Vacancy: Volunteering Futures: Volunteer Manager | Kirklees Year of Music 2023

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Job title: Volunteering Futures – Volunteer Manager

Salary: £25,000 per annum

Hours: 37.5 hours per week. Fixed term July 2022 – March 2024

Kirklees Year of Music is a partnership project between Kirklees Council and various arts organisations across the borough. Volunteering Futures is an Arts Council England funded initiative, with Lawrence Batley Theatre acting as the lead organisation and overseen by an advisory group representing key partners. 

Kirklees Year of Music in 2023, is a unique, place-based, cultural change programme initiated and led by Kirklees Council.  Through investment in the district’s diverse music talent, communities and businesses, the year-long programme of major events and durational initiatives, will strengthen the music ecology of Kirklees from its roots.  With children and young people front and centre, our strategic impact areas are music education, health & wellbeing, community cohesion, night-time and visitor economy, aspiration & skills, and inclusion with the overall aim to reduce inequality, and level up access to opportunity.

Year of Music 2023 harnesses the unique power of making and enjoying music to bring people together; improve our health and well-being and put Kirklees firmly on the global map as a place where great music can be made, played and enjoyed.

KYOM23 will be the flagship for the Volunteering Futures programme but will also involve creating volunteering opportunities across the wider cultural and creative sector in Kirklees. 

Main purpose of job:

As Volunteer Manager you will be responsible for developing and implementing an inspiring volunteer programme across Kirklees Year of Music working with the Arts Council England’s Volunteering Futures funding and framework, particularly focussing on young people but within the wider context of volunteering across KYOM23. 

The programmes will create opportunities for 200 residents across Kirklees, specifically disadvantaged young people aged 16-24 facing complex barriers to creative industries and culture, in order to gain confidence, skills and new networks.  

Recruitment will also take place for a Project Co-ordinator role to work on the project. 

We welcome applications from partnerships and organisations to take responsibility to deliver the project incorporating the Volunteer Manager and Project Co-ordinator roles. Additional costings and contract arrangements for proposals from organisations and partnerships available upon request. 

Responsible to: 

Volunteering Futures Scheme Advisory Steering Group 

Chief Executive Officer Lawrence Batley Theatre 

Responsible for: 

Volunteering Futures Project Co-ordinator 

Training and Skills Co-ordinator 



  • Lead on developing the strategy and management of the Volunteering Futures programme across KYOM23 
  • Develop partnerships with appropriate organisations and agencies including community and voluntary sector organisations, local authorities, universities, sponsors and other cultural partners with specific emphasis on inclusion and representation
  • Recruit and manage a delivery team and be responsible for the welfare of this team and volunteers including risk management and safeguarding. 
  • Liaise with partner organisations to scope volunteer opportunities and develop appropriate volunteer roles using inclusive and creative approaches which are attractive to our target audience. 
  • Plan, develop and implement volunteer management processes including induction, training, support and supervision. Implementing accreditation schemes where appropriate. 
  • Manage a volunteer budget and identify resource requirements such as induction packs and volunteer handbooks, training resources, volunteer uniforms and volunteer recognition and celebration events
  • Identify and work with the appropriate volunteer shift management system and database to ensure it is managed and developed as required 
  • Assimilate volunteer and organisational feedback into year-round evaluation processes, liaising with the KYOM23 evaluation team and our evaluators at University of Huddersfield and submitting reports on time and in line with our funder requirements
  • Regularly meet with the advisory steering group to identify opportunities and manage risks 
  • Embed project legacy got volunteers from the start of the project and identify opportunities for volunteer progression working with partnership organisations
  • To follow procedures and complete paperwork as instructed 
  • To comply with all health and safety regulations
  • To attend regular training sessions and meetings
  • To comply with organisational standards at all times 
  • To be versatile in your role and to carry out any other reasonable duties as requested 
  • To act as an ambassador for Kirklees Year of Music 2023 and an advocate for high. Quality volunteering, linking to relevant networks. 


Previous Experience: 

  • Experience of leading and delivering programmes with large numbers of volunteers, workers or participants
  • Experience of inspiring volunteers and being a great people manager with a commitment to excellence 
  • Experience of working with young people from a diverse range of backgrounds 
  • Experience working large scale project management and budget maintenance 
  • A Commitment to championing representation and inclusion at every level of the organisation with a proven ability to work with people from a wide range of backgrounds
  • Experience delivering monitoring and evaluation, data management and reports. 


Essential Personal Attributes:  

  • Excellent communication skills
  • Positive outlook 
  • Flexible
  • Organised
  • Team player
  • Enjoys working with the public
  • Good financial accuracy
  • Attention to detail
  • IT literate
  • DBS check 


For more information about the role please download the recruitment pack, which can be found here.

To apply for this role please send a completed application form and Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form to by Mon 20 June at 12 noon.

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