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;
- Manage the safeguarding process, supporting the designated Safeguarding Officer
- To be involved in devising opportunities for young people to recognise spirituality as a resource;
- To develop relationship with churches.
- 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.
- 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
- 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
- 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.
We want to hear from all interested candidates, if you would like to discuss the role please email firstname.lastname@example.org
We will add an application form to the website on 4 January. Closing date 29th January.