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Chief Executive Officer

Job description

Action for Deafness (AFD), based in Sussex, is seeking a dynamic and experienced leader to guide the charity to new heights as Chief Executive Officer. As the CEO of AFD, you will play a pivotal role in steering this well-regarded charity to further enhance services for Deaf and hard of hearing individuals across the region.

With a dedicated team of professionals, AFD is committed to serving the needs of the Deaf and hard of hearing community in Sussex. The charity serves as a cornerstone of support and advocacy, offering essential services tailored to meet the diverse needs of its clients. These services encompass audiology provision (provided via delivery of NHS contacts, which represents the majority of funding), as well as community support, advocacy and engagement initiatives.

As the next CEO, you would be responsible for shaping the future of this organisation, further strengthening relationships with commissioners, growing and diversifying services and income streams, and ensuring the charity meets the diverse needs of the community.

Key details:

Role: Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Action for Deafness

Salary: £50,000 to £60,000

Location: Haywards Heath, with significant time to also be spent in Worthing, Sussex

Contract: permanent, full time

As well as a clear commitment to AFD's mission and values, you will demonstrate:

  • Significant proven record of achievement in a senior position within a charity/not for profit organisation.

  • Experience of effective partnership working and development and external relationship management.

  • Experience of managing, motivating and developing staff.

  • Experience of business planning, business development and fundraising.

  • Experience of project management and service delivery across multiple functions.

  • Financial management skills including budgeting and delivery of cost and income targets.

  • Robust approach to governance, controls and definition/implementation of new processes

  • Experience of financial and risk management.

As AFD is a user-led organisation, an understanding of the issues affecting Deaf and hard of hearing people, or ideally, lived experience, is highly desirable.

If you would like to receive an Information Pack for this CEO role with full details, including how to apply, please send an expression of interest and (optional but appreciated) a CV or professional profile in confidence to our consultant, Jenny Hills at Harris Hill, For an informal and confidential conversation about this position, please contact Jenny at the above address with suitable times to talk.

Closing date for applications: 9am Monday 29th April 2024.

Harris Hill Charities Recruitment Specialists operates an equal opportunity policy and commits to treating all of our candidates and jobseekers fairly. We welcome and encourage applications from everyone regardless of age, disability, sex, gender, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief and marriage and civil partnerships.