Closing in 5 days
Dorchester, Dorset (On-site)
£45,000 - £50,000 per year
Permanent, Full-time
Job description

Age UK North, South & West Dorset is an independent charity based in Dorset that exists to enable and support older people to live independent, fulfilling lives. We have teams of highly professional and well-supported people providing great advice, services, and support. We also work in partnership with many other organisations to ensure the best possible response when someone is in need.

We are proud of how we treat our team members and the people we support. 

The charity has an exciting opportunity for a new Chief Executive Officer to lead the organisation into a new period of growth, taking the charity to the next level. 

The ideal candidate will have a passion for supporting older people to lead healthier and happier lives and will have:

Successfully managed change and grown organisations

Evidence of influencing and working with statutory partners as well as other not for profit organisations

Ability to effectively communicate with external bodies, influencers, as well as employees and volunteers

Experience of the voluntary sector would be desirable, but the core requirements are the person must have the leadership and management skills to manage a passionate team to deliver our vision. 


Provide strategic and operational leadership for Age UK North, South and West Dorset; increase reach and influence; maintain financial stability and maintain a high reputation for service delivery and professionalism. Develop strategies and plans for approval of the Trustees and will be responsible to the Trustees for communication and delivery of the strategies.

Key responsibilities:

• Provide leadership and strategic direction

• Develop, manage, and motivate staff and volunteers

• Raise the profile and influence of Age UK North, South and West Dorset

• Hold overall responsibility for financial management and viability

• Work with the Board of Trustees and implement their decisions

• Oversee income generation activities

• Hold overall responsibility for Governance, Health & Safety, Quality Assurance and Performance Management

• Communicate, negotiate, and present on behalf of the charity with Trustees, partners and the public.

• Create and Implement strategies and plans, together with Trustees and the senior leadership team, to determine the direction and priorities of the charity

• Ensure all required standards of an Age UK brand partner organisation are met.

• Act as a Director for the charity’s trading company.

Essential Criteria:

• High quality leadership and management experience relevant to an organisation that covers a large geographical part of Dorset

• Evidenced ability to effectively deliver organisation wide change programmes

• Clear and effective financial control of a small to medium sized organisation

• Strong evidence of developing sustainable partnership working

• Ability to influence at the highest levels both within and outside the organisation

• Demonstrable evidence of the ability to build positive working relationships with the Board of Trustees, staff and volunteers 

• Full, current driving licence

Desirable criteria:

• Experience of older people’s services

• Experience of increasing volunteer engagement 

• Understanding of HR processes appropriate to the size of the organisation

• Understanding of the legal and organisational requirements of a charity and limited company.

The successful candidate will be joining an incredible team and be given the full support of colleagues, and the broader organisation. 

The organisation supports flexible working arrangements, however, there will be an expectation that the Chief Executive provides regular and visible leadership at the head office building in Dorchester.

There will be occasions when the role holder will need to work outside core office hours.

For an informal chat about the role with Nigel Bundy, Chair of Trustees please contact us directly.

All applicants will need to complete an application form found on our recruitment portal:

CVs will not be considered.

The charity will consider a negotiated relocation package for the right candidate.

We greatly look forward to receiving your application.

Advert closing date 6th July 2022

Interviews will be held on Friday 15th July in Dorchester

Application resources
Application Instructions

Application forms only, CVs will not be considered.

Advert closing date: 6th July 2022.

Interviews will be held on Friday 15th July in Dorchester

Posted on: 17 June 2022
Closing date: 06 July 2022 at 23:59
Tags: Senior Management, Business Development

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