Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Contract Type: 
Application deadline: 
Monday, 9 December, 2019 - 12:00
Salary Scale
Per Annum
Blaydon Youth and Community Centre


Blaydon Youth and Community Centre


Blaydon Youth and Community Centre is seeking a new CEO to have oversight and responsibility for all aspects of the organisation’s work at this exciting and pivotal time.


The Trustees are ambitious for the future of the organisation and have recently invested time and resources in the creation of a new 5-Year Strategic Plan.


This has created an exceptional opportunity for the charity, as we now look to recruit a talented leader, with a successful track record of project management, generating income and building partnerships, to grow and expand our services, and ultimately support a wider reach of beneficiaries within the community and surrounding areas.


This is a great role for someone eager to make a significant difference to an amazing youth and community charity, using the resources we have, and the new ones that we’ll be creating, whilst bringing your own skills, experience and passion to make your own mark.


If you are that person, we believe that we can offer you an outstanding opportunity to develop your career whilst making Blaydon Youth and Community Centre a beacon of excellence and ensuring a better, brighter and more prosperous future for all those in Blaydon and the wider community.


For further information about the role can be found at




Job Title:               Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Responsible To:     Chair

Hours:                             37.5 hours per week (Some evening and weekend work)

DBS Status:            Enhanced Disclosure

Salary:                  £32,424 - £35,433 per annum (four point scale)

Benefits:                Blaydon Youth and Community Centre operate an auto enrolment pension scheme through NEST

Annual Leave:      25 days per year (plus Bank Holidays)

Place of Work:      Blaydon Youth and Community Centre, Shibdon Road, Blaydon

NE21 5LU





  • Completed application form

  • Supporting Statement - maximum two sides of A4

  • Applications close - 12 noon Monday, 9th December

  • Interviews to be held - Wednesday, 18th December





To request an application pack, please email Wendy Taylor-Dodd at


Applicants should send a copy of their completed application form along with their supporting statement, clearly addressing the person specification (maximum two-sides of A4) to Wendy Taylor-Dodd at   


Deadline for applications: 12 Noon on Monday, 9th December.


Interviews will be held on Wednesday, 18th December at Blaydon Youth and Community Centre (BYC)


Only shortlisted applicants will be notified.




We are looking for an inspirational leader to be our new CEO to manage day-to-day operations of our organisation. The right candidate must be ready to build and model a great organisational culture, provide inspired leadership to our team, establish a great working relationship with the Board of Directors to build on our track record and set a course for Blaydon Youth and Community Centre’s forward strategy.


Demand for our services continues to grow. We know that many more children, young people and families are yet to be aware of the support they could receive and the opportunities they could engage with.


We have ambitious plans to put people and families at the heart of everything we do; tackle inequality, so people have a fair chance; support our community to support themselves and each other; invest in our local community to provide sustainable opportunities for employment, innovation and growth and work together and fight for a better future for our local community.


We will build on the outcomes we have achieved to date, by providing more services, particularly for individuals and families affected by disadvantage. We will continue addressing barriers to social mobility, inclusion and diversity affording both individual and families access to existing and emerging support, including developing the opportunities offered by technology and the digital age.


While our track record is extensive, the landscape we operate in is complex. Funding from central to local government has been progressively reduced, competition for trust, foundation and donor funding has increased while public trust in charities has been challenged.


While there may be challenges, there are also opportunities aplenty. Our CEO will have the vision to lead us through these challenges combined with the planning skills and pragmatism to turn the vision into action, and deliver.


  • You’ll have a track record in income generation, to ensure we continue to diversify our income sources;


  • You’ll build on our partnerships locally, regionally and nationally, using your proven networking, negotiating and influencing skills;


  • You’ll be shrewd in balancing quality service delivery and organisational effectiveness, with the acumen to extract meaning from financial reports and ensure value for money in a resource constrained environment;


  • Your outlook will be rooted in the evidence for what works; you’ll be equally happy scrutinizing activity and assessing qualitative feedback from our beneficiaries to inform service development;


  • You’ll have an eye for innovation and opportunity, inspired by the prospect of working with the team to identify practices elsewhere and applying them appropriately to our work, including using digital and other technologies;


  • You’ll understand the importance of maintaining a safe, legally compliant working environment, with up-to-date, fit-for-purpose policy and guidance documentation;


  • You’ll be a trusted, proven leader, modifying how you work to enable your highly experienced team to deliver their best, learning and developing their practice along the way;


  • You’ll be adept in promoting a culture of open communication and continuous improvement, in which staff and volunteers’ work is as important as what they do. 


Additional Tasks


  • Any other duties as required by the Board of Trustees/Directors which are commensurate with the duties and responsibilities of the post;

  • To undertake all duties in line with BYC policies and procedures.


Working Hours and Location


This position is a 37.5-hour a week full time post primarily based at Blaydon Youth and Community Centre, Shibdon Road, Blaydon, NE21 5LU. The hours of work are those necessary to fulfill the requirements of the role. This will involve occasionally working unsocial hours in evenings and at weekends as well as during the day.


Organisational Standards


The worker will be expected to work within the principles of Blaydon Youth and Community Centre’s organisational standards and to implement all aspects of its policy. The post will be subject to an enhanced DBS check. 


For the successful candidate we offer the opportunity to help shape an even better future for this highly regarded, effective local charity, operating in a friendly, supportive working environment. As an employer, we are as flexible as we can to support all aspects of our staff’s wellbeing.