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Christmas Toys and Teens Project Manager needed

Coordination / Projects volunteer needed for Reading Family Aid

Are you a recently retired Project Manager? We have just the role for you!

Each year we organise a huge Toy Appeal in Reading called ‘Toys & Teens’. Thousands of toys are donated by members of the public. Various agencies are invited to request toys on behalf of families they support.

In a week in early December, the toys are collected together in a Church Hall, sorted and distributed to disadvantaged families in the Reading area.

This is a major project which involves the whole committee. The Project runs mainly from June to December although this role is really an all year-round role.

We are looking for someone to gradually take on the management of the project.

The role involves the usual project management responsibilities and would also require you to oversee the Toy Project Week work of Collecting, Sorting, Packing and Delivery the Toys.

Additionally there is some more technical work which ideally you would also take on:
– We have a small computer system that helps us process the Requests and manage the actual packing and delivery of the toys. You would be expected to work with the developer to define and test any system changes and also carry out the Request Load and production of the necessary
– Be responsible for the loading of the Requests in to the system, produce the necessary documents for managing the packing and to actually manage the packing during the Toy Project Week.

You must have excellent organisational, interpersonal and computer skills – you must be really comfortable using email, internet, Word and Excel and computer file and programme handling, testing and running. you must be meticulous!

It will take 3-5 days of your time each month from January to August, but from September to Christmas, it will take at least 2-3 days each week. And during the Toy Project week in early December (Dec 3-7, 2018) you will be expected to be there all day, every day.

It would suit a recently retired IT Project Manager or IT proficient Project Manager from another field.

Full training will be given and a gradual handover from the existing Toy Project Manager is envisaged. It is anticipated that this year you would be assisting and be fully responsible from January 2019. You would be expected to hold this role for a few years.

Organisation
Contact person firstname
Ruth Perkins , Vice Chair
Lastname
Contact person's position
Their phone number?
01189470305
Contact instructions?
Please email us giving information about yourself and any relevant volunteering.

Location description
Reading and District
Wheelchair accessible?
Not specified
Car parking for the volunteer?
Not specified
Secure bicycle parking?
Not specified
Near public transport?
Not specified
How much time?
Part-time
What times and days of the week?
Mon AMMon PMMon EVETue AMTue PMTue EVEWed AMWed PMWed EVEThu AMThu PMThu EVEFri AMFri PMFri EVESat AMSat PMSat EVESun AMSun PMSun EVE
Availability required
Any of these times
Additional timing details
Additionally we have committee meetings on the first Thursday of each month from 7.30PM to 9.30PM in the town centre.
Task type?
Coordination / Projects
Will suit someone like this:
Prefers a specific roleSelf organised/motivatedHappy to work soloKeen learnerPrecise and methodicalLeader
Post suitable for supported volunteering?
Not specified
Is training given?
Yes
Training description
Hands on training during this year with the existing Toy Project Manager
Is support given?
Yes
Description of support
Over the next couple of years the existing Toy Project Manager will provide help and support.
Are expenses paid?
Yes
Description of expenses
Any valid out of pocket expenses will be re-imbursed
Will I need my own transportation?
No
Will the volunteer be CRB or DBS checked?
No
Are references required?
Yes
Will there be an interview?
Yes
Are they properly insured?
Yes
Minimum age
21
Do they need a specific gender?
No
How many volunteers needed?
1
Opportunity added on
29 March 2018

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