Volunteering Vacancies

Apply to become National Chair or Deputy Chair - Apply online here. See information below about the National Chair and Deputy Chair positions. 

Apply for other current vacancies - Contact the relevant Region or National team. State "Volunteering with NAWIC" in the subject line and send a brief message telling us which role(s) you are interested in and why. See information below about our current vacancies. 

Apply to set up a new Regional Committee Contact the National team. State "Setting up a regional committee" in the subject line and send a brief message telling us why you would like to volunteer and include any ideas you have. See information below about setting up a new regional committee. 

 

Some of the benefits of volunteering for NAWIC include:

  • Develop existing/gain new personal and professional skills, knowledge and experience
  • Contribute to making positive changes in the construction industry
  • Make a difference and add value to others’ careers
  • Comradeship within a committee of like-minded individuals
  • Opportunity to take a platform, use your voice and influence within your region
  • Provides a strong sense of purpose for a subject you feel passionate about
  • The latest industry awareness through a well-informed network of professionals

 

National Chair and Deputy Chair positions

At our National AGM on 3rd November 2022, our current National Chair and Deputy Chair will step down after a year of serving in their roles. We are therefore welcoming applications for either position.

Our new Chair/Deputy Chair 'rolling handover' process:

  • The Deputy Chair takes over the role of Chair after the Chair has served a one-year term, and a new Deputy Chair is appointed.
  • This means that candidates for Deputy Chair should be willing to make a volunteering commitment of two years, initially serving for one year as Deputy Chair, then for one year as Chair. And candidates for Chair should be willing to make a volunteering commitment of one year.
  • The one-year period may be extended to two years, if agreed in advance by all relevant parties.

Chair outline responsibilities:

  • Leads the National Committee Members in planning and implementing a National Committee strategy. This strategy may be based on a theme, e.g. Health & Wellness, or Digital Technology, and includes any campaigns or events that the National Committee wishes to run, communications and marketing to support those campaigns, etc.
  • Ensures that necessary actions are carried out, such as quarterly Treasury and website processes.
  • Meets with Regional Committee Chairs on a monthly basis to discuss their successes and challenges, any support required, and ensure that necessary actions are carried out.
  • Coordinates and Chairs the National AGM (held in November).

Deputy Chair outline responsibilities:

  • The Deputy Chair supports the Chair in leading the National Committee, as above, then takes over the role of Chair after one year (or two, if agreed by all relevant parties in advance).

Candidate criteria:
Experience in leadership roles is not essential. What we are looking for is people who:

  • are passionate about our purpose of building an equitable and inspiring construction industry.
  • are willing to listen to and learn from their volunteering colleagues.
  • are proactive and can delegate sensitively and effectively.
  • are patient, understanding the challenges of juggling volunteering with other roles, but can also hold Committee Members to account for agreed activities.
  • are realistic and honest about the time commitment they can make. It is better to start slow and steady than to commit to too much without being able to fulfil any goals.

Other information:

  • Candidates can be based anywhere in the UK, Ireland or Jersey.
  • Realistically, the minimum time commitment is 1-2 hours per week for each of these roles. At busier times of the year, for example, in the run up to the National Conference or AGM, this may increase. Of course, your time input depends on how you work, and your agreed commitments with the National Committee. However, we encourage candidates to be realistic and honest about the time commitment they can manage, and we never expect or encourage any Committee Members to volunteer more hours than is appropriate for their own circumstances.
  • Candidates will ideally have some familiarity with NAWIC, through attending events or volunteering with us nationally or regionally. However, this is not essential and we welcome applications from those who are new to NAWIC.
  • NAWIC is run by Committees of volunteers. Though certain expenses may be paid where appropriate, both the Chair and Deputy Chair roles are voluntary, unpaid positions.

 

Current NAWIC Vacancies

NATIONAL COMMITTEE
Website Coordinator 
- a new role which will involve supporting our members with website-based issues such as account queries and password resets, helping our Committees with technical aspects of the website such as updating pages and adding events, and liaising with our webmaster to tackle any tricky issues. The ideal person for this role will have had at least some experience working with the 'back end' of websites, though we are happy to hear from anyone who is on their way to 'wiz-dom' rather than already an expert.
NAWIC Wellness Club Coordinator - responsible for our new inclusive Wellness Club, intended to unite NAWIC members and non-members under the banner of wellness and/or a shared passion for sports. In this role you will keep an encouraging eye on the Wellness Club Strava and Facebook accounts, focussing on engagement within the Wellness Club Community to inspire and support fellow 'Wellness Clubbers' - this could simply be helping people connect at already-existing external events, or creating new opportunities for people to get involved.


