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Friends of Fairford and Lechlade Communities

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GENERAL MANAGER to lead charity organisation (CIO)

Gloucestershire, Home working

The Trustees are seeking to appoint an enthusiastic and self-motivated General Manager to lead the
Charity, taking on the responsibility for delivering operational activities and fundraising.

This is a new role within the organisation and is an exciting opportunity for a professional to lead the
Charity into its next phase of development. The General Manager will be working closely
with the Trustees to maintain its health and wellbeing services within the local community and to expand its capacity and fundraising activities.

We welcome applicants who are self-motivated, skilled and have the ability to build strong working relationships with trustees, staff and volunteers.

Excellent communication skills are essential as is experience of successful fundraising.

Friends of Fairford and Lechlade Communities is an exciting and innovative charity providing health and social care to its local community.

Who are we?

• We are a small local charity (CIO) with a history of 30 years supporting people in our community
and are led by a Management Committee (Trustees) made up of volunteers from the local
• We support the care and wellbeing of people who live in Fairford, Lechlade and the surrounding
• We provide health related support to the patients of the Fairford and Lechlade Doctors’ Surgeries.

Our website provides more detailed information including links to Application Pack and the latest consolidated accounts.

Job Description

Reports To: The Board of Trustees

Location: Home working

Contract: Part Time permanent position

Salary: £20,800 pa for 20 hours per week.

Benefits: 28 days holiday pro rata (16 days), flexible working, auto enrollment pension scheme.

Job Overview

To provide leadership and management of the Charity’s operational activities that serve the needs of all clients and stakeholders within the local community ensuring high standards of delivery. To facilitate the strategic direction determined by the Board of Trustees and promote the long-term health and success of the Charity.

Responsibilities and Duties

• Provide effective leadership and management of the operational activities ensuring high standards of
delivery. These include the Home Nursing Team, Patient Transport Scheme, Lunch Clubs and the
Charity Shop.
• Act as the Charity’s main ambassador and representative in local and county forums. Develop and
maintain excellent working partnerships with other charities, the public and private sectors.
• With the Board of Trustees regularly review and update policies, procedures and risk management
plans to ensure regulatory and good governance compliance.
• Review annually and ensure all required contracts and agreements are in place. This includes
insurance policies, NHS contracts, utilities, telephones, etc.
• Be the recipient of grant applications from individuals, families and organisations and present to the
Trustees for determination. Monitor performance on grants awarded
• Ensure the development of sustainable income and increase fund raising to re-establish funding
income to pre-covid-19 levels. Research, identify and develop new fundraising opportunities,
partnerships and areas of potential support.
• Build a culture that values, motivates and inspires staff and volunteers, develop and implement
volunteer management plans that increase the numbers of volunteers.
• Attend Board Meetings and assist the Chair with setting agendas, reporting and communicating to the trustees. Build an effective relationship with trustees and develop meaningful reporting to the trustees meetings.
• With the Chair and Treasurer prepare the strategic plan and annual report for agreement by the
trustees. Ensure production and timely submission of the annual returns as required by the Charity
• Create a marketing branding plan to increase public awareness, visibility and understanding of the
• With the Treasurer, review the Charity’s budgets, income and expenditure ensuring demands can be
met, services are sustainable and reserves are effectively managed.
• Develop the charity’s services to meet emerging local needs.

There will be a requirement to work the occasional evening and weekend in order to fulfill this role (for example: Trustees meetings, fund raising events).


Person Specification
Knowledge, skills and experience requirements

  • Experience of leading and inspiring teams and volunteers with openness, honesty, integrity and transparency.
  • Experience of managing a multi-disciplinary staff team and volunteers, in a third sector organisation, or running a charity or social enterprise.
  • Experience of working successfully with trustees and charity boards and an understanding of effective governance.
  • Understanding of the culture and role of a community-based charity and the needs of a rural community.
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills, verbal, written and virtual.
  • Excellent organisational skills, with the ability to prioritise and plan effectively and meet deadlines.
  • Excellent IT skills.
  • Experience in developing and delivering income streams and fundraising.

Recruitment Process

All applications to be submitted to us by clicking on Apply Now.

Applicants to send a CV, details of two referees (one to be their current employer) and a covering letter explaining why they want the job and how their experience, skills and knowledge relates to the Job Description and Person Specification. The covering letter is an important part of the application.

For an informal chat about the role please email Graham Hewitt at with your telephone number and a suitable time for us to call.

• The post is subject to an enhanced adult DBS check.
• Driving license and car ownership is essential.
• The role involves a degree of travel to meetings across the county and beyond.
• There will be a probationary period of six months, with a three-month interim review.
• The hours for the role will be reviewed on a regular basis (typically annually) to ensure they meet theneeds of the role, the charity and its budget.

Friends of Fairford & Lechlade Communities is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applicants from all sectors of the community.

Closing date for applications: 3 May 2021

Salary: £20,800 pa for 20 hours per week.

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