Vacancy – Director of Samphire

An exciting new opportunity has arisen with Samphire to lead the charity as a Director.

Samphire’s mission is to improve the lives of people released from immigration detention and experiencing destitution in the UK, and to support the development of well-informed, cohesive and diverse communities in the Dover area and beyond.

The Director will oversee Samphire’s two main projects, the unique Ex-Detainee Project which has a nationwide remit and has just received funding for three years from the Big Lottery Fund, and the Community Engagement Projectwhich promotes social cohesion in Dover and surrounding areas by a variety of means.

In addition to managing Samphire’s dedicated staff and overseeing the reaching of the targets for these two projects, the Director is expected to secure future funding for these and other projects where a need is identified and Samphire is best placed to address it. The Director will work closely with the Management Committee and in particular will develop a Fundraising and Organisational Strategy for Samphire, will ensure that Samphire complies with all its legal requirements and will represent Samphire externally.

This is a permanent appointment. Until the end of October 2018, the position is funded for 30 hours per week (0.8 FTE), thereafter it will reduce to 22.5 hours per week (0.6 FTE). However, there is scope for the right candidate to increase the role up to full-time (37.5 hours per week) by securing additional funding.

Director of Samphire (Dover-based)

NJC salary scale points 38-39, £33,437-£34,538

30 hours per week (0.8 FTE) until end of October 2018, reducing to (0.6) FTE thereafter unless additional funding is secured.

This is a senior leadership role, which requires engagement with Samphire’s Committee, partners, funders, the local community, policy makers and the media, as well as management of Samphire’s highly experienced staff team. The successful candidate must demonstrate that they meet the requirements of the person specification and job description.

  • The successful applicant will be educated to degree level, with a post-graduate degree an advantage;
  • They will have a minimum of 5 years progressive experience at a managerial level, including having line-management responsibility;
  • They will have experience of fundraising within the not-for-profit sector;
  • They will be familiar with all relevant legislation as well as the local, regional and national challenges facing charities in the UK;
  • They will have a keen interest in, and good understanding of, the issues affecting migrants to the UK and the communities they live in;
  • This post requires an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

Interested candidates should send a cover letter (no more than 2-pages) demonstrating how they meet the requirements of the Job Description / Person Specification and a CV (no more than 5 pages) including up to three references – see How to Apply for more information.

The deadline for applications is close of business (5.00pm) Thursday 11th January 2018. Interviews are planned for the week commencing Monday 22nd January 2018.

Shortlisted applicants will be informed by close of business on Wednesday 17 January 2018. The successful applicant will be expected to start as soon as possible.

Funded by the National Lottery through the Big Lottery Fund and the Allen Lane Foundation.

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