Play your part in growing our ability to transform the lives of people experiencing homelessness and social exclusion.
Emmaus offers homeless people across the UK a fresh start in life with the support of a community around them. Our companions, the people we support, are at the very heart of everything we do. Solidarity and helping others less fortunate than yourself is central to the Emmaus way of life. Everyone at Emmaus, including companions, staff, trustees and volunteers are encouraged to carry out acts of solidarity to support people who need it most.
Emmaus Cambridge was the first Emmaus community to be established in the UK. We are more than just a bed for the night, we offer people who have experienced homelessness a place to call home for as long as they need it and meaningful work in our social enterprise. Living in a stable environment with the opportunity to gain new skills helps our companions to regain any lost self-esteem and confidence so they can support themselves and others.
Since those early days, the community has grown steadily and is now able to offer up to 50 companions a home and the opportunity to volunteer their time in what has now become a successful and self-sustaining social enterprise, collecting and selling people’s surplus goods. We have come a long way, but we want to grow and diversify our social enterprise offerings, increase our profile, as well as being a voice that helps shape policy for those experiencing social exclusion.
We are in a strong financial position and are now looking for a resilient and forward-thinking Chief Executive to collaborate with our companions, staff, trustees and other key stakeholders to lead this next stage of our development.
We want a leader who shares our values, has vision and who wants to work alongside our companions and staff to continue to build on all that we’ve achieved. We are looking for a can-do, inclusive and enabling leader; someone who will be open to embracing new ideas and is comfortable in taking risks. As social enterprise is so central to our work we welcome strong commercial acumen and proven experience in growing and developing business opportunities and social enterprises. This could be within homelessness or for socially excluded and/or vulnerable people or in a social enterprise.
We also want to explore opportunities with external stakeholders that will enhance and support our community, so experience in external stakeholder engagement, profile raising and partnership building would be valuable.
We encourage applications from all backgrounds and are committed to having an organisation that is made up of diverse skills, experiences and abilities.
Very many thanks for thinking about becoming the next CEO of Emmaus Cambridge. This is a significant moment for the community and indeed for our efforts to address homelessness, social exclusion and to support others in greater need.
We were the first Emmaus Community in the UK and we are proud of all we have achieved over the last 30 years. We are resilient, resourceful, and stable.
Our current CEO, Diane, is retiring after 10 years of leading sustained support, growth and development.
We aim, at all times, to give hope, humanity, purpose and a home to our companions as well as give support to others through our social enterprise business model.
We are ambitious to enhance our support to local communities, to develop new sustainable, environmentally sound businesses and to continue to offer companions the opportunity to achieve their own goals.
Cambridgeshire offers a great base for further partnerships, new networks and skills development. We believe we can be even more of an exemplar and voice within our wider communities.
The board, staff, companions and volunteers share a common spirit that an engaging and inclusive leadership will see the community continue to thrive.
At Emmaus Cambridge, we’re working together to end homelessness. We offer people who have experienced homelessness a place to call home for as long as they need it and meaningful work in our social enterprise. This gives people the opportunity to take stock of their lives, deal with any issues they might have, and often re-establish relationships with loved ones. Living in a stable environment
with the opportunity to gain new skills helps people to regain any lost self-esteem and confidence so they can get back on their feet.
Emmaus Cambridge was the first Emmaus community to be set up in the UK, opening our site in Landbeach in 1991. There are now 33 Emmaus communities and groups, across the country, supporting more than 850 people in the UK. Emmaus Cambridge is one of the largest communities in the UK, supporting up to 50 people (Companions) in our on-suite rooms, flats, and new Solohaus homes.
Companions living at Emmaus Cambridge sign off their in-work benefits apart from housing benefits and live communally sharing meals, support and companionship. The Emmaus Cambridge
social enterprise generates revenue that pays for companions’ homes, food and upkeep, as well as providing a small weekly allowance. This is key to restoring feelings of self-worth, showing these individuals that their actions make a real difference, both to their own life, and the lives of others.
At Emmaus Cambridge, we welcome and encourage applications from everyone regardless of age, disability, gender, ethnicity, religion and sexual orientation. We are facing diverse problems, so need diverse people to tackle them.
Our accessibility provisions include:
To formally apply, please submit a CV and supporting statement (ideally maximum 2 sides of A4 each) that clearly outlines your suitability for the role against the criteria provided in the person specification, including your interest and motivation in applying for this position.
Please send your application to (inserting “Application – Emmaus Cambridge, Chief Executive” into the subject field): email@example.com
If you would like to have an informal conversation about this opportunity you can email our advising consultants at Peridot Partners to arrange a call:
We wish to encourage applications regardless of race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origins, sex, disability, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, marital or civil partner status, pregnancy or maternity, age or religion or belief.
All applications will be considered solely on merit.
Applicants with a disability are invited to contact us in confidence at any point during the recruitment process to discuss steps that could be taken to overcome operational difficulties presented by the role, or if any adjustments or support are required regarding the recruitment process.
Closing date: By 9 a.m. Monday 24th April 2023
First stage interviews (virtual): w/c Monday 1st May 2023
Final stage interviews (in person): w/c Monday 8th May 2023
Peridot and Emmaus Cambridge are committed to promoting equality and diversity. To help us raise awareness and support a culture that is diverse and recognises and develops the potential of all, we need to appreciate the profile of candidates who apply for positions. We would therefore be most grateful if you would complete this equality monitoring survey.
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