SW1P, London

To be discussed

Full-time

CEO JAN 19

About the organisation

St Andrew’s is a community based youth club which provides activities that are enabling, educational, fun and participative for young people from ... Read more

Job Description

January 2019

Dear Applicant,

Thank you for expressing an interest in our CEO position. 

Our current club manager is retiring at the end of the Club year (end of August 2019).  As a result of his impending retirement, the Trustees have restructured the organization and are looking for a Chief Executive, who will take on the responsibilities for the strategy, management and administrative side of the Club, answering to the Trustees.  This is an exciting new position in a vibrant youth club, with a membership of over 700 members, in the heart of Westminster

A competitive salary commensurate with experience is being offered for this position.

The post holder would be required to work at least one evening per week.

To apply, please submit your supporting statement (No CVs please) addressing your experience to the key points in the job description below, 

Please do not submit a CV, as it will not be considered in the shortlisting process.

Please email you application to the address below.

Postal applications should be mailed to the Club at the above address.

The closing date for applications is 12 noon on Wednesday 23 January. If you have any questions regarding this position, then please contact Linda Llewellyn at St Andrew's Youth Club.

The interviews for the CEO position will take place during the first week of February 2019.

Regards,

Elizabeth Cuffy

Chairman

St Andrew's Club

Job description for Chief Executive, St Andrew’s Club

Background

St Andrew’s is a community-based youth club which provides a safe, welcoming and active environment to young people from the age of 5 to adulthood. Through activities that are enabling, educational and fun the Club offers its members a sense of belonging and encourages the development of self-confidence, respect for others and good citizenship.

The club is a staunchly local charity, backed by a range of loyal supporters. It operates in Westminster, and draws over 70% of its 700 or so registered members from the borough. The club plays a crucial role in a part of London beset by inequality, at a time when the provision of youth facilities in the area is under threat. It is a vital community asset that offers a neutral space, regardless of members’ ethnicity, religion, family income or address. 

Spread over a three story purpose built premises St Andrew’s offer something for everyone: from archery to music production, cookery to chess, screen printing to photography, karate to arts and crafts. As well as providing in-house training the club works with external partners to extend its offering to members – examples include projects with the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, Tate Britain, the Supreme Court and the English National Opera.

More details can be found on the Club’s website

Everyone connected with St Andrew's is proud of its track record of making a significant contribution to the local community for over 150 years. While St Andrew’s is the world’s oldest youth club, its future is as bright as its past.

Role

St Andrew’s is looking for a Chief Executive who can lead the club into a new era following the impending retirement of the current General Manager who has been with the Club for over 30 years. The Chief Executive will help to develop and implement the strategic direction of both the business and delivery sides of the charity for the future.

The CEO will primarily be responsible for:

1. Setting the club’s strategy: working closely with the board of trustees the CEO will be expected to set out and deliver a medium and long term strategy for St Andrew’s that maximises both the benefits to members and the value extracted from club assets, accompanied by appropriate business plans and budgets.

2. Working alongside and assisting the lead youth worker, the CEO will play a key role in ensuring the club offers its members a diverse and engaging programme of activities that is true to the club’s aims of; providing young people from diverse backgrounds a sense of belonging and fun in a safe and attractive environment where they develop self-confidence and respect for others, and thereby, their ability to contribute to society as good citizens.

3. Managing relationships: alongside the head of fundraising the CEO will be a lynchpin of the club’s relationships with a broad range of stakeholders. As the face of the club the CEO will engage with members and their parents, the local community, a wide range of supporters and partners, and the wider youth club community in London.

4. Governance & risk management: the CEO is the person responsible for ensuring the club is run in a professional manner, ensuring that finances are carefully managed, that appropriate risk management and safeguarding practices are developed and followed, and that information is shared with key stakeholders – including the board of trustees and regulators – in a timely and transparent way.

The CEO is expected to have 4 direct reports: the lead youth worker; the head of fundraising; an office manager; and a part-time book keeper. However the CEO will have overall responsibility for all full time staff, including overseeing safeguarding and continuing professional development.

The CEO’s role can have flexible working hours but given that most of the Club’s activities take place in the evening should expect to spend at least one evening a week at the Club, at Fundraising events or Trustee meetings.

Attributes

Candidates are expected to be able to evidence the majority of the following:

- A passion for, and experience of, working in the youth sector nb: the CEO is not required to be a qualified youth worker

- Experience of setting, and delivering, organisational strategy

- Inspirational leadership in the context of a sizable well established charity

- Professional approach to risk management, governance and safeguarding issues

- Well-developed relationship and stakeholder management skills

- Experience of fundraising and delivery planning

- Strong people management skills

- Ability to think creatively about everyday problems in order to find solutions

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