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Who are we?
Football Beyond Borders is an education charity which uses the power of football to inspire young people from disadvantaged communities to achieve their goals and make their voices heard. We use football as an engagement tool to inspire young people to thrive at school and achieve their goals. We work with over 500 young people each week who are passionate about football. We work across a range of schools in both a mainstream setting and in specialist provisions, with a focus on Key Stage 3.
Why join us?
We are an expanding, vibrant organisation with a talented staff team working across London, Essex and Greater Manchester who are passionate about helping young people to achieve their potential. This is a rare opportunity to take a leading role in the driving the strategic direction of one of the UK’s fastest growing social sector organisations at a time of huge excitement and possibility.
FBB supports young people who are disengaged at school and passionate about football, in order to help them finish school with the skills and grades to make a successful transition into adulthood. We do this by providing long-term, intensive support, built around relationships and young people’s passions, in the classroom and beyond. We are an asset-based organisation with a view that all our interventions must build from a young person’s strengths and passions.
We expect all students who worked with us to finish our programmes with:
Our FBB Schools programme is a highly impactful programme delivered by expert professionals and built around the evidence of what works for delivering sustained change. Our programme is built on the following four theoretical foundations:
• Attachment Theory
• Adolescent Neuroscience
• Hegemonic Masculinity
• Humanistic Therapy
We believe real change can only be sustained through an embedded and holistic approach to our young people’s development. We work to become deeply embedded in the lives of our participants and in the communities we are based in. We do this through working with our participants both in their schools and through our community based evening and holiday programmes. This integrated approach is supported through intensive parental and teacher engagement achieved through parents’ evenings, teacher showcases and weekly text and phone updates.
We delivered our first FBB Schools programme to 15 students at a school in Croydon in 2014. This academic year we are delivering our FBB Schools programme to 500 young people in more than 40 schools across London, Essex and the North West. We aim to become the leading football for education charity in the UK by December 2021, measured both in terms of impact and scale. We have the national partners in place to make this a reality with Nike, the FA, Impetus, Esmee Fairbairn, NESTA and the Paul Hamlyn Foundation all key supporters of our work.
There is a lot of excitement and interest in our organisation at the moment and there is huge potential for growth. However, the role of the Chair will be as much around ensuring we maintain the quality of our delivery and culture as it will to oversee this national expansion.
The Chair’s three priorities in this role will be built around:
The Chair will hold the Board and Executive Team to account for the Charity’s mission and vision, providing inclusive leadership to the Board of Trustees, ensuring that each trustee fulfils their duties and responsibilities for the effective governance of the charity. The Chair will also support, and, where appropriate, challenge the Executive Team and ensure that the Board functions as a unit and works closely with the entire Executive of the charity to achieve agreed objectives. He or she will act as an ambassador and the public face of the charity in partnership with the Co-CEOs.
Remuneration: The role of Chair is not accompanied by any financial remuneration, although expenses for travel may be claimed
Location: FBB’s HQ is in Brixton, South London.
Time commitment: Four Board meetings per year. The Chair is also expected to have monthly meetings with the Co-CEOs, and also represent the Charity at various events and meetings with key stakeholders.
Reporting to: Board of Trustees (Executive Committee)
Terms: The charity’s Chair (and board members) will serve a three-year term to be eligible for re-appointment for one additional term.
In addition to chairing the main Board meetings, the Chair has the right to attend the meeting of the Finance, Governance and Risk Sub-Committee (chaired by the Treasurer).
Our current Chair is due to step down in December 2019 with the new Chair taking over from January 2020.
External Relations and Fundraising
Relationship with the Co-CEOs and the wider management team
In addition to the qualities required of a Trustee of the charity, the Chair must also meet the following requirements:
Experience and Knowledge
Characteristics and skills
FBB is committed to adopting a safe recruitment process and follows the NSPCC safer recruitment procedures that have safeguarding at their heart and aim to discourage unsuitable applicants.
The successful applicant will be expected to comply with all of FBB policies, in particular:
Disclosure - The appointment is subject to an enhanced DBS check.
Shortlisting, interviews and reference checking - Only those applicants who meet the right criteria will be taken through to interview stage. Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed. References from the previous and current employer will be taken up for shortlisted candidates. Please let us know about the sensitivity of taking up references prior to interview.
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Closing date for applications is 15th July 2019.