Chief Executive – Croydon Youth Zone

Location
Croydon (London Borough), London (Greater)
Salary
Up to £56,000 (dependent on experience)
Posted
14 Mar 2017
Expires
11 Apr 2017
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time

 

Role:               Chief Executive Officer

Salary:            Up to £56,000

Location:        Croydon

A unique and exceptional opportunity has arisen for an experienced and inspirational individual to bring passion and leadership expertise to a high profile and career enhancing role within a brand new Youth Zone ‘Legacy’ to open in Croydon - dedicated to improving the lives of young people.

Young people need our help now more than ever before and in Croydon, this is no different. Our young people deserve world-class places to go that are inspiring, safe and affordable. Once open, Legacy Youth Zone will join a network of established Youth Zones with over 25,000 members in Wirral (The Hive), Chorley (Inspire), Wolverhampton (The Way), Manchester (The Factory), Oldham (Mahdlo), Wigan, Carlisle, Blackburn and Bolton. OnSide also expects to open Preston Youth Zone in 2018 and two other centres will be opening in the capital in Barking and Dagenham and Barnet, both in 2018.

The Youth Zones:

Each Youth Zone is a state-of-the-art £6 million facility for young people, open 7 days a week and during the school holidays, providing somewhere to go, something to do and someone to talk to.  The charity provides a wide range of sporting, artistic and recreational activities for over 25,000 members, aged 8-19 and up to 25 for young people with a disability.  Facilities at the Youth Zones include full sized sports halls, climbing walls, floodlit 3G all-weather pitches, fully equipped gyms, dance studios, music spaces, multimedia rooms, recreation and games areas and café and arts areas.  The running costs are £1 million per annum, funded by a combination of income streams including The Queen’s Trust, Croydon Borough Council, The Stone Family Foundation and patron donations.   

The Board of Trustees is seeking a dynamic and forward thinking individual to provide inspirational leadership to enable the Youth Zone to achieve its vision for young people.  Together with the opportunity to make a difference to services for young people, the successful candidate will work alongside a committed Board of Trustees, dedicated staff and volunteers, supportive patrons and funders and take part in OnSide’s Talent Development Programme from day 1 of employment


The Role

·         To support and lead on pre-opening fundraising with the assistance of OnSide’s Major Donor Development Manager for the area

·         To maintain and grow the £1 million in annual income required to deliver and sustain the long-term future of the Youth Zone.

·         To lead, inspire and motivate the team of staff and volunteers in the delivery of an exceptional service for young people.

·         To develop and maintain relationships with key strategic partners, stakeholders and major donors.

·         To spend time at other Youth Zones and participate in OnSide’s brand new Talent Development Programme as part of an intensive period of induction

·         It will initially require a 6-month placement in one of the existing Youth Zones, most likely to be in the North West from June/July 2017. Travel and accommodation will be fully expensed.

 

The Person

 You will:

·         Have a proven track record of success in inspiring and leading teams to deliver exceptional results, strategic business planning and implementation

·         Have managed significant financial budgets

·         Be able to demonstrate income generation skills, together with outstanding communication, relationship-building and influencing skills. 

·         Have an ambitious and results driven approach, with the ability to move easily from the strategic to the practical and be able to demonstrate a genuine passion for making a difference to the lives of young people.

·         Be flexible in your approach with the ability to be geographically mobile, spend the first x months away from home from Monday to Friday

Closing date for applications:         10th April 2017

Assessment day:                              Complete by early May 2017

We request no contact from recruitment agencies or media sales.

Application Process

Please email a CV to hr@onsideyouthzones.org together with a one page covering letter setting out your reasons for applying for this position.  In addition, please provide the following information:

1.    Details of your current or most recent remuneration package and notice period;

2.    If you have at any time been convicted of a criminal offence; please provide the details in strict confidence;

3.    Whether you hold a current full driving licence;

4.    How you found out about this position

5.    If you are able to complete a 6-month placement in the North West of England

Please also complete the Equalities Monitoring Form and submit with your application.

In accordance with the Youth Zones’ Child Protection and Safeguarding procedures these positions require enhanced DBS checks.