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Executive Director - Maternity Cover – Yachad

  • Location:
  • Sector: Not for Profit
  • Employer: Yachad
Yachad is seeking a maternity cover to for a period of 8-11 months (TBC) for 2-3 days a week to cover specific aspects of the Director’s role. The director will be stopping work mid-August, exact date to be confirmed, and therefore the maternity cover post is expected to start end of July/beginning of August with some preparatory meetings in the months leading up to this period. The primary role of the maternity cover will be to oversee the governance of the organisation and manage the rest of the staff team which is comprised of three full time members of staff:
  • Youth and Student worker
  • Deputy Director (with a primary focus on communications)
  • Office Administrator
We also have a freelance bookkeeper, and at times call on the services of other freelance staff members as and when required. The maternity cover will also be required to work with any freelance members of staff.
A comprehensive organisational strategy is in place, with a corresponding calendar of activity, and the person in post will be responsible for ensuring the team deliver the aspects of the organisation’s strategy relevant to their roles. The maternity cover will report to the Yachad board at quarterly board meetings and when necessary in between via email, alongside meeting regularly with the Chair of the Board.

The Yachad Board is open to a variety of working arrangements in terms of spread of hours and whether the maternity cover is a freelance or contracted as a short-term member of staff. However, given the primary role will be to manage the staff, the appointed person will need to work from the Yachad offices based in Kings Cross and will need to be available to work on a Monday when all members of staff are in the office to conduct team meetings and one-on-one staff meetings. Alternatively, they will need to find another day that suits the current working patterns of staff to ensure full team meetings can take place.

Key Tasks

Managing the Yachad staff team to deliver the organisational strategy

Amongst other tasks key areas of delivery include:
  • Fundraising
  • Work with youth movements and students
  • Trips to Israel and the West Bank
  • Office management
  • Campaigns
  • Educational events
  • Engagement with MPs and the media
  • Troubleshooting with staff to ensure any obstacles to delivery of the strategy can be overcome effectively
  • Signing off key public communications, ensuring that language used is suitable and reflects the values of the organisation
Reporting and liaising with the Yachad board
  • Working with the team to produce board papers for Yachad board meetings
  • Acting as a point of liaison between the staff and board
  • Meeting regularly with the chair of the Yachad board
  • Ensuring that the board are kept informed of any strategic and financial decisions that are beyond the scope of the current strategy and budget
Overseeing the budget and day-to-day expenditure
  • Ensuring that the organisation is spending within its budget
  • Deciding, in consultation with board and staff, spending priorities, if the organisation’s income does not allow the planned strategy to be delivered in its entirety
  • Overseeing and signing off, in consultation with the board, spending that has not been included within the organisation’s budget
  • Signing off day-to-day expenditure and alongside office manager ensure payments are made on time
Ensure the smooth running of the Yachad offices and administrative processes
  • Overseeing Yachad team meetings
  • Meeting with staff one-on-one on a regular basis
  • Ensure any correspondence from the Charity Commission, Companies House and the HMRC is dealt with in a timely manner
  • Ensuring that staff members are complying with any legal requirements required in their roles e.g. data protection
  • Field enquiries and requests to the organisation to the relevant staff and board members
Skills dependent tasks
Depending on whether the person in post has the relevant skill set, tasks may also include:
  • Acting as a spokesperson for the organisation
  • Representing the organisation in public settings
  • Inputting into conversations at a board level about the strategic direction of the organisation
Required skills, knowledge and experience
  • Experience of working with and managing a team, ideally in the charity/not-for-profit sector
  • Experience of managing budgets and day-to-day cash flow for a medium-sized organisation
  • Some knowledge of the Jewish community, particularly youth provision on campuses and in youth movements
  • Understanding of governance and legal issues that the charity sector needs to comply with
  • Support for the values and objectives of Yachad
Preferred but not essential skills, knowledge and experience
  • Some experience of fundraising
  • Experience of acting as a public advocate on behalf of an organisation
  • Experience of public speaking
  • In depth knowledge and understanding of the Israel/Palestine conflict
  • Experience of campaigning
If the post is filled by someone working on a fixed-term contract a salary of up to £50,000 pro-rata (at a maximum of four days per week) will be considered. In addition, Yachad will make a pension payment of 5% of gross monthly salary into a workplace pension. A
freelance day rate will be subject to negotiation.

Closing date for applications: Wednesday 17th April at 5pm