Local Programme Officer - Leicestershire


Fixed-term contract until end of May 2022 with a potential further contract until May 2024

Candidate must be based in Leicestershire or within close travelling distance

Full UK driving licence required

About our organisation

The Soil Association, formed in 1946, is the only UK charity which works across the spectrum of human health, the environment and animal welfare. That’s because we cannot tackle these issues in isolation.

We campaign for change, we support farming innovation, we serve healthy food in communities, we support and grow the organic market and we protect forests. We couldn't do any of this without our supporters, partners, donors, and dedicated staff. We make a difference in the world where it’s needed the most.

About the opportunity

If you are passionate about building a healthier and more sustainable food culture for children and communities in Leicestershire this is the role for you. Leicestershire Council’s Public Health department commission Soil Association Food for Life (FFL) to deliver the Food for Life programme in schools and across the wider community and this whole setting awards model is leading a cultural food change across the county

The programme provides skills, knowledge, and confidence to lead healthy food behaviours and practices across a range of people and organisations including and school staff, caterers, farmers and food producers, children their families and communities. Working on this established programme we are looking for a Local Programme Officer to support the existing local team to deliver our programme to create a healthy food culture around schools.

About you

As Local Programme Officer you will need to bring experience of least one of the following organisations/settings:

schools (preferably primary)
food service and/or catering companies, preferably coordinating or delivering projects with a food and/or health focus.

You will also have great communication and interpersonal skills with an ability to create extensive links within the locality and ensure excellent communications with a wide range of stakeholders from a variety of backgrounds. You will have a working knowledge of digital communications and utilising various social media platforms to build profile and engagement to Food for Life locally. In addition, you will need be well organised, self-motivated and have a passion for the aims and objectives of the Soil Association and Food for Life.

Commitment to Safeguarding

The Soil Association and FFL are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all children, young people, and vulnerable adults that we work with. In accordance with this commitment we ensure that we follow a thorough and safe recruitment and selection process for all roles that work with children. This includes checking against the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) where appropriate. Please note that if you are successful in your application to the role any offer of employment will be subject to a satisfactory DBS check.

Important dates

Interviews are expected to take place: online, Thursday 22nd July 2021

How to apply:

Visit our website to submit your application form. Please note we look at applications on arrival and reserve the right to close this vacancy early. Please check your junk/spam folder if you do not receive a confirmation email upon submitting your application. Correspondence regarding your application will be sent through Hireful, our applicant tracking system, so please mark this as a safe sender. All candidates will subsequently receive an email from Hireful to confirm whether they have made it through to interview stage. For any queries, please contact recruitment@soilassociation.org Please note we do not accept CVs or Cover Letters. We know the value of diversity in nature and want it in our organisation. We recognize that diverse backgrounds and experiences will bring a fresh perspective to our work. If you're not sure about applying, please get in touch with us for a chat. Thank you for your interest in supporting our work at the Soil Association.

  • Closing Date:
  • Thursday, 8 July, 2021 - 23:45

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