The Lower Hutt Women’s Centre (the Centre) is looking for a Manager. This role will be responsible for managing the Centre, overseeing activities determined by our members, clients and the collective, and building and strengthening relationships with funders and other community groups.
For all women and girls reach their full potential.
To create a safe place for women and girls to come, grow and strengthen themselves, their families and the community.
• Recognise and work in the spirit of Te Tiriti o Waitangi
• Confront women’s oppression and empower women to take control of their own lives
• Oppose discrimination by those who have power over others
• Promote a safe, supportive environment for all women and children
• Promote the sharing of power and resources
• Act as a resource and information centre for the community
The Centre is a safe place for women and children. It is a place where we can grow and strengthen ourselves, our families and our communities. It has created fertile ground for participating, helping and healing within our community.
The Centre’s model is unique: it focuses on human rights, specifically the human rights of women and children. It empowers individuals by increasing their sense of self-worth and helping them find their own voice. An enhanced sense of connection and belonging helps women to be clear about their life choices and direction. Everyone’s wellbeing and liberation is inextricably tied to everyone else’s.
The Centre provides counselling, therapeutic social work, digital literacy and a range of
other services that give women the power they need. Expert facilitators run education and self-
development workshops. All this and more is provided in a comfortable and safe empowering environment where cultural diversity is encouraged and respected.
Location: Lower Hutt
Contract Type: Part-time (25 hours per week), fixed term depending on funding
Reporting line: Convenor of the Lower Hutt Women’s Centre
Relationships: Members and clients of the Lower Hutt Women’s Centre, the Board of Trustees and the Collective, three staff members, funding agencies and external organisations.
Benefits: 5 weeks’ annual leave and 4% Kiwisaver contribution
• Active commitment to and understanding of Te Tiriti O Waitangi
• A feminist with an active interest in women’s issues
• Commitment to working within the Centre’s philosophy
• Knowledge of, and commitment to grassroots community organisations
• Ability to see the detail whilst maintaining the strategic direction
• Skilled in building relationship both internally and externally
• Excellent time management skills
• Confident and self-motivated
• Ability and desire to work collectively
• Culturally competent
• The right to work in Aotearoa/New Zealand
• Experience in a collaborative leadership role
• Ability to manage an organisation
• Understanding of the funding climate
• Proficiency in MS Office and knowledge of WordPress internet and social media
• Understanding of bookkeeping and experience with Xero or another accounting package
• Proven administrative experience
• Knowledge of accounting practice
Strategic objectives and the Manager’s tasks
We work with women and children to increase their sense of connection and belonging.
• Maintain a safe, welcoming and accessible Centre by achieving stable opening hours and that the services offered are adequately and appropriately staffed.
• Implement the Health and Safety Policy and practices that comply with the Safety at Work Act 2015 and the Vulnerable Children’s Act, 2014.
• Maintain strong, positive awareness and reputation of the Centre within the community.
• Continuing developing good working relationships with those concerned with the functioning of the Centre, including members, funders, partner organisations and community groups.
• Establish and maintain networks with community groups and individuals.
We work with women and children to enable them to develop self-worth, self-esteem and to see choices in their life and futures.
• Manage social, recreational, therapeutic and creative opportunities for women who use the Lower Hutt Women’s Centre.
• Consult with the Centre’s community to identify and address need, manage programmes and projects and ensure activities fit within our philosophy and funding frameworks.
• Connect with members and have mechanisms to listen to their feedback.
• Develop and maintain a robust evaluation method for the Centre’s activities is in line with the philosophy.
• Actively operate drop-in when needed.
We work with our members, stakeholders and funders to ensure the sustainability of the Centre
• Manage the day to day operation of the Centre, whilst achieving the Centre’s strategy.
• Manage and recruit all staff and volunteers, strengthen the skills and support available to all staff, board members and volunteers undertaking annual performance appraisals, administrating contracts.
• Maintain major funding contracts, including Hutt Valley District Health Board, Lottery, Oranga Tamariki, including liaising with funding managers, producing accountability reports and monthly reports.
• Maintain and develop knowledge of philanthropic trusts and funding agencies and pursue funding opportunities where they are available.
• Communicate and establish relationships with other Women’s Centres.
• Control the Centre’s budget, including planning, tracking and maintaining financial records.
• Manage audit processes, including financial audits and quality assurance audits.
• Report to the Board of Trustees monthly on the Centre’s finances, strategic objectives and outcomes.
• Develop policies to be in line with NZ Social Sector Accreditation Standards, consulting with the Board of Trustees and the Collective to do so.
• Keep up to date with the NZ Accreditation Standards, attend workshops the Ministry of Health requires and be proactive in personal and professional development.
• Any other duties as required by the Board of Trustees.
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