Jobs with Cumbria CVS

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About Us

Thank you for your interest in joining our team!

Cumbria CVS offers help, advice, training and support to the voluntary, community, faith and social enterprise sector (VCFSE) throughout Cumbria, offering support to 2,500+ organisations who together employ 9,000 FTE staff and 50,000 volunteers. We help build capacity to meet their goals and to successfully navigate the many challenges facing our sector.

Every role across our organisation contributes to our goals and to helping the charities across Cumbria to undertake their critical work – There aren’t many jobs where you get to work with such a varied, interesting and innovative group of people and organisations.

We aim to make a real difference across the county in pursuit of our mission to increase Impact, Influence and Investment in and from Cumbria CVS and the Third Sector.

Our priorities are set out in our strategy – but in summary, our ambitious plans are to:

  • Make Cumbria a better place to live and work
  • Support our members to achieve their goals and manage change
  • Identify and fill gaps in service provision around Cumbria (in partnership)
  • Ensure our financial sustainability and the happiness of our team!


About You

We are looking for people to be part of our team and make a real difference to local communities and in return, we offer generous employment benefits including:

  • Pension Scheme with 7.5% employer contribution
  • Supportive working environment
  • Hybrid/agile working
  • Great holiday entitlement
  • Additional bank holidays
  • Maternity, paternity, adoption and parental leave
  • Sickness pay
  • Training programme with opportunities for continuing professional development

Join us and help support Cumbrian charities to undertake their critical work responding to emerging needs, helping vulnerable people and improving lives.


How you can help us

We want to build partnerships between public sector bodies and voluntary agencies, to make best use of the resources, ideas, and skills we all have.

We want to improve representation of the voluntary sector across public sector bodies – and vice versa.

We want to improve our sector’s impact in tackling the entrenched financial, health and social inequalities that exist in our society and you can be at the forefront of this critical work.

We want to communicate more effectively: not only about our own services, challenges and successes, but those of the wider sector and Cumbrian communities.

We want to take our next digital steps in our service delivery – and help other organisations to make best use of available technology and resources – without reinventing the wheel.

And we want you to enjoy making it all happen! We believe in empowering our team to make decisions, to innovate and to celebrate success.

If you feel an affinity to our values, our culture, our ambition – and have the skills and experience to match – please get in touch: it could be the start of something very special…



At Cumbria CVS, we are looking for people who will reflect the diversity of Cumbria ensuring that both our organisation and the sector are more relevant to and more reflective of the people, communities and places we serve.

Disabled people, those from Black Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds, men and people under 30 are under-represented in our workforce and so we particularly encourage applications from people in these groups.

Cumbria CVS is a Disability Confident Employer and supports the ethos and aims of the programme. We are committed to inclusive and accessible recruitment processes and will guarantee an interview to disabled applicants meeting the essential criteria. We are committed to providing reasonable adjustments for disabled applicants so that we can benefit from a wide a recruitment pool as possible.


Cumbria CVS is a signatory of the Armed Forces Covenant and holds the Defence Employers Recognition Scheme Bronze Award. We also have a Guaranteed Interview Scheme for Veterans, which is a commitment that Cumbria CVS has made to support the Armed Forces Community Covenant.

This commitment is to guarantee an interview for any veterans that meet the essential criteria set out in the role profile for roles where external recruitment is required only. The scheme is not a guaranteed job for Veterans, as selection procedures will ensure the best candidate for the job is appointed, based on the objective criteria of the role profile.

You can view our Recruitment of Ex-Offenders Policy here and Click here to read our Equal Opportunities policy


Cumbria CVS are committed to supporting the mental health and wellbeing of all of our staff. That’s why we’ve taken the Mental Health at Work Commitment and are currently delivering a programme of activities to ensure that everyone can have open and honest conversations about their wellbeing in the workplace and feel supported. We encourage applications from persons with experience of poor mental health and are committed to supporting our employees to fulfil their potential and perform at their best in work.


Commitment to Staff Training

We are proud of our commitment to staff training and development. We see it as important for both developing staff and volunteers’ ability to do their work as well as possible, and for their own career development.


Current Vacancies

Development Officer (Allerdale)

The main purpose of the role is to find, connect with and help local volunteer and community groups in the former Allerdale area with a focus on Workington, Seaton, Maryport and Broughton. You’ll provide support based on what each community needs, with a focus on things like how they’re run, planning for their activities, gaining funding, finding volunteers, training and organising events.

£22,793 – 27,784 (FTE)

Part-Time – 22.5 – 30 hours p/w (22.5 hours for 12 months or 30 hours for 10 months)

A job share /secondment would be considered

Based at Cleator Moor – flexible working, in terms of both location and hours of work.

Find out more about this vacancy here