write an additional language to English would be an advantage but is not essential.

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 click here:

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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 home working and office 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 full-time (37.5 hours per week) or part-time (0.8 FTE / 4 days per week minimum) position.

Salary and benefits

The annual full-time salary for this role will be up to £35,000.

We offer 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, detailing why you are interested in the role of Charity Manager at Swindon City of Sanctuary and why you feel you would be the right person to lead our organisation, to [email protected]

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


Streams & Awards Coordinator (Maternity Leave Cover) [funded by the National Lottery Communities Fund]

Job Title: Swindon City of Sanctuary Streams and Awards Co-ordinator (Maternity Leave Cover)

Hours of work: 20 hours per week (52 weeks; statutory leave in line with Swindon City of Sanctuary staffingpolicies and procedures)

Salary: £20,020 pro rata (based on full time hours of 35 hours per week)

Contract: Fixed Term Maternity Cover for 9-12 months. (Subject to passing a two-month probationary period)

Closing date: 5pm on Monday 26th September 2022

An exciting opportunity to work for us and make a difference by contributing to our 5 year plan  in making Swindon a more welcoming and inclusive town through our Sanctuary Awards for local organisations. 

We are a small, friendly and dedicated team at Swindon City of Sanctuary. All staff, volunteers and trustees are valued equally. Working for us means you will be in a very supportive enviroment where your voice, creativity and ideas are welcome. We expect our employees to be passionate about our cause and dedicated to their work but we are also an employer who support flexible working where possible and will support you in finding a work/life balance.

Our Vision

Swindon City of Sanctuary shares the national City of Sanctuary vision that the UK will be a welcoming place of safety for all and is proud to offer sanctuary to people fleeing violence and persecution.

Our Mission

Swindon City of Sanctuary seeks to build a culture of welcome, inclusion and support for everyone in Swindon, with a focus on those seeking sanctuary.

In practical terms, we do this by bringing people and organisations together, raising awareness and celebrating our diverse town through the national scheme of sanctuary awards.

We are proud to be part of the national movement that is City of Sanctuary.


For more information download the Job Description Person Specification below:

If you would like to discuss the role please do get in touch with us at [email protected]

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