Head of Volunteering

Reference number: 43071

Title: Head of Volunteering

Hours: Between 30 and 37.5 hours per week

Location: Selly Oak, Birmingham

Contract type: Permanent

Closing date: Sunday 3 February 2019

Salary: £38,941 -£40,623 per annum pro rata

Interview date: Thursday 14 February 2019

To start: To be discussed at interview

Job advert:

About the role

We have a fantastic opportunity for a dynamic individual to lead our Volunteering Team at Sense. In this pivotal role, you will be responsible for developing and delivering a new strategy to enhance and extend the impact that volunteers make across Sense.

We already work with 2,000 volunteers each year in England, Wales and Northern Ireland – they make a huge and varied contribution to our work – from shops and fundraising to roles across our projects, teams and services working directly with the people we support. You can find out more about our current activities here!

As Head of Volunteering, you will be responsible for driving change as we enter our new strategic period. You’ll work collaboratively with teams to pilot roles in areas new to working with volunteers, support colleagues to scale currently successful programmes, embed the systems and resources which ensure a consistently high quality, person centred experience for everyone involved, and ensure the achievements of volunteers and the difference they make are widely recognised and celebrated.

This role is based in our new purpose built Centre TouchBase Pears which is in easy reach of Birmingham City Centre and conveniently located next door to Selly Oak Train Station.

About you 

A highly effective and experienced leader of volunteering, you’ll have a strong track record in delivering large scale, high quality volunteering activities across varied projects, services and areas.

You will be passionate and knowledgeable about how volunteers make a difference to individuals, services and communities and you’ll convey with authenticity and clarity the case for their involvement and the steps needed to do this to the very highest standards of practice and with the very best outcomes.

An exceptional communicator, you’ll thrive on working collaboratively with diverse individuals and teams and to building relationships and partnerships with individuals, families, colleagues and communities. 

You’ll be ready to take on the challenge of leading a national organisation to the next stage of development in this area, and to share and act on your vision for how volunteers can make an even greater contribution.

For an informal discussion about this role, please contact Eleanor Coker, Head of Volunteering, eleanor.coker@sense.org.uk  

About us

For everyone living with complex disabilities. For everyone who is deafblind. Sense is here to help people communicate and experience the world.

We believe that no one, no matter how complex their disabilities, should be isolated, left out, or unable to fulfil their potential.

Sense has a proven record of offering high quality, pioneering services.

Working at Sense can be incredibly rewarding; we offer the opportunity to work in a large, diverse and successful charity where people can develop their skills, knowledge and careers in a supportive and flexible environment. In addition we have excellent training and development, the opportunity for you to join our Group Personal Pension scheme and a generous annual leave entitlement.

To apply

Please use the link below to complete your application. Managers will use your application to shortlist candidates in relation to the Personal Specification; therefore it is very important you complete this section thoroughly.  We would recommend that you read the candidate guidelines and job description (found at the base of this advert) before applying.

If you are a disabled candidate and require a hard copy pack or a different format for example large print, Braille or audio please contact the HR department on 0121 415 6735 or textphone 0121 415 2720.

Sense is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of vulnerable children and adults and expects all employees to share this commitment. Therefore all offers of employment, where appropriate, are subject to an enhanced DBS check.

Sense is an Equal Opportunities Employer and is committed to ensuring that all staff are motivated, skilled and rewarded by their work.


Job description: Download the job description

Candidate guidelines: Download the candidate guidelines

Additional documentation: Download the additional documentation

Related links

Who Sense supports

More about Sense, it's visions and values

Sense's People Strategy

Sense's People Strategy (Accessible)