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Community Director

An exciting new job opportunity . . .

VACANCY: Community Director

Notts County FC Community Programme is poised at an exciting stage of its development and is seeking a dynamic and effective leader to take the charity to its next stage of growth. You will work with our Board of Trustees to develop strategy and lead a dedicated team to deliver high quality programmes across Nottingham and Nottinghamshire.

An opportunity to lead one of the UK’s most successful football club community schemes, this high-profile role will require:

  • Excellent ambassadorial skills to foster good relationships with partners and funding bodies.
  • Programme management experience to deliver growth.
  • A genuine passion for community sport and physical activity.

You will have, a proven track record of strategic, operational and financial planning; a record of delivering successful, high quality programmes; experience of new income generation and diversification, and evidence of driving organisational growth and change.

The aim of Notts County FC Community Programme is to provide high quality, accessible, life changing opportunities through sport and physical activity, improving people’s health, education, confidence and skills, increasing positive behaviours and bringing enjoyment to the people we work with. We use the power and strength of professional football and sport to engage with the local community.

Reporting to the Board of Trustees, the Community Director will manage and further develop all aspects of Notts County FC Community Programme and its initiatives, ensuring that all activities meet the charity’s aims and objectives, fulfilling Notts County FC’s commitment to the community it serves.

  • In consultation with the Board of Trustees, plan, deliver, evaluate and develop Notts County FITC’s Strategy in line with the overall short and long-term business plans. Develop the business plan for Portland Centre to ensure the facility remains the “centre of an active community”.
  • In consultation with the Board of Trustees, plan, deliver, evaluate and develop Notts County FITC’s Strategy in line with the overall short and long-term business plans. Develop the business plan for Portland Centre to ensure the facility remains the “centre of an active community”.
  • Identify and access new funding streams to increase the output of the Community Programme ensuring long-term sustainability.
  • Provide direction, support and guidance for the Management Team ensuring effective management at all levels.
  • Ensure that an appropriately skilled workforce is in place along with training and development programmes for all staff (full time, part time and volunteers) within the Community Programme.
  • Have a clear understanding of local, regional and national trends within the sports, health, education and voluntary sectors. Liaise with key agencies to create professional partnerships that maximise opportunities and further develop the Community Programme.
  • Manage the Community Programme’s finances ensuring it runs effectively in line with annual budgets and external commitments. Work closely with auditors to provide accurate reports that comply with financial regulations.
  • Effectively manage risk across all parts of the organisation.
  • Fulfil the role of Senior Safeguarding Manager supporting the Designated Safeguarding Officer and linking in with NCFC’s Safeguarding Officer.
  • Manage key elements of HR to ensure all contractual and non-contractual policies are in place and current. Deal with all disciplinary matters regarding all staff (full time, part time and volunteers) within the Community Programme.
  • Ensure that all statutory obligations are met and guarantee relevant policies and procedures are in place, current and applied.
  • Ensure the highest quality and standards of projects to meet objectives and attain social impact through effective monitoring, evaluation and reporting of all projects.
  • Develop strong links with the board and all relevant departments of NCFC and ensure club staff are aware of the impact we make.
  • Ensure all appropriate groups within the local community are represented and actively participate in projects.
  • Work with stakeholders and participants to ensure a clear understanding of their needs, build lasting relationships, solicit feedback and take into consideration learning acquired.
  • Deliver relevant reports to the Board of Trustees and submit comprehensive reviews to fulfil commitment to external funders.
  • Enhance the profile of the Community Programme including appropriate media coverage and an effective communications strategy.
  • Develop and grow the reputation of the Community Programme internally and externally.
  • Comply with FITC’s policy requirements for Equal Opportunities, Racial Equality, Sex Discrimination and Disability.
  • Develop knowledge for personal benefit and the benefit of the Community Programme.
  • Monitor and evaluate personal performance to agree to a personal development programme approved by the Board of Trustees.
  • Carry out all appropriate tasks when asked to by the Board of Trustees.
  • Represent Notts County FC Community Programme in a professional manner.
  • Work flexible and unsociable hours when required.

Person Specification

The post-holder will be an experienced CEO or deputy, with a knowledge base that spans the sports and charitable sectors. The post-holder will be a motivated and driven ‘self-starter’ with effective marketing and communication skills at all levels, and will have the ability to motivate and lead highly skilled professionals to deliver a shared vision for the Community Programme.

Essential Skills and Experience

  • Experience of leading a multi-skilled staff team in a multi-disciplinary context.
  • Financially aware, with high level negotiation skills and a demonstrable track record in fundraising and financial management across a range of sectors.
  • A demonstrable track record of engagement with senior management in the statutory, commercial and political sectors and the ability to supervise.
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills and interpersonal skills.
  • A broad knowledge of current policy impacting on the work of the Community Programme and the sector as a whole.
  • Business focused.
  • Visionary strategist with the ability to lead.
  • Ability to develop and maintain networks.
  • Able to lead and motivate staff.
  • Knowledge of charity/voluntary sectors.

Desirable Skills and Experience

  • Experienced Chief Executive or second-in-line officer.
  • Five years senior / Board level experience in a people focused medium / large Charity
  • A working knowledge of the football and wider professional sports club charity sectors.
  • Experience of leading an organisation and staff team and reporting to Trustees.
  • Experience of working in partnership with commercial sponsors.
  • Experience of Charity Commission, Companies House and HMRC regulations.
  • Good use of Information Technology.
  • Knowledge of Fundraising,
  • Publicity and profiling experience.
  • Networking skills.

Applications should consist of CV and covering letter with indication of salary expectations and sent to: cg@nottscountyfitc.org.uk.

Deadline for applications is midday on the 22nd December 2017 and interviews will take place on Saturday 13th January 2018.