Chief Executive Officer

  • Job Reference: 00000402-1
  • Date posted: 26 March 2021
  • Recruiter: Young Citizens
  • Location: London
  • Salary: £60,000
  • Sector: Children & Young People, Education/Training
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Work hours: Full Time

Job description

We’re looking for a Chief Executive Officer to drive the growth of Young Citizens, and ensure that citizenship becomes an increasingly integral part of education in the UK.

Closing date: Monday 26th April

Today’s young citizens are shining a light on critical issues such as Climate Change, Black Lives Matter and LGBT+ rights. The potential for the UK’s youth to actively drive true change and impact within society, through campaigning and education, has never been greater.

Young Citizens is a national charity working to promote citizenship education and social action throughout primary and secondary education in the UK. We operate as a crucial support system for young people and educators alike. Through a range of initiatives, including education programmes such as the Make a Difference Challenge and Democracy Ambassadors, and immersive learning experiences such as the National Bar Mock Trials, Young Citizens actively engages over 350,000 children aged 5-18 years old every year. We operate at the intersection of politics, the law, social action and the media, and the work we do has never been more important or influential.

This is an outstanding opportunity to join and lead Young Citizens and build a stronger and more effective organisation that champions active citizenship for life.

As our next Chief Executive, you join us at a pivotal time. With a 30-year heritage, a respected position in education and education policy, and a highly energised team, we are looking for a strategic and hands-on leader who can help us work smarter and improve our impact in a post-pandemic world.

You must have social action in your DNA. You must also be aligned to our values, have a track-record that demonstrates commercial acumen and innovation in business development and fundraising, be able to galvanize teams and effectively engage senior stakeholders, including policy makers and the media.

How to apply

If you think this describes you – and you care passionately about empowering future generations of young citizens to positively shape society – then please get in touch.

Click here to access the Recruitment pack for this position.

To apply for this position, please click the 'Apply for this job now' button to submit your CV (no more than 3 A4 pages) together with a supporting statement (no more than 3 A4 pages).

Please ensure that your application addresses the appointment criteria in the person specification.

You should provide the names, positions, organisations and contact telephone numbers of two referees, one of whom should be your current or most recent employer.

References will only be taken once your express permission has been granted. We would also be grateful if you could let us know if you will require any special provision as a result of any disability should you be called for interview.

Finally, please ensure that you have included your mobile and home telephone numbers, as well as dates when you will not be available or might have difficulty with the indicative timetable.


Deadline for applications: 10am on Monday 26th April 2021

Shortlisted candidates informed by Friday 30th April Panel

Interviews (1st stage): 6th and 7th May

Final Interviews: 14th May 2021

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