Staff Vacancies

Chief Officer

The Trustees are looking for a Chief Officer to take the group forward into the next chapter of its 467-year history. The role is to provide strategic direction, lead a team of four and serve the Trustee Body.

Municipal Charities and St Joseph’s Homestead is a very long-established group of charities whose objects are to provide housing for local people in need and over 60 years old. In addition to forty-six almshouses, the oldest of which dates back to a Royal Charter granted in 1553, the group also operates a grant-making charity for the benefit (Relief in Need) of residents of the Town of Stratford upon Avon. Additionally, the group owns a small portfolio of freehold interests in commercial properties. The group is looking to expand further in terms of more almshouses, as opportunities present themselves.

The Chief Officer will have the following specific responsibilities:

  • Formulating and implementing strategy
  • Governance
  • Compliance
  • Serving the Board
  • Policy Drafting and Implementation
  • Financial Oversight
  • Management of all aspects of almshouse operations, with some hands-on involvement when material issues arise plus some regular daily tasks.
  • Managing structural changes to the group of Charities.
  • Managing the Portfolio of freehold property interests to maximise their value for the owning charity and its beneficiaries.
  • Managing the Clerk, Treasurer, our Scheme Manager and Assistant Scheme Manager including appraisals, training needs, and supporting them as required.
  • Acting as an escalation point for issues that the other four members of staff are unable to resolve.

The charities are regulated by the Charity Commission and the Regulator of Social Housing. The postholder will be expected to ensure compliance with current and future legislation; working closely with the relevant professionals and advisors is central to discharging these duties.

The successful candidate will need to demonstrate the following:

  • Experience working at a senior level as a Chief Executive, Clerk or Manager in the public, private or charity sectors including experience of reporting to a Board.
  • Awareness of charity law, compliance, and the duties of trustees.
  • Experience in managing staff.
  • Good understanding of financial accounts and budgeting.
  • Experience in formulating and implementing policy and strategy.
  • Experience in tendering for services and managing contractors would be desirable.
  • Experience in management of property maintenance would also be desirable but not essential.
  • Knowledge of the almshouse movement is desirable as is an understanding of the social care sector and issues facing older people.

The ideal candidate will be a team player who is able to demonstrate the highest levels of integrity and standards, and someone with extensive life experience and a desire to “give something back”. You will have the ability to work on your own initiative, be able to lead and positively represent the organisation whilst ensuring that trustees are involved appropriately in decision-making at all times.

Recent annual accounts for Municipal Charities (214958) and St Joseph’s Homestead (219678) are available on the Charity Commission website which also provide more information on the history, trustees and modus operandi including the committee structure.

Closing date for applications - 12 May 2020.

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