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Chief Executive Officer

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Orwell Mencap
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08 February 2021 09:00 AM
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  • £27,000 - £39,000 pa*
  • 18 hpw with the potential to increase to 26 hpw

*Plus pension contribution up to 3%.

Orwell Mencap is a local charity based in Ipswich. Through our Genesis services we provide personalised services supporting people with disabilities and their families and carers.

Our services include a wide range of activities both at our large and pleasant centre at Wright Road and in the community.

Prior to COVID we offered a wide choice of activities to between 50 and 70 beneficiaries every weekday based at our Day Centre in Wright Road with customers being able to freely choose and move between sessions. Some beneficiaries were supported by their own staff, some by our staff at the appropriate ratio e.g. 1:1, 1:8. Although the day centre has been open since July and we have offered support at home and in the community throughout the pandemic, we have had to restrict the activities offered to our beneficiaries and put our evening social clubs on hold.

From Wright Road we run social enterprises in which, under the instruction of our small team of instructors, our beneficiaries and volunteers manufacture our high quality Genesis Garden Furniture and recycle donated bicycles through the Green Bike Project.

We also run holiday clubs for children using the facilities at Thomas Wolsey School in Ipswich and, when allowed by COVID rules, we have offered a Saturday morning club.

In January 2018 our domiciliary support service was inspected by CQC and awarded a ‘good’ rating.

Due to the retirement of the current post holder we are seeking a CEO to lead the charity in the next stage of its development and transform our services in the post-covid world.

You will:

  • be able to establish mechanisms for listening to the views of beneficiaries (and other stakeholders) on the organisation’s performance and bring relevant experience, skill and passion to develop and drive forward our strategic agenda
  • be a visionary and inspirational leader to empower and support the management team to deliver exceptional performance in achieving the trustees’ vision of excellence
  • manage the day to day running of the charity on behalf of the trustees
  • report to the Chair of Trustees and it is essential that this working relationship is based on trust and transparency.

Essential personal attributes:

  • Experience of, or an interest in, the Not For Profit sector.
  • Experience in working at senior management level or organisational leadership.
  • Knowledge of the legislative and quality frameworks of the sector.

Desirable personal attributes:

  • A passion for the cause.                                        
  • Excellent communication and negotiating skills.
  • Proven track record of ensuring an organisation is financially and operationally resilient.
  • Experience of advocating for an organisation and nurturing essential relationships with a network of leaders across the local and regional landscape.
  • Possessing the skill and appetite to use media and other public and digital platforms to raise the charity’s public awareness.

If you would like to find out more about this exciting opportunity and application process please contact Nick Leonard for a confidential discussion on (01473) 723888 or at: nick@orwellmencap.co.uk

Interview date: 12 February 2021 (Zoom). Second interviews held on site 20 February 2021.

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