SCOTLAND COMMITTEE
Treasurer
- responsible for general oversight of funds and financial recordkeeping, creation of a brief annual financial report (1/2 A4 page) for AGM, and working with the National treasurer on a quarterly basis to coordinate Membership payments.
Event Coordinator(s) - responsible for proposing ideas, helping schedule an annual programme (minimum one event per quarter) and organising events.
Social Media Coordinator(s) - responsible for posting about regional activity, such as NAWIC events and Committee Member profiles, on whichever platform(s) the Region finds most appropriate. 


LONDON COMMITTEE
NAWIC London and South East is the largest of the NAWIC UK groups, this means we are always interested in hearing in from people who want to support and can join the team to help provide a great service for our members.
As well as organising a range of networking, training and personal development events where our members have the opportunity to meet each other and grow their network, we also collaborate with a variety of diversity-driven organisations by partnering on events, sharing best practice and opportunities. To do this we have a committee, chaired by Annie, so we can smoothly and efficiently make this happen, and so as we continue to grow we are looking for new people to join!
Currently we have a few volunteer vacancies up, so have a read through them and if you feel you are a good match please click here to fill out our application form.

Summary of General Committee Member Volunteer Role:
This role is to support our existing members and make your mark in the team with new ideas and involvement. This could involve: Attending and supporting our live and online events, managing social media, arranging future events, creating presentations, graphics for events, managing the website and mailers to hands on setting up events.

Skills necessary:
A key characteristics for this person, is to take responsibility - for your own projects you take on for the committee, meeting deadlines and attending when expected. Of course as a team we are here to help and guide, so you won’t be alone, we work together.

  • Attending the monthly committee meetings, usually 6/6.30pm one weeknight evening, once a month. Alternating monthly between virtual and in person.
  • Be friendly and approachable and eager to spread the appreciation and word of Women in Construction
  • Strong communication skills is a benefit to confidently liaise with suppliers, members and the team.
  • To be a problem solver, resolving issues quickly and effectively.

To note is it not essential to already be a NAWIC London committee member to be considered for this position.

One more thing… If this doesn’t sound  like the right role for you, but a friend or colleague of yours springs to mind, feel free to share this vacancy with them to let them know about it. Alternatively if you feel this volunteer role is a bit too much for your right now, but you would like to support the NAWIC London team in another way, we would still love to hear from you.

You can email london@nawic.co.uk for more information.

Or click here to see how you can arrange and support a one off event (with help from the team)



Set Up a New Regional Committee

England - East
England - Midlands
England - South West
Northern Ireland
Republic of Ireland
Wales

How it works - Each new Regional Committee must have a minimum of 2 Committee Members - a Chair and a Deputy Chair. There must also be a person assigned to the role of Treasurer (this could be the Deputy Chair). There are some minimum requirements for regional activity, but volunteers are not expected to devote all their spare time to NAWIC, and are instead encouraged to be realistic about their time commitments. In regions which cover large geographic areas, Regional Committees are not expected to host NAWIC events across the entire region. Following is a general outline of the Chair, Deputy and Treasurer roles, plus others which Committees may wish to assign:

Chair - collaborates with Committee Members to set and carry out regional annual aims, which may include organising events, collaborating with other regional organisations, organising schools engagement, or anything else you and your team set out to do. As you settle into your role, you will find ways to learn about the needs of your Regional Members and feed that learning back into regional aims. Experience in leadership is not necessarily required. More importantly, applicants should be passionate about our purpose of building an equitable and inspiring construction industry.
Deputy Chair - supports the Chair in leading the Regional Committee, and takes over the role of Chair after the agreed period (either 1 or 2 years).
Treasurer - responsible for general oversight of funds and financial recordkeeping, creation of a brief annual financial report (1/2 A4 page) for AGM, and working with the National treasurer on a quarterly basis to coordinate Membership payments.
Event Coordinator(s) - responsible for proposing ideas, helping schedule an annual programme (minimum one event per quarter) and organising events.
Social Media Coordinator(s) - responsible for posting about regional activity, such as NAWIC events and Committee Member profiles, on whichever platform(s) the Region finds most appropriate.