Switchback is an award-winning small charity supporting young Londoners to find their way out of the justice system and build stable, rewarding lives. Building on 14 years of impact, we work with others to inspire change across the justice system and beyond.
Switchback’s pioneering, intensive approach works. In stark contrast to the national average – which sees around half of those leaving prison every year back inside within 12 months – just 9% of Switchback Trainees reoffend. In fact, over 50% go into long-term employment, while 65% reach Switchback’s unique benchmark of Real, Lasting Change. Find out more at www.switchback.org.uk.
About this role
Switchback is a unique organisation looking for an outstanding leader to take it to the next level as our new Chief Executive. Fourteen years after its foundation, Switchback has developed enormously. It’s now a £1 million a year, award-winning charity with a team of 20 brilliant people, consistently delivering sector-leading impact through its pioneering long-term work with young Londoners leaving prison. Crucially, the young men we support, Switchback Trainees, remain at the heart of everything we do.
Today we’re stronger than ever and at an incredibly exciting point – not only reaching more young men but also starting to forge real change in policy and practice across the criminal justice system. We’re confident in our approach and ambitious to achieve more, as detailed in our new 3-year plan 2022-25: A Platform For Change. This is an enviable opportunity for any incoming Chief Executive.
We’re looking for an outstanding leader who is strongly aligned with our values and has the vision, experience and sense of adventure needed to drive Switchback into a new era. The charity has matured into a dynamic and high-impact organisation that punches well above its weight, so we’re looking for someone who can understand and build on those foundations, rather than reinvent the wheel. We want someone with a track record of leadership – although not necessarily as a Chief Executive, as this is less about past achievements and more about attitude and approach.
We’re looking for someone able to support a brilliant team to do their best work. Someone who’s tenacious, empathetic and approachable. Someone who’s flexible and hungry to create change for young people and across the system. You’ll be passionate about our mission and inspired to help Switchback deliver our ambitious new 3-year plan to its fullest potential.
Most important, the right candidate will have an unwavering commitment to our Trainees and a passionate belief in the strength and potential of every individual. They’ll also be comfortable with complexity – seeing the value in encouraging and challenging Trainees to take responsibility, while also confronting the systemic social and racial injustices which hold people back.
If you think you can be that person, please read the full Job Pack for more information. If you’d like an informal and strictly private conversation with a Trustee or the Founder and current Chief Executive, please email email@example.com.