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Volunteer Online Sales Specialist

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During these uncertain times Oxfam’s work to tackle global poverty is more vital (and more challenging) than ever before. Can you help us raise money to support and empower some of the world’s most vulnerable communities?

We are looking for people with an eye for detail to help us research, prepare, photograph, describe and dispatch items for sale on Oxfam’s bespoke online shop. Our specialist online shop sells an eclectic range of clothing, accessories, books, music, film and homewares, sourced from our generous donors at Oxfam shops across the area. No prior experience is necessary - you will receive full training and support from our friendly and knowledgeable team.

We have put in place strict measures to ensure our working environment is as safe as possible for our team. Our shop is not open to members of the public so this is not a customer facing role. Comprehensive PPE and cleaning equipment is available, quarantine and distancing measures are in place and full training will be provided on shop safety procedures.

What you can do at the shop:

We believe in empowering our volunteers so, depending on your interests and what you would like to get out of the role, you can get involved with any of the following aspects of running the online shop (and more!):

  • Researching rare and valuable stock – and specialising in a certain category of stock if something in particular appeals to you
  • Preparation and presentation of stock
  • Photography and editing
  • Creating accurate and engaging online listings
  • Creating engaging content for the shop's social media platforms
  • Packaging and dispatching items
  • Promoting Oxfam’s aims and values

What we can offer:

Oxfam's core values are empowerment, inclusiveness and accountability, and we stand by these in all aspects of our work. When you volunteer with us you will have the opportunity to develop your skills (and enhance your CV) and bring your own ideas into the shop. You will be warmly welcomed and you will feel a sense of ownership over the work you do. We will provide full training, giving you the benefit of our experience. We provide references for our volunteers, and we believe nobody should be out of pocket to volunteer with us, so if you live outside the Cotham area we can help with reasonable travel costs.

What our team have to say about working at the shop:

“Oxfam has given me my first relevant volunteering experience – I’ve learnt about a range of different items as well as how an organisation works – and it gives me a chance each week to switch my focus away from uni work!”

“You come across lots of interesting items, but it can be a thrill when you find something rare or out of the ordinary”

“I’ve been here for four years and I love it – very friendly team, very varied – dealing with high end clothing, antiquarian books, household items and much more – it’s great to find new homes for unwanted goods”

What we ask for:

  • Enthusiasm for selling stuff online!
  • A willingness to learn and to work within Oxfam's core values
  • A commitment of a 3 hour shift per week
  • A commitment to abide by all shop health and safety processes

What your help will enable us to do:

2020/21 presented so many challenges to individuals, groups, organisations, businesses and charities. It has not been easy to keep going but we have all come such a long way. Oxfam's online shop teams were able to continue trading from the summer with very positive results. Our loyal customers and dedicated volunteers have been absolutely brilliant keeping the online shop going. Every pound raised in these incredibly challenging times supports Oxfam’s aim of ending extreme poverty. This income is vital to empower people to help themselves out of poverty, and, crucially, it allows us to act immediately when a disaster happens - saving lives and providing essential resources to help rebuild communities.

Can you help us raise as much as we can to continue our work this year? We won't live with poverty. If you feel the same way we would love to work with you!

How to apply:
Simply pop us an email and we will send you a short application form. From there, we can invite you in for a look around and a chat to see what you would like to get out of the role.

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Required Role

Volunteer Online Sales Specialist

Key responsibilities

We believe in empowering our volunteers so, depending on your interests and what you would like to get out of the role, you can get involved with any of the following aspects of running the online shop (and more!): Researching rare and valuable stock, preparation and presentation of stock, photography and editing, creating accurate and engaging online listings, creating engaging content for the shop's social media platforms, packaging and dispatching items, promoting Oxfam’s aims and values.

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  • IT, Computers and Web Skills
  • Non-discriminatory
  • Positive attitude

Desirable Skills

  • Communication
  • Marketing
  • Sales

Skill to gain

  • Communication
  • Initiative
  • IT, Computers and Web Skills
  • Marketing
  • Sales
  • Self Management

When can you do this role/Calendar

Minimum commitment level: Once a week

Start Date: 24-06-2021

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Location

Cotham Hill, Bristol BS6 6JR, UK
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