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Social Inclusion and VCS Partnerships Manager
  • Employer: Reading Borough Council
  • Reference: CRS/22/196404
  • Published: Thu 19/05/2022, 10:05 AM
  • Closing on: Sun 05/06/2022, 10:05 AM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 37 hours per week
  • Salary: £55,838 - £60,005
  • DBS Check: No
  • Location: Reading, Berkshire

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Social Inclusion and VCS Partnerships Manager

Social Inclusion and VCS Partnerships Manager


Full time 37 hours

Ref: RES0306

RG10 – scp 50-53

£55,838 - £60,005


The role of the Social Inclusion and VCS Partnerships Manager is to lead and develop the Council’s relationship with key partners including the Voluntary and Community Sector (“VCS”), other public sector organisations and local businesses with a focus on delivery of positive outcomes for local people in the more deprived areas of the Borough.

The post holder will work with the VCS and other stakeholders to shape the Council’s Social Inclusion agenda and deliver a programme of work to facilitate increased capacity and resilience within the VCS and address the underlying causes of exclusion.

We seek the best talent from the widest pool of people as diversity and inclusion is the key to our success. Reading Borough Council is a Disability Confident Employer and is committed to the recruitment and continued employment of people with disabilities.

About the role

Reporting to the Data Intelligence and Policy Manager, the role will develop a comprehensive understanding of the VCS, its service offers and touch points with across the Council.  You will provide a principal point of contact for the VCS and ensure that the Council’s work with the sector is coordinated and aligned.

Main duties and responsibilities

  • Strategic leadership needed to develop the Council's positive and productive relationship with the VCS and other partners
  • Design and deliver an action plan to implement the recommendations of a review of the Council’s relationship with the VCS
  • Coordinate the development and implementation of the Council’s Social Inclusion Strategy and priorities
  • Provide a first point of contact for the VCS and other partners, facilitating dialogue to identify and maximise joint working and funding opportunities
  • Work with the sector to identify and communicate funding opportunities to the sector and support and enable the efficacy of the sector’s bidding

You’ll be part of a team that relies on each individual to play their part to the best of their ability. As well as the colleagues that you work closely with every day, you’ll also be part of Team Reading, playing your personal part in making Reading a successful and vibrant place. Our vision is to ensure that Reading realises its potential as a great place to live, work and play, and that everyone shares the benefits of this success. Our values and behaviours guide how we will achieve this:

Work Together as one team - champion and inspire a culture which ensures that all employees across the organisation work together to provide excellent outcomes for Reading

Drive Efficiency - create an environment in which resources are used efficiently and employees’ skills are developed and used effectively

Be Ambitious - aspire to deliver excellence and inspire and support others to reach their potential

Make a Difference to Reading - inspire a culture in which the customer is the focus and where change is welcomed as an opportunity

About you

The following experience is required for this role:

  • Educated to degree level in relevant discipline, or equivalent industry experience
  • Expert knowledge of the VCS and Local Government
  • Competent at establishing and managing cross sector strategic partnerships
  • Delivering coproduced outcomes which have added greater value to communities
  • Proactive and effective stakeholder engagement, consultation, and management
  • Effective communications at strategic and community level.
  • Financial and budget management
  • Contract and performance management
  • Working within a political environment

 Our offer

We offer a supportive environment to grow and develop your career with the opportunity to put your ideas across. Innovation and ambition is strongly encouraged, and you’ll get a great feel for that working in our friendly and collaborative environment.

A competitive salary alongside a range of benefits including:

  • Generous holiday entitlement - 24 days holiday each year plus bank holidays - rising to 32 days after 10 years' service, with the option to buy additional leave
  • A wide range of flexible working opportunities 
  • Modern working environment at the Civic Offices in the heart of Reading
  • Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS)
  • Life Assurance - three times your annual salary (for members of the LGPS)
  • On-site day nursery (Kennet Day nursery) rated outstanding by Ofsted, and a salary sacrifice scheme to help lower the cost of your nursery fees
  • Season Ticket Loan - to help with the cost of your rail/ bus journey, to & from work
  • Lease car salary sacrifice scheme allowing you to lease a brand new, greener car for three years.  The monthly fee includes insurance, servicing and road tax

For more information on this position please contact  

Closing Date: 5th June

Interview Date: TBA

Please note that the closing date is given as a guide. We reserve the right to close this vacancy once a sufficient number of applications has been received. Therefore, it is strongly advised that you complete and return your application as soon as possible to avoid disappointment