Careers Vacancy

Community Participation and Engagement Manager (UK)

Closing date
20 August 2020

About the role

Our organising and political engagement team bring together organisations, elected representatives and communities. They creatively define, develop and deliver a shared vision for change, putting people at the heart of the problem-solving processes. Working with client organisations and the communities they serve, your role will help develop and deliver the right approaches to achieve this, tailoring the best practice to the specific situation.

As part of a growing team, you’ll report to our Organising and Political Engagement Director and work closely with colleagues across the organisation to shape, deliver and share impactful projects. You’ll work alongside some of the most prominent minds in the industry, for a company that’s leading 21st-century organisation design.

We’re an inclusive employer, and we care about diversity in our teams. Let us know in your application if you have accessibility requirements during the interview. If you’d like to understand more about inclusion at FutureGov, contact our recruitment team.

This role is full-time and fixed-term for one year, with the possibility of extension or this becoming a permanent role.


  • work with client organisations to establish the challenge/opportunity they face and how community participation and engagement can support their goals
  • create and maintain long-term relationships with clients, communities and your colleagues
  • develop project plans and recommendations, and deliver those with a close eye on timelines and resource
  • proactively identify opportunities for our clients to deepen and sustain their engagement with community groups beyond the project
  • stay on top of relevant emerging and cutting-edge trends, proactively sharing these and supporting the skill development of team members
  • identify potential clients to work with and develop proposals
  • work transparently and with accountability, regularly reporting back on progress, opportunities and barriers, both internally and to clients

Experience and mindset

You’ll be a creative thinker with experience in community engagement and/or democratic participation. Using your knowledge, you’ll be comfortable working with others to suggest the best approach for the specific situation and deliver solutions. You’ll enjoy learning and working in multidisciplinary teams to deliver impactful work in a fast-paced environment. Adaptable and organised individuals who are responsive to change will be welcomed by a company that values contribution from the team, diversity of thought and integrity.

  • experience of community engagement and/or democratic participation approaches, e.g. community assemblies and/or participatory issue selection and engagement tools
  • ability to apply these virtually, meeting the need of the time we find ourselves in
  • strong moderating, hosting and/or facilitation skills e.g. able to run citizens’ assemblies and bring different groups and voices together
  • strong project and time management skills, able to own the delivery of an approach
  • experience of reporting back to a range of stakeholders (internal and external)
  • ability to work to and thrive on a deadline
  • ability to write and support the development of proposals for clients
  • a passion for and belief in our mission, the roles that organisations and communities can play in creating lasting change and in the real value of local voices and lived experience
  • awareness of the need for diversity and/or representation in this work, and experience in locating and working with groups and voices that may be harder to reach
  • strong interpersonal skills and the ability to develop good relationships with key stakeholders at a range of levels
  • experience of working in or with local government, wider public sector organisations, or in a similar environment such as the charity sector or political world
  • the ability to share your skills with others
  • desirable experience of storytelling, to share the journey and impact of your projects with clients, sales, communication and marketing teams
  • problem solving skills and a proactive approach
  • ability to work remotely from home and to travel to other areas as needed (when and where safe), likely running evening and possibly weekend sessions at times

Why work at FutureGov?

  • the opportunity to achieve impact in the public sector through your work
  • flexible working to help you function at your best
  • generous parental leave
  • we’re collaborative, and will readily give our time to help your development and invest in your training
  • we’re a great team and regularly hang out together - whether that’s our Friday team breakfasts, summer retreats or interest groups to help everyone connect
  • everyone has a voice - inclusivity and respect are key to our culture
  • we help you make time for the things that matter through generous holiday allowance, pension schemes and paid volunteer days
  • drinks and snacks in our studio

To apply

Apply today with your CV, cover letter and portfolio of work. Deadline for applications is 20 August 2020.