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Chief Executive Officer

Job description

Blatchington Court Trust, based in Hove, is looking for a strategic, inspirational and experienced leader to join as our new Chief Executive Officer. As our new CEO, you will lead this well-regarded, financially secure local charity to further develop our work for children and young people with sight loss across Sussex.

With a highly committed team, Blatchington Court Trust (BCT) stands as a beacon of support and empowerment for young people under 30 with sight loss and their families across Sussex. We are a vital resource for our community, offering a diverse range of services aimed at informing, empowering, and enriching the lives of those we serve. These include educational advocacy, benefits advice, technology grants, wellbeing support, and running a wide range of events and activities.

Under the leadership of our new CEO, we are looking to develop our strategy, policies and processes, better measure our impact, and explore fundraising opportunities beyond our investment income so we can expand and develop our services.

Key details:

Role: Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Blatchington Court Trust

Salary: circa £65,000

Location: Hove, Sussex

Contract: permanent, full time

As well as a clear commitment to our mission and values, you will demonstrate:

  • Proven experience in senior leadership roles within the charitable sector, demonstrating the ability to lead change, inspire, motivate, and lead teams.

  • Track record of developing and implementing organisational strategy.

  • Business development acumen, with a track record of growing income and identifying and bringing in new funding.

  • Experience in recruiting, developing, and managing high-performing teams, with a commitment to staff development and empowerment.

  • Sound understanding of financial management principles, including budgeting, forecasting, and financial reporting.

  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, networking and negotiating skills, with the ability to build and maintain positive relationships with diverse stakeholders, including beneficiaries, donors, funders, and partner organisations.

  • Strong understanding of impact assessment, with the ability to develop and implement effective impact assessment processes.

  • Proven ability to create a positive and inclusive work environment where all staff feel valued, supported, and motivated.

  • Lived experience of sight loss or a strong understanding of the challenges faced by individuals with sight loss would be advantageous but not essential.

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.

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

Harris Hill Charity 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.