South Wales based charity, Valleys Kids has an exciting opportunity for the right person to be their new Chief Executive.
Over the last 40 years we’ve built up an impressive track record of improving the lives of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged in society through working closely with the local community.
We’re now looking for someone with energy, passion and experience to build on this success and ensure that the pioneering spirit of Valley’s Kids flourishes into the future.
If you want to be a key part of this exciting journey, and think you’re up for the challenge, we want to hear from you!
For a full introduction to Valleys Kids and the CEO role, please download the job pack below.
Job title: Chief Executive
Responsible to: Valleys Kids Board of Trustees
Salary: £45,000 per annum
Location: Penygraig, South Wales with some home working
As a family friendly organisation, we recognise that obligations outside work are important and that balancing work and family commitments can sometimes be a challenge. We offer a range of flexible working opportunities.
Annual leave entitlement: 25 days annual leave plus bank holidays
Employer pension contributions: 3%
The Chief Executive must have the drive, enthusiasm. leadership and management skills needed for helping us to sustain and build upon a remarkable legacy of community development work within the South Wales coalfield area.
To provide leadership for the whole organisation and to be responsible for the management and administration of Valleys Kids within the strategic and accountability frameworks laid down by the board of trustees.
•To lead, inspire and motivate staff and volunteers, providing them with clear direction and sound decision-making and enabling them to contribute significantly to organisational development.
•To assist the board in maintaining the values, ethos, vision, and mission of Valleys Kids.
•To ensure that Valleys Kids’ values, ethos and policies are relevant, fair and consistently implemented.
•To develop and keep under review a medium-term to long-term strategy for Valleys Kids which sets out how it can achieve its vision and mission and obtain board approval for it.
•To ensure that the work of Valleys Kids is focused on achieving the priorities set out in the strategic plan and establishing the most effective service responses to the needs identified within communities.
•To develop an organisation that is constantly seeking ways to learn, to improve its performance, and to innovate.
•To maintain an environment that attracts and retains the best staff and volunteers.
•To be accountable to the board for the proper and effective management of Valleys Kids.
•To run Valleys Kids efficiently and effectively by ensuring that the organisation has an appropriate management structure and management systems which enable it to fulfil its strategic objectives and to carry out its work.
•To ensure that all management policies and decisions support the agreed vision, mission, values, and strategic priorities of Valleys Kids.
•To ensure that the business, operational and annual plans needed to underpin the strategic plan are developed, agreed and implemented.
•To provide staff with operational arrangements that ensure clarity of roles, responsibilities and delegations.
•To ensure that the work done to recruit, manage, train, support and develop staff reflects good employment
practice and is directed towards achieving Valleys
•To ensure that Valleys Kids is aware of best practice and that it constantly works to achieve this within the constraints laid down by the trustees and resources available.
•To identify appropriate methods for monitoring the performance of Valleys Kids and getting feedback on service quality and for providing performance reports back to the board on the performance of Valleys Kids against its strategy, its business, operational and annual plans, and against the annual budget as approved by the board.
Finance and risk
•To be responsible overall for the financial health of Valleys Kids including developing, overseeing and monitoring an effective programme of income generation.
•To put in place effective budget-setting, financial planning and delegation processes.
•To ensure that the major risks to which Valleys Kids is exposed are reviewed regularly by the board and the executive team, systems have been established to mitigate these risks, and a risk analysis is automatically carried out when taking on new work or proposing new work to the board.
•To ensure that there are effective mechanisms to ensure the robustness of external and internal controls (financial and non-financial).
External and Internal relations
•To ensure effective communications throughout Valleys Kids and externally.
•To develop Valleys Kids’ public profile and foster good relationships with government, statutory/voluntary/private bodies, and other external stakeholders.
•To set up mechanisms for listening to the views of current and future beneficiaries on the performance
of Valleys Kids, as well as on areas for future development.
•To engage with stakeholders in partnerships which seek to promote co-working, identification of need, the provision of shared services and effective use of resources.
•To scan the external environment for changes that may affect Valleys Kids, to advise the trustees proactively and to take necessary action.
Legal and regulatory compliance
•To ensure that Valleys Kids fulfils all its legal, statutory and regulatory responsibilities.
•Together with the Chair, to enable the board of trustees to fulfil its duties and responsibilities for the proper governance of Valleys Kids and to ensure that the board receives timely advice and appropriate information on all relevant matters.
•To lead on the responsibilities Valleys Kids has to safeguard those deemed to be vulnerable and to promote the rights of people with protected characteristics.
Ensuring high-quality governance
•To draw the board’s attention to matters that it should consider and decide.
•To ensure that the board receives all necessary advice, guidance and information on matters relating to current performance, the short- and long-term future of Valleys Kids, regulatory and legal compliance, and other appropriate issues; and making sure that such advice, guidance and information are timely, honest, balanced and relevant.
•In partnership with the Chair, to ensure that the board’s delegated authority is recorded in writing and understood fully by staff and volunteers, and that all agreed reporting procedures are followed.
•To work closely with the board to ensure that the board contains the skills it requires to govern Valleys Kids well, and that the board has access to relevant external professional advice and expertise.
•To report regularly to the board of trustees on the performance of Valleys Kids, progress towards the strategic priorities and the achievement of board policies.
•To submit high-level policy proposals for the approval of the board or assist the board in the development of
these policies, and to be responsible for the efficient and effective achievement of these policies.
•To implement board decisions.
•A commitment to community development, tackling structural inequality and other barriers to people achieving their potential.
•Substantial experience of CEO or senior leadership at a strategic level.
•Resourceful, resilient and innovative, with the ability to manage different priorities, understand a wide range of activities and effectively manage a diverse team of professional, technical and commercial staff.
•Evidence of successful staff engagement and development practice, linking organisational values with employee behaviour.
•Ability to delegate effectively and to hold people to account.
•A strong track record of change, project and crisis management.
•Interpersonal skills and judgement, which inspire confidence and trust from staff, volunteers, stakeholders and other organisations.
•A strong track record of networking, developing and maintaining external relationships (including central and local government, funders, national and local NGOs and the media).
•An effective communicator orally and in writing, able to articulate our work to a broad range of stakeholders and to negotiate well.
•Experience of budget and financial management
•Ability to lead or oversee income generation from a wide range of sources including statutory funding, trusts and foundation, trading income and individual giving.
•An entrepreneurial approach - able to use resources effectively and develop new ideas and gain buy-in to implement successfully.
•Knowledge of risk management and information security.
•Organised, with excellent time management skills and high levels of self-motivation.
•A commitment to effectively safeguarding people at risk of harm or abuse.
•Development and management of social enterprise activities (trading activities that support the mission of the organisation and bring in unrestricted income for it).
•Existing networks in South Wales that could support the work of Valleys Kids.
•Awareness of Welsh language, culture and the public services context in Wales or a willingness to learn.
•Knowledge of relevant current and emerging technologies.
•Flexible with a willingness to work outside normal office hours.
• Full valid driving licence and use of a vehicle.
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