Director – Evolve Counselling (Charity Reg: 1181861)

Evolve – Community Counselling Charity

Part-time£45000 FTEHome working with occasional travelFlexible working policies and practices

Closing: 04/06/2021

Evolve is an equal opportunities employer and we welcome applicants from diverse backgrounds.

Because we work with people at vulnerable points in their lives Evolve requires all its personnel to have an up-to-date Enhanced DBS Certificate. We will assist the successful candidate in obtaining a certificate if need be.

Reporting directly to the Chair of Evolve Counselling’s Trustees, the Director provides leadership and has overall responsibility for the delivery of the charity’s goals for service delivery, administration, compliance and financial management. The Director co-ordinates the work of a team of specialists in developing our long-term strategy, budgets and business plans and ensuring compliance with relevant laws and regulations. The Director plays a key role in motivating and engaging volunteers, staff and partners.

These include, but are not limited to:
Governance and Planning
 Review the 2020-2025 strategic plan, working with Trustees to ensure the ongoing relevance with the ever changing internal and external environments
 Produce annual budgets for approval by the board of trustees
 Set milestones and targets for all aspects of the charity’s operations
 Oversee and ensure charity governance and Charity Commission compliance, including development and implementation of policies
 Ensure excellent customer service and manage the efficient delivery of services
 Support the development and delivery of the organisation’s strategic and business plans
 Coordinate the work of the paid personnel
 Operate within the annual budget and ensure management policies are compliant with legislation
 Ensure the organisation fulfils its legal, statutory and regulatory responsibilities
 Continuously improve operational management systems, processes and best practices, using technology to optimise efficiency where appropriate
 Work with the Trustees to manage an annual cycle of monitoring of operational activity, regulatory compliance and fulfilment of charitable purpose
 Maintain awareness of risks and changes in the external environment that affect the organisation
 Prepare and maintain risk register
 Establish mechanisms for listening to the views of beneficiaries on the charity’s performance
Managing resources
 Establish and monitor key indicators of the organisation’s performance, impact and financial health
 Provide management information reports on performance against plan and budget Business Development and Fundraising
 Oversee the Business Development process
 Work with the Business Development Manager to capitalise on new industry developments and market trends to grow business
o play a strategic role in recruiting and managing new partners while sustaining current business relationships
o use evidence-based insight, identify and develop new business and incomegenerating opportunities
o establish and maintain productive relationships with partner organisations to ensure client retention and support business growth
o present, participate and network at external virtual and face-to-face events
o develop, implement and deliver a new dynamic fundraising strategy to create a sustainable income model
 Identify potential new income streams and produce strategies to access these funds
 Proactively lead on the continuous development of the Charity’s fundraising and income strategy, researching best practice, current trends and new opportunities
 Research and submit fundraising bids from grants and trusts
 Be responsible for fundraising compliance, including the Code of Fundraising Practice Managing people and relationships
 Work closely with the Chair of the Trustees, building a strong working relationship, and building an effective working relationship with all the other trustees
 Establish an internal communications framework that provides a coherent means of coordinating Evolve activities
 Ensure all Evolve personnel are focused on achieving its mission and aims
 Recruit contractors, employees and volunteers
 Review all training requirements
 Attend trustee meetings, general meetings of the charity and, as required, Branch meetings.

The above list of responsibilities is not exhaustive, and the post-holder may be required to carry out such other duties as required from time to time which are broadly consistent with the status of the post within the charity.

Key Skills
• Experience of working in or with the voluntary sector (professionally or as a volunteer)
• An interest in, and commitment, to Evolve’s work and charitable aims
• Experience of developing and implementing strategic planning
• Senior management experience
• A collaborative approach to management, consulting and engaging stakeholders in strategic planning
• Experience of setting budgets and financial reporting to trustees
• Ability to plan, manage, and monitor expenditure against budgets
• Experience of recruitment of staff and volunteers
• Proven experience of establishing rapport, credibility, and collaborative relationships with business customers, partners, and stakeholders
• Excellent commercial and financial awareness
• Experience of fundraising, particularly from grants and trusts
• Excellent IT skills including use of MS Office
• Thorough understanding of data protection and health and safety
• Excellent communication and interpersonal skills including presentation skills and the ability to build positive relationships with a range of stakeholders
• The ability to be flexible and respond to the needs of the organization
• A commitment to equal opportunities and safeguarding vulnerable adults and children
• Driving licence.


• Previous experience in a similar role in the charity sector
• Educated to degree level or equivalent clinical or professional qualification
• Experience of mental health sector
• Knowledge of counselling and of the requirements of being a BACP member organisation
• Experience of managing contractors