Job vacancy: Engagement and Equality Lead (Voluntary Action Sheffield)

Job Description

Job title:                                        Engagement and Equality Lead

Salary grade:                                £27,500 per annum (initially 6 months fixed term, subject to funding)

Hours:                                            28 hours per week. The post may include occasional evening & weekend work, for which time off in lieu will be given.

Responsible to:                           Head of Business Development

Responsible for:                        n/a

Internal liaisons:                       Chief Executive, Head of Partnerships, Head of Volunteering, Supporting Organisations team, including development officers, Communications and Marketing officer, Move More Empowered Communities Project Lead, Social Prescribing Development Officer, COVID hubs network coordinator

External liaisons:                       Voluntary and community sector leaders and organisations, Community Services Managers, Commissioning leads from Sheffield City Council and Sheffield CCG, GPs, Healthwatch

Main Aims

  1. Lead on effective outreach to all Civil Society organisations and groups, in a diverse range of communities, focussing efforts in building relationships of trust and delivering effective support to increase accessibility of VAS support and services.
  • Build VAS’ intelligence and data to underpin our understanding of assets and needs in all communities. 
  • Work alongside civil society organisations to understand the services and interventions that are most needed to address the strategic economic and health challenges faced in Sheffield.
  • Use knowledge and understanding of community organisations to influence internal and external system change and support partnership development between system leads and civil society around key points of leverage to tackle inequality.
  • Contribute to the wider development and delivery of VAS’s organisational action plan to become an anti-racist organisation.

Main Tasks

  1. Develop, manage and monitor VAS’ anti-racist action plan in relation to supporting civil society organisations in the city:
  1. Lead on outreach and consultation with Civil society organisations, with a concerted effort to identify small and emerging community-led groups. Consult with organisations to gain insight and feedback on what support is needed and how to engage more effectively.
  • Follow-up on consultation with service re-design plans in consultation with the wider cross-team of development, health and wellbeing and Volunteer centre in VAS. 
  • Understand the ‘base-line’ of the organisations and communities with which VAS are currently engaged: Reviewing the data and intelligence on support in last 3 years; undertake analysis of accessibility and impact particularly through prism of community–led organisations and diversity of beneficiaries; support given by VAS and known outcomes.  Create a map of organisations with which VAS are engaged across the city. 
Explore and implement different mechanisms to ensure the evolving VAS network pro-actively includes all community-led organisations and engages with the diversity of issues raised by network members.Produce timely communications in accessible formatsEnsure effective sharing of learning and best practice across the networkManage relationships between project funders, civil society organisations and other stakeholders.
Developing learning and networking opportunities for VCS front line staff and volunteers involved in supporting communities.


  • Actively developing the organisations Anti-racism action plan both in terms of external engagement, representation and impact internal culture, approach and delivery.
  • Identifying the need for the third sector to be heard and involved in decision-making.
  • Promoting the work of civil society to all stakeholders.
  • Promoting the work of Voluntary Action Sheffield to partners and external organisations.
  • Promoting the organisation’s Equal Opportunity and Diversity policies and practices in all aspects of service delivery.
  • Promoting the values of Voluntary Action Sheffield.
  • Any other reasonable tasks as required by your Line Manager.
  • Working within and promoting the policies and procedures laid down by VAS.

Person Specification  Engagement and Equality Lead

CriteriaEssential/ Desirable (E/D)
CommunicationExcellent verbal and written communication skills: able to influence and negotiate with all stakeholders. E   Excellent facilitation and coaching skills- working alongside people not ‘doing for’ but ‘doing with’. E   Experience of delivering peer learning support. D  
Professional knowledge and experienceExperience of supporting/ working in the voluntary sector and understanding the challenges experienced by civil society organisations. E   Understanding of the challenges around building trust, partnership development and working with diverse communities. E   Experience of cross-sector partnership working, and working in communities with a wide range of complex needs. E  
Programme and project managementExcellent discipline and project planning skills to support and develop a range of partnerships and networks. E   Ability to lead and influence staff and volunteers in cultural change. E      
MotivationA passion for creating health and wealth in communities and reducing inequalities across Sheffield. E   A creative self-starter who is inspired by a wide range of references and is keen to develop and apply their skills with the voluntary and community sector. E  
Personal Attributes  Ability to assert influence with stakeholders from a range of busy and diverse organisations. E     Sensitive and compassionate leadership skills including the ability to make a team feel valued, motivated and supported whilst ensuring clear lines of accountability. E   The ability to identify issues/challenges early and develop innovative solutions. E   A commitment to meaningful co-production in all aspects of service design and improvement. E   Committed to personal learning and development. D  
Data and Information TechnologyUnderstanding of the qualitative and quantitative data required to demonstrate impact and the challenges in implementing a shared set of measures across different organisations. E   Willing to learn and embrace new technology and applications in everything you do. E