JRS UK is seeking to recruit a Community Outreach Officer to support our efforts to raise awareness of the situation facing refugees and asylum seekers and the work undertaken by JRS on behalf of the Jesuits in Britain.
JRS is an international Catholic organisation, at work in 50 countries with a mission to accompany, serve and advocate for the rights of refugees and other forcibly displaced persons. In the UK, JRS works with destitute asylum seekers and those who are held in immigration detention, by offering a mix of practical and emotional support. Our office is also home to the weekly day centre and a variety of activities welcoming asylum seekers during the week. We place a high value on hospitality and relationship.
The Community Outreach Officer is a new fulltime post reporting to the Communications and Development Manager. The role will focus on outreach to the Catholic community primarily and provides an exciting opportunity for a gifted communicator to work closely with refugees and to promote JRS’ values of hospitality, compassion and participation more widely.
The postholder will plan, develop and deliver a programme of outreach aimed at parishes, Jesuit works, University Chaplaincies and Catholic Schools. They will work with other JRS staff and refugees to produce published material and digital content for presentations, drawing deeply on Church teaching and the experiences of refugees themselves. They will also lead recruitment, training and support of volunteers to build an outreach team. The role is based in the Hurtado Jesuit Centre, Wapping, but involves travel across London and wider in the UK for meetings and to give presentations. Evening and weekend work is to be expected, for which time off in lieu will be given.
The role would suit an enthusiastic self-starter with a passion for supporting refugees and asylum seekers and communicating Church teaching. Outstanding oral and written communications skills are essential, along with good organisational skills and the flexibility to respond to shifting demands. Experience of community fundraising would be ideal. The role involves working alongside refugees and volunteers from varied backgrounds, so high levels of empathy and sensitivity are required, along with real sympathy and enthusiasm for communicating the faith mission of JRS.
Duration 18 month fixed-term contract; potentially renewable
Salary £27-29 K pa; full time
Pension Additional 10% of salary of employer’s contribution
To apply for the job, please send a cover letter and CV, to email@example.com. The cover letter should detail your relevant experience and demonstrate how you meet the person specification listed in the job description. Deadline for applications is 12 noon 8 December 2017. Interviews will be held on 15 December 2017 in London. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.