Development Officer – Volunteering – Secondment Cover – Fixed Term - ending 31/03/2022

Closing Date: 12:00 Mon 1 March 2021
Interview Date: Friday 5th March 2021. May be via video meeting


Due to a staff secondment we have an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic and flexible team player to join us and make a real difference to support volunteering in Powys. 

This role will involve providing a comprehensive range of volunteering services to individuals and organisations to facilitate & strengthen volunteering and promote good practice. 

Job Purpose

 To provide a comprehensive range of volunteering services:

  • Contributing to the overall development, improvement and delivery of activities provided by the Volunteer Centre in Powys 
  • Co-ordinating support for volunteering activity, mainly through the Powys Volunteer Centre, to all voluntary and community groups engaged in volunteering within Powys
  • Raising the profile of volunteering within the county through providing good quality volunteering information as well as supporting volunteers.

Key Responsibilities

Focus on Volunteering:

  • Co-ordinate Powys Volunteer Centre service delivery working with Delivery Partners
  • Provide support for volunteers and volunteer involving organisations
  • Provide expertise to promote good practice in volunteering.

Also to contribute to provision of Development Support to Powys Third Sector 

  • Provide general information, guidance and mentoring, to support third sector organisations to achieve their objectives and develop their effectiveness
  • Provide support to develop new projects and initiatives which meet local needs 
  • Provide funding support
  • Provide trustee and governance support 
  • Promote PAVO services including chargeable services 
  • Provide advice and support on citizen engagement to local groups and organisations
  • Identify gaps in provision through partnerships, networks, members and other intelligence sources
  • Lead / co-ordinate local developments 
  • Investigate scope for local provider consortia and establish, where appropriate
  • Contribute to the overall development and improvement of the service

Main Duties

  • Maintain and update appropriate PAVO volunteering systems
  • Record all interactions on the CRM and maintain Volunteering Wales website
  • Liaise with local Delivery Partners to ensure compliance with sub-contract arrangements
  • Recruit, deploy and support volunteers (PAVO volunteers)
  • Facilitate good relationships
  • Provide information and resources
  • Mentoring of groups and individuals
  • Create and maintain content for website /social media etc
  • Design and deliver training and webinars
  • Prepare information for report cards including impact
  • Prepare regular case studies
  • Facilitate networking opportunities for the sector
  • Organisational Health checks
  • Promote all PAVO services
  • Link with other PAVO officers to identify support needs in the sector

The job description covers the main duties and responsibilities of the post but other duties commensurate with this role will also be undertaken by the post holder.

PAVO aims to provide a service that is responsive to the needs of its membership and service users and it is therefore necessary that staff respond to changing requirements. Job descriptions and/or work plans will be updated from time to time to meet these changes.

Required Knowledge and Experience

  • Knowledge of good practice in volunteering, including legislation
  • Networking
  • Capacity building and community development
  • Multi-agency partnership working 
  • Understanding of the role of and the current issues affecting the voluntary and community sector and its relationship to the private and statutory sectors
  • Recruiting and supporting volunteers
  • Understanding of the needs of rural communities
  • Understanding of and commitment to Equality and Diversity 
  • Good knowledge of ICT applications and the use of digital technology to widen access to services and participation

Required Skills and Abilities

  • Sound communication – both verbal and written
  • Good interpersonal skills and the ability to develop positive relationships with organisations and individuals
  • Problem solving
  • Leadership
  • Group facilitation 
  • Training
  • Working as part of a team
  • Ability to use own initiative and prioritising a demanding workload
  • Excellent ICT & social media skills
  • Ability to work remotely when needed
  • Ability to travel round rural Powys
  • Welsh Language skills competency level 1 – ‘I can pronounce Welsh personal and place-names correctly, and I can give and respond to basic greetings on the telephone or in person.’

Desirable Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Closing Date: 12:00 Mon 1 March 2021
Interview Date: Friday 5th March 2021. May be via video meeting

Job Details

Department / Project

Third Sector Development

Base / Location

Unit 30, Llandrindod Wells (possibly Newtown) - home working during Covid restrictions

Responsible To

Head of Third Sector Development

Terms and Conditions

Job Reference Number

Development Officer – Volunteering – Secondment Cover – Fixed Term - ending 31/03/2022


£26,511 per annum

Hours of Work

35 hours per week

Probationary Period

3 Months


PAVO pays all relevant travel at the current agreed mileage rate.


25 days per annum

Pension Scheme

A contribution equal to 6% salary will be made available to the PAVO Stakeholders Pension or to a Private Pension Scheme

Where to find us

Llandrindod Wells Office

Unit 30
Ddole Road Industrial Estate
Llandrindod Wells

01597 822 191

Newtown Office

Plas Dolerw
Milford Road
SY16 2EH

01686 626 220

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