WAVE DIRECTOR

ONE YEAR FIXED TERM (WITH POSSIBLE EXTENSION)

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Deadline For Applications
30th April

Wave for Change is an Equal Opportunities Employer  

 

We want our  organisation to be representative of all sections of society and assure all applicants that 

we will not discriminate by gender, race, colour, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, disability, or age 

   

 

Background  

  

Wave was established in 2009 when a group of parents decided they wanted to ‘do something significant’ to improve the inclusion of individuals who are marginalised as a result of having a learning disability.  Wave is founded on the belief that God values us equally, irrespective of our (dis)abilities.  The background and roots of Wave are from within a local Parish Church. Our work is inter-denominational, with a focus on welcoming those of all faiths or none. Our over-riding ethos is one of inclusion – simply sharing the love and acceptance that we have found in Jesus through friendship-building activities in the heart of communities.

 

Our aim is to make it easy for people with and without learning disabilities to meet, comfortably socialise, work, and worship TOGETHER.  In doing so, we overcome the fear and ignorance that is often at the root cause of exclusion and social segregation. 

 

Wave has initiated mixed abilities groups and places that have started to transform our home community of Muswell Hill, in North London.  Individuals with and without learning disabilities are interacting more confidently with each other, and starting to better appreciate each other’s differences.  Our founders received the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Langton Award for Community Service in 2020 - an award that gives appreciated recognition to our dedicated voluntary team. 

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We are now extending our work geographically by encouraging and enabling other communities to develop more inclusive opportunities. We are building new connections and co-creating resources to make this happen.

Research conducted in 2019 shows that 61% of adults with and without learning disabilities in the UK are interested in mixing, but that the majority lack the opportunity and confidence to do this.  Wave wants to help bridge this gap. 

Job Purpose

You will help Wave to reach the next stage in its vision of encouraging and enabling more communities where people with and without learning disabilities are equally valued.

 

The goal of this role is two-fold: 

  • To raise awareness and uptake of Wave’s approach to building inclusive communities.

  • To develop the connections, income streams and management processes that will ensure the delivery and sustainability of this work.

Key Accountabilities​

The successful post holder will have primary responsibility to:

Develop

  • Connections with existing and potential changemakers (motivated individuals in community organisations, charities and churches) to co-create genuinely inclusive activities and groups in their own settings.

  • Our “Wave in a Box” offering - refining the resources that will take Wave’s approach into new communities, helping others to understand and practice true inclusivity. 

  • Mutually beneficial links between existing and new (Wave) Groups that showcase the impact of a WithNotFor, mixed abilities approach to participation in worship and community life. 

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  • Operational plans, budgets and resources needed to shape and maintain Wave as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation.

Lead

  • Line-manage a paid part-time administrator and fixed-term contractors. 

  • A mixed ability team of volunteers who contribute to the delivery of Wave’s operations.

Your Profile

Experience

  • Business development and management

  • Partnering & networking

  • Building and managing volunteer teams

  • Management position within the not for profit sector

 

Skills

  • Strategic planning 

  • Good time management and organisation skills

  • Problem-solving

  • Verbal and written communications

  • Digitally competent

  • Ability to build trust with and inspire diverse groups of people

Values & Personal Qualities:

  • Strong appreciation of the Christian faith that underpins our work

  • Passion for inclusion

  • Team player

  • Delivery focus

  • Self-starting ethos

  • Resilience and determination

Salary

The salary will be £30,000 - £37,000 per annum dependent on experience and suitability to the role. We will consider both full-time and part-time applications. The fixed term of one year may be extended as further funding is secured.

Base 

Remote working. Ability to travel and be available for events in London is necessary 

  

Holiday  

32 days per annum, including public holidays (pro rata if part-time).   

  

 

How to Apply  

Send a copy of your CV and a covering letter (maximum 2 pages) to hello@waveforchange.org.uk

 

Your covering letter should show why you are excited by the opportunity join and shape the growth of a small charity and how you meet the Job Description and criteria.

Your application should be sent to hello@waveforchange.org.uk

 

Deadline for applications

30th April