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Making The Leap
London 5.98 miles
£60,000 per year
Exciting opportunity for a motivated and skilled all-rounder to lead a new initiative supporting racialised minority charity professionals
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London, Greater London 5.98 miles
£60,000 per year
Permanent, Full-time
This recruiter is scheduling interviews as the applications come in. So apply now!
Job description

This is an exciting opportunity for a motivated and skilled all-rounder to lead a new initiative that will support racialised minority charity professionals to progress in the sector.

Making The Leap is a small and innovative social justice charity that aims to make a big difference. From direct delivery, to advocacy and leadership, we refuse to stay in our lane and believe passionately that those we exist to serve have the right to be anything they want to be. To say that this is an exciting time for the organisation would be an understatement, as our incredible funders, donors, partners and supporters have given us the chance to move to the next level, and have further influence and delivery nationally.

The shared soul of the organisation is to be passionate about helping young people from less-advantaged backgrounds; build up other charities and community groups and want to partner with them or support them; want to work with businesses and organisations to get things done; and care deeply about addressing racial inequity generally (and anti-Blackness in particular). The people here work hard, are good at what they do, and for so many it is ‘home’, with an average tenure of 11 years.

The organisation has a number of strands: core Making The Leap; the UK Social Mobility Awards; the Social Mobility Podcast and our brand new initiative Black Charity Leaders. Your remit will be to set-up and run Black Charity Leaders.

Location - Kensal Green, London

Due to Covid-19 and the current situation, the role is temporarily home-based.

The Role

The Executive Director of Black Charity Leaders will set up a brand-new initiative to create a network for Black and other racialised minority people, who are charity sector professionals. The initiative will promote the advancement of race equality through the personal and professional development of executives and emerging leaders from underrepresented groups.

The successful candidate will be responsible for creating the strategy and roll-out of the new organisation while working closely with the Making The Leap senior leadership team. They will develop the programme of work, the offer, and they will be responsible for generating income to grow the initiative through memberships, sponsorship and funding.

PRINCIPAL ACCOUNTABILITIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Lead strategy, innovation & growth

  • Develop and implement the initiative’s strategy in partnership with the Making The Leap CEO
  • Develop and promote a new membership scheme
  • Stay on top of market trends and innovation in order to actively seek out and operationalise opportunities for further development of the initiative

Build partnerships and engagement

  • Develop a broad network across corporates and individuals aligned to the purpose of Black Charity Leaders to sustain and grow the initiative through fundraising and other support
  • Support the personal and professional development, involvement and representation of Black and other racialised minority professionals
  • Develop a collection of resources and introductions which will be useful to emerging and experienced leaders
  • Promote the ideas, influence and impact of Black Charity Leaders through an effective network

Communications

  • Develop the membership communications strategy, framework and processes to maximise awareness amongst key membership segments
  • Develop a cohesive and active social media presence which effectively communicates Black Charity Leaders' initiatives

General

  • Develop and maintain excellent working relations with internal and external stakeholders at all levels
  • Leverage and partner with Making The Leap colleagues to “get things done” when support is needed
  • Represent the organisation at all times, including in stakeholder meetings and speaking events

PERSON SPECIFICATION

Experience of:

  • Having led in the strategy, development or systems of a new programme or organisation
  • The not-for-profit sector
  • Track record of developing an external network, identifying opportunities for fundraising and supporting organisational growth
  • Building relationships and engagement with stakeholders at all levels

Skills and knowledge:

  • Excellent verbal and written communicator; able to synthesise wide-ranging ideas and recommendations
  • Able to lead and deliver across their full remit and build knowledge in key areas, develop a proactive and high-performing function
  • A working knowledge of membership organisations
  • Awareness of the resources and existing networks available for professional and personal development
  • An ability to generate income for their function
  • Excellent organisation and project management skills

Personal attributes:

  • Passionate about enabling social change and supporting young people to achieve the best from life
  • A purpose-driven mindset and commitment to an ethical approach
  • Proactive, self-starter with the energy and drive to build a new initiative from scratch and continue to identify and deliver areas for growth
  • Professional, approachable and compassionate
  • A flexible attitude with a curious mindset and ability to keep learning
  • A problem-solver, able to solve and engage in long-term, strategic thinking and organisational planning

Working hours: Monday to Friday, 9.00am to 5.00pm

Nest Pension Scheme: 8% contribution (5% non-contributory)

If you wish to be considered, please apply via CharityJob with your CV and a covering letter explaining why you are interested in this position and why you want to work for Making The Leap. The covering letter is your opportunity to talk yourself into an interview: please use it.

*Please note: Any application that does not include a covering letter will not be considered.

Dependent on the prevailing Government advice, if possible the interviews may take place in person.

Due to the large number of applications we receive, we regret that only shortlisted candidates will be notified.

More about Making The Leap
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Making The Leap

Making The Leap is a well-established social mobility charity committed to helping young people realise their full potential.  We have hel... Read more

Posted on: 15 January 2021
Closing date: 16 February 2021
Job ref: Exec Director BCL
Tags: Senior Management

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