We're hiring a Community Activator!

Are you…

  • Entrepreneurial: Experienced in building partnerships and creating opportunities for all sorts of people and organisations?

  • Highly organised: Capable of planning and hosting creative events together with local people?
  • A networker: Passionate about building communities?

  • Self-starting: Keen to take on a challenging, hands-on role in a small team?

Library of Things is looking for an energetic Community Activator to lead outreach and develop the social and learning offer at its flagship site in Vale Street, West Norwood.

This is a leadership role in a new community business reinventing society’s relationship with ‘stuff’. You’ll be working in a fun-loving, supportive culture with the director and volunteer teams.

Time input: 4 days per week (0.8 FTE)
Duration: 2 year contract, with a 3-month trial period
Flexibility: Some flexibility of working hours (might include some weekend or evenings) and locations possible. Job share possible.
Remuneration: £25,000 pro rata
Personal development: 10 days of 1-to-1 training with Community Director + further training opportunities at events and conferences
Eligibility: Applicants must have the legal right to work in the UK

What you’ll be doing

Outreach: Increase the number of people using LoT as a platform to improve their homes, livelihoods and neighbourhoods – especially the most marginalised groups

  • Develop local partnerships (eg. schools, housing associations and food banks) to identify ‘gatekeepers’ to those people most in need of LoT service

  • Represent LoT and its partners like Community Shop at local events

  • Develop and promote learning and social opportunities at LoT

  • Ensure LoT has a visual presence in local high streets, libraries, pubs, whether through posters / flyers or other displays

  • Work with volunteer Communications team to ensure LoT has a digital presence that brings to life its services, opportunities and members, through channels such as Twitter, Facebook, Mailchimp and the website

  • Lead recruitment for local volunteers and team members

Mission: Ensure the LoT service aligns with local need and its own ethos as it grows, and is always improving

  • Understand local demand for social events, skills sharing and learning workshops and design programmes that respond to that demand. This might look like regular ‘bring and share dinners’, mending meet-ups, DIY masterclasses and bike repair workshops

  • Build partnerships both locally and with like-minded organisations to enable effective programming: craftspeople, local schools, businesses and other initiatives, eg. West Norwood Film Festival, Restart Project

  • Work with the volunteer Librarian and Communications team to ensure all members have a smooth borrowing experience that meets the needs of different parts of the community

  • Share a wide range of local events and opportunities internally, enabling the rest of the team to signpost effectively

  • Ensure feedback and stories from members are captured and communicated, whether through impact reports or online channels

  • Work with Directors to develop a pricing structure that is both inclusive and financially sustainable

Team: Make LoT a joyful place to work

  • Be communicative and available for the rest of the LoT team, including regular team and Director check-ins

  • Organise regular team socials

  • Share experiences and learning more broadly eg. with new Library of Things teams at the Library of Things ‘Bootcamp

What we’re looking for


  • Is organised, highly creative and able to deliver

  • Self-starting and able to work independently

  • Has previous leadership experience, ideally in a small business or project

  • Can show evidence of passion for community and entrepreneurship

  • Is a strong verbal and written communicator

  • Is at ease meeting new people

  • Has a track record of successful projects or partnerships

  • Has a great sense of humour and is a team player

  • Is adept at networking and creating relationships


  • Lives, works, and/or is well connected in the West Norwood area

  • Has experience working with marginalised groups and communicating with diverse groups of people

How to apply

Applications have now closed.

Selected candidates will be invited for a first round of interviews on Thursday 1st June 2017.

Library of Things is an equal opportunities employer.

This role is supported by: