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Community Engagement Manager


Community development workers help communities to bring about social change and improve the quality of life in their local area. The work within the community to:

  • identify their assets, needs, opportunities, rights and responsibilities;
  • plan what they want to achieve and take appropriate action;
  • develop activities and services to generate aspiration and confidence.

A community development worker often acts as a link between communities and a range of other local authority and voluntary sector providers, such as the police, social workers and teachers.


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This career information has been adapted from Prospects and National Careers Service


What The Job Involves

What are the key responsibilities for this position?


Key Responsibilities

Identifying community skills, assets, issues and needs
Ensuring that local people have their say
Developing new resources in dialogue with the community and evaluating existing programmes
Building links with other groups and agencies
Helping to raise public awareness on issues relevant to the community
Preparing reports and policies
Raising and managing funds
Developing and implementing strategies
Liaising with interested groups and individuals to set up new services
Mediating in matters of conflict
Recruiting and training paid and voluntary staff
Overseeing the management of a limited budget
Challenging inappropriate behaviour


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Entry Requirements

Pre-entry paid or voluntary work experience is crucial. People often become community development workers after working in teaching, youth work, the health sector or other roles within the community.
Although this area of work is open to all graduates and those with a HND, a degree/HND in social sciences may improve your chances.
Entry without a degree or HND is possible, although career development is more restricted. A degree in any subject will be an advantage in gaining higher level posts

What key skills and personal attributes help with this role?

Skills & Attributes

Advocacy and networking skills
Excellent communication, interpersonal and team-building skills
Good listening skills
Research and report-writing skills and the ability to interpret or present data;
Knowledge and understanding of community and social issues
A non-judgemental and positive attitude
Creative thinking and problem-solving
Political, social and negotiating skills
An understanding of how public sector bodies work
Compassion and the ability to empathise with people's life experiences
Fundraising - at management level there is an increasing need to identify and pursue sources of funding

How much can you expect to earn and what are the career progression options?

The following figures are intended as a guideline only.

Salary & Progression

Range of typical starting salaries for community development workers is between £15,500 and £26,000.
Range of salaries with two or more years' experience are £21,000 to £36,000
Case Study

Beth West Commercial Director HS2

Commercial Director


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In her role at HS2 Beth is responsible for all contracts that economists use in their business cases and all things construction.

“We need to think hard about how we work, we make the most out of technology but also keep must keep in mind whether we put time and effort into meeting people”. 

Work experience placements are key, the longer the better - 

Read the amazing full interview here

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