Infrastructure Development Officer

CVS South Gloucestershire
26,000 pro rata
Contract Type: 
Part Time
14 hours per week including some evening and weekend working
Contract Details: 
Fixed to 31.03.2021 (continuation subject to funding contract extension/renewal)
Details of Role: 

Mission of CVS South Gloucestershire


To support, develop and represent voluntary, community, and social action in South Gloucestershire.



Job Purpose


The purpose of this post is to provide Organisational development support to voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations that operate in South Gloucestershire.


The postholder is responsible for helping develop a strong VCSE within South Gloucestershire which; 


  • Is actively engaged in influencing the development of policy, plans and strategies that have an impact on their organisations and beneficiaries
  • Has a broad range of providers, able to fulfil their missions effectively including collaborating with others
  • Promotes and manages volunteers and staff, according to the need
  • Has in place longer term plans and sustainable funding strategies

To help deliver the CVS South Gloucestershire vision of a thriving, independent, diverse, innovative, and resilient VCSE sector providing high quality services and making a positive difference to people’s lives.


This will involve working with a range of partners particularly Southern Brooks Community Partnerships, South Gloucestershire Volunteer Centres, Parish and Town Councils, South Gloucestershire Council and VCSE groups that operate within South Gloucestershire. 



Key tasks


Duties and responsibilities


  1. To provide information and support to VCSE organisations, including good governance advice, Safeguarding, Equalities, more complex legal structures, general support to develop organisations and funding advice.


  1. Undertake ‘Health Checks’ for organisations and work towards meeting the CVS South Gloucestershire Membership Standards in consultation with the Business Support Officer.


  1. To provide practical advice and support to enable VCSE organisations in South Gloucestershire to run effectively and to develop.


  1. To help maintain the new CVS South Gloucestershire database with information regarding groups, contact details, support received and required.


  1. To provide tailored information services to the VCSE sector liaising with Business Support Officer whom is responsible for the CVS information services, ensuring that organisations in the area are provided the information they need.


  1. To work with the Volunteer Centres to support VCSE organisations in South Gloucestershire to have access to volunteers and offer high quality volunteering opportunities.


  1. To facilitate the Compact Implementation Group (CIG) meeting and prepare minutes for circulation and agreement.


  1. To attend the Community Cohesion Steering Group meetings, facilitated by Southern Brooks.


  1. To facilitate the Equalities Voice Forum meetings and prepare minutes for circulation and agreement.


  1. To facilitate SGREN including administrative support and capacity-building as required.

South Gloucestershire developments


  1.  To work with CVS Chief Executive Officer to ensure that the voice of small groups operating in the locality are heard through the South Gloucestershire VCSE Leaders Board and other local forums.


  1.  To attend South Gloucestershire Council Community Engagement Forums as appropriate and to work to ensure that VCSE organisations in the area are involved in development and delivery of activities.


  1.  To identify and apply for funding in liaison with CVS Chief Executive Officer.


  1.  To maintain record of service support and undertake service monitoring and evaluation. Proving quarterly monitoring reports for the CVS Chief Executive Officer.





  1.  To promote good practice in equal opportunities, safeguarding, environment, data protection and other key policy areas and to promote the South Gloucestershire Compact to VCSE organisations in the locality.


  1.  Undertake a range of tasks as they relate to the work of the post as necessary.


  1.  Undertake training to improve and develop skills and ability to do the job as identified and agreed with the Chief Executive Officer.


  1.  To ensure services are provided with equalities best practice within the framework of confidentiality and GDPR, and in-line with CVS South Gloucestershire’s policies and practice.


  1.  Liaise with the Finance Manager and Business Support Officer to undertake support with CVS Members as required.


  1.  Liaise with Business Support Officer in developing the membership of CVS South Gloucestershire and help to support organisations to become members.








Experience and qualifications





  • Experience of providing organisations development support services for VCSE Organisations
  • Understanding of the organisational development and support needs of VCSE Organisations
  • Understanding of the current challenges faced by VCSE organisations
  • Proven experience of successful fundraising from a range of sources – grants; trusts; public and private sector
  • Experience of support to groups regarding Governance and organisational good practice within the VCSE sector
  • Ability to demonstrate a detailed understanding of equalities legislation and good practice
  • Ability to work on own initiative and organise work schedules to meet deadlines, anticipate requirements and deal with situations as they arise
  • Experience of building effective working relationships with a range of stakeholders and partners
  • Effective communication skills with people at all levels of seniority and from all backgrounds
  • Effective presentation skills and ability to tailor to a wider range of audiences
  • Ability to use information technology and experience of using Microsoft office suite of programmes including; Microsoft 365, Sharepoint, Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint, and CRM systems
  • Flexible and adaptable to current climate and business needs.
  • Ability to travel around South Gloucestershire to attend meetings and events. This will usually mean that candidates will have a current driving licence and access to own transport
  • Willingness and ability to work some evenings and occasional weekends if required.




  • Knowledge of the South Gloucestershire VCSE sector and the local public sector.
  • Experience of using Survey Monkey, digital meeting platforms including Teams & Zoom, website software-packages and Mailchimp


Closing Date: 
Wednesday, 22 July, 2020 - 20:30
How to Apply: 

Complete the application pack and email with a covering letter to

Contact Person: 
Tara Price, Business Support Officer
Contact Email:
Contact Phone: 
Postal Address: 
CVS SG Poole Court Drive Poole Court Yate BS37 5PP