Engagement Officers - Soil Association

Engagement Officers x 5 posts – Food For Life Get Togethers
Salary: £24,537 pa
Contract: Fixed term for 2 years, starting August 2019
Hours: Full-time, 37.5 hours per week
Locations: Home based (one post in each of the following areas: Northern Ireland, Yorkshire and Humber, West Midlands, Scotland or Greater Manchester)

About us
Food for Life is about making good food the easy choice for everyone. We work with schools, nurseries, hospitals, care settings and whole communities, to make healthy, tasty and sustainable meals the norm. We reconnect people with where their food comes from, teaching them how it’s grown and cooked, while championing the importance of well-sourced ingredients.

Food for Life is a Soil Association programme – find out more about who we are on our website.

About the opportunity
Are you passionate about positively changing people’s lives through the power of good food? Food For Life Get Togethers is a 4 year, UK-wide programme which will connect different generations through cooking, growing and sharing food. The programme aims to bring people of all ages together to improve their physical and mental wellbeing, tackle ageism and build new connections that strengthens communities. 

Your role
As our Engagement Officer for Food For Life Get Togethers, you will be responsible for promoting the programme by engaging and inspiring settings, groups and organisations to participate by phone, online and face to face.  You will provide practical support to settings to deliver cross generational food activities and assist in all aspects of programme delivery.

The programme will take place in schools, early years, care and community settings in the following target areas of: Northern Ireland, Yorkshire & Humber, West Midlands, Scotland or Greater Manchester. (Please read the Job Descriptions below for full details on location).

About you
Above all we are looking for you to come with the following skills and experience:

  • Experience of successfully delivering on set project outputs, outcomes and to deadline.
  • Experience of delivering training and being comfortable in presenting information and ideas to others in a group settings
  • Experience of building productive working and/ or volunteering relationships with a range of community stakeholders which inspire action
  • Experience of working or volunteering in Early Years, Schools, Care Homes or community based older people’s settings.

Please follow the link below to read the full Job Descriptions for each of the roles by area:


Commitment to Safeguarding
The Soil Association and Food for Life are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all children and young people, and adults at risk that we work with. In accordance with this commitment we ensure that we follow a thorough and safe recruitment and selection process for all roles that work with children and adults at risk. This includes checking against the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) where appropriate. This role meets the Requirement for an Enhanced DBS Check (or equivalent).

Our employee benefits
Working with us you will have a range of financial and lifestyle benefits, including:

27 days annual holiday plus bank holidays, increasing to 30 days with service

  • A defined contribution pension scheme
  • Free membership of the Soil Association Charity
  • Discounts on organic produce, farm visits
  • Volunteer days to give back to the local community or support green initiatives
  • Family friendly policies, flexible working and childcare vouchers
  • Cycle to work scheme

Important dates
Closing date for applications: 12pm (midday), Thursday 13 June 2019

Interviews will be held in the week commencing 24 June 2019 within the area that the role is based (Northern Ireland, Yorkshire and Humber, West Midlands, Scotland or Greater Manchester.).

To Apply
To make an application for this role please download the application form from the above website (stating which location of role you are applying) and send your completed application to [email protected] 

Thank you for your interest in supporting our work at the Soil Association and our job opportunities.