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RSPCA Branch Retail charity shop co-ordinator

RSPCA- Westmorland Branch
To have specific responsibility for implementing the start up of a Branch Retail Charity Shop in the Kendal.

To supervise and have Line Management control of the Shop Manager, once appointed.

To attend Branch Committee Meetings in order to liaise with and report back to the Branch Trustees.

Prior to opening duties will include involvement with assessing suitable shop premises; the recruitment of a Shop Manager; influencing and overseeing the shop refit, plus the setting up and implementation of good practices.
After opening the main responsibility will be Line Management of the Shop Manager and overseeing the successful running of the Branch shop.
To undertake risk assessments, to supervise remedial action when risks are identified, to ensure that appropriate records are kept and to implement good practices.

Ideally an applicant with some relevant experience in one or more of the following would be preferred: Retail, Management, Business, Project management.

Some knowledge of employment law and Charity legislation is desirable.
However we are very willing to consider an applicant with no specialist knowledge, but a practical personality.

The successful applicant will be committed to the RSPCA objectives, have good interpersonal skills, be organized and reliable.

A town centre shop will be used as a focus for re- homing, fundraising and awareness of the RSPCA’s work, to raise the national and local RSPCA profile, increase membership and volunteers as well as generating income in a tough economic climate. We have no trustee who has the time/ experience to devote to this enterprise and without a committed volunteer will be unable to proceed.

This is a stimulating prospect, offering the chance to be part of a new project and see it through from inception and hopefully nurture it as it grows. It will be the only animal Charity Shop in Kendal and offers the potential to develop even further, with the right vision.The role will be as a co-opted trustee with potential to become a full trustee if desired. This is the chance to become involved in the local Branch, influence the development of the Branch and make difference to animal welfare.

It is envisaged that when a shop premises is first acquired, for a short period following the appointment of a Manager and whilst the shop starts trading that there will be a considerable amount of commitment required.

Once the shop is trading and systems are in place it is seen that this will greatly reduce to the role of Line Manager/ advisor.

To attend Branch Committee Meetings which are usually held every six weeks and occupy approximately two hours.

Administrative work can be conducted from home.