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Senior Community Development Worker. 22.5 hours per week.


Sussex Community Development Association (SCDA), runs a range of projects aimed at supporting the involvement of the whole of the community.  We have an exciting opportunity for a Senior Community Development Worker to focus on Community Services & health focussed initiatives and events in and around Hailsham, building upon community-led services and identified community need.

Senior Community Development Worker

22.5 hours per week – permanent

Based Hailsham

Salary range, dependent on skill & experience:  £24,982 – £27,041 per annum pro rata

 We are looking for a dynamic and experienced Senior Community Development Worker to develop and deliver services & activities in Hailsham, in collaboration with the local community, and further to develop community facilities & assets which meet the needs in their neighbourhood.

Currently these local needs have been identified as: Befriending to address social isolation, volunteering, and activities with a health focus for older people, children and families.

Your role will be to develop community engagement, help people get connected and build community leadership and involvement to improve neighbourhoods and meet identified needs.

Working from a Hailsham location and reporting to the Community Hubs Project Manager, you will build partnerships in the community with stakeholders and local people, encouraging volunteering and developing activities for thriving communities.

With responsibility for the oversight of an SCDA community hub, you will manage a Development Worker, volunteers and community messengers and have responsibility for developing, delivering and coordinating services and activities for future sustainability, drawing as needed on additional SDCA services.

The ideal candidate will be able to demonstrate:

  • Significant and proven experience of project and service development, delivering and evaluating services in the community
  • Supervisory experience, inc volunteers
  • Experience of partnership and multi-agency working
  • Experience of reporting, monitoring and evaluating
  • Experience of collaborating on and/or writing funding bids would be an advantage.

You will be a motivated self-starter who is able to plan and manage time effectively, use your initiative and have a flexible & positive approach to community engagement.  The post is subject to a DBS check. Being a car owner and driver is essential.

Covid-19 conditions

In line with current government guidance on social distancing, we are implementing Covid-safe conditions in the work place and are bringing our teams back into the office at an appropriate level. By the time an appointment is made, there may be further guidance from the UK government which we would follow. We would like interviews for this role to take place in person with social distancing measures. The successful applicant will be equipped and supported with blended working if still required – i.e. a combination of working in the office and working from home for some days each week.

Close date: 5pm on Sunday 6th June 2021

Interviews to be held: wk beginning 14th June 2021

 For more information please contact our HR team on 01273 519140 or via