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Cheshire Connect Business Connector (Part-time 3 days per week)

Location: Cheshire West and Chester - Home Based

Salary: £26,760 pa (pro rata)

Introduction

Cheshire Connect is a registered charity that is passionate about building stronger communities by matching skills donated by local business people with charities and other voluntary organisations who will benefit from those skills.

The role of Business Connector requires a strong understanding of business principles, a good knowledge of the local community and a passion to make a positive difference.

In the role of Business Connector you will be required to source and work closely in the Cheshire West and Chester areas with charities and other organisations within the voluntary sector that may benefit from skills exchange opportunities through Cheshire Connect. This role will involve building relationships, gaining trust and encouraging charities to ‘open up’ to you so that you can identify the areas where the introduction of business skills will provide maximum reward. The role is similar to that of a consultant.

These skills will also be required when sourcing a business that is willing to engage. You will need to identify and work closely in your geographical area with businesses that might donate skills via Cheshire Connect, and you will need to ensure that you have a sufficient bank of donating businesses to meet the voluntary sector demand for our services. This will involve establishing good relationships with many local businesses, effective networking, making and building contacts and relationships at the Chamber of Commerce, the Local Authority, and other business organisations, and being available to attend networking events and workshops within the local area.

We positively encourage collaboration and sharing of best practice between Business Connectors. You will keep in touch with other Business Connectors both through regular team meetings and ad hoc informal communications. You will report regularly to Cheshire Connect’s Business Connector Coordinator and your outcomes will be measured against a set of meaningful criteria.

Skills required

Communication Skills

You will be required to present Cheshire Connect to various groups of people at networking events, hub days, and charity and business meetings. Listening to charities and businesses carefully is a key part of effectively identifying their needs. You will also be required to draft case studies and press releases on business/charity matches.

Good Organisation

Cheshire Connect registers and monitors all meetings with both the charity and the business. This is done by completing and filing various forms from registration through to evaluation of the skills exchange. You will be required to regularly update and register all associated documentation and communication on the Cheshire Connect database. Regular and accurate reporting to the Business Connector Coordinator is required so that the Management Team is able to monitor progress and provide the most relevant support to you.

Flexible

Meetings are often cancelled and / or changed at very short notice so you will need to be flexible when working with both the business and charity contacts as their requirements and commitments change.

Good Negotiator

Your role as Business Connector will require you to liaise between both parties as and when required. This can best be described as working in the capacity of a ‘marriage broker’. You will be required to negotiate the nature of assistance and support provided, the time scales involved and, on occasion, inform on areas that Cheshire Connect can’t assist with.

Key Attributes

Creative, Productive, Tenacious, Ambitious, Values-Driven, Solutions- Focused, Integrity

As a Cheshire Connect Business Connector you will be working independently within your own area so these key attributes are essential to ensure that you achieve success.

You will need to be ambitious and have the ability to ‘think outside the box’ so that you can furtherdevelop new ways of gaining business and charity interest.

Cheshire Connect is a registered charity and passionate about making a difference in the community. As a Business Connector you will represent the values of the organisation which are:

  • Collaboration – working effectively in partnership with businesses, charities and key stakeholders to develop stronger communities together;

  • Understanding – we build knowledge of our local communities and strong relationships to clearly understand how we can best direct our resources;

  • Passion - we are passionate about stimulating lasting change and stronger communities.

    Everything we do at Cheshire Connect is based on our values; collaboration, understanding and passion. We are working closely with a number of partners including the Cabinet Office where we are a member of a Steering Group to encourage volunteering and more skills exchanges in our communities. Local Government, Cheshire Constabulary, the Church and local charitable trusts are key stakeholders in Cheshire and play an important part in our work.

    If you are interested and would like to apply for this position, please email your CV and a brief covering letter clearly explaining why you would like to join our team and why you are suited to the role to: Martin Howlett, CEO Cheshire Connect, martinhowlett@cheshireconnect.org

Closing date for applications is 5th October 2018. Interviews will be held on the 9th October 2018.

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Karen Staniland-Platt