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Chief Executive Voluntary and Community

Are you committed to ‘Improving Local Lives’ across Calderdale and Kirklees? If so, this could be the role for you.

  • Location: Halifax, West Yorkshire
  • Salary: c.£45,000 per annum

At VAC (Voluntary & Community), we are on a mission to create connections, solutions and opportunities that build stronger communities. We provide services to the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise sector (VCSE) and have been doing so since 2000. Our vision is to promote positive social change to improve local lives.

As a member organisation, VAC delivers a range of services including organisational development support, driving quality across the sector and influencing local and regional developments, as well as creating opportunities for the VCSE across Calderdale and Kirklees.

Over the past few years, VAC has seen significant development and has been recognised for continuously developing and delivering needs led services and projects and has become a recognised name across all sectors within the local landscape.

Our outgoing Chief Executive has led the organisation through a period of positive transition, shifting and consolidating the organisation and integrally aligning our work with our values.

About the Role

VAC is now looking ahead to an exciting period of growth and development and as part of the journey, we are seeking a dynamic and experienced Chief Executive Officer who can lead this next stage.

You will be an inspiring leader who can take us forward on our journey, build on our success and continue to ensure that we provide an integral voice to the Voluntary and Community sector.

You will be someone who can embrace our values, build and model a positive culture and commit to the work of the Voluntary and Community sector. An experienced senior manager, you must have the ability to drive strategic development and set a clear and compelling direction for the charity.

People-focused, you should be able to engage with a broad range of stakeholders and partners and build relationships that will contribute strategically to developments across the VCSE landscape.

We are looking for an individual who has the ability to negotiate, influence and operate as a credible and effective ambassador.  Diplomatic, tactical and agile, you will be able to work across a complex landscape with a diverse set of members and partners. With sound financial acumen, you must have the ability to identify new opportunities for funding and income development.

Above all you will have a deep-rooted commitment to improving local lives across and beyond Calderdale and Kirklees, putting our community of the heart of everything we do.

Closing date: Monday 8th November 2021

For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential discussion, please contact our advising consultants at Peridot Partners:

Lucy Mavers | Lucy@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07947 935068

Vinita Medora | Vinita@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07534 244249

If you would like to know more about this role please contact Lucy Mavers

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Introduction from the Chair

Thank you for your interest in the role of Chief Executive Officer at VAC.

VAC is a unique organisation committed to ‘Improving Local Lives’ and giving a vital voice to the voluntary and community sector. We have a reputation for delivering and developing needs led services and projects and creating a strong and vibrant sector through our network of members. We ensure that the sector continues to thrive and is represented across local platforms to support local community-based investment and provision.

We have been on quite the journey at VAC over the last few years and, despite the challenges of the pandemic, have emerged as strong as ever. We have done huge amounts of work around our values, and I am immensely proud of our dedicated and passionate team of staff and trustees and all that we do.

I have been a trustee at VAC for three years. With a Senior Leadership background in IT, 22 years in the financial sector and 6 years in Managed Services, it has been a privilege to use my experience gained in the corporate world to support VAC and join the charity sector.

Our previous CEO, Dipika Kaushal, recently departed and was a dynamic force and significant part of VACs development. We will miss Dipika however are excited about the next chapter of our story and open to the new possibilities that the next CEO brings.

It’s certainly an exciting time to be joining VAC and I hope this pack inspires you to apply.

Best wishes,

Tracy Saunders

Chair of Trustees

VAC has been supporting the Calderdale Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) since 2000. Known for continuously developing and delivering needs led services and projects, VAC is a strong, recognised name within the local VCS landscape.

Over the past 5 years, VAC began expanding and offering its services to different areas of the UK including organisational support and its quality assurance system Quality For Health & Wellbeing.

VAC is a membership organisation, on a continuous listening journey to help us improve. Our members hold us accountable, ensuring we reflect the breadth of the VCSE sector. We are a Charitable Company Limited by Guarantee, and a full history of our organisation’s governance can be found at The Charity Commission’s website, or at Companies House.

Governance

Our Trustees are members of VAC, made up of representatives from local voluntary and community organisations and individuals who support VAC’s vision, aims and ambitions.

Our Trustees set VAC’s priorities, have strategic responsibility for VAC and are responsible for the day to day management of the organisation, ensuring we meet our legal requirements.

They delegate responsibility to the CEO, who works alongside the management team to ensure that VAC runs effectively and efficiently.

VSI Alliance

Calderdale Voluntary Sector Infrastructure Support Service (VSI Alliance) is a partnership between six organisations, made up of four providers and two commissioning bodies, working together and sharing skills to benefit voluntary and community sector groups working in Calderdale:

  • VAC
  • North Bank Forum
  • West Yorkshire Community Accounting Service (WYCAS)
  • Locality
  • Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group & Calderdale Council

What we offer

Through a single point of contact, voluntary and community sector (VCSE) groups and organisations working in Calderdale have access to a range of tailored support services, training and advice, covering:

  • Organisational development support
  • Social enterprise, business development and asset transfer Governance
  • All aspects of establishing a new group or organisation
  • Quality assurance including Quality 4 Health + Wellbeing
  • Safeguarding support
  • Fundraising and income generation
  • Partnership working
  • Specialist financial advice and services
  • Volunteering brokerage and development
  • Engagement Champions
  • Voice and representation of the VCSE sector

Community Voices

Community Voices

Community Voices are individuals working in the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise sector who are trained to engage with the local population on Kirklees CCG’s behalf and talk to them about changes and developments in health services. Community Voices give communities a louder voice and help to make sure that health services are developed in response to the needs of local people.

VAC, in partnership with Kirklees Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), offers free training for local people to become Community Voices and help local communities to have a say when changes to health services are proposed.

The NHS has a duty to involve local communities when health changes are being considered and the training provides the knowledge and skills needed to carry out engagement and consultation work on behalf of the NHS locally.

Please click here to learn more about Community Voices.

VAC doesn’t believe in outdated working practices and rules; they believe the outcomes, input and wellbeing of their team matter more.   VAC has designated Workplace Wellbeing Champions from both the Trustee Board and Staff Team.

VAC is committed to equality, diversity and inclusion good practice and has a zero tolerance policy to workplace bullying and discrimination.

VAC nurtures a culture of trust, collaboration and innovation for its staff and trustees.

We also offer the following amenities:

  • Our buildings and facilities have step-free access
  • We have meeting rooms that support hearing loops
  • Accessibility dogs are always welcome on our premises
  • Papers and materials can be presented in different formats if needed
  • We would be happy to source a sign language interpreter if required
  • We provide a flexible working environment, including locations

And we are part of Disability Confident Employer.

If you have any further needs around accessibility, please get in touch with either Lucy or Vinita for a confidential chat on how we can best fulfill your needs.

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    For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential discussion, please contact our advising consultants at Peridot Partners:

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    Vinita Medora | Vinita@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07534 244249

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    Timetable:

    Closing date: Monday 8th November

    Candidates informed of outcome: Friday 12th November

    First Stage Interviews: w/c Monday 15th November

    Shortlist decision: Friday 19th November

    Informal SMT and stakeholder panels/discussions: w/c Monday 22nd November

    Final Interviews: w/c Monday 29th November

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