Director

Recruiter
KENSINGTON & CHELSEA FOUNDATION
Location
West London, UK
Salary
Competitive
Posted
17 Aug 2019
Closes
30 Aug 2019
Ref
1237913573
Sector
Charity
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time
The Kensington & Chelsea Foundation, a trusted, independent local charity with a 10-year record of success, is searching for a dynamic new Director to lead us through an exciting period as we look to significantly grow our work across the borough. Since 2008, we've been bringing together charities, individuals, businesses and schools to address local disadvantage.

In that time, we've raised almost £13 million, with £6 million specifically supporting local, grassroots charities and £7 million raised in response to the tragedy at Grenfell Tower.

We've seen the transformative impact of our work in the borough but there's so much more to do. We're looking for someone who shares our ambition, possesses exceptional skills, gravitas and experience, who will lead and inspire our small team, working closely with our Board of Trustees, to scale up our programmes as we enter our next important phase.

Our unparalleled local relationships and in-depth understanding of our borough mean that we are uniquely placed to identify issues which disadvantage local people. We have big ambitions to significantly raise the level of funds, building on our track record which is most recently and notably illustrated in our role in relation to Grenfell.

As well as raising funds and other in-kind resources, we inspire change by sharing our ideas and research and through partnerships. We work closely with our local charity partners and with input from local people to ensure the funding we raise is used to best effect and goes where it's needed most. Our current focus is on supporting children and young people, enhancing skills and employment and combating isolation and loneliness.

Our small team played a major role in response to the fire at Grenfell Tower in June 2017, raising over £7.1 million. We worked closely with our local community partners with £5.2 million distributed quickly to the survivors and the bereaved and to local organisations on the frontline. The remaining funds are committed to be spent in the next two years on projects to support people in North Kensington on the journey to healing. These projects have been developed by listening to and working with the local community.

Key Responsibilities of the role
  • Setting strategic direction with the Board of Trustees and staff team
  • Increasing our annual turnover with a diversified and sustainable fundraising strategy
  • Sustaining and strengthening our position as a leading organisation in the borough through effective media and by representing us at meetings and events
  • Identifying, building and maintaining strategic partnerships which will further our work to improve local lives
  • Leading on disseminating our new brand (currently in development)
  • Leading on our highly regarded grant-making programmes
  • Providing dynamic leadership to our team so they are able to perform to the highest level
  • Attending, supporting and answering to the Board of Trustees at four meetings annually
  • Overseeing all operational activities and monitoring and reporting to the Board on performance against objectives

Experience, skills and attributes

As our Director, you'll have:
  • a clear commitment to our vision, mission and values
  • experience of developing and delivering strategic plans whilst overseeing their implementation
  • proven ability to identify and secure new fundraising income streams to enable strategic growth
  • experience of encouraging individual and corporate donors
  • a knowledge of community engagement and innovative grant-making
  • proven track record of budget planning and financial management
  • emotional intelligence and empathy and personal gravitas
  • a naturally collaborative approach to working and a hands-on attitude
  • a knowledge of communications and marketing campaigns
  • outstanding written communication, presentation and interpersonal skills, able to engage with a range of stakeholders including businesses, donors, volunteers, foundations, and people of all ages and from all backgrounds across the borough
  • experience of project management with the ability to successfully deliver multiple projects
  • knowledge of the third sector and charities' legal and regulatory obligations
  • experience of inspiring, developing and leading a team to deliver on ambitious strategic objectives
  • experience of working with and influencing a Board of Trustees
  • an entrepreneurial, adaptable, and innovative approach to planning and delivery
  • broad IT competence
  • a willingness to work evenings and weekends when the role requires

See the attached role profile for full details.

Application Process

To apply for this position, please submit your CV and a supporting statement that fully addresses the appointment criteria (maximum 2 pages of A4). Please also include the names and contact details of two referees who will only be contacted once your permission has been granted.

Deadline for applications: Thursday 19 September at 5pm

First Round Interviews: Friday 4 October

Final Interviews: tbc

These dates may be subject to change and applicants will be advised in advance should this happen.

NB Shortlisted candidates may be required to undertake additional assessment before or after the final interview.

Please send applications by email to the current Director, Susan Dolton, at Sdolton@thekandcfoundation.com If you have any queries or wish to have an informal discussion about the role, please contact Susan by email or on 020 7229 5499. For any further information, please visit thekandcfoundation.com

No agencies.

Registered charity no. 1125940

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