Watford, Hertfordshire WC2A, London

circa £85,000 per annum

Permanent, Full-time


Job Description

Director of Strategy and Performance

Ref: 1469

Location: Holborn London/Watford, plus flexibility for remote working

Salary: circa £85,000 per annum

What we do

From before they are born until they are into their twenties, we help disadvantaged children across the UK. We help them through fostering or adoption – and by intervening early to stop neglect and abuse. We make life better for children with disabilities. We influence policy and advocate for change. Our 7,000 staff and volunteers operate over 522 services, improving the lives of 301,000 children, teenagers, parents and carers every year. We succeed by doing what's right, doing what's needed, and doing what works for children.

The role

Action for Children are looking for a Director of Strategy and Performance to support our organisation's objectives by developing and optimising strategy and performance management and measuring success across different areas of the business. A visionary, with keen understanding of both internal and external factors affecting the charity sector, the post-holder will also have a pragmatic approach to delivering solutions which can be communicated effectively across the organisation. This is a new role in a new directorate area, and an exciting opportunity for someone to really shape the future of Action for Children at a strategic level.

How will you make a difference?

  • By providing organisational expertise to lead on the development of Action for Children's strategic plans & objectives, from conception to implementation including management, review, progress reporting and improvement proposals.
  • By engaging with stakeholders at different levels to implement a clear strategy for Performance Management
  • By working with the Chief Executive, Senior Leaders, our Trustees and other stakeholders to create and promote a shared understanding of the impact performance has on delivery to all areas of the organisation.
  • By working with the Executive Leadership Team to identify and prioritise future areas/opportunities for organisational improvement and to help drive the delivery.
  • By developing the criteria by which performance can be effectively measured across the organisation
  • By having a creative approach to problem-solving and finding ways to achieve elements of the strategy whilst being conscious of the charity's budgetary constraints
  • By staying abreast of developments within the sector and ensuring that our approach is forward-thinking
  • By contributing and challenging effectively as a member of the Senior Leadership Team

What will you need?

While previous experience in a charity organisation would be advantageous, someone with a good mix of public and private sector experience would also make an ideal candidate. You will possess finely-tuned people skills and the emotional intelligence to enable you to build excellent working relationships with staff on all levels. In you previous roles, you will have demonstrated the ability to manage teams successfully and fostered a strong leadership persona. A ‘big picture' thinker, you will have a strong grasp on strategy and development and will have demonstrable experience in delivering solutions at a senior level. You will be a confident communicator and be able to articulate your vision at Board level.

The post-holder will be subject to an enhanced DBS check.

What are the rewards?

  • Flexible working, including condensed hours and remote working available
  • Minimum 29 days' holiday plus bank holidays
  • Company pension scheme, up to 7% employer match
  • Season ticket travel loans
  • Discounts at major high street retailers

We are committed to safer recruitment practices to protect our service users, therefore all applicants are expected to have an understanding of and commitment to safeguarding best-practice.

Action for Children is passionate about promoting equality, valuing diversity and working inclusively. We welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons particularly people with Disabilities and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic applicants, as these groups are currently under-represented in our workforce.

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Closing Date for applications is 15th March 2019