Staffing Associate

Start date: 1st November 2011
Location: Birmingham and Bolton

About The Challenge

The Challenge Network is a fast-growing social enterprise that connects and inspires people across Britain to strengthen their communities. The Challenge is a new civic service programme that brings together young people from different backgrounds, builds their confidence, and challenges them to make a difference in their local community. Our goal is to turn The Challenge into a national programme in which all sixteen year olds want to get involved. The Challenge is an intensive three week summer training programme followed by team projects carried out in the local community over several weekends in the autumn.

The Challenge Programme

We bring together sixteen year olds from across the country and challenge them to connect with people from different backgrounds, learn key skills for the workplace, and make a difference in their community. They achieve this by completing three challenges:
• The Personal Challenge: Socially mixed teams of young people bond through a week of challenging outdoor activities.
• The Team Challenge: Teams return home and use their skills to experience serving the local community.
• The Real Challenge: Teams work to design and organise activities that will bring the local community together.
Successful teams graduate from The Challenge and are directed into new volunteering and employment opportunities.

The role

The Staffing Associate will play a key role in the attraction, selection and communication with thousands of potential staff and volunteers to work on The Challenge 2012 programme as well as continuing relationships with Challenge staff alumni.

About the opportunity

The Staffing Associate’s primary responsibilities are:


Building relationships with a variety of sources of summer staff, including universities, youth charities, public sector organisations, corporates
Giving presentations to potential audiences of staff and volunteers
Attending careers fairs


Screening of applications by assigned cluster
Carrying out phone screens of and carrying out face-to-face interviews with outstanding Team Leader and Assistant Team Leader applications
Leading Team Mentor assessments, taking responsibility for delivering assessments and selecting candidates
Assisting on assessments for Practitioners, Events Officers, Logistics Officers and Project Volunteers


Dealing with enquiries from potential staff and volunteers
Informing candidates of the status of their application
Inviting candidates to interview and to assessment
Updating Evolution, our HR agency with all information regarding candidates

Working with a group of staff alumni by cluster
Inviting alumni to Challenge events
Organising staff alumni events

About you
We are looking for exceptional candidates with the following experience and characteristics:

Experience of working in a fast-paced and demanding environment
Personal and non-bureaucratic approach for managing internal and external relationships
Interest in building stronger communities and seeing change in society

Public speaking and presentation experience
Experience of managing relationships with external organisations
Experience working with diverse community groups
Knowledge of the third sector

Further details

The salary for the role will be £18,000.

Please apply by sending a CV and covering letter to [email protected] by Monday 19th September.

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