Office Manager

Part-time position. Fixed-term 12-month contract. 


Do you want to help create a better food system?  

Then come and be an instrumental part of our friendly team! 


Growing Communities is a pioneering community-led organisation based in Hackney, providing a real, practical alternative to the current damaging food system - changing what we eat, how we eat and how it’s farmed.  

We run a successful organic fruit and veg scheme in Hackney and the farmers’ market in Stoke Newington and we grow fruit and veg in Hackney and Dagenham. We run a wholesale warehouse and help new entrants into farming and food production. We also consider the bigger picture and work to create wider change: promoting our vision, campaigning in support of our aims and supporting other organisations in the movement. 

We’re looking for an organised, practical and adaptable Office Manager to provide a strong foundation for our central processes and physical office space. This is a great role for you if you live locally and would like to work in our friendly and interesting team, leaving lots of time for whatever else you have going on in life. Exact hours can be agreed to suit you. The position is fixed term for 12 months, as part of a maternity cover arrangement, with potential for extension subject to budget. 



  • 3 or 3.5 days per week (22.5 - 30 hours per week) over 3 or 4 days as agreed between 9.30-5.30pm, to include Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays 
  • £17.09 an hour (£33,322.05 a year pro-rata)  
  • 5% contributory pension available. 
  • 33 days annual leave (pro-rata) 
  • Benefits: 30% discount on Growing Communities fruit and veg bags; access to free telephone counselling sessions 
  • Working from office based at: The Old Fire Station, 61 Leswin Road, N16 7NX 

This job is open to everyone, regardless of background. We acknowledge that the environmental sector is less ethnically diverse than we'd like and we’re committed to doing what we can to correct this. We especially want to hear from you if you feel that opportunities like this are less available to you, or you don’t see yourself represented very often in the environmental or sustainable food sectors.  

Office Manager job description and person spec - 2024.docx


How to apply

Please take time to read the job description and person specification, and then email the following to Katy Barker, Senior Manager, by 9am on Monday 8 July: 

  • Your CV and cover letter (no more than two pages each) making sure to address how you meet each of the ‘essential’ attributes in the person specification, as well as any of the ‘desirable’ attributes if applicable.  
  • The days/times that you would be available to work (between Mon-Fri, 9.30am-5.30pm). 
  • the Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form. 
  • Any availability issues we should know about regarding the below planned interview dates. 

Recruitment Monitoring Form 2024.docx


The recruitment process

We will be assessing candidates based on how well they meet the person specification.  

First stage interview during the week beginning 15 July 

Second stage interview during week 29 July 

Closing date for applications: 9am, Monday 8 July 


Send applications to Katy Barker,

If you have any questions about the role or the recruitment process, email Katy to arrange a time for an informal phone call. 


Visit our Get involved page for other ways to work with us or volunteer on our Hackney market gardens. We advertise our traineeships in late January/early February.

And check out Roots to Work for a comprehensive list of sustainable food jobs across the UK.

Take a look at the Better Food Traders website for details of other veg schemes in our network that welcome volunteers.

Growing Communities, The Old Fire Station, 61 Leswin Road, London N16 7NX

Better Food Shed, 47 Thames Road, Barking, London IG11 0HQ

Growing Communities Dagenham Farm, Luke Allsopp Square, by Central Park, off Rainham Road North, RM10 7EJ