The Housing Forum is recruiting

20 November 2015
The Housing Forum is recruiting




The Housing Forum is the national, cross sector, industry-wide membership network representing 130 organisations in all aspects of housing construction and on-going maintenance.  


Our members include national house builders, major contracting firms, housing associations, local authorities, investors, major manufacturers, and leading specialists in design and cost consultancy. Membership of The Housing Forum has increased substantially over the last 2-3 years and it is vital that this growth is to be sustained during 2016. An exciting opportunity to work as The Housing Forum's Membership and Development Manager has arisen as a maternity cover contract from January 2016. 


Position: Membership and Development Manager

Location: London based, with regular travel in England

Contract type: Maternity cover January 2016 to November 2016 (with the possibility to extend to 12 months)

Hours: Full time

Salary: competitive 


Closing Date: 7th December 2015


Interviews will be held in London w/c: 14th December 2015


About the Role:

This role was created to bring professional expertise in membership management into The Housing Forum.  This role reports directly to the Chief Executive on membership retention, recruitment and member development through our cross industry collaboration on action research and innovative projects.


The maternity cover for the Membership and Development Manager will prioritise excellent on-going relationships with members and expand membership in all sectors. Specific targets are set for member recruitment and the Membership and Development Manager will perform to these at all times.


The Housing Forum Forum's member offer is delivered through a high-quality programme of events and workshops. The Membership and Development Manager will co-ordinate representation and member participation in the programme, identifying topics and speakers as part of the development of activities to support businesses through sharing and acquiring knowledge.


The Housing Forum Forum facilitate Working Groups on behalf of their membership and the outputs of these groups are industry-based research reports, supported by case studies. The Membership and Development Manager will undertake research, co-ordinate contributions and prepare written content for publication.


About You:

We are looking for a highly organised, flexible individual who can work independently on projects, identify new areas of opportunity and maximise the management of member data. The Housing Forum are expanding their offer through web based content and social media so will expect fluency and creativity in these areas.


Candidates are required to have significant and relevant experience of managing relationships at a senior level within a professional association, ideally a membership organisation, coupled with strong evidence of good written content with the ability to prepare an excellent range of communications such as membership updates, web content and contributing to industry reports.


Evidence of managing multiple projects effectively, along with excellent communication skills and well-developed skills of managing meetings and following up on actions are also required.


Applicants must be available for work during January 2016 to November 2016 (the role may possibly extend to 12 months). Candidates must be available for the time leading up to The Housing Forum’s major event, the National Conference, which takes place in London on 26th May 2016.


To apply, please provide your CV, a covering letter and also a one page document outlining 3 key elements of a membership strategy and how you will deliver it. Please submit your application to Laura Waind (email outlined below) by 7th December. 



For an informal discussion, please contact Laura Waind or Chief Executive, Shelagh Grant