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Director of Operations
At Never Such Innocence we aim to give children and young people across the world a voice on war and conflict. We offer opportunities to reflect on conflict throughout history and today through a poetry, art, song and speeches competition.
The charity began as a First World War commemoration project for children and young people. Over 11,000 young people from 47 different countries, territories and dependencies created poetry, artwork, and songs inspired by this conflict. From 2019 we have expanded our focus to include conflict in all forms and throughout history, up to and including the present day.
Never Such Innocence is looking for an ambitious and passionate Operations Director to work in partnership with the Chief Executive and Board of Trustees to meet and exceed the charity’s aims and objectives. You will lead on exciting national and international projects to deliver the Never Such Innocence Competition and Roadshow encouraging young people to process, respond to, and reflect on all forms of conflict throughout history.
To date Never Such Innocence works with young people in 47 countries, territories and dependencies across five continents. There are three key elements to Never Such Innocence: we run a creative arts competition; produce educational resources; and, hold community events and provide opportunities to participate in unique occasions:
The International Competition invites young people to create a poem, a speech, a song or piece of art reflecting on something they feel strongly about historically or currently, on an international scale, or within their local community or wider society.
Our educational resources, produced with the support of historians, will cover impacts of war and responses to war, drawing on examples throughout history. These resources, with accompanying lesson plans, are sent to schools and educational settings for free and are designed to inspire entries to our International Competition.
We hold community events nationally through the Never Such Innocence Roadshow which visits prestigious venues to provide a platform for young people to share their extraordinary work for an audience of their peers, local dignitaries, members of the Armed Forces, and VIPs. We also provide young people with the opportunity to participate in very special, highly memorable occasions such as local and national events, major military events, Government activities, and at High Commissions and Embassies.
Never Such Innocence is a small close-knit team dedicated to giving children and young people opportunities to reflect on conflict, and a platform to amplify their voices. You will play a key role in driving the strategic direction of the charity and will have proven experience of project management and delivery. The role includes regular travel across the UK.
Salary: £32,000 - £38,000 commensurate with experience
Duties and Responsibilities
Report directly to the Chief Executive, Chair and Board of Trustees to ensure Never Such Innocence complies with all the legal and regulatory requirements as a registered charity and company
Responsible for the delivery of the aims and objectives of Never Such Innocence
Overall management responsibility for Never Such Innocence’s work, team, consultants and resources
Responsible for compiling, managing and promoting education materials and resources
Responsible for overall operational management of Never Such Innocence to ensure the smooth running of the charity’s work and administration of the office
Responsible for line-management of two Programme and Engagement Managers including supervision and appraisal
Responsible for identifying, building and maintaining stakeholder relationships and liaising with key corporate and education partners
Develop, manage, implement and monitor strategic plans, forecasts, budgets and accounts
Responsible for drafting and compiling reports for supporters, sponsors, the Charity Commission and Companies House
Responsible for the promotion and delivery of the Never Such Innocence education programme
Responsible for all national and regional media relations
Manage and deliver events including roadshows, fundraising ventures and gala dinners
Draft and manage the production of all promotional materials
Responsible for all NSI digital and social media strategy and delivery
Responsible for managing all issues and regularly briefing trustees
Available to work some evenings (for which Time Off in Lieu will be given) to comply with the needs of Never Such Innocence
Carry out additional duties as agreed from time to time between the Operations Director and Chief Executive
Skills and attributes:
Excellent high-level communication skills both orally and in writing, with the ability to communicate clearly, succinctly and engagingly with experience of successfully influencing a range of audiences
Self-motivated and ability to take initiative to develop and manage projects
Flexible, adaptive and willingness to travel throughout the UK
Organised and analytical approach with strong attention to detail
Ability to represent Never Such Innocence to a broad range of stakeholders nationally and internationally
Ability to act collaboratively with tact and diplomacy
Excellent IT skills including Microsoft Office and G Suite, particularly Excel and Sheets
Professional attitude and appearance
At least two years’ experience working in a leadership role in the arts, cultural or educational sector
Proven experience of project management and delivery with demonstrable outcomes
Proven experience in initiating, managing and sustaining effective partnerships with a diverse range of organisations and individuals
Proven experience of managing the professional development of team
Proven experience of maintaining a financial control system and ability to carry out book-keeping and bank reconciliations
Proven track record of trust fundraising and ability to fundraise from a wide range of sources
Proven experience of writing for a variety audiences
Ability to adapt and problem solve
Proven interest in education and/or the arts
To apply, please send your CV and covering letter to Lady Lucy French at firstname.lastname@example.org by midnight on Saturday 15th June. Each should be no more than two pages long. Using examples, your covering letter should demonstrate why you are suitable for the role and how you meet the person specification.