We offer an exciting opportunity to become part of a brand-new senior management team in Valleys Kids, led by our newly appointed Chief Executive. We are a community regeneration charity, committed to changing the lives of disadvantaged people in ex-mining communities of the South Wales Valleys. We are looking for an exceptional manager able to inspire staff, volunteers and local people to engage in positive change. You must be dynamic, resourceful with a high level of people management skills and experience of managing key relationships with a range of stakeholders and manage our Community & Family Hubs in line with our ethos and values.
It is being recruited in conjunction with a Director of Business and Finance There is a potential crossover of skills and abilities, so potential candidates may wish to be considered for either role.
A full job description for both roles can be found in the job pack below.
Job title: Director Programmes
Responsible to: Chief Executive
Salary: £40,000 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 of 3%
The Director of Programmes will be responsible for the strategic leadership, operational delivery and expansion of Valleys Kids Programs. You will manage the Core Program team, ensuring successful provision of services, staff development and wellbeing and collective innovation amongst the managers.
You will facilitate delivery of the overall strategy and annual plans while helping to generate a strong evidence base to underpin further development. Working with the CEO, you will also help to ensure that Valleys Kids has a strong profile for its work at local and national levels.
You will be responsible for ensuring that Programmes are sustainable, working with the Business Development and fundraising team to put in place a strong funding pipeline and undertaking future development work as needed. This role forms part of the Senior Leadership Team at Valleys Kids and contributes to overall strategic management of the organisation.
Strategy: Developing and implementing the overall programmes strategy.
Programme Oversight: Ensuring locality facilitators and core team are working together to deliver successful projects which help Valleys Kids to fulfil its mission while also meeting outputs and outcomes agreed with partner stakeholders and funders and capturing evidence of impact through appropriate evaluation.
Business Development: Ensuring that existing programmes are sustainable and developing purposefully and initiating new programmes and models of future funding.
Innovation: Leading on work to examine the potential for adopting new service delivery models and helping communities to play a full role in decision-making and setting the agenda.
Organisational Development: Working with the CEO and other members of the senior team to ensure that Valleys Kids is a well-managed and successful organisation, with a focus on continuous improvement in strategy formulation, systems and processes.
Profile raising: Developing ways in which Valleys Kids communicates and engages with stakeholders, in order to create an enabling environment for our work both nationally and regionally.
A commitment to community development, tackling structural inequality and other barriers to people achieving their potential.
At least 5 years experience of Senior Management
At least 5 years experience of leading program co-design, implementation and evaluation
Evidence of leading the delivery of multiple programme that have significant social impact
Evidence of successful staff engagement and development practice, linking organisational values with employee behaviour
Experience of project budgeting and financial management
A strong track record of networking, developing and maintaining external relationships
Interpersonal skills and judgement, which inspire confidence and trust from staff, volunteers, stakeholders and other organisations
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
Committed to leading from the front and demonstrating to staff and stakeholders that community development and service delivery are the foremost priorities for the organisation
Ability to delegate effectively and to hold people to account
Organised, with excellent time management skills and high levels of self-motivation
An effective communicator orally and in writing, able to articulate our work to a broad range of stakeholders and to negotiate well
An entrepreneurial approach - able to use resources effectively and develop new ideas and gain buy-in to implement successfully
Flexible with a willingness to work outside normal office hours.