Are you passionate about empowering people to overcome exclusion, isolation, destitution and poverty?
Action Foundation is an award-winning charity based in Newcastle providing support to people seeking asylum, refugees and other migrants across Tyne and Wear. Through our free English language school, supported housing projects and InterAction Drop-in, we support refugees, asylum seekers and other migrants to integrate successfully into the community and lead more independent and resilient lives.
We plug significant gaps in existing provision and enable vulnerable migrants to avoid homelessness and extreme poverty, access vital services, increase their skills and employability, access legal support, integrate and live independently. We also work closely with local and national organisations to provide a range of support, including securing legal advice for our clients who have no recourse to public funds.
Chief Executive Officer, Newcastle upon Tyne
£46,500-£58,000 per year
Founded by City Church, Newcastle in 2005, Action Foundation’s dedicated staff team, volunteers and trustees have since worked closely with our inspiring clients to overcome exclusion. Our staff’s hard work, our high-quality services and our diverse partnerships have been recognised by several awards, including the Queen’s Award, Guardian charity award and two North-East Charity awards. Following a period of sustainable growth, the charity in a stable place financially, with a strong senior management team and a committed board. We are now looking for a new Chief Executive to build on the fantastic work of our Founder and lead the charity into its next phase of development. This will include leading a strategic review, ensuring we have the right infrastructure for growth and that our service delivery remains innovative, impact focussed and values led. The new CEO will also build close relationships with our funders, government bodies, partner agencies and supporters to ensure we maximise emerging opportunities.
We are looking for an inclusive and people-focused leader who will ensure our ethos and values remain central. You will bring a track record in developing organisations based on the needs of their clients. With sound strategic experience within an organisation of a similar complexity, you will have ensured operational effectiveness, and provided staff with the necessary support and infrastructure to deliver high quality services. With a strong empathy for the enormous challenges faced by our clients, you will be experienced in representing an organisation to a variety of stakeholders. Crucially you will have a passion for ensuring those who are poor or marginalised are fully supported to achieve their full potential.
We are benefitting greatly from becoming an increasingly diverse organisation, but recognize we have more to do. We have recently revised our recruitment practices and actively encourage the widest possible range of candidates. We are currently reviewing our equality and diversity policy and training. We welcome applicants, regardless of race, sexual orientation, disability, faith, age and gender.
For further information, please download the appointment brief below.
For a confidential conversation about the opportunity, please contact Anna Gardet or Roberta Giubilini with a copy of your current CV.
Deadline for applications: Wednesday 17th March 2021
Interviews with Prospectus: 23rd March – 7th April 2021
Meetings with Action Foundation stakeholders: 19/20th April 2021
Interviews with Action Foundation: 22/23rd April 2021