The Countryside Alliance Foundation (TCAF)

The Countryside Alliance Foundation is a registered charity which aims to help adults and children alike make the most of the incredible remedial and educational benefits of being involved in the natural environment. By introducing people to the delights of rural Britain we hope to inspire them to become passionate about the countryside whilst helping to protect the natural environment.

TCAF’s current projects are Fishing for Schools and Falconry for Schools, helping school children (particularly disadvantaged and SEN children) re-engage with learning and the environment, and Casting for Recovery, providing outdoor therapy for woman who have, or have had, breast cancer.

Opportunity

Fishing for Schools, is an angling educational programme delivered by TCAF that has over 12 years’ experience of working with disadvantaged young people across England and Wales.  Fishing for Schools helps young people build confidence, develop life skills and re-engage with learning.  Over 3,000 children and young people from more than 110 schools across 30 counties in England and Wales have benefitted from learning outdoors and connecting with nature through Fishing for Schools.

Fishing for Schools has steadily grown and now works with 30+ schools annually.  With considerable demand and our growing presence in the angling education field, this has presented an opportunity for a new role to support the delivery of the programme. 

The role is offered at two days per week with flexible working offered.

Key responsibilities

Based in our offices in Vauxhall, London and reporting to the Finance Director, the Fishing for Schools Administrator is responsible for:

  • Providing efficient administrative support to the Director of Fishing for Schools.
  • Point of contact for enquiries from the general public, staff, schools, coaches and volunteers, by telephone and email. 
  • Maintaining office systems and keeping accurate and timely records of participating schools and course data.  Contacting schools/coaches for post course data and evaluation. 
  • Providing support and responding to enquiries for the Fishing for Schools annual programme:
    • Contacting schools prior and during the annual programme application window;
    • Co-ordinating the schools panel meeting including shortlisting packs to panel members
    • Preparing letters to successful and unsuccessful schools.
    • Maintaining master list of successful schools: including session dates, and post course monitoring forms
    • Chasing schools/coaches for outstanding paperwork.
  • Compiling Fishing for Schools E-newsletter. Collating content and news for Fishing for Schools webpage and social media.
  • Supporting Fishing for Schools events including Champions Awards.
  • Increasing awareness of Fishing for Schools: promotion to schools and the general public.  Updating and distributing marketing materials including leaflet, school packs, course certificates.
  • Review and improve processes such as course evaluations, lesson plans, follow-ups with schools.
  • Any other duties that may be required for the role.
  • Assist with the delivery of fundraising activities

Personal specification

  • Well-organised and highly motivated.
  • Proven experience as a proactive, hands-on administrator, flexible and adaptable.
  • Proficient at Word, email (Outlook), Excel, PowerPoint, social media platforms, web literacy
  • Good written and spoken English.
  • Personable, able to communicate clearly and to build excellent relationships with a variety of people and organisations.
  • Self starter, willing to identify, develop and create opportunities

Desirable

  • Relevant experience such as education or charity sector

Salary and benefits

Competitive salary with company pension, generous holiday and other benefits.  Flexible working offered.

Please submit your CV and covering letter by email to fishing@ca-foundation.org.

The closing date is for applications is 10 March 2020.

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