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Director

Director

Stroke Alliance for Europe (SAFE) - Director/General Manager

Homebased with travel throughout Europe circa 50,000

This role will be delivered under contract to a self-employed individual with a contract for 24 months, subject to review at 6 months and 18 months

Stroke Alliance for Europe (SAFE)

Stroke Alliance for Europe is a coalition of 34 stroke patient organisations from 30 European countries, fighting together against stroke in Europe. SAFE's vision is to work towards greatly decreasing the number of strokes in Europe and that all who are touched by stroke get the help and support they need.

SAFE therefore engages in activities such as campaigning, education, encouraging research, and growing stroke support organisations which contribute to the advancement of stroke prevention and the improvement of the quality of life of stroke survivors, their families and carers.

The Role
SAFE has made excellent progress over the last 12 years establishing a network of Stroke Support Organisations across Europe each operating at a local country level.
They are now looking for a Director/General Manager to oversee the work of SAFE and to support and enable a new and growing cohort of stroke support organisations, patient and carer advocates across Europe.

SAFE also has close relations with the European professional medics body, the European Stroke Organisation and is promoting the Stroke Action Plan for Europe to the EU and European countries. They are also members of EFNA and the EPF and this role will be involved in diplomacy with these and other pan European groups.
SAFE receives sponsorship from commercial organisations which needs effective planning and diplomacy to achieve, and effective management to deliver outcomes.
The development of new projects and promotion and marketing of existing projects are part of the overall role..

This role is the most senior of the paid roles in SAFE and as such is responsible for the effective management of SAFE and its workforce, and for the delivery of objectives determined with the Board.

Key tasks of role:
-Work closely with the President of the Board, with regard to offering leadership and support to the Board, staff and SAFE member organisations.
-To manage staff, contracted suppliers, and SAFE resources to ensure achievement of SAFE's goals and sustainability.
-Work with external contacts throughout Europe and beyond to enable growth of SAFE and of Stroke Support Organisations in Europe
-Research and scope out requirements of proposed projects
-Report to and deliver the requirements of the SAFE Board, writing strategy, reports and other board material as required.
-Oversee the SSOFT tool, and manage all agencies/people ensuring the ongoing functionality of each module, ensuring co-ordination of different strands of activity to achieve a high quality, sustainable, usable product.
-Have overall responsibility for managing the budget, legal contracts and other financial elements of SAFE.
-Ensure all relevant strategic communication activity is delivered, and that digital platforms are utilised.
-Have overall responsibility to the Board for the delivery and expansion of income generation, and management of persons or agencies involved in these processes.
-Ensure Secretariat activity is supported and all meetings and business is delivered in timely and effective ways.
-Liaise with all relevant stakeholders , particularly the SAFE Board, throughout the year to ensure effective and timely communication
-Take primary responsibility with the Board secretary and secretariat for the creation and establishment of agendas for meetings, conferences and policy activity.
-Work closely with the Communications and Advocacy Manager to ensure maximum press and publicity

Skills and Experience required:
-Experience of managing and co-ordinating a range of senior external stakeholders
-Strong relationship management skills with demonstrable experience of facilitating relationships with senior stakeholders (including politicians etc.)
-Strong management skills of both staff and stakeholders
-Well-developed interpersonal skills enabling management of a variety of people, both upwards management and downwards
-Self-motivating and flexible in approach to working time and activity
-Experience of working within the charity, and/or advocacy world
-Strong public speaking skills with the ability to and experience of giving presentations to a wide range of audiences
-Good financial skills with experience of managing budgets
-Prepared to travel throughout Europe as required, including overnight stays abroad
-Knowledge and competence in a language other than English would be desirable

Applications for the position will close on 27th May 2019