Director

Recruiter
ASYLUM SUPPORT APPEALS PROJECT
Location
London (Greater)
Salary
£42,650 plus benefits
Posted
05 Oct 2017
Closes
05 Nov 2017
Sector
Charity
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time

ASAP is Recruiting for a Director

Do you believe in access to justice?

Are you committed to reducing destitution amongst those seeking safety in the UK?

Are you a tenacious and experienced leader?

This is an excellent opportunity to lead an exciting and well respected organisation and make a real difference to the lives of persons seeking asylum across the UK. ASAP is a small national charity based in East London which punches well above its weight. We are the leading experts in asylum support law and exist to reduce destitution amongst asylum seekers by protecting their legal rights to food and shelter.

We are a team of 10 employed staff and over 45 volunteer solicitor and barrister advocates, carrying out the following activities:

  • We offer free, high-quality legal representation and advice to over 700 asylum seekers and refused asylum seekers appealing against the Home Office decision to refuse or withdraw their housing, financial subsistence, or both.
  • We provide asylum support advice and training to frontline organisations, advice agencies and legal practitioners working with asylum seekers. We provide a range of training options and operate an Advice Line and online forum for over 700 members.
  • We use our evidence base to carry out policy, lobbying and litigation to improve policies and procedures on asylum support.

You can find further information about ASAP’s work from our annual reports and our strategic plan available on our website.

Details of the post:

  • ASAP offers a generous leave package of 30 days per annum plus bank holidays
  • 35 hours per week with the option to work flexibly around our core hours 10am – 4pm
  • Annual salary of £42,650 inclusive of inner London Weighting
  • 5% Pension contribution
  • Based at our East London Offices – Trinity Buoy Wharf (with a river view!)

The closing date for applications is 9am Monday 16th October 2017

Interviews will take place on Monday 30th October 2017 in London.

Please note if you are invited to interview we can only reimburse local travel costs (within London). We are also happy to arrange interviews via skype.

Please note WE DO NOT ACCEPT CV’s

If you would like to have an informal conversation about the post, please contact Hazel Williams on 020 3716 0284 (ex 208).

The Job Description – Director

Purpose of the Post

  • To provide leadership and strategic direction to ASAP, together with the Management Committee, in order to achieve the organisation’s aims and objectives
  • To have overall management responsibility for ASAP’s work, staff members and resources
  • To develop ASAP and its work in line with the strategic direction of the organisation as approved by the Management Committee

Areas of responsibility

Leadership and strategy

  1. To provide leadership and strategic direction to ASAP in accordance with its aims and objectives ensuring implementation and monitoring of the strategic plan
  2. To convene and service the Management Committee meetings and its sub-committees and to report to the Management Committee on the organisation’s work
  3. To work with the Management Committee to ensure that ASAP complies with all the legal and regulatory requirements as a registered charity and company

Operation and quality

  1. To be responsible for the overall operational management of ASAP and to ensure smooth running of the organisation’s work and administration of the office, liaising with staff and others as required
  2. To ensure that appropriate policies, procedures and systems are in place, in line with the Advice Quality Mark requirements and other identified quality assurance systems.
  3. To co-ordinate monitoring and evaluation of ASAP’s work by maintaining effective monitoring systems and ensure that ASAP complies with funders’ requirements and reporting conditions.
  4. To have line-management responsibility for staff members and volunteers, including recruitment, induction, supervision and appraisal.

Policy, lobbying and publicity

  1. To develop ASAP’s policy and lobbying strategy on asylum support issues as they are relevant to the organisation’s aims and ensure that ASAP’s perspectives on relevant policy developments are disseminated to the relevant stakeholders
  2. To represent ASAP at meetings, events, conferences and other opportunities to ensure that the organisation has a positive public profile
  3. To actively develop stakeholder relationships with relevant organisations in and outside the sector to represent the interests of ASAP and its beneficiaries
  4. To oversee and develop effective publicity and communications strategy for ASAP and to ensure that all staff members adhere to it
  5. To ensure that all reports, publications and responses reflect and are aligned with ASAP’s strategic and policy priorities and meet ASAP’s quality standards

Finance and fundraising

  1. To oversee ASAP’s financial management, including setting and managing the budget, managing the collation and audit of annual accounts, ensuring that appropriate financial control systems are in place, maintained and reviewed and that necessary book-keeping tasks are carried out;
  2. To develop ASAP’s fundraising strategy and submit funding bids in accordance with it
  3. To ensure that the service delivery and reporting requirements of all the funders are fully met

Other

  1. To attend regular supervision meetings with the Chair or the designated person on the Management Committee
  2. To ensure that all work carried out will be in the best interest of asylum-seekers and refugees and in accordance with Equal Opportunities and Confidentiality policies
  3. To be available to work some evenings and weekends (for which Time Off in Lieu will be given) to comply with the needs of the ASAP
  4. To uphold the ethos and protect the good name of the ASAP
  5. To carry out additional duties as agreed from time to time between the post-holder and the Management Committee

Person Specification

Essential unless indicated otherwise.

Leadership and Strategy

  • At least 2 years’ experience of working in a leadership role within the voluntary sector
  • Experience of working with a board of trustees and sub-committees
  • Experience of setting strategy and measuring its impact

Beneficiary Voice

  • Commitment to asylum/asylum support/social justice issues and knowledge of Asylum Support in the UK.

Operation and quality

  • Knowledge of independent advice service provision
  • Experience of successfully developing and managing projects which deliver services to disadvantaged individuals
  • Experience of maintaining effective monitoring systems and ability to set up new systems
  • Ability to prepare and write monitoring reports to funders and boards of trustees or similar (experience desirable)
  • Ability to draft and review organisational policies (experience desirable)

Staff

  • Experience of recruiting and managing staff members and volunteers

Policy, lobbying and publicity

  • Excellent written and spoken communication skills with experience of successfully influencing a range of audiences
  • Experience of developing and implementing a policy and advocacy strategy
  • Track record of representing an organisation externally and developing relationships with other organisations

Finance and fundraising

  • Experience of drafting and managing budgets for projects or an organisation
  • Experience of maintaining a financial control system and ability to carry out book-keeping and bank reconciliations
  • Demonstrable track record of trust fundraising and ability to fundraise from a wide range of sources (desirable)

Other

  • Excellent IT and administrative skills
  • Ability to work some evenings and weekends and occasional travel outside London to carry out work for ASAP