Chief Operations Officer

Contract Type: 
Full time
Application deadline: 
Monday, 31 January, 2022 - 10:00
Fixed Salary
Per Annum
Streetwise Young Peoples Project

Developing Accessible Services for Young People, Streetwise offers free and confidential information, advice, counselling, and support services for young people aged 11 - 25 years. We are a busy young people’s service based in the Newcastle City Centre.

We are looking for a candidate who has significant senior management experience including managing staff teams, finances, fundraising and strategic development. We are looking for someone who has a successful track record of developing and delivery projects that involve work with children and young people. We are looking for someone who can plan, develop, and deliver new initiatives and successfully secure funding to maintain and develop these initiatives. The successful candidate will be able to evidence strong partnership working, commissioning expertise and lobbying.

The position is one of leadership and key responsibility within the organisation. The post holder is the person accountable for the operational day to day management of Streetwise holding shared responsibility with the CEO for the direction and performance of staff finances, buildings, resources, and services. The role involves developing, managing, and overseeing all service delivery and development in line with the CEO and supported by Service Managers.

The post holder will ensure that Streetwise is fully funded to carry out its work, that resources of the organisation are best utilised, that financial and performance systems are in place and that all legal requirements are met.

The post holder will have direct line management responsibilities for the senior staff team. Streetwise currently employs 30 (22.2 full time equivalent) members of staff who provide mental health, counselling, youth work and sexual health services to young people.

Key skills/experience/qualifications include:

  • Relevant Higher Education Qualification in a field such as health, social work, youth work, and/or education.
  • Experience and understanding of strategic planning processes; monitoring, evaluation, and performance management systems; and of working collaboratively across the voluntary and statutory sector.
  • Experience and understanding of safeguarding issues relating to young people.
  • Experience and understanding of risk assessment processes relating to service delivery and the governance of the organisation.
  • Substantial experience of people management and supervision, ideally gained in the voluntary/not for profit sector.
  • Experience of managing the development and co-ordination of multi-agency collaborative work.
  • Experience of the direct recruitment, induction, and development of staff.
  • Experience of developing fundraising strategies, with a track record of successful bid writing, development, and delivery in the voluntary/not for profit sector.
  • Experience and understanding of commissioning processes and the completion of tenders from the statutory sector.
  • Excellent financial management skills including experience of budget setting, creating funding and management reports, financial control systems and charity accounts.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to take responsibility and work under own initiative coping with a demanding workload and prioritising effectively.
  • A commitment to developing and delivering quality young person-centred services.
  • A commitment to equal opportunities and diversity.

You can only apply for this role via submitting an application pack.

For informal enquiries about the post call 0191 2305533 and ask for Mandy Coppin, Chief Executive Officer.