E1, London
£40,000 per annum, pro rata
Permanent, Part-time, 30 hours per week
Job description

About us:

Spitalfields City Farm is the nearest city farm to the square mile. Despite this, we are located in one of the most deprived and densely populated wards of Tower Hamlets. We work with a vibrant and multi-cultural community to provide educational opportunities for children and adults alike, to empower people to gain new skills and confidence and to combat loneliness and food poverty.

Small yet ambitious, we accomplish a lot with a little, which is an even greater challenge at the moment with the current public health crisis. Like many others, we are finding novel ways of being there for our community and continuing to raise funds. You will be joining the organisation at a very exciting time as it begins its next stage of growth and driving impact through the development of a new strategy. 


About the role:

The Chief Executive will provide inspirational vision and leadership across the organisation, and as an ambassador of the Farm, to external stakeholders. Working closely with the Chair and Trustee Board, the Chief Executive will take strategic responsibility for the long-term financial health of the organisation, providing strategic direction, operational management, identifying new opportunities, building organisational capability and maximising our impact to the local community. The Chief Executive will be crucial to leading this much valued organisation into its next stage of development. 

This is an exciting moment to lead the Farm as the organisation begins work on understanding the best way of achieving long-term impact for the community, within the challenges of the current public health crisis. As part of this piece of work, the Chief Executive will support the Trustee Board and staff to explore ways in which voices from the local community can be integrated into its programme designs and objectives, embodying a beneficiary-centred approach to services.


About you:

We are looking for an exceptional individual with a successful leadership track record, who can demonstrate high levels of personal credibility, cultivate positive relationships and develop fundraising and income generation strategies. Your experience could be from across the voluntary sector (a farming background is not a prerequisite) or a mix of voluntary, public and for profit sectors. What is key is that you will balance the strategic and operational demands of the position, while building and developing a high performing and motivated team to maximise impact so we can support and enable as many members of our local community and beyond as possible.

This is an exceptional opportunity for an ambitious and driven individual committed to creating positive social outcomes in one of the most deprived boroughs of London.  


Key responsibilities:

1. Strategy development

Leading and managing the organisation in collaboration with the Trustee Board and with the involvement of staff and other relevant stakeholders.

  • Work with the Trustee Board to ensure that a long-term strategy is in place for the Farm in pursuit of its charitable aims and objectives.
  • Lead the implementation of the strategy, including reviewing progress against the and set appropriate targets.
  • Oversee the translation of strategic objectives into achievable operational plans and individual work programmes.
  • Define and secure the resources (human, material and financial) needed to operate effectively.
  • Keep abreast of changes in relevant charity, animal welfare and health and safety legislation.

2. Programme development and delivery

To oversee the effective operation of the Farm’s programmes in close collaboration with the local community, beneficiaries, staff, partners and donors.

  • Ensure programmes are operated effectively, efficiently and in compliance with legal obligations, inspection regime requirements and best practice standards.
  • Trial and develop new services and delivery models in response to changing needs and opportunity in the market.
  • Ensure the organisation can demonstrate the value of the services provided and the impact of its work.
  • Ensuring all core and planned project activity is supported by the appropriate business case and that it is adequately planned and resourced

3. Business development, fundraising and donor relationship management

To take overall responsibility for developing the forward sustainable funding strategy that enables the Farm to meet its commitments and that achieves a sustainable mix of income streams.

  • Developing income generation strategies to maintain and enhance the level of funding from an optimum mix of income streams, including voluntary donations and commercial trading.
  • Developing and building effective relationships with donors, partners and potential funders to maximise opportunities for income generation.
  • Supporting the production of grant applications and commercial propositions
  • Exploring and exploiting social enterprise opportunities appropriate to the charity’s aims and objectives.
  • Ensuring appropriate internal CRM measures are in place to maintain the highest possible standards of donor relationship care.
  • Seek opportunities to expand and promote the role of the charity to increase profile.
  • Represent the charity in local public forums and at relevant regional and national events.
  • Maintaining effective relationships with local media.

4. Governance and Finance

To ensure that the Board of Trustees is enabled to deliver on their responsibilities and that the organisation operates in compliance with relevant legislation and statutory reporting requirements.

  • Making decisions within the authority delegated by the Board, taking account of legal duties.
  • Attending Board meetings and reporting on agreed objectives and performance.
  • Maintaining the risk register and regularly reviewing.
  • Overseeing the preparation of the Annual Report, statutory accounts and returns to the Charity Commission.
  • Monitoring and reviewing performance across all aspects of the operation, e.g. project delivery, financial management and performance management of staff.
  • Overseeing the preparation and management of the charity’s annual financial budget, expenditure forecasts and income generation targets.
  • Preparing and making payments using the online banking system and being a System Administrator for the online banking system.
  • Preparing the monthly payroll record for the outsourced payroll bureau.
  • Ensure that the charity has the appropriate employment policies, procedures, systems and processes in place and that they are being implemented.

5. People and performance management

To champion the professional integrity of the Farm, line manage direct reports, provide visible leadership to all staff and volunteers and oversee the implementation of a performance and workforce development plan that maintains excellence.

  • Report to the Board on the future workforce development requirements and the investment requirements.
  • Lead, develop and support the Leadership Team to maximise their personal contributions.
  • Provide clear vision and direction for staff about their role, objectives and how each individual contributes to vision and mission.
  • Provide clear vision and direction to volunteers and support staff to work with volunteers in a mutually beneficial way.
  • Co-ordinate the staff appraisal programme and ensure clear and effective staff development plans are in place.

Person specification:

In order to be considered for the role, it is vital that you are self-motivated with excellent time management and organisational skills. Soft skills such as being persuasive and an ability to communicate with a broad range of people are also important in this people-focused role. More specifically:

  • Degree level qualification or equivalent experience gained in a professional environment.
  • Experience of working within the voluntary sector.
  • Experience of driving success across organisations and partnerships.
  • Experience in dealing with multiple tasks, sensitivities and challenges at the same time, and a track record of driving quality and innovation and encouraging enterprise in others.
  • Experience of developing partnerships and working collaboratively with other organisations.
  • Ability to think strategically and to communicate the strategic vision.
  • Excellent all-round communication skills, empathy, networking and relationship management abilities.
  • Good leadership skills, line management experience, and the ability to enthuse, motivate and develop a team to deliver results.
  • Ability to delegate effectively, manage and supervise staff and volunteers.
  • Knowledge and ability to run an organisation that is compliant with all regulatory and statutory obligations, and which is financially stable.
  • Financial acumen including experience of business development and income generation.
  • Proven track record of securing new business in a tough financial climate.
  • Ability to work in a solution focused way and to challenge effectively.
  • Commitment to the aims and ethos of the Farm and a desire to bring about positive change in the lives of the local community and beyond.
  • Demonstrate success of working closely with Management Teams and Boards.
  • A capacity to be flexible and innovative in the changing circumstances of a small but wide-reaching charity.
  • Personal drive, energy, integrity, adaptability and responsibility.
  • Demonstrate the ability to effectively work with people regardless of their ethnic, cultural, social backgrounds, their gender, age, religious belief, disability and sexual orientation.
  • Demonstrate a good understanding of the culture and socio-economic challenges facing the UK, a passion for the power of networks and community, and can relate to and build relationships with people from all backgrounds.

To apply submit your CV and a covering letter no longer than two sides of A4 which addresses the key responsibilities and person specification by Sunday 29 November 2020. Applications will be continually reviewed, and we reserve the right to close the vacancy sooner, should a suitable candidate be found.

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Refreshed on: 13 November 2020
Closing date: 29 November 2020
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