Project Development Manager

Let's Grow Preston

Various sites across Preston
£28,000 pa

Paid • Full Time • Fixed Term Contract

Sectors: food, farming & horticulture

Closing date: Friday, 30th March 2018  

Project Development Manager, Let's Grow Preston

Responsible to: The Board of Trustees, Let's Grow Preston

Responsible for: Part Time Community Engagement Officer, Part Time Volunteer Coordinator (not including line management responsibility), Stakeholders, Community Groups, Volunteers and Participants

Background Information

Let’s Grow Preston (LGP) is a community environmental charity that aims to create and support environmental projects and activity across Preston and the wider PR postcode in Lancashire. The charity is governed by a board of Trustees and has a strong Management Committee.

LGP has two main bases in Preston on which much of its activity is concentrated, Ashton Community Garden and Grange Community Garden.

In partnership with The Larder CIC, Let's Grow Preston has received funding through Big Lottery’s 'Help through Crisis' Project, to support local food growing activities and initiatives across Preston until February 2021.

Purpose of Post

LGP is now in a position to recruit a full time project development manager to develop the work of the charity and deliver the priorities of the HTC funding.

There is a requirement for this exciting and demanding role to be undertaken by someone who is self- motivated and proactive, with the skills to communicate across a wide range of stakeholders, work to deadlines and make positive connections.

Main Responsibilities

  1. To take an overall strategic view of the charity, that builds on the existing work of Let's Grow Preston and ultimately moves the charity forward.
  2. To promote the work of Lets Grow Preston and develop strong working relationships with stakeholders.
  3. To identify new project development opportunities that meet the aims of Let's Grow Preston and the Help through Crisis project in particular.
  4. To work with stakeholders, community groups, volunteers and participants to develop and deliver new projects and programmes of activity.
  5. To produce and update Let's Grow Preston's Business Plan, under the direction of the Charity's Trustees and Management Committee, with the aim of largely achieving the sustainability of the organisation by 2021.
  6. To provide a quarterly report to Trustees on the progress on the charity, highlighting any significant issues or areas of concern.
  7. To represent LGP at regular partnership meetings with 'The Larder' and adhere to the terms and conditions of the Big Lottery HTC grant.
  8. To attend monthly meetings of Let's Grow Preston's Management Committee and Member Network
  9. To establish and maintain robust evaluation systems for the work of the charity and its projects against specific indicators.
  10. To establish and maintain robust health and safety procedures, policies and working practices to support the work of the charity, including keeping of relevant records.
  11. To be responsible for ensuring that the necessary financial and other resources are available for all projects and activities carried out by LGP.
  12. To identify and apply for strategic and project funding to support the work and activities of Let's Grow Preston.
  13. To explore ways in which local businesses can be involved and link with LGP to promote corporate involvement and support going forward.
  14. To help keep the sites at Ashton Walled Community Garden and Grange Community gardens clean and tidy including the office spaces and other buildings.
  15. Any other duties commensurate with the post.

Person Specification

This section details the experience, skills, knowledge and personal qualities required for the post.


  • Degree or significant equivalent experience
  • Minimum 3 years’ experience in community engagement, project management and co-ordination
  • Experience in partnership working with a diverse range of audiences
  • Experience of dealing directly with members of the public
  • High level of IT competency
  • Experience of applying for and securing grant funding of four figures and over
  • Excellent leadership, management and negotiating skills and experience of influencing others from a diverse range of backgrounds
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Excellent organizational and administrative skills. Flexible and able to adapt to changing needs and circumstances
  • Excellent written, presentational and promotional skills, including the use of social media
  • Project / activity development, exploring new and innovative ways to meet the aims of Lets Grow Preston
  • Commitment to the work of the Let's Grow Preston and its volunteer work, and belief in community empowerment
  • High levels of enthusiasm, self-motivation and confidence
  • Ability to develop working relationships with a wide range of people, including politicians and people of influence
  • Empathy with the issues that might be faced by different local communities
  • Ability to remain calm, use tact and diplomacy, and instigate resulting positive action
  • Demonstrates a commitment to and understanding of equal opportunities, the elimination of discrimination and the empowerment of individuals and groups.


  • Previous organisational management experience
  • Previous experience in delivering horticulture and growing projects
  • Experience of public speaking, delivering presentations and meeting facilitation
  • Knowledge of local communities within Preston and the PR postcode

General Terms and Conditions

Salary: £28,000 per annum

Duration of post: This post is offered until 28th February, 2021

Pension: Full details will be provided.

Hours of Work: Full Time 37½ hours per week. Overtime is not paid but time off in lieu may be taken, where appropriate, as the post may involve some evening or weekend working.

Probationary Period: The post is subject to a probationary period of 6 months, in which time the employee is expected to demonstrate their suitability for the post.

DBS: Because this work involves regular contact with children, young people and vulnerable adults, an enhanced DBS check will be required.

Holidays: 25 days p.a. plus 3 occasional days

Place of work: Ashton Community Garden, Grange Community Garden and various community sites across Preston and the PR postcode.

Other: A full driving licence and access to your own transport is essential for this position.

Let's Grow Preston operates a no smoking policy in all its offices, is an equal opportunities employer and is positive about disabled people.

Interested applicants should respond with a CV and covering letter demonstrating their suitability for the post here.

Closing date: Friday 30th March 2018

Interviews: Week commencing 9th April 2018

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