Chief Executive

  • Job Reference: 5388
  • Date posted: 25 September 2017
  • Recruiter: Russam GMS
  • Location: Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
  • Salary: £80,000 to £90,000
  • Sector: Children & Young People, International Development & Disaster Relief
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Work hours: Full Time

Job description

The Client
Established 49 years ago, SOS Children’s Villages UK is an independent charity and a member of an International Federation of 133 SOS Member Associations, working to give orphaned and abandoned children a stable and happy family life in 135 countries around the globe.

SOS is at an exciting point in their development in the UK and are seeking a CEO that will help them grow so that they can help even more children worldwide.

The Role
In this unique and exciting opportunity, the role of the Chief Executive will be to grow the SOS organisation in the UK in terms of awareness, reputation and revenue, in order to increase the amount it contributes to helping orphaned and abandoned children worldwide.

Responsibilities include:

  • Reviewing the existing strategy, making decisions on phasing and on where resources should be deployed, integrating UK plans and strategies into broader SOS International plans and strategies.
  • Ensuring the financial health and on-going well-being of the organisation and developing financial budgets and plans for multi-channel fundraising activities.
  • Managing the financial policies, processes and mechanisms underpinning the transfer of funds within the Federation.
  • Building, motivating and retaining an effective and efficient team, leading UK co-workers, ensuring they work in a supportive and productive environment, are well-informed and engaged with decisions and information which impact their role, responsibilities, performance and relationships.
  • Ensure management and operational processes are fit for purpose, effective and efficient.
  • Grow SOS UK’s use of social media, internet and technology in fundraising and managing sponsors/donors.
  • Contribute to the strategic direction and management of the Federation, particularly in the core area of fundraising.
  • Understand international strategies, priorities and plans and likely impacts on UK operation.
  • Represent SOS UK to raise the profile and to generate funding opportunities and within the SOS Federation.

This role is based at SOS UK's office in Cambridge.

The Candidate
We are looking for an effective leader and excellent communicator; someone who has the credibility to raise the profile of the organisation, to motivate staff, volunteers and supporters and to develop relationships through highly effective influencing skills. The ideal candidate must have proven strategic leadership skills gained in an organisation of comparable size and complexity, ideally in the not for profit sector.

You must also have:

  • Degree level or equivalent professional qualification.
  • Experience of developing and delivering growth strategies in an income generating environment.
  • Excellent knowledge of a broad range of fundraising and related consumer marketing activities, such as increasing awareness, encouraging new ideas and identifying innovative new income streams, together with the ability to think laterally and creatively about funding opportunities and projects.
  • Experience of reputation management and dealing with senior level contacts both internally and externally.
  • Track record of effectively managing consolidation while driving a growth agenda.
  • Proven track record of effective staff leadership.
  • Evidence of being a clear and persuasive communicator capable of delivering complex messages to a variety of audiences, raising the profile of SOS Children’s Villages.
  • Strong financial and business acumen, ability to manage budgets and a track record of developing long term strategic plans to ensure the continued viability of the organisation.
  • Understanding of digital media and web development.
  • Excellent planning, organisational and problem solving skills with the ability to develop new approaches.
  • Can develop good partnerships, relationships and links with others and has an ability to exert positive influence with all stakeholders.

The person we are looking for will be a visionary leader committed to SOS UK’s purpose.  They will have a heart for the work SOS UK does, the skills and experience to lead them, and an appetite for the challenges and opportunities ahead.

More Information
For more information on this role please download the Candidate Information Pack.

Closing date for applications is Friday 20th October 2017.