Focus Birmingham
£60k + benefits
18 Jan 2019
29 Jan 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

A successful charity primarily providing invaluable care and support services to people with complex needs and which also acts as a Centre of Excellence supporting blind and visually impaired people across the West Midlands.

With a £3.5m turnover and high-quality services, we are big enough to influence but small enough to make things happen. We need an inspirational CEO to lead our growth and move the charity forward so we can maintain and enhance the quality of care and the opportunities we provide within our day centre, the local community and supported living scheme.

The successful candidate must demonstrate the following skills and expertise:-

  • Ability to inspire and motivate a team
  • Forward-thinking professional with passion and enthusiasm acting as the charity’s ambassador with the ability to build effective relationships
  • Outstanding communication and interpersonal skills
  • Strong leadership and strategic planning skills
  • Experience of achieving sustained growth for a business or charity
  • Educated to degree level or equivalent
  • Commercially aware with business and financial acumen

Based at our Head Office in Harborne, Birmingham this is a highly fulfilling role that comes with great rewards.

To apply send CV and covering letter by email below.

Closing date is Monday 11th February 2019 @ 11.00 a.m.

Job Description

Job Title: CEO

Status: Permanent

Salary: £60k per annum

Department: General Management

Hours: 37.5 hours per week

Location: Harborne

Leave: 26 days (rising to 31 days excluding bank holidays)

Responsible to: Chairman of the Board of Trustees

Responsible for: All staff and volunteers working for Focus Birmingham

Key Objectives:

  • To provide strategic vision and leadership to the operation and development of the organisation within the policy direction set by the Board of Trustees
  • To ensure the charitable objectives of the organisation are followed and that it delivers the appropriate public benefit
  • To take overall responsibility for Focus’s management within the governance and accountability frameworks established by the Board of Trustees
  • Working with the Chair, to enable Trustees to fulfill their legal duties and other responsibilities for the proper governance of the organisation
  • To ensure that the Board receives advice, recommendations and information both financial and non-financial in an effective, thorough and timely manner
  • To be the external representative of the organisation

Responsibilities Strategic Leadership

  • Ensuring that a long-term strategy is in place to guide the organisation in achieving its charitable objectives and delivery of public benefit
  • Drawing up an annual business plan for Focus in advance of each financial year to integrate the Organisation’s programmes and activities and to ensure its on-going financial viability
  • Leading, directing and developing management, staff and volunteers, ensuring that those working for the organisation are focused on achieving the charity’s mission and strategic objectives
  • Ensuring leadership and good communication is effectively developed across the organisation
  • Ensuring the effectiveness of Focus’s services including developing an organisation that attracts, retains and motivates committed, effective and professional people
  • Identification of and response to major strategic opportunities for the charity to grow and expand its activities if appropriate
  • Identification of specific threats that may undermine the ability of the charity to maintain or grow operations and the development of appropriate responses and Action Plans
  • The evaluation and development of strategic partnerships across the region in order to safeguard the interests of the charity
  • To lead the process of evaluation specific development opportunities

Financial and Legal

  • Being responsible to the Board of Trustees for the overall financial health of the organisation
  • Ensuring the production of a budget acceptable to the Board and ensuring that budget is met
  • Seeking out and developing new strategies for ensuring future income streams and resources, including exploring and developing new opportunities for funding social care activities
  • Working to ensure that the organisation has the human, material and financial resources it needs to operate effectively
  • To work with Trustees to formulate a reserves policy specific to circumstances of the charity and to develop a strategy to meet relevant targets.
  • To ensure that comprehensive risk management processes are in place, including the maintenance of an organisational risk register and mechanisms to regularly review risk areas with the Board
  • Ensuring that Focus fulfills its constitutional, regulatory and legal obligations, including those set by the Charity Commission, Companies House and Care Quality Commission.
  • Ensuring that the organisation has the right management systems and structures to carry out its work effectively, accountably and safely and that professional standards are met and maintained
  • Ensuring that all assets and resources of the organisation are properly managed and secured and overseeing that plans are in place for their maintenance, replacement or improvement, as appropriate
  • Ensuring the timely and effective delivery of an annual impact statement and the Annual Report


  • With the Chair, ensuring the Board of Trustees formulate and regularly review the organisations mission, values and strategic priorities and objectives
  • In partnership with the Board of Trustees, maintaining a longer-term strategy for Focus within the policy direction set by the Board
  • Reporting to the Board and relevant Board sub-committees on organisational progress, providing information and answering for organisational progress and performance in delivering internal and external objectives and targets
  • Developing policy proposals for discussion and decision by the Board of Trustees
  • Maintaining an effective working partnership and collaboration with the Chair, and establishing and maintaining the annual programme for the meetings, including Away Days of the Board
  • Supporting the Chair and enabling the Board to broaden its capabilities and develop its leadership potential
  • To ensure Directors Fit and Proper Persons Policy is adhered to and with the chair regularly monitor and evaluate the performance and contribution of trustees
  • Making sure all the key policy, procedural and strategic documents are kept up to date


  • Acting as key spokesperson and advocate for Focus, and ensuring that the organisation is appropriately represented on all relevant partnerships and forums
  • Seeking opportunities to expand and promote awareness of Focus’s work
  • Using the media appropriately to raise the Organisation’s profile
  • Ensuring that the organisation forges strong and effective partnerships to deliver its mission
  • Actively supporting fundraising activity and the formulation/implementation of fundraising and marketing strategies
  • Developing relationships with statutory agencies, including local authorities and the NHS, to contribute to service design/ ensure co-production with regard to social care and eye health provision.



  • Degree or equivalent through training/experience
  • Ideally a Social Care Qualification or Appropriate Management Qualification

Knowledge & Experience

  • Proven track record of achieving sustained growth in a charitable or commercial context
  • Experience of working at a senior management level
  • Ideally a good understanding of the social care or eye health sector and the direct management and provision of services to disadvantaged or disabled social groups either under contract to statutory agencies or as a third sector provider

Commination, Persuasion & Influencing

  • Outstanding communication skills, able to communicate regularly and openly at all levels within the organisation
  • Ability to present clear and concise written reports and provide detailed explanation of the relevant key recommendations
  • Ability to present effectively to external Audiences
  • Good negotiation skills

Technical & Professional Skills

  • Proven Business, Project and Financial Planning Skills
  • Experience of fundraising
  • Experience of contracting in social care or eye health sectors

Financial Awareness

  • Able to understand and present complex financial information
  • Experience of setting management budgets

Customer Service & Quality Focus

  • Able to deliver excellent Customer Service in all activities
  • Ensures quality and productivity goals and standards are met
  • Empathises with the needs of service users of Focus Birmingham

Thinking Skills

  • Highly numerate
  • Effectively gathers, analyses and utilises information
  • Uses problem solving and decision making skills
  • Ability to think strategically
  • Ability to develop creative and cost effective solutions

Leading & Team Working

  • Ability to inspire and motivate the team
  • Promote the organisation’s values
  • Effectively manage and lead the team
  • Empower and enable others
  • Ability to set and monitor key performance targets for self and team

Personal Motivation & Commitment

  • Demonstrates drive, determination and passion
  • Seeks ways to continuously improve and learn


  • Clearly demonstrates an understanding of diversity in all aspects of the work
  • Champions a strong culture of equality and diversity throughout the organisation

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