Farms for City Children is seeking an outstanding individual with strong leadership and management skills and a track record of income generation to drive forward the strategic and operational development of the Charity. This will include leading Farms for City Children through a time of change as it considers an exciting expansion plan, including the possible acquisition of a fourth farm.
You will be passionate about children, the countryside and farming. You will be able to provide the leadership and vision to motivate staff, Trustees and other internal and external stakeholders. You will have experience of developing successful partnerships, and will have knowledge of appropriate sector networks and where strategic developmental opportunities may be found. An important part of the role is to act as an advocate and ambassador for the Charity, and you will relish the opportunity to use your excellent interpersonal and stakeholder management skills and gravitas to represent Farms for City Children at all levels and to inspire fundraising and other income generating activities.
You will have overall responsibility for all staff, and for fostering a productive and friendly work environment. The ability to provide strong collaborative leadership to a relatively small but diverse and geographically dispersed team is key to the role.
We are looking for an inspiring and skilful leader; someone who is happy to be hands on and yet can still be strategic. You will be comfortable in being accountable for all elements of a small yet relatively complex organisation where the safety and welfare of the children is key.
The role offers a great opportunity to the right candidate: autonomy, responsibility and the ability to work with trustees, our dedicated farm teams, partner farmers and other stakeholders to shape our future. It also offers a wonderful working and living environment based in Exeter, with regular travel to our stunning farms.
About Farms for City Children
‘Almost 100,000 children have been to one of our farms. But it should be millions. It’s a week that builds their self-confidence and self-worth as they work on the farm, a week full of fun too, the most memorable week of their young lives. What we do is more necessary than ever as children become ever more disconnected from the countryside, the environment, and the source of the food they eat’
Michael Morpurgo, author, Founder and Trustee
Farms for City Children was established in 1976 by Michael and Clare Morpurgo to give primary school children from deprived urban areas the chance to become an integral part of one of our three working farms in Devon, Pembrokeshire and Gloucestershire for a whole week. The children, with their teachers, work the farms, explore the countryside and find out where good food comes from.
Some of the children we took to the farms had very difficult and chaotic lives. We took them out of a very difficult environment where they were unable to socialise and didn’t know how to share and put them into a totally different world. It was a haven where they could thrive.
Teacher from London who has brought children to our farms for 14 years
For further information, please download the supporting document which provides details of the Job Description and Personal Specification. Further details about the Charity are available on our website.
Please submit the following via the apply button below.
- A statement setting out clearly how you meet the selection criteria detailed in the person specification and the job description
- A current CV together with the contact details of at least two referees, one of whom should be your current or most recent employer. We will not contact your referees prior to interview.
The closing date for applications is noon on Friday 15th December 2017. Applications cannot be accepted after this time.