Job Title: Project Officer, Pocket Places for People, Derby
Salary: Grade F: 20,574 - £23,028 per annum
(dependent on relevant skills and experience)
Fixed Term: 2 year contract
Hours: 37.5 per week
Purpose of the Job:
To deliver a ‘Pocket Places for People’ project in Derby, with a focus on the community engagement element of the project.
Dimensions of Job:Pocket Places for People is a new project, inspired by low-cost street reclamation projects in New York City. This innovative project seeks to focus on an urban corridor and support local communities to reclaim a series of ‘pocket places’ along it, to help re-knit the social and physical fabric of their area. The pocket places will initially be temporary to try out ideas, but with a view to more permanent interventions. They might include placing planters, benches or pop-up street cafes in otherwise isolated traffic islands or forgotten spaces, or provide facilities to fix a bike or grow food, etc.
Place in the Organisation:The postholder will report to the Regional Director, (East Midlands), working closely with the Urban Designer, Pocket Places for People, the DIY Streets Manager, and Local Authority staff.
· Sustrans Regional Director (East Midlands)
· Urban Designer, Pocket Places for People
· DIY Streets Manager (Bristol)
· Other Pocket Places for People Project Officers
· Other DIY Streets staff
· Other Sustrans staff
· Various staff, Derby City Council to include Officers, Managers, Councillors and other decision makers)
· Local residents, users, and other stakeholders in the project, to include shoppers, traders, landlords, community groups, etc.
· Local police and health services
Key Responsibilities (not in ranking order):
· To design and deliver a stakeholder engagement process with the aim of creating a series of ‘pocket places’, in a set location within Derby.
· To act as lead contact for partnership delivery of the Pocket Places for People project in Derby. In particular to include all liaison with relation to the temporary trialling of proposed interventions, including event management and overseeing installation.
· To liaise closely with the Urban Designer, Pocket Places for People, to enable them to develop appropriate design materials to facilitate stakeholder input into the project, and to ensure appropriate oversight of technical aspects.
· To facilitate (or co-facilitate with the Urban Designer, Pocket Places for People) all stakeholder design workshops.
· To act as key contact for all stakeholders, working proactively to engage as many local people/community groups as possible in the process.
· To organise and deliver all engagement activities and events, (for example, but not limited to, consultation workshops, pop-up travel advice surgeries, and eye catching/unusual events and street parties, with the aim of increasing or refocusing human activity in the target location).
· To ensure effective local partnerships are developed and maintained in order to support wider project objectives.
· To participate in project meetings with partners, the project steering group and other stakeholders.
· To coordinate locally the recruitment, training and delivery of part time travel advisors, in partnership and with support from other Sustrans teams and departments. To coordinate and organise pop-up travel advice surgeries within the target location.
· To support national Pocket Places for People project coordination and management in:
· overall project management including scheduling and budget management
· the monitoring, evaluation and reporting of the outcomes and outputs of the programme
· the communication and dissemination of DIY Streets, including arrangement of and/or participation in conferences/seminars
· wider resource management and project review;
· To liaise closely with colleagues in the East Midlands region to ensure integration between Pocket Places for People activities and wider Sustrans policy and project work.
· To work with the Sustrans press and publicity team to support the generation of positive media based upon Pocket Places for People project work in the East Midlands.
· To promote the information and incentives that are available through the LSTF and Better by Bus programmes to local people and community groups. This may include the distribution and promotion of information and discounted tickets, bike loans and asking individuals to complete travel surveys.
· To promote and contribute to LSTF and Better by Bus events, road shows and promotional campaigns;
· To provide support for other Pocket Places for People projects/staff if appropriate and required.
· To support and comply with the organisation’s Policy for the management of Health and Safety.
· To work in accordance with the arrangements described in the organisation’s health and safety management system including any project or department specific requirements.
· To undertake any other duties appropriate to the grade, the post and capabilities of the post holder as directed by the management group or line manager.Working Conditions:
The post will be based at Derby City Council. Some travel, including regular visits to the project area and overnights away together with work outside normal office hours will be required.
Special Note:This job description does not form part of the contract of employment, but indicates how that contract should be performed. The job description may be subject to amendment in the light of experience and in consultation with the jobholder.
Compiled by: DIY Streets Manager
Date: November 2012
Project Officer, Pocket Places for People, Derby (SUS740d)
Educated to degree level or equivalent, or relevant equivalent experience.
Experience of delivering a practical project which had stakeholder involvement as a core element.
Experience of workshop design and facilitation.
Excellent interpersonal and networking skills, specifically with relation to members of the community / general public.
An ability to develop productive working relationships with partner organisations and different ethnic groups.
Strong project management skills.
Excellent written, verbal communication and presentation skills.
An ability to be organised and efficient, able to function on own initiative with limited supervision.
Strong administrative skills.
An understanding of local travel and urban regeneration issues.
Computer literate (knowledge of word-processing, databases, spreadsheets packages, internet and website usage)
A dynamic and creative approach.
Committed to the ideals of active travel and sustainable transport.
Experience of working in neighbourhood regeneration.
Experience of creating and managing a website / blog.
Ability to write and edit copy for websites and other media.
Knowledge and understanding of:
· urban and public realm design
· transport planning and policy