Vacancy: Development Officer for Falmouth & Penryn Welcome Refugees : closing date 7 Aug

0.5 wte (17.5 hours per week), £25,500 pro rata 6 month fixed term (Aug/Sept – to end Jan/Feb 2023 (with possibility of extension/permanent contract, dependent on performance and future funding) Closing date for applications: Sunday 7th August at midnight

Job summary An exciting opportunity to join the charity Falmouth & Penryn Welcome Refugee Families and play a key role in supporting the Board in developing the work and scope of the charity.

Application process
To apply please send your application consisting of: C.V. – maximum four sides of A4 (email to Covering letter (maximum two sides of A4) or video (no more than five minutes) outlining your suitability for the post, making reference to the skills, experience and attributes required. We are happy to talk through the job description  and application process over the phone. To arrange an informal chat please email Jude Munden (
Please also complete the Diversity Monitoring Form which is unattributed and will be separated from your application at the point of receipt.

Recruitment schedule
Application deadline: midnight 7th August 2022
Interviews: Friday 12th August in person in Penryn – please get in touch if this is an issue for you during the summer holidays.
Start date: to be agreed but as soon as possible from 15th August
Job Description and Person Specification

Job title:                           Development officer
Accountable to:                Jude Munden, Chair Falmouth & Penryn Welcome Refugees
Hours:                               17.5 per week (working arrangements to be agreed) 
Place of work:                  The role is primarily working from home, although you will be  required to attend meetings in Falmouth or Penryn and occasionally travel to other parts of Cornwall in order to carry out your role
Salary:                               £25,500 per year pro rata – equates to £6,375 for 6 months part time
Contract:                          6months fixed term to end January/February 2023. There are 28 days holiday pro rata per year, plus bank holidays.

Job Description
Purpose of role
The primary purpose of the role is to support the Board of Falmouth & Penryn Welcome Refugee Families (‘Welcome’) in carrying out its core function of supporting refugee families settled in the area under the community sponsorship scheme and in broadening the scope of its activities to support refugees and asylum seekers across Cornwall.
Specific responsibilities:

  • Manage the charity’s email account, responding to emails, checking information as necessary.
  • Supporting the volunteer function of the charity which includes:
    • Keeping volunteer information (contact details, training, DBS etc.) up to date
    • Arranging induction and other training for new volunteers
    • Communicating regularly with volunteers via a weekly email
    • Facilitating volunteer involvement.
  • Identifying and exploring opportunities to support the wider community of refugees and asylum seekers in Cornwall
  • Developing a forward plan for the charity so that it is able to participate actively in key community events e.g. Refugee Week, local celebrations
  • Coordinating input from Board leads to develop resources to support others who are welcoming refugees – including those from Ukraine e.g. how we have supported education for children; navigating the health and care system; ESOL systems
  • Research grant funding opportunities to support the charity’s activities
  • Liaising with the Chair and other Board members to put together the agenda and papers for Board meetings
  • Ensuring the website is kept up to date
  • Any other duties that arise to support the Chair and Board

Person specification
We are looking for someone who is committed to improving the experiences and life chances of refugees and asylum seekers who come to the UK.
Specific qualities, skills and experience that will be valuable in this role are:

  • Excellent communication skills – phone, online, written and face to face
  • Excellent administrative skills, including the ability to organise your own workload and prioritise, work to deadlines and have an eye for detail
  • Comfortable using key computer programmes (google docs/spreadsheets and drive etc) and willing to learn new programmes as required
  • High level of self-motivation
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Experience of working at a charity
  • Understanding of fundraising from trusts, foundations and other providers
  • Understanding of data protection, confidentiality and safeguarding
  • Up to date understanding of refugee and asylum-seeker issues, particularly in the context of Cornwall
  • Competence in using social media platforms (e.g.Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) and MailChimp Enthusiastic and positive approach

Note: we do not expect candidates to be able to fulfill all of these requirements – please outline those which you feel you meet in your application letter.

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