SHARE – A Library of Things 

Our most recent group of apprentices is currently setting up “Share – a library of things” in a shop on the hight street in Frome, due to open April 30th. We are recruiting for a freelance manager who will take over the running of SHARE from our apprentices.  The Job description is below. Application deadline is Monday, April 20th, interviews will be held on Wednesday, April 22nd.  The handover / start date is Thursday 30th of April.

To apply, please email your CV and a cover letter outlining why you are interested and what you could bring to the position to Johannes Moeller: [email protected]

For more information on the project, please visit the SHARE facebook page: www.facebook.com/sharealot

Share Manager Job description

Flexible, free-lance contract with Edventure Frome.

Salary: £ 8/hr

Hours of Work: 21 hours per week

Start date: April 30th, 2015.

Days of work: flexible, between Wednesdays and Saturdays during shop opening hours (tbc).

Responsible to: Energy and Recycling Officer, Frome Town Council

The purpose of the role

  • The shop manager will have direct responsibility for managing the Share Shop. This will include day to day running of the shop, recruiting and managing volunteers, recruiting and dealing with members, accounting and managing the shop’s budget and income and promotion. The shop is being set up to:
  • Promote and develop the sharing economy in Frome, i.e. increase the number of items shared and people participating
  • Reduce embodied carbon and waste
  • Increase community cohesion through members getting to know one another / supporting each other through sharing resources
  • Increase access for all, especially those on lower incomes, to a range of quality items
  • Promote repair and re-use where possible
  • Develop a replicable, sustainable model which other towns can follow
  • Success will be measured by the extent to which the job has enabled the project to meet these objectives.

Background

SHARE has been set up by Frome Town Council and Edventure, working in partnership with other organisations such as Sustainable Frome and the Cheese and Grain. The shop is a pilot and the terms of the lease mean that we can be asked to vacate the premises with a month’s notice. Experience of charity leases elsewhere indicates this doesn’t often happen but this eventuality needs to be incorporated into the design of the project i.e. it needs to be easily transferrable – physically and or virtually (i.e. through sharing platforms such as Streetbank).

Main responsibilities and key tasks

The Shop Manager will be responsible for:

Staffing the shop

1. Recruiting and managing volunteers to ensure the shop can be open at least three days a week

2. Ensuring that health and safety policies are in place to protect all staff and volunteers

Recruiting members

3. Promoting the shop to ensure the shop is well used and provides a useful service for those that need it most

4. Ensure that members are logged, provided with relevant information and sign appropriate forms

Stock management

5. Ensure that the shop has a wide range of useful items available for hire at all times.

6. Promote the shop to ensure new items are donated

7. Ensure items are in good working order (and PAT tested where appropriate) before being lent

 Budget management

8. Be responsible for day to day handling of cash, weekly banking and accounts.

9. Ensure the project is within budget

10. Explore income generating opportunities including funding to ensure the shop can become continue beyond September

Reporting

11. Provide monthly reports including a financial statement and monitoring of social and environmental impacts.

The Shop Manager will be responsible to Frome Town Council’s Energy and Recycling Officer and one of Edventure Frome’s Directors who will meet monthly to discuss progress and plan activities. The Recycling Officer will provide additional support around promotion and fundraising where needed.

General

  • The post holder has personal responsibility for safety in accordance with Health and Safety legislation and policies.
  • All staff and volunteers are required to abide by and promote equalities.
  • This job is a temporary position on a self-employed basis. The contract will be extended according to income secured.
  • The responsibility for the smooth running of the shop may require extra hours and hours outside of normal working times on occasion.

Person specification – Energy and Recycling Officer

  • Qualifications essential
  • Educated to GCSE level (including B in Maths)
  • Knowledge & skills (essential)

Evidence of:

  • Excellent project management skills (organisational, planning, budget and time management) Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to develop good working relationships
  • An ability to manage time and workload in order to be able to deal with tasks swiftly and effectively
  • A professional and courteous manner
  • A flexible approach to working weekends and evenings to coincide with events or meetings
  • Ability to use initiative and to be self-motivated
  • Decisive, logical thinking with creative problem-solving ability
  • Hands on and practical approach

 Experience (desirable)

1. Experience of running a similar project or shop
2. Experience of managing budgets
3. Experience of working as part of a team