This is an exciting time to join the Reading Voluntary Action (RVA) team as the Advice Worker, providing maternity cover. This post is integral to RVA s services to the local voluntary and community sector (VCS) and is a well-established post helping the sector to thrive.
We are particularly interested in hearing from applicants who have a legal background, whether through having previously practiced Law or having completed the Legal Practice Course; and who have a working knowledge of the voluntary and community sector, either in a paid or volunteer role.
We wish to offer this opportunity widely, therefore the post is available as home-working with regular travel to Reading Central Library at a minimum of once per week.
Purpose of role
To take lead responsibility in RVA for providing charities and voluntary organisations with advice, information and training on legal and technical aspects of running voluntary organisations.
Success looks like:
- There is a thriving and well governed local sector.
- Organisations are able to access good quality information and support quickly and easily.
- Resources are directed at organisations tackling greatest need.
Reading Voluntary Action is an equal opportunities employer and has made a commitment to encourage applications from Black, Asian and minority ethnic individuals, who are currently underrepresented within the organisation.
Job Title: Advice Worker
Hours: 37 hours per week Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm, with occasional evening/weekend work for which toil is available. Potential for part time hours, self-employed consultant.
Reports to: CEO
Contract type: 6 month maternity cover
Annual Leave: 25 days per annum pro rata
Work location: Reading Central Library and home-working. This post is available as home-working with regular travel to Reading Central Library at a minimum of once per week.
Supervision received: Formal employment supervision to be provided by the CEO
Supervision given: Possibly to volunteers such as Funding Volunteer.
Contact: Contact will be regular with all members of the RVA team, wider cross-sector partner organisations and organisations to whom advice and support is given.
Main duties and responsibilities of the RVA Advice Worker
- To provide advice and information to new and existing groups staff, volunteers or trustees on legal and good practice aspects of running an organization by: Responding promptly to telephone and email enquiries.
- One to one advice sessions on organisation specific problems.
- Longer term development support to high priority organisations needing more support.
- Helping organisations to develop appropriate documentation
- Encouraging and facilitating the sharing of skills and resources between voluntary organisations.
- Facilitating partnership work and the sharing of resources and expertise.
- Organising and facilitating common interest networks.
- Developing and delivering training and workshops, such as on trustee roles and responsibilities.
- Commissioning training from specialist trainers.
- Developing legal and governance resources, news and information for the RVA website and newsletters
- Assisting organisations to be ready for funding, advertising relevant opportunities on the RVA website and liaising with funders
- Writing regular articles to share case studies and best practice.
- Raising awareness of other quality standards and encouraging organisations to acquire accreditation.
With a particular focus on the following key areas:
Charity Law and Company Law:
- Selecting a legal structure and governing document
- The roles and responsibilities of trustees
- Incorporation, Company Law, the Company Secretary and role of directors
- Registering a charity with the Charity Commission
- Reporting and filing requirements
- Strengthening Board relationships
Employment Law and Practice:
- Recruitment and selection
- Terms and conditions of service and employment contracts
- Distinguishing from contracts for service and avoiding employment risks
- Policies and procedures e.g. disciplinary, grievance, redundancy, absence management
- Equal opportunities in employment
- Health and safety of employees and volunteers
- New developments in the law
Project growth and development
- Business and project planning
- Monitoring and evaluation
- Quality schemes and marks
- Property negotiation, leases and licenses
- Health and Safety
- User agreements
Safeguarding, Data Protection and Involving volunteers
- Good safeguarding practice
- Good data protection practices
- Good practice on involving volunteers and reducing employment and other risks.
RVA Team Work
- To work as part of the RVA team in developing the organisation s strategic aims and objectives and formulating its policies, priorities and work programmes.
- To be a constructive and cooperative member of the RVA staff team ensuring that anyone who is affected by the post holder s work is informed and consulted as appropriate.
- To be accountable to the RVA CEO for their work, keeping him/her informed of progress and undertaking supervision as required.
- To support and supervise students and volunteers as agreed.
- To maintain and develop efficient records and information systems and prepare and present written reports where necessary.
- To ensure that accurate records of all expenditure of the funder s grant relating to the post are maintained.
- To comply with RVA s policies and procedures.
- To develop and work to personal objectives in line with the RVA annual plan.
- To work as a collaborative member of the RVA staff team.
- Communicating with and supporting others in order to deliver RVA s Aims.
- To undertake other duties that may reasonably be requested to help RVA meet its aims.
Criteria: Essential - (E), Desirable - (D)
You have excellent communication skills (written, verbal and listening) and are able to communicate complex matters in a clear and concise manner. (E)
Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to quickly build effective working relationships and good rapport, with internal and external stakeholders. (E)
Strong presentation and facilitation skills within a group setting. (E)
Ability to work one-to-one with individuals and organisations. (E)
Good time management skills regarding own work. (E)
Strong IT and computer skills, in particular Microsoft Word and Excel. (E)
Empathetic, flexible but pragmatic in providing support to organisations to support them with the challenges they face. (E)
Strong research skills in areas of Law and Governance with the ability to stay up to date. (E)
Belief and commitment to equal opportunities. (E)
Of the subject matters listed above in the Job Description. (E)
Understand the issues and opportunities local VCS organisations face. (E)
Advice giving (E) in a professional legal capacity such as a solicitor. (D)
Have worked or volunteered within the voluntary and community sector - with a strong and demonstrable belief in the sector. (E)
Developing and delivering training or workshops. (D)
1 Sept 2022: Applications open
3 Oct 2022, 5pm: Applications close
13 Oct 2022: Interviews
How to apply: Please visit our website: to download an application form. CVs will not be accepted.