Jobs

We are not currently recruiting, but as workers stay for a maximum of three years opportunities come up frequently.  Please check back if you are interested, or email info@hortonwhc.org.uk to be added to our newsletter list where vacancies will be shared.

JOB DESCRIPTION

This post is open to women only. Accommodation for workers is in a first floor bed-sitting room and the coach house. Kitchen, bathroom and all other facilities are shared with visitors. No pets are allowed.

Please read the information below, and on the pages about applications, workers, and policies.

Potential applicants with dependents and/or disabilities –

As an organisation we are striving to make this job accessible for all women, however at present we are aware that our facilities/accommodation for workers may present some difficulties for women with dependents and/or disabilities. Please contact us if you need to discuss any issues relevant to this.

Purpose of the job

Workers are responsible for the day-to-day running of the Women’s Holiday Centre (WHC) including house keeping, dealing with all aspects of visitors’ stays, administration, maintenance and publicity.

Responsibilities

Domestic Work

  • Ensuring the house is clean, tidy and welcoming to visitors

  • Ensuring the house is adequately stocked with essentials such as food, fuel, etc. within a tight budget

  • Laundry of all bedding, towels etc.

  • Maintaining the playroom and play equipment in a safe and inviting state

Visitors

  • Ensuring visitors are made welcome and shown how the house works

  • Providing bus/train time-tables, and info on things to do in the local area etc.

  • Ensuring women with disabilities can use the house as fully as possible

  • Encouraging women to cook together and do chores so that the house is kept in a reasonable state

  • Organising frequent special activity weeks/weekends

  • Producing routine and new publicity (including monthly newsletter via Mailchimp) and developing ideas for attracting new visitors to the centre and to maximise its use mid-week and in the winter

  • Ensuring that the WHC maintains a positive image with the visitors and in the village

  • Abiding by and promoting the WHC procedures and policies, and ensuring visitors comply with policies too

  • Setting appropriate boundaries with visitors, who often have unrealistic expectation of workers availability e.g. to offer support, childcare, party all night

Administrative and Financial

  • Answering verbal, email, phone and written enquiries

  • Sending out information, posters, leaflets, etc.

  • Maintaining bookings diary, and securing deposits and payment of balance

  • Maintaining financial systems and keeping to agreed budgets

  • Keeping up-to-date and utilising the database of women interested in house-sitting; work weeks; fund-raising; special activity weeks etc.

  • Maintaining the computer and paper filing systems in an efficient and accessible way

Maintenance

  • Identifying and reporting to MC on structural needs of the buildings

  • Maintaining the general fabric of the house and organising repairs

  • Organising, promoting and co-ordinating volunteer work weeks as necessary – usually 2 per year

  • Arranging servicing and repairs of the car, including MOT, tax and insurance

  • Ensuring that contracted scheduled work eg fire appliances servicing etc is done at suitable times, and that visitors are informed in advance of the presence of any such male workers

  • Maintaining Garden e.g. hedges, lawn mowing, safe state of trees, general tidying. There is also a space for growing vegetables if you want to

Health and Safety

  • Conducting regular checks and reporting these to MC

  • Improvements – taking immediate action as needed plus making recommendations to MC

  • Making sure visitors are aware of and comply with health and safety regulations and procedures

Development Work

This work is done jointly with the MC

  • Attending and reporting to monthly MC meetings. These meetings are to discuss development, administration, policy, finance, maintenance and any problems or difficulties

  • Proposing and planning improvements to the general facilities, especially to increase access for women and children with disabilities, and to increase visitor numbers

  • Fund-raising initiatives including applying to funding bodies for grants, organising and facilitating sponsored events, inviting visitors to make a donation or standing order in addition to their visitor payment etc.

  • Assisting with managing, monitoring and evaluating specific development projects when required by MC, and training and supervising volunteers and house-sitters to help with this and the general running of the house

  • Actively promoting the WHC wherever possible

PAY AND CONDITIONS

Hours of Work

This is a living in job with usually about 30 hrs basic per week, but as you might imagine, living and working in the same place, with guests almost constantly staying, is very demanding. Workers negotiate between themselves their time off work so that reasonable cover of the house is maintained. This flexible approach has proven to be satisfactory to all. The workers are on call outside of these basic hours. It is the responsibility of the workers to arrange house sitters to cover holidays or illness, from an approved list.

Holidays

30 days per year as per contract. No overtime payments are available; however, in certain circumstances, time off in lieu may be negotiated with the MC

Wages

Wages are £936 gross per month. There is a deduction of £194.13 from this each month to cover accommodation (rent, bills, laundry etc). Workers are also able to eat at the house, which does make the wage far more reasonable than first appears. Most workers will also be able to claim Working Tax Credit.  The wage is increased annually in line with inflation if funds are available.

Contract

In accordance with our constitution, posts are offered for a minimum of 12 months, subject to a satisfactory 3 month probationary and training period.  After each year there is a review and the contract can be extended up to a total of 3 years.

Responsibility

The workers are responsible in the first instance to the MC of the Women’s Holiday Centre and ultimately to the WHC Co-operative. There is no direct supervision or line management: the workers have to take a lot of responsibility. It is the intention of MC to provide regular, monthly one-to-one sessions. The workers should not hesitate in contacting this person or the MC for support or advice.

PERSON SPECIFICATION

Essential Personal Qualities

  • Ability to see the lighter side of things

  • Friendly and non-judgemental manner

  • Assertive

  • Ability to deal with conflict

  • Ability to get on with people from different backgrounds, cultures and needs

  • Ability to work in a physically and socially isolated environment

  • Ability to learn new tasks and skills quickly and to identify own training needs

  • Willingness to uptake training where applicable

  • Ability to cope with personal and emotional challenges

  • Ability to set clear personal boundaries and develop and use own support systems

Essential Skills/Experience

  • Ability to liaise with other agencies, Management Committee and the Co-op

  • Ability to work unsupervised and on own initiative

  • Ability to prioritise workload and structure own work

  • Ability to balance regular tasks and development work

  • Ability to work within a low budget and monitor this

  • Understanding of co-operative principles and ability to work co-operatively

  • Commitment to and ability to implement the policies of the house

  • Good written and spoken communication skills

  • Experience of and a positive approach to children

  • Ability to maintain computer and paper admin systems efficiently

Highly Desirable Skills/Experience

(Whilst these are not strictly essential, they may well be significant in the selection process, as they can have a significant impact on the way the workload can be shared between the workers. Appointment may be conditional on acquiring these within a specified time-frame)

  • Computer/IT skills for publicity, maintaining guest records, accounts etc – eg experience of using documents, speadsheets, databases, photoshop, mailchimp etc

  • Driving Licence

Other Desirable Skills

(These are not essential, but may be taken into account where the decision between applicants is very close)

  • DIY skills

  • Experience of recruiting, training and supervising volunteers

  • Experience of project management and evaluation

  • Experience of book-keeping / financial systems

  • Experience of ordering and shopping for large numbers

  • Experience of organising or co-ordinating fund-raising activities or grant applications

  • Experience of shared living

  • Experience of organic gardening

  • Basic Car Maintenance skills

  • First Aid knowledge

2 comments

  1. lynn turner · · Reply

    Hello I would like to apply for the house worker job.

    1. Hi Lynn! Please email managament@hortonwhc.org.uk for an application form.

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