Job opportunity: Join the Woodknowledge Wales team and mission
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Are you passionate about collaborative approaches as a means to drive change? Do you believe in the importance of developing and supporting strong relationships with member organisations built on trust and shared ambitions? Are you committed to improving the quality and sustainability of our natural and built environments? If so, would you like to work with us in Wales?
We’re a growing and highly motivated multi-disciplinary team. As our Membership and Communities of Practice Manager, you will help develop our membership further as well as strengthen relationships with existing member organisations across forestry and land use and the timber supply chain. You will support our communities of practice, a collaborative network of practitioners across the wood value chain. Your role in building knowledge and trust among our members is key to accelerating the just transition to a zero carbon Wales. As such, your work will be instrumental for all aspects of our ongoing and future projects from forest creation up to completed buildings.
Find out more about our current membership on our members page.
Read about our collaborative network of practitioners on our communities of practice page.
|JOB TITLE||Membership & Communities of Practice Manager|
|PURPOSE OF JOB||To manage and develop our membership and our communities of practice (CoP) and to support the Woodknowledge Wales team in delivering on its wider mission and purpose.|
|REPORTING TO||Gary Newman, Chief Executive|
|COLLABORATING WITH||Communities of Practice directorCommunities of Practice chairsCommunications manager|
|LOCATION||Cardiff Office or home-based with an expectation to travel within Wales and the borders as required by the job. This primarily relates to in-person CoP events, visits to our members and occasional in-person team meetings.|
|AREA OF WORK||Throughout Wales working with organisations in the timber supply chain from forest to end-product.|
|HOURS OF WORK||Full-time. Part-time considered. Some long days may be required from time to time including occasional overnight stays.|
|SALARY||Between £33k and £38k depending on experience|
|DURATION||Funding for this post is currently secured until 31st March 2025 with an aspiration to develop a long-term funding model for this core role.|
|HOW TO APPLY||Send your CV with a covering letter stating why you believe you are suited to the post to email@example.com|
|DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION||3rd December 2023|
|DATE & LOCATION FOR INTERVIEW||Monday 11th December 2023 – online or in Bangor, Gwynedd|
About the role
This is a pivotal role in our organisation. You are the key contact and the face of the organisation, when it comes to our members. You are coordinating requests from our team members for collaborations with our members as well as requests coming in from our members. Together with our Communications Manager you will develop member communications. In collaboration with our Chief Executive and members of the team you will work on expanding and developing our membership further.
A significant part of your role is to manage and support our communities of practice (CoPs) in collaboration with the CoP director and the CoP leads. We are currently running five such collaborative networks and are planning to establish two further CoPs over the coming 18 months. Each community has a member of our team assigned as their dedicated CoP lead. The CoP director is responsible for knowledge sharing and learning across these networks by bringing together the CoP leads in our internal ‘CoP of CoPs’.
Our CoPs gather professionals of the same trade or supply chain level around a shared challenge or opportunity. They are an essential part of our work, guiding what we focus upon as well as informing and validating outputs across our projects. This approach helps to extend impacts and accelerate shared learning within and across the supply chain.
Our CoPs are centred around practical solutions and capacity building and give members the opportunity to prototype innovative approaches together with others. Each community defines its own agenda and schedule of actions based on the needs of its members. Woodknowledge Wales ensures flow of information between CoPs, so that we can progress together.
- Membership engagement and development
- Supporting the development of our CoPs by working with the CoP leads to plan, organise, attend, potentially facilitate, and report meetings and events.
- Being able to work effectively with a diverse range of organisations in our existing CoPs (Architects and Designers, Timber Frame Manufacturers, Housing Associations, Small Timber Processors and Joinery Manufacturers) as well as helping to develop new communities in the areas of farming and forestry.
- Identifying opportunities for collaboration, innovation and change across the supply chain to demonstrate the value of participation in the CoPs, thereby helping to deliver project objectives and help deliver on Woodknowledge Wales vision and purpose.
- Being pro-active and creative in problem solving.
- Preparing progress reports and contributing to writing articles for Woodknowledge Wales newsletters and website
In addition, the successful candidate is expected to contribute to the overall mission of Woodknowledge Wales and help design, organise and participate in events such as webinars, workshops and conferences (incl. the annual WoodBUILD conference and expo)
Key abilities / experience
We are looking for someone who can work closely with a growing, independently working team of driven individuals in a flexible and supportive way across job boundaries. You must be able to engage with all relevant individuals and organisations in the supply chain from forest to construction sector. You must be able to do this in a way that promotes trust and supports the mission and purpose of Woodknowledge Wales as an independent for-public-good organisation. You must be able to communicate with humility, empathy and clarity in discussion around complex challenges to landscapes and communities posed by climate change.
- Project management
- Evidence of effective partnership working
- Thorough working knowledge of Microsoft Office
- An organised self-starter, able to manage own workload and work independently to tight time scales
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills – specifically the ability to work closely with and build trust with partner organisations
- Excellent problem-solving skills, coming up with ideas and solutions as issues arise.
- Willingness to work in a flexible way and respond to changing circumstances.
- Full, clean driving license and access to a car for travel throughout those parts of Wales where there is limited access to public transport.
- Facilitation skills. We can organise training in facilitation skills if required.
- Be up to date with changes in legislation which impact on the forestry, timber and construction supply chain.
- Understanding and experience of wider delivery of social value.
- Welsh language skills would be a plus.
About Woodknowledge Wales
Woodknowledge Wales is an independent mission driven membership alliance. We are a charitable Community Benefits Society, which is a form of cooperative that exists for the benefit of society. We are governed by a voluntary board. We aim to create and share knowledge to accelerate change. We believe that timber demand and supply can be better aligned and more purposefully driven to deliver greater climate change mitigation and biodiversity enhancement across land use and construction. We are transparent and collaborative in our approach.
We are a growing interdisciplinary team of driven individuals motivated to inspire, catalyse and accelerate the transformation to a regenerative zero carbon society through the growing of trees and the use of wood. We believe that the most effective way to do this is to build trust in the change agenda by supporting organisations involved in both timber use and supply. We seek to capture and share the knowledge gained by holding engaging events, by creating informative case studies, by developing new guidance and through inspiring communication. We support policy makers to create enabling policies and then help overcome barriers to implementation.