Who we are Community Rail is a unique and growing movement comprising of more than 70 community rail partnerships, (known as CRPs) and 1,000 volunteer groups across the country co-ordinated by the Community Rail Network that help communities get the most from their local railways. South Wessex CRP is one such community rail partnership. We endeavour to promote the importance of railway to our local communities and economy, with improved connectivity between our local services and the wider national rail network. Our focus is the railway line between Westbury and Weymouth, with 11stations along our route. We work alongside other local CRPs including TransWilts services in Wiltshire and Severnside (greater Bristol area services). Recently established, we have an exciting opportunity for a Partnership Officer to ensure the efficient running of the South Wessex CRP day to day activities and promotion. The role The Partnership Officer is a new role to establish and develop the way we work at South Wessex CRP. The role combines an internal and external focus. The internal focus requires you to develop and maintain systems and processes to adhere to the CRPs quality and compliance standards, in areas such as safety, finance, grant applications, procurement and, in time, people management. The external focus requires you to establish relationships with funding providers, in particular Great Western Railway, our other stakeholders, local authorities along the line. The Community Rail Network, our neighbouring Community Rail Partnerships, station groups, and rail customers, and championing what we do in the local community. You will report to the Chairman of the South Wessex CRP, who will be on hand to support you. Core duties The successful candidate will be expected to: · Manage the day-to-day administration of the CRP including the Community Interest Community (CIC) set up to manage the CRP. · Ensure compliance with governance as set out in the Terms of Reference of the CRP, the Memorandum of the CIC and other governing documents. · Work with our commercial provider to complete the setting up and ongoing management of our website and associated domain. · Set up and manage our presence on appropriate social media platforms · Organise and manage a positive and active presence on social media platforms. · Work closely with the Chairman to plan and prepare a programme of activities, projects and strategy with our partners. · Prepare and monitor the annual Activity Plan required by GWR to support core funding allocation. · Be the primary contact for the various Station Adoption group for the stations served by the CRP. · Work collaboratively with Partnership Officers in TransWilts CRP, Servernside CRP to champion the profile of the entire Heart of Wessex Line from Bristol to Weymouth. · Manage and co-ordinate meetings of the Board of the CIC and the Stakeholders of the CRP. · Represent the CRP at meetings and events on a local, regional and national level. The ideal candidate The ideal candidate likes meeting, listening and talking to all sorts of people. It is important to the CRP that strong relationships are built and maintained with external stakeholders at different levels and that we work collaboratively with them. You will have experience of developing and implementing systems and processes, with impeccable attention to detail. You will attend meetings, organise what we need to do and make sure it happens. You may have experience of working in the rail or transport industry, but this is not essential. You take pride in what you do and you are able to work independently, manage competing priorities and meet deadlines. Finally, you will be proud of the community-based activities you have been involved in and be able to tell us about the work you undertaken in this area. Interested? This is a part time role, and you will be expected to work 24 hours per week (Monday to Friday). The full-time salary range for this role is £24,000 to £28,000 per annum. The part time equivalent is £15,360 - £17,920 per annum. You will also be entitled to make use of a free rail card while on CRP business. A degree of flexibility is required to attend duties and events out of normal hours, including weekends. The role will at least initially be based from home. The South Wessex CRP service route has 11 stations. You will need to travel independently within the South Wessex CRP area as required.