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New job opportunity: Director of Finance and Resources

29 January 2020

Are you our next Director of Finance and Resources (COO equivalent) ?

Do you have financial and organisational expertise and would you like to join an innovative, place-based, small grant-making foundation?
Do you thrive on working collaboratively and collegiately with partners, teams and boards?
Are you a creative thinker, able to work with others to bring about innovation?
Are you passionate, as we are, about addressing issues around poverty and inequality?
If so, then you might be just the person we are looking for to lead our Finance and Resources team.

We value diversity, equality and inclusivity. Applications are welcomed from underrepresented backgrounds, including but not limited to gender, race, age, sexual orientation and religion

About Cripplegate Foundation and Islington Giving

Our vision is of a society where everyone has the opportunity to live a rewarding and fulfilled life, free from poverty and inequality. We aim to bring about change to improve the lives of Islington’s most disadvantaged residents by providing grants, working in partnership and advocating for positive change. We make grants of £1.8m a year and are a pioneer of a new place-based giving movement.
Islington Giving now forms a significant part of the work of Cripplegate Foundation. It operates as a restricted fund of the Foundation and brings together a coalition of local, regional and national funders, residents, businesses and voluntary organisations to tackle stubborn issues of poverty and inequality. It has raised over £6m in nine years to invest in innovative programmes.

It’s an exciting time to join us!

The next few years promise to be pivotal in shaping the future role of Cripplegate Foundation and taking Islington Giving and the place-based giving movement even further. The current post holder has made a significant contribution to the development and leadership of the Foundation and the new post holder will inherit a strong finance and resources function. There will, however, be lots of exciting challenges to engage with as part of the Senior Management Team and in terms of the ongoing development of the resources team and function.
The opportunities to make a real contribution are manifold, including:

  • Working creatively and innovatively with the SMT, the Governors of Cripplegate Foundation and the Board of Islington Giving to develop new visions and programmes for the future.
  • Leading the resources function and provide advice and guidance to ensure that Cripplegate Foundation and Islington Giving continues to demonstrate best practice and maintains its reputation as a respected, trusted and thoughtful grant-maker, employer and investor.

About you

The new Director of Finance and Resources will need to be consultative, with strong listening skills and respect for the opinions of others. They will need the confidence and expertise to advise and guide the team and governors, enabling them to deliver innovation, whilst maintaining best practice and ensuring compliance. They will need to be able to relate to the big picture and vision, whilst also being able to consider the detail. The applicant could be someone who is developing their career or they may be someone who has already held a similar role in another charity. Whatever your background, we would be delighted to hear from you, especially if you:

  • Have experience of leading and managing,
  • Have a sound track record of managing finances,
  • Have experience of, or a curiosity to learn about, investments and the non-financial aspects of this role.

We value diversity, equality and inclusivity. Applications are welcomed from underrepresented backgrounds, including but not limited to gender, race, age, sexual orientation and religion.

Closing date for applications: 10am 24 February 2020

Job level: Senior executive

Hours: Full time or Part time

Contract: Permanent

Please download and complete the Application Form and Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form and send with your CV outlining your career to date, with any academic and professional qualifications.

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