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Do you have an open, ‘can-do’ attitude, strong problem-solving skills, experience of advancing or supporting Anti-Racism initiatives and creating and implementing programmes that address systemic and structural racism and/or discrimination? Then join Shelter as an Anti-Racism Programme Coordinator and you could soon be playing a vital role at the heart of our Anti-Racism Programme.

About Shelter
A home is a fundamental human need, as essential as education or healthcare. Yet millions of people across Britain struggle on a daily basis with homelessness, bad housing conditions, soaring rents, discrimination and the threat of eviction. So, we are striving for change, with individuals, in communities, across society, and leading the way to a safe home. We need ambitious, best-in-class individuals who are passionate about our cause to join us at this exciting time. This is your chance to play a part in the fundamental change we are striving to achieve.

At Shelter we are united by our purpose to defend the right to a safe home. Our enemy is the social injustice at the core of the escalating housing emergency. We believe that to win that fight, we must be representative of the people we are here to help and those who support our movement for change. In all our people decisions, we take pride in being inclusive, fair, equitable and transparent.

We have committed to combat racism both within and outside Shelter and welcome you on our journey to becoming a truly anti-racist organisation.

About the team
Here at Shelter, not only are we committed to promoting equity, we also know that we must put the lived experience of homelessness and bad housing at the centre of everything we do – an ambition that can only be achieved if our culture and our commitment to equity are aligned. The decision was made in mid-2020 to have a particular focus on becoming an actively Anti-Racist organisation, part of which included forming an Anti-Racism Steering Group (ARSG), which has done excellent work so far to kick-start a genuine desire for change across the organisation. You’ll help ensure we carry on the good work.

About the role
The role of Anti-Racism Programme Coordinator provides an excellent opportunity to help deliver and implement the objectives set out in our Anti-Racism strategic plan. Your challenge? To support the Head of the Programme to ensure a coordinated and cohesive organisational approach is taken to anti-racism, diversity, equity, and inclusion. Day-to-day, we’ll look to you to harness and tap into the expertise of those most impacted by racism to help Shelter achieve its ambition to become an Anti-Racist organisation. How? By designing and leading a number of equity-related projects and embedding an Anti-Racist framework into existing processes and policies. Along the way, you’ll get to manage a variety of work streams that underpin our Anti-Racism agenda and be responsible for delivering Equality Impact Assessments and ensuring best practice is coordinated in each of our directorates.

We are happy to talk about flexible working, personal growth, and to promote a workplace where you can be yourself and achieve success based only on your merit.

About you
An engaging, supportive and driven leader of change, you have the programme and project management skills it takes to manage a large-scale programme of work centred around change. You also understand the lived experience of racially marginalised groups, recognise the role of power and privilege and use that to support others and galvanise change. Experience of addressing racism and understanding its traumatic impact on employee mental health and wellbeing in the workplace is important too, as is a commitment to enabling Shelter to move into the next phase of its journey to become an anti-racist organisation.

You’re also someone who can bring an enthusiastic, strengths-based approach to energise this critical work. You have great communication and people skills and excellent attention to detail – but in a way that’s accessible and can be translated into real action. What’s more, you’re comfortable working with a range of stakeholders and able to challenge all levels of leadership to drive positive change productively. Crucially, you know how to develop anti-racism policy, workplace discrimination and harassment prevention programmes, processes and relevant legislation.

We offer a wide range of benefits, including 30 days of annual leave, enhanced family friendly policies, pension and interest free travel loans. Our employees also have access to a tenancy deposit loan, payroll giving, cycle to work scheme and an employee assistance programme.

Shelter helps millions of people every year struggling with bad housing or homelessness through our advice, support and legal services. And we campaign to make sure that, one day, no one will have to turn to us for help. We’re here so no one has to fight bad housing or homelessness on their own.

To find out more about the role and the benefits of working for Shelter please visit our website. Apply to be part of our team and be the change you want to see in society.

Safeguarding is everyone’s business. Shelter is committed to protecting the health, wellbeing and human rights of those we support, and enabling them to live free from harm, abuse and neglect. All our staff will be expected to observe professional standards of behaviour and conduct their work in line with our Safeguarding Policies.

Shelter does not accept unsolicited CVs from external recruitment agencies nor accept the fees associated with them.

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