Langport is a vibrant market town on the banks of the River Parrett, in the heart of the Somerset Levels. We might only be a small town, but we serve as a hub for a much wider community and that’s why locally we like to think Langport is #WhereItsTo … come and find out why!
The Langport Town Trust was first established in 1888 and its main objective is to benefit the inhabitants of the town of Langport, in particular, but not exclusively, by the maintenance, improvement or provision of public amenities. The Trust manages the Town Hall, the Hanging Chapel, the Ridgway Hall and fishing rights among other things.
Whilst currently the Town Council is the sole Trustee of the Langport Town Trust, Councillors fulfil the role of Trustee on being elected to Council. The affairs of the Trust are handled independently from those of the Town Council.
Langport Town Trust Manager
As part of the Trustee’s ongoing work to make a clearer distinction between the Town Council and Town Trust, we have created a standalone role of Trust Manager; a part-time position working with the Trustee to fulfil the charitable objectives as outlined above.
This is an important role within the Trust as it continues a process of transformation, with the Trustee exploring options that will improve the financial sustainability of the town’s primary assets, namely its heritage buildings.
So, what are we looking for you to do?
- Alongside the routine aspects of the role, which are largely administrative duties associated with the tenancy or hiring of the Trust’s properties, we’re looking for someone who will assist the Trustee in developing a strategic vision.
- Work together with the Trustee to create an Annual Action Plan with specific and measurable objectives.
- Maintain an asset register and maintenance schedule for the Trust’s properties. Work with the Trustee in management of the related leases and contracts.
- You’ll be working with the Trustee to set the agenda for meetings, which you will then attend and minute.
- In accordance with the Charity Commission guidance, you will be responsible for the management of the Trust’s accounts, which will include the provision of reports to the Trustee for approval at its regular meetings and preparation of accounts for audit.
- Prepare marketing material or press releases related to the Trust and adding to the Langport.Life website.
- Assume responsibility for the line management of the Trust’s employees (currently one).
Does the idea of helping maintain a portfolio of historic buildings and public amenities within this vibrant market town appeal to you?
You’ve no doubt heard about the man who saved the pump that saved Langport from flooding in the early 1960s? And more recently the fundraising work of Trust that’s meant we’ve been able to have the famous octagonal clock restored? As you can see, the Trust plays an important role in preserving our town’s history for the benefit of residents and visitors. What might your legacy be?!
We are interested in hearing from applicants with a good working knowledge and understanding of charitable organisations.
You will be able to demonstrate the essential administrative and bookkeeping/financial management skills required to successfully fulfil the financial responsibilities of the role.
In this role you will you’ll be liaising with members of the public, the tenants and hirers of the Trust’s properties, the staff of the Town Council and, in their capacity as Trustee, the town councillors. With this in mind, we’re looking for someone with excellent communication skills across all channels.
You’ll also need to demonstrate that you’re a confident user of IT, covering the full suite of Microsoft Office software as well as accounting packages.
This part time role is offered on a 7.5 hour per week basis, for an initial fixed term contract of 12 months. There is some flexibility as to when these hours are worked, especially around the times of the regular Trust meetings.
Salary is dependent upon experience and will be discussed at interview.
If this sounds like the opportunity for you, please send your CV and covering letter, detailing your relevant experience and what you believe you can bring to the role to email@example.com
Closing date for applications is 5th November 2018 and interviews will be held shortly after the closing date.
Langport Town Trust is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.