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DIRECTOR

An exciting opportunity for the  right person to grow  the charity, develop relationships with key partners and stakeholders; be the face of the charity and voice for marginalised young people in a variety of settings and work with the trustees to achieve our mission and vision.

 

Responsible to:       Chair of Trustees

Salary:                       £35,000 pa

Hours:                        40 hours per week based at Ignite Office, Wealdstone Harrow 

Ignite is a Christian charity, working equally with young people of all faiths and none. It is faith based but not faith biased.  There is a genuine occupational requirement for this post holder to be a practicing Christian and so the Employment Equality (Religion and Belief) Regulations 2003 Section 7.2 applies to this post.

Leading and managing the organisation:

The leader of Ignite is key in developing the organisation in response to the needs of young people and Harrow community:

  • identifying opportunities for new projects,
  • working with the trustees and team to deliver them
  • ensuring that we are journeying with young people to enable them to leave anti-social behaviour, gang involvement and exploitative relationships behind and move on to education, training or employment.

 

This will involve enabling staff and volunteers to work as a team with a sense of purpose and celebration of achievement every single day by:

  • Providing leadership direction in weekly team meetings, reviewing projects and issues in monthly line management meetings and leading annual appraisals;
  • Taking an active part in the youth projects, as a project team member or cover staff, to ensure familiarity with young people and current issues
  • Working with the Operations Manager to ensure that everyone is focused on achieving the outputs and outcomes agreed by the funders and helping to prepare the required reports;
  • Working with fundraiser to ensure that we can cover the agreed priorities and ensure we are on track to fundraise the expenditure needed each year;
  • Working with the Financial Administrator and Treasurer to ensure that the organisation has the human, material and financial resources it needs to operate effectively;

Promoting the organisation:

  • Protecting and enhancing the reputation of the organisation;
  • Seeking opportunities to expand and promote awareness of the organisation’s work;
  • Assisting in the formulation of marketing strategies, including new media;
  • Overseeing the regular updating of the website, production of a newsletter and other communications with supporters;

Working with the board:

  • With the Chair, ensuring that the board of trustees regularly reviews the organisation’s strategic plan, policies and risk assessments;
  • Reporting to the board on organisational progress in the agreed strategic objectives;
  • Working with the trustees to ensure that the organisation fulfils its constitutional, regulatory and legal obligations;

Safeguarding

  • Manage the safeguarding process, supporting the designated Safeguarding Officer

Faith

  • To be involved in devising opportunities for young people to recognise spirituality as a resource;
  • To develop relationship with churches.

 

Additional

  • To undertake training as required;
  • To keep up to date with trends within youth work in general and policies within government funding, spotting opportunities for the development of the work of Ignite;
  • To undertake such other duties as the Chair may from time to time require.

 

Person Specification

 Experience:

  •  A degree in Youth and Community Work or Social Work
  • Significant experience of youth work 
  • Experience of managing a team of youth workers, preferably in a youth focused charity
  • Working with Charitable trusts and foundations on agreed targets.
  • Experience of working in the voluntary sector
  • Working in partnerships with other organisations and local/central goverment
  • Experience and evidence of successful fundraising from Trusts and Foundations, donors, events 

 

Skills:

  • An understanding of youth work and provision for young people
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Confident with budgets
  • Experience of working to and achieving targets and KPIs
  • IT literate - strong knowledge of Microsoft Excel, Word and Outlook is required.
  • Effective time management skills
  • Ability to think outside the box and develop programs and vision
  • Ability to make reasoned decisions
  • Ability to plan and prioritise workload within a context of multiple demands
  • Ability to relate to and work with professionals in a variety of contexts
  • Excellent presentation skills
  • An understanding of social media in relation to fundraising and charity communications

 

Attributes:

  • A confident and articulate individual able to communicate effectively with colleagues, professionals and members of the wider community.
  • Someone who naturally able to see the bigger picture.
  • Ability to work effectively as part of a team and under your own initiative.
  • Dynamic and enthusiastic.
  • Ability to work under pressure.

 

Application Process

We want to hear from all interested candidates,  if you would like to discuss the role please email lburke@ignitetrust.org.uk

We will add an application form to the website on 4 January. Closing date 29th January.