JOB VACANCY: Oxfordshire Playing Fields Association – Community Development Officer (p/t)

Oxfordshire Playing Fields AssociationRole summary: Oxfordshire Playing Fields Association – Community Development Officer

Do you share our conviction that it is vitally important for communities to have good quality outdoor spaces for sport, play and recreation?

The Oxfordshire Playing Fields Association (OPFA) is known for its long-established independent information and advice service aimed at helping local parish-level organisations to achieve this. If you would be interested in working with us in order to deliver our service, we would be pleased to hear from you.

Job location (usual place of work): Oxfordshire

Pay rate: We would prefer to look at this on a contract for services basis but could consider employment. We are offering up to £18.00 per hour, depending on circumstances.

Job title: Community Development Officer

Applications close on date: As soon as possible

Hours are: Part time

Job description: The OPFA’s main focus is the provision of a high quality independent information, advice and support service on the provision and maintenance of outdoor recreational playing space (e.g. playing fields, playgrounds, formal and informal sports facilities, including wheeled sports) for:
• community recreation space managers or project groups, such as parish and town councils, playing field committees and play area action groups
• other interested organisations
within Oxfordshire and other neighbouring areas, as decided by the Trustees.

Our USP is that we are the only independent source of information and advice of this kind in this area.

In order to deliver this service we need someone who, through their own learning and experience and through reference to material produced by other specialist organisations, can acquire and maintain a good understanding and up-to-date knowledge of:
• What kinds of good quality outdoor play and recreation facilities could be provided in response to local need
• Professional standards of provision, including type, location, specification
• How to plan, manage and fund local facility improvement projects including the technical and legislative requirements involved in the duties covered by project management
• Good facility management practice
• Legislation and statutory regulations affecting recreation space provision and management
• Opportunities for local organisations to benefit from other technical information and support services and new initiatives
• How to carry out successful consultation in order to assess local user needs
• Ideas for new uses of outdoor recreational space

We estimate that OPFA service delivery would involve an average of approximately 10 hours a week with an emphasis on working flexibly in response to local need and as far as possible for mutual convenience. We would prefer to look at this on a contract for services basis but could consider employment.

Details of the service to be provided and of the skills and experience we are looking for can be viewed in the News section of our website – The website will also tell you more about our charity and its work.

To apply, please contact: If you would like to have a conversation with us, please email your CV with a covering note spelling out how you match up to what we are looking for and what you could bring to the delivery of our service to