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Operations Officer

Can your organisational and digital skills help our small team to bring about a big social change for children, communities and streets? If you’re practical, accurate, professional, problem-solving, resourceful and supportive, read on!

Based in Bristol

2 year contract initially

4 days / week

£20-£23,000 pro-rata, plus generous holiday

About Playing Out

Playing Out is a small, Bristol-based social change organisation with a national reach. Our vision is that children across the UK have freedom to play out and get around the streets and open spaces where they live – to be healthy, happy and part of their communities.

Playing Out began with a creative action by neighbours on one Bristol street in 2009. We are now a small but influential Community Interest Company, leading a national and international movement for change.

Our main work is promoting and supporting the resident-led ‘temporary play street’ model which has so far been taken up by over 1,000 street communities and 80 local authorities across the UK. We are now at a point of significant growth in communities and councils coming on board.

Over the next couple of years, we will be particularly focussing on how playing out can bring diverse communities together and benefit children in the most disadvantaged areas. We also work in all kinds of creative ways to shift thinking and policy about children, streets and cities.

About the Role

This is a great opportunity for someone very pragmatic, tech savvy, organised and good at problem solving to play a key supporting role within an innovative, fast-paced, change-making organisation punching above its weight.

This role will support all of our external play streets, campaigning and creative work through efficient, practical, administrative and technical/digital support, enabling our small team to bring about the greatest possible impact. There will also be opportunity to work on various projects and get out and about occasionally.

This role requires a positive attitude and a flexible approach; to be willing and able to take on a wide variety of tasks, from co-organising events to keeping track of our impact, to doing day-to-day social media. There is also the potential for this role to grow with the person and for there to be more responsibility as it develops.

Our small team works in a dynamic and flexible way, with a shared office space and opportunity for home working.

Recruitment process

Playing Out positively welcomes, and is seeking to ensure we achieve, diversity in our workforce and that all job applicants and employees receive equal and fair treatment, regardless of age, race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, disability or nationality. We particularly encourage applications from visible minority ethnic candidates as they are currently under-represented in the organisation.

If you would like to be part of bringing about a deep social change for children, communities and streets – and think you fit the bill for this post – please return an application form, with reference to the full job description and person specification, together with a covering letter/email to: alice@playingout.net

Download full job description HERE

Download application form and guidelines HERE

Deadline for applications is 12 noon, Wednesday 15th July.

Please email Alice if you have any questions.

Interviews are scheduled for Thursday 23rd and Friday 24th July, with the job to start in September.

Playing Out, June 2020.