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The Crafts Council is a vibrant organisation dedicated to promoting crafts in the 21st century. And we're a London Living Wage employer. Come work with us!

Head of People

Salary £40,000 - 42,000 pro rata
Reporting to Executive Director
Working with Executive Assistant
Part time, permanent contract
21 hours per week, office based

About the role

Reporting directly to the Executive Director, this exciting new role is key to our commitment to developing our people and culture. The arts face challenging times; therefore, it is even more essential to ensure Crafts Council staff are well supported with opportunities to grow and develop and that our culture is engaging, resilient and future facing.

This newly created role mixes the more traditional HR role with a dynamic strategic organisational development role. We expect you, alongside the Senior Management Team, to develop and maintain the Crafts Council’s values and culture through our organisational development and human resources function. You will play a key role in the future of our organisation as we move towards our 50th birthday in 2021.

About you

You will be an exceptional people person, an experienced HR professional and leader with creative ideas and approaches mixed with an attention to detail and delivery. We are particularly interested in someone who is able to help develop a coaching culture throughout our organisation. You will be able to effectively balance a mix of demands and help our SMT create an open, creative, high performance culture. We are looking for someone who can manage basic HR files and processes, administer payroll, oversee recruitment and appraisals and contribute new ideas and fresh thinking to building our culture.

Roles and Responsibilities

Organisational development

1. Work with SMT to create a collaborative, positive learning culture within the organisation ensuring our policies and activities create and maintain an open, inclusive culture.
2. Develop manager and leader capabilities both within teams and ensuring consistency across the organisation.
3. Work with SMT to align the Crafts Council business plan with recruitment and people management strategies.
4. Ensure we have good feedback mechanisms across the organisation.
5. Help to identify strategies to develop the sustainability of the organisation through increased productivity, performance review, staff resilience, retention etc.
6. Champion diversity and inclusion in our working culture, recruitment and HR policies and procedures with the aim of achieving a more diverse workforce.

Human Resources

1. Review, develop and embed internal HR processes and policies that meet the needs of the organisation and are fully understood and implemented by managers
2. Manage all relevant HR files and processes
3. Carry out the recruitment, induction and probation of staff
4. Oversee staff appraisals ensuring consistent application and performance management
5. Draft and implement Crafts Council’s training and professional development plan to ensure our staff are properly equipped for their roles
6. Manage the contract with our HR external advisors determining when their specialist support is required

Person Specification

Knowledge, experience and skills

Essential:

· CIPID qualification or equivalent
· Proven generalist HR experience 5+ years.
· Proven experience of organisational development and supporting managers through change.
· A solid knowledge of employment legislation and its application.
· Exceptional organisational and communication skills.

Desirable:

· Experience of/or an interest in craft and the cultural/creative sector

Abilities and personal qualities

Essential:

· An influencer with an ability to identify key staff issues and concerns and translate into strategic actions.
· A demonstrable commitment to diversity and inclusion in the delivery of organisational development and HR.
· Empathetic with a focus on high performance.
· A proactive team player with strong customer service and problem-solving skills.
· An ability to maintain confidentiality, and act with discretion and diplomacy.
· Self-motivated and able to work under own autonomy.

We aim to remove unconscious bias from our recruitment process, and applicants will not be excluded on the grounds of sex, gender reassignment, pregnancy, maternity, race, marital status, disability, religion, belief or sexual orientation.

Process

Applications should be emailed to: hr@craftscouncil.org.uk

Please submit:

  1. How this role excites you.
  2. The skills and experience you would bring to it.

Closing date 18 July 201

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