Who we are
The WEA is a unique charity and the UK’s largest voluntary sector provider of adult education. With a clear vision and a strong social purpose, we bring great teaching to local communities, with life-changing courses held in clubs, pubs, workplaces, schools and almost anywhere else you can think of. Since 1903, we have been giving disadvantaged people the opportunity to return to learning – inspiring them to realise their full potential and become active, engaged citizens. We see education as a tool for social justice, not just self-improvement, and we pride ourselves on making learning egalitarian and accessible. Volunteers play a central role in everything we do, from governance through to classroom support, helping us deliver courses to 50,000 people in 2,300 locations – and enabling us to reach 80% of the population.
About the role
The successful candidate will be responsible for taking strategic responsibility for shaping the key role that volunteering plays in the delivery of WEA adult education that is within reach of local communities. You will ensure volunteers are recruited, appointed, inducted, developed, trained, supported and rewarded in such a way as to increase the growth and outstanding quality of WEA provision, whilst having a highly rewarding volunteering experience. You will take the lead on Lead Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) volunteer project initiatives and contribute to fundraising for additional volunteering projects, liaising and working with the Business Development and Educational teams. The role will work closely with key stakeholders including the Education Directorate, HR, Governance, and Volunteer Organisers in regions, Council, Regional Committees and Branches. The role builds on a long history of volunteering in the WEA and will shape the offer to remain relevant to a new generation of students and volunteers.
Ideally you will have a recognised qualification in an education or not-for-profit at post graduate level and will be able to evidence significant experience of volunteer engagement, empowerment and development. You will demonstrate a good understanding of the principles and best practice of successful volunteering, including recruitment, retention, recognition, engagement and management and will have experience of evaluating volunteer activities and projects.
To apply, please send your CV and covering letter stating why you think you meet the criteria for the role to firstname.lastname@example.org