Fields in Trust protects and champions parks and green spaces in perpetuity across the UK. Established in 1925 we passionately believe parks and green spaces are the beating hearts of our communities with transformational powers to promote access, health and wellbeing, social cohesion and happiness. We work in partnership with landowners to protect their green spaces for good. We also champion and protect our green future at local and national level because the power of parks and green spaces transcends any one government brief and short-term decisions are threatening our longer-term legacy.

We operate from a pleasant, accessible office in Shepherd's Bush, about 300 metres from Central Line and Overground stations (not step free - one step/pavement).

 


 

Projects and Stewardship Project Manager

Do you love making projects run like a well-oiled machine, managing your own projects as well as collaborating on cross-team sprints? If that's you, and you want to want to make a lasting difference for the environment, health and wellbeing and local communities, this could be the role for you. Fields in Trust are looking for an experienced project manager, with a keen eye for detail and the knowhow to elevate our project management processes.

The Project and Stewardship team are responsible for driving forward the organisation's core work to legally protect local parks and green spaces. The team manage two scaled protection portfolios aimed at protecting more parks and green spaces and also develop projects and partnerships that will innovate what the charity does. Excellent project management of our portfolios and initiatives is vital for ensuring timely protections and robust stakeholder management, so that we achieve our strategic aims.

We need someone who is organised, rigorous and capable of good stakeholder management. You will come with the desire to share your PMO knowledge and improve current processes, and ready for the challenge of reimagining and managing our smaller-scale protection portfolio. You will be confident in building relationships, collaborating and co-creating ideas that further our protection mission. Working across the whole charity team, you'll be proactive, capable of delivering projects from concept to impact and evaluation and coordinating multiple areas of work.

Fields in Trust is actively seeking applicants from diverse backgrounds and would welcome applications from POC project managers.

 

Job Summary

Reporting to the Head of Projects and Stewardship, you will work as part of the Projects and Stewardship team, providing a central project management resource to support the successful delivery of our parks and green space protection portfolios. This role will manage the smaller-scale protections portfolio and support the effective monitoring and delivery of the strategic portfolio and innovation programmes.

 

Key Tasks
  • To manage and help redefine the smaller-scale protection portfolio, co-ordinating activity with the in-house Solicitor and Paralegal, for the timely execution of protection Deeds.
  • To support the Head of Projects and Stewardship in implementing improvements to the Projects and Stewardship delivery model systems and processes.
  • To work closely with the Senior Projects and Stewardship Manager and provide an efficient management function across the parks and green space protection portfolios.
  • To lead on the creation and embedding of project and programme management best practice including robust evaluation methodology.
  • To develop and manage a centralised repository of project management resources.
  • To prepare and execute work plans and monitoring documentation for projects/portfolios, ensuring successful tracking, risk and change management.
  • To build personal knowledge on health, wellbeing, environment and social sector opportunities, sharing learning with the wider team and integrating into project work.
  • To ensure equity, diversity and inclusion are embedded throughout all areas of work.
  • To support new project initiatives through discovery, design and implementation phases, including supporting applications for funding.
  • To provide support across the Projects and Stewardship team and work in collaboration with the whole charity team.

 

Additional information
  • Infrequent green space visits with overnight stays may be required as part of the protection application process, access to a car/driving licence is also a requirement.
  • To undertake any other duties that may reasonably be required to fulfil the duties of this post.

 

Personal specification

Qualification

  • Project management qualification eg Prince 2, Agile/Sprint/Scrum or minimum two years' worked experience in a PMO (essential).

Experience

  • Creating and embedding processes/templates to facilitate complex programmes and delivery improvements (essential).
  • Relationship building and stakeholder management (essential).
  • Building evaluation frameworks for project lifecycles (desirable).
  • Budget and risk management (essential).

Knowledge

  • Background in health and wellbeing, environment, community development or volunteer sectors (essential).
  • Understanding of equity, accessibility and inclusion issues (desirable).
  • Service design methodologies (desirable).

Skills

  • Database and CRM use including data protection requirements (essential).
  • Excellent communication skills both verbal and written including presenting to an audience (essential).
  • Conflict resolution and independent decision-making skills (essential).

 

Key attributes
  • Interest in the third sector and making a difference for good.
  • Professional and articulate, with initiative and problem-solving disposition.
  • Able to manage own project deliverables whilst supporting colleagues to successfully deliver work.

 

Responsible to: Head of Projects and Stewardship
Contract: Permanent
Salary: Up to £37k per annum dependent on experience
Location: This is a hybrid role - Shepherd's Bush office and remote working with some green space visits when required

Please apply via Arras People. Fields in Trust will not accept any CVs or applications sent direct to the charity.

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