Community Engagement Officer

Help us build fair and sustainable food in Sheffield


Commitment: This is a full-time permanent role. Food Works values a healthy work life balance, which includes a 36 hour working week and a generous 34 days of leave. Our Food Hub opens 7 days a week and you will be expected to work a share of  weekend days as part of your working week.

Salary: £18,532.80 – 21,322.08 per annum, depending on the candidate

How to apply: Send your CV and cover letter to natalie@thefoodworks.orgThis is an open recruitment process and we will close when a suitable candidate has been found.


Food Works is building a movement for fair and sustainable food. Our team of volunteers, currently around 500, are at the heart of that movement.  We are blessed with an enormous amount of diversity and creativity and we need someone to help us harness and develop this energy into an active and empowered community. 

Key responsibilities

  • In charge of our volunteer recruitment, development and retention, ensuring we have an inspiring volunteering offer that everyone can engage with.

  • Developing strong and meaningful relationships with community members, including our diverse volunteer team and service users. 

  • Support our staff team in their work with volunteers, ensuring inductions, training and support meets the needs of volunteers as well as the organisation.

  • Ensure there is a place and a voice for everyone in Food Work, irrespective of their background

  • Work with volunteers to support their activism and contributions to the mission of Food Works

  • Look after the policies and practices to keep volunteers safe, happy and engaged. 

  • Manage our administrative systems and processes, such as rotas, webforms, document templates etc.

  • Develop effective internal and external reporting, showing our impact as well as supporting management decisions.


We need a person who fits our team and mission. Specifically for this role we would like someone who is:

  • An experienced manager of both people and resources.

  • A capable organiser who can work with minimal supervision

  • Experienced in setting up and delivering training and inductions

  • A people person, someone who can relate to a wide range of people and get the best out of them.

  • Good level of IT skills, in particular with G-Suite

  • Excellent communications skills, both written and verbally

  • An understanding of legislation and policies related to volunteers (i..e safeguarding) is highly desirable 

In addition, please read ‘What it means to be a part of food works’ for more information about joining our team.