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Recruitment of a new Centre Manager

Key Details

Employer: Whittington Park Community Association (WPCA)

Salary: £45,000

Hours: 35 hours 

Probationary period: 6 months, with a review at the end of 3 months.

Contract: Permanent

Holidays: 25 days per annum plus public holidays and 3 extra days over the Christmas period.

Post supervised by: Chair of Trustees

How to apply: please send your covering letter and cv to

Deadline for applications: 5pm Friday March 8th 2024, Interviews for shortlisted candidates wb March 18th 2024.

Start date: July 1st 2024.



The Community Centre is based on the edge of Whittington Park, North Islington (N19 4RS) in a set of Victorian buildings. After a successful fundraising over three years, which drew in £900,000 from the local community and trusts, we worked with Islington Borough Council to complete a refurbishment that has transformed the main halls and added small spaces too.

The Centre has been in continuous service to the local community for almost 50 years and is a major element in the social infrastructure of Upper Holloway. There is a small staff team of dedicated workers, staff turnover is very low. The Centre has two added advantages: it is on the edge of Whittington Park and is a near neighbour of Yerbury Primary School.

The Centre receives core funding from Islington Borough Council and this has just been renewed for the next four years. Our relationship with the Borough is strong and we enjoy a robust level of cooperation.

Our current manager is about to retire and we are looking for a successor who will continue the good name and stability of the centre as well as realise the full potential of the recent investment.

The post holder will be responsible for day to day management of the centre, specifically:

1.      Strategy and service development

Taking the lead role, in conjunction with the board of trustees, in establishing and implementing an on-going development strategy for WPCA. This will include:

1.1   Building up the usage of the recently renovated halls and rooms;

1.2   Reviewing and renewing the three year strategy and business plan for WPCA;

1.3   Working with staff, volunteers, users and the board of trustees to regularly monitor, evaluate and, where necessary, improve all areas of the Association’s work;

1.4   Acting as lead worker in ensuring that WCPA becomes a quality assured service provider - meeting and, where possible, exceeding contract requirements;

1.5   Developing, in conjunction with trustees, staff and users, new projects and activities in response to the needs of the local community;

1.6   Understanding current Government and Local Authority policy regarding voluntary organisations such as WPCA, including requirements of being a “community hub”. Use this knowledge to identify opportunities for the Association to develop.


2.       Finance and Fundraising


2.1   Ensuring that WPCA’s finances are managed prudently;

2.2   Ensuring the financial viability of all the Centre’s activities and that the trustees receive clear quarterly accounts and annual income and expenditure budgets;

2.3   Working to develop and implement a fundraising strategy to maximise the Association’s income;

2.4  Keeping abreast of local and national fundraising opportunities;

2.5  Meeting fundraising targets as set down by the board of trustees.


3.       Support of staff, volunteer and trustees


3.1  Line managing project managers and service co-ordinators ensuring that in turn they induct and provide recorded support and supervision for staff and volunteers in their own areas;

3.2   Organising regular general staff meetings;

3.3   Ensuring WPCA organises a wide range of public and social events;

3.4   Providing a monthly written report to the board of trustees, including relevant financial information and monitoring data.

3.5   Attending monthly meetings of the board of trustees and servicing the board, including arranging the preparation of minutes.


4.      External relationships


4.1   Ensuring that the organisation meets the needs of external stakeholders;

4.2   Managing the external relationships of the organisation;

4.3   Ensuring the work of WPCA is promoted as widely as possible;

4.4   Developing positive relationships with tenants and hirers of the Centre’s spaces;

4.5   Overseeing the maintenance and improvement of the Centre’s website.


5.      General Duties


5.1   Overseeing the development and maintenance of the building. Develop and             maintain a maintenance schedule and systems with local trades;

5.2   Maintaining control of the cost and quality of premises contracts to ensure the organisation is managing resources effectively;

5.3   Ensuring that WPCA complies with all relevant legislation;

5.4   Ensuring that good records are kept;

5.5   Undertaking any other duties which may arise or may be reasonably be requested by the trustees.


Your application

If you decide to apply for this post please send your cv together with a covering letter setting out why you think you are the ideal candidate.


We would like the names and contact details of two referees whom we may contact, after interview, if we are considering offering you the post.


Your application should be sent to by the deadline of 5pm on Friday March 8th 2024.


Interviews for shortlisted candidates will be held in the week beginning 18th March 2024.


We would like to thank you for your interest in this post and look forward to receiving your application.




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