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Grade 6, £27,608 to £30,245 (inclusive of local weighting), full time, 37 hours per week (part-time working and job share considered), fixed term contract for 2 years & 7 months until 31 March 2022. 

Based in Hertford. 

Closing date is 27 May 2019 at 5pm.


About the role


An opportunity for an experienced Community Engagement Officer to work at Castle Park, Bishop’s Stortford as part of the Leisure & Parks Development team and with support from our partners, the Countryside Management Service. This is an exciting time for you to join us and develop your career supporting the delivery of a parks improvement project funded by a £1.9 M Heritage Lottery grant.  You will develop a programme of events that celebrate the historical and natural heritage of the park and that support people’s health and wellbeing. More details of the project can be found here


This motivated and highly professional team is looking for someone with a flair for engaging support from the community.  You will successfully implement our Activity Plan for the park, establishing partnerships with outside organisations and working closely with the newly established Friends of Castle Park.


Some of the key responsibilities include:


  • organise and run a range of events and activities
  • engage all groups, including those with additional needs and young people
  • work with the Friends to set up regular volunteer tasks and events
  • support the developing Hertfordshire Health Walks programme
  • developing partnership working on events and activities
  • manage the social media accounts for the project
  • working outside normal office hours when necessary
  • ensure that the project maintains a positive and highly visible public profile
  • hold a direct line of communication with the Heritage Lottery Fund
  • manage the social media pages for Castle Park
  • prepare financial reports and project updates
  • manage all operational budgets associated with event delivery


About you


This role will suit an enthusiastic team player who enjoys engaging with the community.


The ideal candidate will have:


  • been educated to degree level or have previous experience in community engagement
  • a track record of organising and delivering successful events or activities
  • strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • an ability to motivate and support volunteers
  • experience of delivering lottery funded or major public parks projects
  • political sensitivity and experience of working with Members


About us


East Herts is consistently rated as amongst the best areas in the country to live, with excellent schools and healthcare, a huge array of green space, beautiful waterways, unique market towns and picturesque villages.  We also enjoy high levels of employment and a diverse local economy.


Our vision is to preserve the unique character of East Herts and ensure it remains one of the best places to live and work. To accomplish this, our focus is to improve the health and wellbeing of our communities, enhance the quality of people's lives and enable a flourishing local economy.


We are dedicated to staff development and individual success providing a supportive work environment and development opportunities whilst enjoying a positive work-life balance. 


Benefits of working for us


  • A variety of flexible working options available including home working
  • Flexi-time scheme
  • Free tea and coffee
  • Local Government pension scheme
  • Generous annual leave
  • A range of discounts including high street retailers and local leisure centres
  • Professional environment where your development is supported by the organisation
  • Flexible and supportive team
  • Green Travel initiatives such as Liftshare


How to apply


For an informal discussion regarding the role, please contact Ian Sharratt, Leisure & Parks Development Manager on 01992 531525.


Full details and how to apply can be found on our website: www.eastherts.gov.uk/jobs


Closing date:  27 May 2019 at 5pm.  CVs will not be accepted.


If you do not hear from us within 2 weeks of the closing date please assume that your application has not been successful.


If your application has been successful, the recruiting manager will contact you to invite you to an interview.  We hope you enjoy the process and look forward to making contact with you very soon.


EHC is an equal opportunity employer committed to embracing a diverse and inclusive work environment. We aim to attract and retain the best people regardless of their gender, marital/parental status, ethnic origin, nationality, age, background, disability, sexual orientation and gender identity. 



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