Chief Executive Officer

Primarily home-working with frequent London
Up to £65k depending on experience
09 Feb 2021
26 Feb 2021
Full Time
Contract Type

Introduction from the Chair

The work that the Centre for Education and Youth (CfEY) undertakes is urgent and important. We expect to appoint someone as our next CEO who appreciates that young people, particularly the most vulnerable, need advocates at every level of public work to make sure they get a fair crack at the whip.
We anticipate appointing someone who can develop CfEY’s hardnosed insights into the limiting factors that compound disadvantage; someone who can identify the subtle but important levers that can be used to relieve some of these and someone who takes the voice and views of young people and the practitioners who work with them seriously.
The CfEY team are original thinkers and imaginative researchers. They care about their work. And they care about one another. We hope this sounds like the kind of set up you’d like to be part of.

Who are we?
The Centre for Education and Youth (CfEY) is a think and action-tank that provides timely and accessible research, support and tools for policymakers and organisations as well as practitioners supporting young people.

With our team of former teachers, youth workers, academics and civil servants, CfEY sits at the intersection of research, policy and practice.

What do we do?
Our mission is to ensure all young people make a fulfilling transition to adulthood.

Our clients need clear information and evidence to ensure their organisations can have the greatest impact possible. Our work enables them to make informed decisions about policy and provision so that every young person can make a fulfilling transition to adulthood.

We spend time talking directly to young people and practitioners, which means our insights make a more meaningful difference to policy and practice in the sector, ultimately improving young people’s lives.

Who do we work with?
We work with a wide range of clients across corporate, government and third sectors. We work hard to disseminate our insights as widely as possible to deliver impact at scale.

What are we looking for from our next Chief Exec…

Values and approach:
You are determined to build on CfEY’s success, embracing and evolving our approach and ‘Ways of Working,’ whilst steering a path towards ever greater impact on children and young people’s life chances.
You bring with you a positive and supportive attitude and are skilled in navigating fraught and polarised political terrain. You have a strong track record of securing funding/contracts and are not afraid of challenges, bouncing back from setbacks with creative and well thought-through solutions.
Strategic and organisational leadership
You are an effective strategic leader who can develop and implement a long-term vision that delivers commercial and social impact. You enjoy leading change and weighing up options and risks, making tough decisions and spotting opportunities even when resources are scarce.
You shape and manage operations and budgets skilfully, ensuring efficient, punctual and high-quality delivery. You are financially fluent and monitor organisational performance carefully, working with the board to plot a route to long-term sustainability and impact. You lead with humility and kindness as well as high expectations.
Analysis and thought- leadership
You are a rigorous thinker and persuasive communicator who can make a compelling case for change and act as a figurehead for the organisation, building strong relationships across the sector, media and government. You weigh up different arguments and evidence critically, developing innovative but robust solutions. Your ideas are rooted in a thorough grounding in policy and sector debates, as well as key theories regarding social policy and inequality. 

The role

Salary: ~£65k depending on experience
33 days holiday per year (including bank holidays)
Flexible hours and location (primarily home-working with frequent London travel for events and Monday meetings at our office in Dalston).
4% employer pension contributions (following probationary period).

How to apply

Click here to view our application pack 

Please send an anonymised cover letter and CV setting out why the role appeals and why you are well suited to by the 26th of February.

If you have any questions or would like to speak to a member of the team or board please let Gemma know.

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