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Colchester, Essex (Hybrid)
£40,000 per annum ( negotiable)
Full-time or part-time
Job description

Colchester Foodbank is recruiting a new Director to lead it through an exciting period of challenge and opportunity. Demand for foodparcels is rising incessantly while donations (both financial and in-kind) are not keeping up. Successful fundraising will be critical for a viable future. A major challenge will be our likely need to move out of our current (rent-free) premises, find new suitable accommodation and adjust our operating model and finances accordingly. We are ramping up our community organisation and advocacy work to address the underlying causes of food poverty. Inspiring and collaborating with staff, volunteers, partner agencies and others to create the most effective team we can be will be a big part of the role.

So, we need someone with the skills, experience and commitment to:

  • Provide strategic leadership for the food bank.
  • Develop new sources of funding from grant, corporate and public donations.
  • Maintain a high profile for the food bank with influential local figures and organisations and others, including on social media.
  • Lead staff and volunteers to forge an effective, happy and collaborative team.
  • Ensure smooth running of daily operations and tight financial management, in compliance with statutory, charitable and Trussell Trust requirements.
  • Liaise effectively with partners, other stakeholders and in particular the Trussell Trust.
  • Guide and support the volunteers.
  • Report regularly to the Chair of Trustees, and more broadly to all trustees.


To deliver this demanding and exciting agenda we are looking for some or all of the following:

  • Someone with previous experience, preferably in the charity sector, who can demonstrate a proven commitment to tackling poverty, deprivation and social exclusion, putting those in food-poverty at the heart of everything the food bank does.
  • Someone with a proven track history of successful fundraising.
  • A strategic thinker who can set the vision and translate it into deliverables on the ground.
  • An experienced campaigner.
  • A team leader who can create an effective, happy team which delivers for the people we serve.
  • A skilled communicator and networker, able to develop and deliver an effective communications strategy, at ease with clients, staff, volunteers, partners, senior stakeholders and an effective advocate in the media.
  • Someone with formal qualifications or proven experience in relevant areas such as financial management, human resources, safeguarding, health and safety, food hygiene and charitable legislation.


The position is currently full-time (37 hours) but we are open to consideration of part-time, flexible or job-share configurations. Some flexibility (e.g. occasional weekend or evening working) may be required. Salary is £40k, negotiable.

Colchester Foodbank is an equal opportunities employer. We welcome applications from those of all faiths and of none.

Application Instructions

Please set out in your covering letter why you think you are the right person for this role. Please include in your CV the names of 2 references (which will only be taken up in the event of an offer).

More about Colchester Foodbank

The mission of Colchester Foodbank is to “prevent or relieve poverty in Colchester and the surrounding area, in particular but not exclus...

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Posted on: 06 December 2023
Closed date: 05 January 2024 at 23:30
Tags: Campaigning, Communications, PR, Fundraising, Senior Management, Advocacy

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