Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire
£50,000 - £52,000 per year
Permanent, Full-time
Job description

Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Hemel Hempstead

Are you an ambitious C-suite candidate looking for the next step in your career?

Hope for Children (HOPE) have a fantastic opportunity for someone to lead their team as the new CEO, setting and shaping the organisation’s strategy. The successful candidate will be HOPE’s figurehead and leader, promoting aspirations, goals and achievements to all staff and key stakeholders.

HOPE is a UK based charity which works internationally creating a world where children’s rights are realised and they can reach their full potential. We actively identify disadvantaged children and communities by working with local partners. Through empowering, collaborating and learning together we aim to build a sustainable future for the children and communities we serve.

The CEO is accountable to the Board of Trustees for the overall management of the Charity, the delivery of its portfolio of international programmes and the relationship of the organisation with other professional and government bodies and, particularly, funding providers.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

Strategic Leadership - Lead the charity with vision and integrity, working alongside the Board to drive the development of corporate strategy, maintaining a business plan for growth. Ensure HOPE implements a robust marketing plan leading to the achievement of business development plans.

General Management - Provide leadership to the senior management team, keeping under review and appraising the work of direct reports. Ensure HOPE has appropriate mechanisms for monitoring and reporting to the Board on the charity’s strategic, operational and financial performance.

Finance and Risk Management - Responsible for the overall financial management and financial health of the organisation and its stability, alongside ensuring legal, statutory and regulatory responsibilities and safeguarding principles are met.

Internal and External Relations - Lead and adopt good communications across HOPE, as well as externally through national and regional promotion, acting as spokesperson for the organisation.

Effective Governance - Ensure the Board and its committees have timely access to reliable, balanced and relevant information. Ensure that staff understand and support the role of the Board and are clear on matters of delegated authority.

Regulatory framework - Ensure that HOPE complies with all relevant legislation, requirements and/or compliance of the Charity Commission, HMRC and financial grants.


  • COO/CEO experience - desirable

  • A track record of delivering targets and strategic objectives

  • Proven experience of financial planning and monitoring, budget development and funding

  • Initiating and implementing strategic plans and organisational change

  • Experience across Marketing, Bid-writing, Commercial and Fundraising

  • Experience of working with local authorities and funding agencies –desirable

  • Management experience in international development and/or voluntary sector- desirable

Other Requirements

  • Ability to travel independently and internationally at least 3 times per year


As a charity working with children, child safeguarding is paramount. Hope for Children’s recruitment and selection policies and procedures reflect our commitment to the safety of children. Any appointment is subject to commitment to our child safeguarding policy,  satisfactory references and enhanced criminal record disclosure.


Full Job Description attached.

Refreshed on: 30 December 2019
Closed date: 13 January 2020
Job ref: HRICEO
Tags: Senior Management, Governance

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