Prospectus is delighted to be partnering with Oxfordshire Community Foundation to recruit a Chief Operating Officer, to be based at their offices in Oxford.
Oxfordshire Community Foundation (OCF) is an independent charity that will be celebrating 25 years in 2020, harnessing the power of community by bringing together people with the passion, resources and expertise to tackle the most pressing social problems facing the county. Their vision for Oxfordshire is a kinder place, with a greater sense of community, a place where people feel more connected to those around them. A place where everyone understands that no-one has to sleep rough on the streets; that everyone has a place to call home; where every child has the opportunity to aspire and to thrive; where no-one, young or old, has to experience loneliness or to deal with their problems in isolation.
Drawing extensively on best practice, both in the UK and internationally the trustees and CEO have concluded that their vision can only be realised if OCF significantly scales up its investment in systems, processes and people, at the same time as deepening and extending the ambition and relevance of its work.
Following a review of their strategy, the organisation is now focusing resources on fewer, larger and more complex programmes, as well as improving their measurement of impact. This is requiring the CEO to prioritise significantly more of her time on fund development and wider stakeholder engagement thus creating an opportunity for a new senior position responsible for managing the full range of the organisation's internal activities, in particular, programme resourcing, distribution of funds and team well-being.
With experience scaling up an organisation as part of an executive management team, the new Director will have the skills, sensitivity, and personal confidence to both lead and build on the capabilities of a committed, bright, diverse and effective team. Managing the full range of the organisation's internal activities, in particular, distribution of funds and finance functions, the role holder must be a leader who is able to help others at OCF deliver measurable, cost-effective results, to control costs and manage budgets, and to ensure the timing and scheduling of OCF Strategic Programmes are well resourced and planned.
Experience and attributes to include:
- Strong understanding of finance, systems, and HR and broad experience of the full range of business functions
- A professional accountancy qualification
- Significant experience of scaling up an organisation and managing that change within a budget
- Proven track record of achieving and exceeding goals
- Strategic vision with the ability to anticipate future consequences and trends
- Strong leadership skills with the ability to develop a talented workforce as well as the processes that ensure the organisation runs smoothly
- A belief in the core values of OCF and a drive to lead social change
To read more about this exciting opportunity, please see the full Job Spec below.
To apply, please upload your CV in Word format and include a supporting statement as part of your application, addressing your experience in relation to the key points on the person specification, which should be no longer than 2 sides of A4.
A Prospectus consultant will review and assess all submitted applications. As part of the selection process candidates may be invited to meet with a consultant at our offices.
If shortlisted by Prospectus and selected for interview with OCF, interviews are planned to take place on the dates below:
Panel Interviews (1st stage): 29th October in Oxford
Panel Interviews (2nd stage): 8th November in Oxford