Business leader

Its not all about digging!

Business leader

This role is pivotal to ensure the Garden’s future.  The role holder will lead the non-gardening aspects of the Community Garden enterprise, for example:

•Managing the Opening rota to ensuring garden open sessions are covered

•Manage/Chair Directors meetings

•Ensure legally-required items such as reports, insurance etc are in place to meet the Community Interest Company regulations

•Organise events – Participation in Heritage Day, Farmers Market, etc or establish this role separately

•Manage personnel matters (Volunteer hours, enrolment, etc.)

•Coordinate other roles to ensure coherent activity & output.

The role holder will manage the budget of the organisation in conjunction with the Head Gardener.

They will ensure appropriate marketing of the garden for volunteer recruitment, produce sale, events, etc.  Marketing can be done by another volunteer, but the Business Leader needs to ensure it happens appropriately.  The Business Leader will work very closely with the Head Gardener to be confident that all activity is covered by the volunteer team.

Ideal skills / qualifications:

Experience of, or close involvement in running a small business or not for profit organisation, ideally a Community Interest Company;

Organisational and delegation skills to ensure tasks are planned for and delivered in a timely way;

Communication skills;

The enthusiasm to inspire others to participate in the Garden and its management;

IT literacy – basic (Word, Excel, etc.);

Financial literacy – basic comprehension;

Some PR exposure/ideas

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