Iteso Welfare Association – UK
Job title: Executive Director
Reports to: Board of Trustees
Supervises: Directly, Project Coordinator
Indirectly, Coordinators, volunteers
Salary: £60,000 per annum N.B to start with the role will be on a voluntary basis until funding is secured.
Background and job purposes
Iteso Welfare Association (IWA UK), is currently a registered charity No: 1078300, will soon be a registered Charitable Incorporated Organisation. It was established in 1992 to achieve a vision of a united and prosperous community of Iteso in the UK, Africa and elsewhere. Our mission is to empower the Iteso and other marginalized communities in the UK and in Africa through economic, social, cultural, scientific, and technological advancement.
IWA (UK) has an ambitious 5-year strategic plan running from 2016-2020. The plan seeks to ensure community cohesion and engagement, reduce poverty and inequality, improve health and wellbeing, improve education and employment, and promote culture, art and language of the Iteso. It also seeks to promote and support the use and adoption of science and technology as well as promote and support environmental protection in Africa. To implement this plan, IWA UK is looking for an enthusiastic Director to provide overall leadership to the Charity on a voluntary basis. The post holder will fulfil the following duties. The Role We are seeking an individual experienced in fundraising or management to support the development of new corporate and major donor relationships for Iteso Welfare Association (UK). This is an exciting and rare opportunity to work across two income streams at one of the most dynamic diaspora led charities. You will be involved in a variety of areas across the two teams, including; relationship management, event planning, writing proposals and stewarding gifts of 4 and 5 figures. You will have experience of achieving challenging targets and building strong relationships in either a charity or corporate environment and excellent written and verbal communication skills. An ideal candidate will have knowledge of a wide range of corporate fundraising mechanisms and an understanding of mid-level and major donor fundraising. You will also need the drive and motivation to work as part of a team while also achieving individual goals.
The Executive Director is responsible for the successful leadership and management tier of the organization according to the strategic direction set by the Board of trustees. Raise funds for organisational development, Human Resource recruitment Seek and negotiate suitable terms for office and community space Primary Duties and Responsibilities The Executive Director performs some or all of the following: Responsibilities
Participate with the Board of Trustees in developing and costing a vision and strategic plan to guide the organization
Identify, assess, and inform the Board of Trustees of internal and external issues that affect the organization
Act as a professional advisor to the Board of Trustees on all aspects of the organization’s activities
Foster effective team work between the Board and the Executive Director and between the Executive Director and staff
Act as a spokesperson for the organization
Conduct official correspondence on behalf of the Board as appropriate and jointly with the Board when appropriate
Represent the organization at community activities to enhance the organization’s community profile
Report quarterly to the board of the trustees
Prepare annual reports and accounts
Operational planning and management
Develop an operational plan which incorporates goals and objectives that work towards the strategic direction of the organization
Ensure that the operation of the organization meets the expectations of its Service users, Board and Funders
Oversee the efficient and effective day-to-day operation of the organization
Draft policies for the approval of the Board and prepare procedures to implement the organizational policies; review existing policies on an annual basis and recommend changes to the Board as appropriate
Ensure that personnel, client, donor and volunteer files are securely stored and privacy/confidentiality is maintained
Provide support to the Board by preparing meeting agenda and supporting materials
Programme planning and management
Oversee the planning, implementation and evaluation of the organization’s programmes and services
Ensure that the programs and services offered by the organization contribute to the organization’s mission and reflect the priorities of the Board
Monitor the day-to-day delivery of the programs and services of the organization to maintain or improve quality
Oversee the planning, implementation, execution and evaluation of special projects Human resources planning and management
Determine staffing requirements for organizational management and program delivery
Oversee the implementation of the human resources policies, procedures and practices including the development of job description for all staff
Establish a positive, healthy and safe work environment in accordance with all appropriate legislation and regulations
Recruit, interview and select staff that have the right technical and personal abilities to help further the organization’s mission in the UK and Africa
Ensure that all staff receives an orientation to the organization and that appropriate training is provided
Implement a performance management process for all staff which includes monitoring the performance of staff on an on-going basis and conducting an annual performance review
Coach and mentor staff as appropriate to improve performance
Discipline staff when necessary using appropriate techniques; release staff when necessary using appropriate and legally defensible procedures Financial planning and management
Work with staff and the Board (Finance Committee) to prepare a comprehensive budget
Work with the Board to secure adequate funding for the operation of the organization
Research funding sources, oversee the development of fund raising plans and write funding proposals to increase the funds of the organization
Participate in fundraising activities as appropriate
Approve expenditures within the authority delegated by the Board
