About the job

Food Works is building a movement for fair and sustainable food. We do this by creating inspiring food services that are both sustainable and accessible for all. We are looking for a dynamic individual to join our senior team as a Head of Public Engagement. In this role, you will lead building our movement for change. This involves building engagement with our mission and activities with stakeholders ranging from our communities of volunteers and customers, partners in the city as well as the general public. Your focus will be on cultivating collaborations and inspiring change through in-person and online channels,  community organisations and local businesses to advance our mission.

Commitment: This is a new full-time permanent role which is available from June 1st 2024. Food Works values a healthy work-life balance, which includes a 36-hour working week and a generous 34 days of leave. Food Work operates 7 days a week and although this role has no primary weekend function, there can be times when you will be asked to support weekend activities. We aim to agree working schedules with consideration for everyone’s personal lives and actively work to support flexible working hours 

Salary: £29,427.84  per annum, with opportunities to progress to an executive role at £ £32,797.44 for a suitable candidate

How to apply: Send your CV and cover letter to rene@thefoodworks before noon April 19th 2024

We are expecting that interviews will take place in the week commencing May 6th. If you would like to have a conversation about the role or visit Food Works before you apply, please get in touch and we will make some time to meet you.

About Food Works

Food Works is an organisation with a purpose. We want to create a world where everyone is fed while also taking good care of our planet. We think the key to this is to inspire people to rebuild the idea of the community as a place where we respect and take care of each other. We aim to build Food Works in that image. Food Works is a volunteer-led organisation with a small staff team facilitating the work of hundreds of volunteers. We embrace diversity and aim to build an inclusive workplace where everyone can thrive and contribute to our shared mission.

Key responsibilities

Core job

Inspiring Change

  • Develop and implement innovative campaign strategies to build awareness of and engagement with our strategic mission
  • Manage and oversee key communication channels including websites, social media platforms and press
  • Support colleagues in Food Works in translating their social impact into public engagement

Community Engagement

  • Build public support for and engagement with our mission with volunteers, customers, partners and the general public
  • Lead and support the Community Engagement team to recruit, train, and empower volunteers to engage with campaign activities, daily operations and outreach efforts.
  • Identify and cultivate strategic partnerships with organisations, communities and stakeholders to amplify our message and reach new audiences.

General duties

  • Collaborate within the executive team on the development of strategies and activities to further our mission and impact.
  • Establish and maintain strong relationships with both internal and external stakeholders.
  • Act as a proactive member of the management  team, taking on lead roles on policy issues where relevant and appropriate
  • Undertake any other duties commensurate with the level of responsibility for the job and actively support the aims of Food Works Sheffield

Who do we need in our team

To achieve our mission we need a team who actively support and embody our aims and values. That means more than just coming in to do your job. We need people who:

  • care about our mission and want to contribute to achieving it;
  • care about people, and enjoy working to empower a diverse and inclusive community;
  • Are open to creative and new ways to solve problems;
  • are collaborative, actively inviting others to contribute to their work, and generously contributing to the work of others where needed.

Specifically for this job we would also look for someone who:

  • Has experience in building lasting and active engagement with social and environmental ideas
  • Can relate to and build rapport with a wide range of audiences and communities
  • Is an energetic networker building strategic partnerships and opportunities
  • Is a confident and articulate speaker in formal and informal settings
  • Has excellent communication skills, with a key attention to detail in managing written, verbal and visual communication. 
  • Understands brand, mission, identity and how to build a consistent communications strategy to convey these 
  • Is an experienced manager of people and resources.
  • Has excellent level of IT skills, in particular with G-Suite.
  • Is a flexible and proactive team member.

Experience in business development, content creation and digital marketing is highly desirable. If you think this fits you, then we’d love to receive your application to join our team.

We’d love to hear from applicants that represent the communities we work with and welcome applications from young people, Black, Brown, Asian and Roma persons, marginalised genders, people from the Queer community and people who have a disability, impairment or learning difference. We are an employer that values lived experience at all levels of our organisation.