We are working in partnership with Swings & Smiles, who are seeking a new Charity Director. Swings & Smiles provides specialist support for children and young people with special needs and disabilities. Services run from their unique and accessible centre in Berkshire and includes respite, youth clubs, family play sessions and groups especially for parents and siblings. Whilst the centre is based in Berkshire, the charity supports families from across Hampshire and Oxfordshire. Their support is hugely varied and depends on the needs of the family.
The main role of the Charity Director is to provide leadership and vision to Swings & Smiles, to enable the charity to identify and seize opportunities, develop, and continue to grow and maintain the strong reputation the charity has already established. The Charity Director will be responsible for strategic, financial, and operational leadership and overall day to day management of the centre and the services that it delivers.
The successful candidate will demonstrate:
Clear and inspirational leadership and people management skills including the ability to enthuse, motivate and deliver results
Strong track record of securing funding in a tough financial climate
Proven ability to think strategically and to communicate the strategic vision
Sound financial acumen and the ability to set and manage budgets
An ability to develop a long-term strategy for the charity, seeking opportunities to expand and build upon the services to meet the needs of the beneficiaries of Swings & Smiles
Strong marketing skills to maximise the brand and reach new markets
The successful candidate will be an ambassador for the charity and develop and build relationships with partners, supporters, funders, and potential funders to maximise opportunities for income generation. The successful candidate will have personal drive, energy, integrity, adaptability, and sense of responsibility, you will be an inspirational leader with previous experience of providing management supervision to staff. The Charity Director reports to the Board of Trustees, and will be responsible for Oversight and Governance, Trustees actively support the Charity Director in Strategy, Finance, Project Management, Marketing, Events and Fundraising. In addition, a team of specialist professionals and advisers give their time freely to support the Charity.
If you feel you have the experience to join this charity as their new Charity Director, we would like to hear from you. For more information, please contact Sandra Smith, at Charisma Charity Recruitment, firstname.lastname@example.org or 01962 813300. Your application should include your CV and supporting statement.
We welcome and encourage applications from people of all backgrounds. We do not discriminate on the basis of disability, race, colour, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation, age, veteran status or other category protected by law.
Closing date for applications: 3 July 2022
Interview date with Charity: TBC