Ensure that sound bookkeeping and accounting procedures are followed
Administer the funds of the organization according to the approved budget and monitor the monthly cash flow of the organization
Provide the Board with comprehensive, regular reports on the revenues and expenditure of the organization
Ensure that the organization complies with all legislation covering taxation and withholding payments
Communicate with stakeholders to keep them informed of the work of the organization and to identify changes in the community served by the organization
Establish good working relationships and collaborative arrangements with community groups, funders, politicians, and other organizations to help achieve the goals of the organization
Identify and evaluate the risks to the organization’s people (clients, staff, management, volunteers), property, finances, goodwill, and image and implement measures to control risks
Ensure that the Board of trustees and the organization carries appropriate and adequate insurance coverage
Ensure that the Board and staff understand the terms, conditions and limitations of the insurance coverage Qualifications Education
University degree or equivalent in a related field Professional designation
Management related Knowledge, skills and abilities
Knowledge of leadership and management principles as they relate to non-profit/ voluntary organizations
Knowledge of all charity law applicable to voluntary sector organizations including: international development, social enterprise, employment standards, human rights, occupational health and safety, charities, taxation, health and social care etc…
Knowledge of current community challenges and opportunities relating to the mission of the organization
Knowledge of human resources management
Knowledge of financial management
Knowledge of project management
Proficiency in the use of computers for:
The Executive Director should demonstrate competence in some or all of the following:
Adaptability. Demonstrate a willingness to be flexible, versatile and/or tolerant in a changing work environment while maintaining effectiveness and efficiency.
Behave Ethically: Understand ethical behaviour and business practices, and ensure that own behaviour and the behaviour of others is consistent with these standards and aligns with the values of the organization.
Demonstrate: Patience and calmness in crisis situations
Build Relationships: Establish and maintain positive working relationships with others, both internally and externally, to achieve the goals of the organization.
Communicate Effectively: Speak, listen and write in a clear, thorough and timely manner using appropriate and effective communication tools and techniques.
Creativity/Innovation: Develop new and unique ways to improve operations of the organization and to create new opportunities.
Focus on Client Needs: Anticipate, understand, and respond to the needs of internal and external clients to meet or exceed their expectations within the organizational parameters.
Foster Teamwork: Work cooperatively and effectively with others to set goals, resolve problems, and make decisions that enhance organizational effectiveness.
Lead: Positively influence others to achieve results that are in the best interest of the organization.
Make Decisions: Assess situations to determine the importance, urgency and risks, and make clear decisions which are timely and in the best interests of the organization.
Organize: Set priorities, develop a work schedule, monitor progress towards goals, and track details, data, information and activities
Plan: Determine strategies to move the organization forward, set goals, create and implement actions plans, and evaluate the process and results.
Solve Problems: Assess problem situations to identify causes, gather and process relevant information, generate possible solutions, and make recommendations and/or resolve the problem.
Think Strategically: Assesses options and actions based on trends and conditions in the environment, and the vision and values of the organization.
Essential Skills / Experience
5 or more years of progressive management experience in a voluntary sector or social enterprise organization Excellent interpersonal skills Proven networker, including outside international development networks Experienced in developing large teams or numbers of senior individuals Experience and skillset in either conflict, stability, and working in international development Blogger and social media astute Highly Desirable Skills / Experience Community based experience such as working in NGOs, think tanks, academia and as a consultant Ability to advice with confidence across a range of organisational development and fundraising issues with a number of senior stakeholders Experience of working for diaspora led organisations, great lakes region. Ability to negotiate favourable terms and agreements with landlords or property developers Experience of working in roles requiring social preparedness and contingency planning and effective communication strategies in the context of inspiring a community’s capacity to understand their vulnerabilities, strategies, activities and the role they could play in managing risks without relying on external entities Ability to coordinate community‐based hazard‐mapping techniques that can lead to best practice, effective public health and clinical governance solutions
Executive Director usually works in an office environment, but the organisational mission of a community based Association (UK) may sometimes take to non-standard workplaces or work at home.
Executive Director will work a standard work week, but additionally will often work evening, weekends, and overtime hours to accommodate activities such as Board meetings, visits and representing the organization at public events.
Overseas travel ; must be ready to travel abroad
As an employer we offer a good range of benefits including 25 days holiday. The post is based in London. To apply, please send your CV and covering letter to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 9am Monday 31st August 2016.
Iteso Welfare Association – UK
1st Interviews will take place Tuesday 7th September 2016.