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HR Manager

Reference number: SW-013382
  • Salary: £37,000 - £39,325 p.a. (pro rata)
  • Job Type: Part-time
  • Employer: English for Action
  • Location: London
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Candidate specifications

We expect the applicant to meet most of the essentials listed here and some of the desirables. Nobody meets everything! A university degree is not a requirement, and experience can be in a paid or unpaid context. If you’re not sure about your suitability, please drop us a line.




Level 2 English and Maths (equivalent to GCSE A* to C or 4 and above)

Relevant professional certification such as a CIPD HR Course


Experience in Human Resources

Experience of developing and implementing HR policies and processes

Experience of managing recruitment processes underpinned by anti-oppressive or EDI good practice

Experience of meeting facilitation

Experience of advising and guiding staff on matters of HR strategy and practice

Experience of effective development coaching or management of colleagues

Experience of conducting difficult conversations and delivering feedback in a clear and empathetic way while maintaining professional boundaries

Experience of managing your own workload and competing priorities

Lived experience of learning English as an additional language and/or migration

Safeguarding experience

Experience or training in communication skills, mediation and/or training/facilitation.

Experience in groups with a decentralised structure; experience facilitating consent or similar group decision making processes

Experience of managing change or collaborative policy development


Knowledge of the most pressing issues and challenges facing migrants living and working in London.

Knowledge of HR best practice and a commitment to continuous self-development

Knowledge of, and dedication to, anti-oppression good practice within an organisational context as it relates to recruitment, decision making, facilitation, communication and culture

Knowledge of the UK charity sector and of charity legislation and governance.

Strong understanding of employment law

Skills, Abilities and Qualities

Ability to navigate difficult conversations with clarity, empathy and boundaries.

Approachable, with strong communication and listening skills and the ability to take on board multiple points of view while tracking needs, power and strategic priorities.

Enjoyment and determination in finding strategic and solutions-focused ways forward

Good verbal and written communication and able to explain complex and detailed policies or processes in a simple and concise manner

Self-motivated with an ability to prioritise effectively, especially in response to emerging need


Efficient, reliable and flexible, with excellent attention to detail and a systematic approach


Confidence working with, and improving, digital systems, including databases, spreadsheets and file and document management.

Enthusiasm for democratic and collaborative ways of working


A successful English for Action staff member needs to be….

– well-organised

– a good communicator

– enthusiastic

– able to work to strict deadlines

– able to self-motivate and prioritise competing tasks

– high literacy and numeracy and computer skills

– respectful and inclusive

– determined to create a more equal and fair world

– interested in people and their stories

– committed to collective working in a decentralised structure

– committed to our values and principles

Recruitment process / how to apply


We know applying to jobs can be time-consuming! And often, candidates with lots of relevant experience can be put off if they don’t fit every part of the job description.

So, we’re using an ‘Easy Apply’ form, where you can attach a CV and fill out three questions to express interest in this role. Even if you are not sure you quite fit all the specifications – give it a go. It may take as little as 10 minutes.


We’ll then encourage you to apply at Stage 2 if we feel you have relevant skills and experience. You’ll then have around two weeks to complete a few further questions.

Get in touch if you’d like to chat informally about any aspect of this job description or the role:

Email: Adela Belecova (HR subgroup member),

Date posted: 12/05/2023

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