Home / Roles / Executive Director – Girls Friendly Society

Executive Director – Girls Friendly Society

Girls Friendly Society

CEO role girls-friendly-society-logo

Take Girls Friendly Society to the next level as our committed, passionate and inspiring new Executive Director!

  • Location: London
  • Salary: £75k - £80k + benefits (depending on proven experience)

About the role

Girls Friendly Society (GFS) offers weekly group sessions for girls and young women to have fun, make new friends and learn new skills. We’ve provided opportunities for girls and young women to develop their self-esteem, confidence, emotional wellbeing and resilience since 1875. With paid staff of 15 and more than 200 volunteers we deliver programmes and organise activities throughout the UK via our extensive network to help enrich the lives of the girls we work with.

We’re now looking for a committed, passionate and inspiring Executive Director to help take us to the next level of our development. We are in the final stages of developing and launching a new five-year strategy to guide our future growth. We are also planning for an office move in late 2019/early 2020 as we continue to seek efficiencies in the way we operate and ensure value for money.

Who we're looking for

We’re searching from someone with experience of leading a small charity. You’ll come with experience of implementing organisational strategy, overseeing key functions and reporting regularly to boards and committees.

You should be comfortable with charity accounting, setting and managing a budget and have a working knowledge of safeguarding procedures as they relate to young people. You’ll also need to demonstrate an ability to raise funds from a variety of sources, and develop and implement a plan for business growth.

If you have the skills, experience, passion and drive to help take us on the next stage of our journey, we’d be delighted to hear from you.

For an informal conversation about this opportunity, you can contact our advising consultant at Peridot Partners:

John Powley | john@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07399 528307

James Hunt | james@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07711 405444

Closing date for formal applications: 9am, Tuesday 27th August 2019

Membership and fundraising executive search with John Powley

If you would like to know more about this role please contact John Powley

View profile

Dear Applicant,

Thank you for expressing an interest in the role of executive director at Girls Friendly Society (GFS).

As one of the oldest charities supporting girls and young women in England and Wales, we believe that our mission, vision and values have never been more relevant than in today’s society. This is why a few years ago we embarked on a comprehensive programme of transformational change, to better equip the charity to meet the needs of girls and young women today, and place our organisation on a more sustainable footing.

We’re now looking for a committed, passionate and inspiring senior leader to help take us to the next level. We’re in the final stages of developing and launching a new five-year strategy to guide our future growth, and the executive director will be responsible for:

  • Growing the organisation by providing the leadership needed to open many more, successful groups across England and Wales
  • Having a vision for how we create and disseminate a programme that gives girls and young women the chance to develop during their time with GFS
  • Overseeing a system of support that provides a great volunteering experience for everyone that gives time to GFS
  • Helping GFS grow its reputation to become a national champion for girls and young women
  • Contribute to the security of GFS by developing new, financially sustainable ways of working

The ideal candidate will provide steady and clear leadership during this exciting time of change for our organisation. You will have similar experience leading a small charity, implementing an ambitious strategy, overseeing the delivery of key functions and reporting regularly to boards and committees. You should be comfortable with charity accounting and setting and managing a budget – and have a working knowledge of safeguarding procedures as they relate to young people. You will also need to demonstrate an ability to raise funds from a variety of sources, and develop and implement a plan for business growth. Some experience or knowledge of charitable investments is preferred although training and ongoing support can be provided for the right candidate.

In addition, the successful candidate will need to be sympathetic to our feminist aims, and be comfortable promoting the importance of gender equality, both internally and externally. Applicants should also note that although the charity is not a Christian organisation, it was founded with a historic Christian ethos and values, and some of our groups still participate in Christian activities today. In return, we can offer a competitive salary, a range of benefits, and flexible working and training opportunities.

This is a rare opportunity to join a vibrant and dynamic charity, leading a dedicated and experienced team, with support from the Board of Trustees. If you have the skills, experience, passion and drive to help take us on the next stage of our journey, we’d be delighted to hear from you.

With best wishes,

Iana Vidal
Chair of the Board of Trustees

What we do

We believe that every girl and young woman has the potential to achieve anything. Our mission is to help them fulfil that potential by providing a supportive and fun place for girls to meet friends, learn more about themselves and grow in confidence.

We support volunteers throughout England and Wales in running weekly girls-only groups with a programme of activities that will help girls and young women develop the confidence, self-esteem, emotional wellbeing and resilience they need to be the truest, happiest versions of themselves, no matter what life throws at them.

Although we’re not a religious organisation, some of our groups include elements of faith. We were established in 1875 with the support of the Anglican Church. Our values and motto “bear one another’s burdens” are still informed by our Christian heritage today.

Our programme and impact

Girls Friendly Society groups provide a fun and supportive place for girls and young women aged 5-25 to develop the skills they need to reach their potential.

Our programme has been developed in consultation with every GFS group across England and Wales. For many, the group provides stability and an opportunity to develop their understanding of the importance of supporting and accepting one another.

The programme we deliver through our groups, aims to increase the self-esteem, confidence, wellbeing and resilience of the girls and young women who attend them.

These important ‘soft’ outcomes can be difficult to measure but we strive to develop effective ways of measuring the change that has taken place in the girls and young women we engage. This will enable us to better support them in the future.

As we roll out our new impact management approach across the organisation we look forward to sharing the outcomes of our work, what we have learnt and how we can improve.

Our year in review

Take a look at our 2017/18 Annual Review to see what impact we made and how we managed our finances over the 2017/18 financial year.

More information:

Girls Friendly Society website

To access a full job description and application details,
please fill out the form below.

YesNo
YesNo

Please download the Recruitment Information Pack  and fill out this Equality Monitoring Form

If you would like an informal conversation around the role, please contact our advising consultants at Peridot Partners:

John Powley | john@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07399 528307

James Hunt | james@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07711 405444

To formally apply, please submit a CV and supporting statement that clearly outlines your suitability for the role by addressing the criteria focused on experience within the person specification and explains your motivation for applying for the role.. We kindly ask that your CV and supporting statement should be no more than two pages each and should be sent in Word format in one document (no more than four pages total).

Please use the subject: “Executive Director, Girls Friendly Society” and send your documents to: response@peridotpartners.co.uk.

Girls Friendly Society is an equal opportunities employer. They welcome 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.

Disabled applicants are invited to contact Peridot Partners 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 with regard to the recruitment process.

Timetable

Closing date: 9am, Tuesday 27th August 2019
First stage interviews: w/c Monday 9th September
Final stage interviews: w/c Monday 16th September

Equal Opportunities Monitoring

Peridot and Girls Friendly Society 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 form.

The information will be treated confidentially and anonymously and will help us to support our commitment to fair recruitment practice. All information provided will be held in the strictest confidence and will not be shared with anyone, in line with the new Data Protection Act 2018 launched on 25 May 2018. The information provided does not form part of the decision-making process and will not affect your application.

Data Processing, Protection and Privacy Policy

By completing the form to view, or if you have access to this page from an email invitation, Peridot Partners will have processed your personal information. For more information about Peridot Partners’ data processing activities and your rights, please read our Privacy Policy.

You might also be interested in: