Salary: £80,000 – £90,000

Location: Our offices are in Toynbee Hall, East London, but we welcome applicants from across the UK who do not wish to relocate. You should be willing to travel to our London office for team and project meetings up to six times per year. Project related travel costs will be reimbursed.

Hours: Four or five days a week

Contract: Initially, a twelve-month fixed term contract with a view to permanent and possible progression to Chief Operating Officer. Job-share applications considered.

Benefits: 25 days annual leave plus three office closure days between Christmas and New Year. We also provide two wellbeing days per year. Staff are signed up to one of two pension schemes and a personalised wellbeing budget through Better Space.

About The Young Foundation

The Young Foundation is a national charity with a long history of innovating to create social change. We are a ‘think and do’ tank, working with people and communities to shape a fairer future, together.

The UK’s public services are in acute crisis. Political trust is on the floor. The struggles people and communities face are many, and deeply knitted together. Consequently, our mental health is often poor, and our resilience weakened. We must be prepared to unravel and reweave for the common good.

That requires working together in new ways, empowering radical acts of co-creation across communities, sectors and boundaries. For The Young Foundation, this is a moment to embody the spirit of our founder, Michael Young. To embrace collective effort and work collaboratively to show that, with the Power of Participation, we can redesign the social contract between people, communities, state and business to shape a fairer, greener future.

About the role

The Director of Finance and Corporate Resources holds a key role in our organisation and is core to the senior management team. Reporting to the Chief Executive, the Director of Finance and Corporate Resources is responsible for finance, HR, facilities, and governance.

Managing a team of four (comprising a Financial Controller, Finance Services and Business Support Manager, HR Manager, and an Administrator) they are responsible for all ‘back office’ operations, providing the supporting infrastructure to ensure quality delivery of our work and mission.

You will work closely with the Chief Executive to lead the organisation through operational change. Investing in the right technological and finance infrastructure for The Young Foundation is overdue, and we are looking for a self-starting candidate with proven experience in digital transformation and change to increase efficiency, knowledge management, and reporting of vital management information. The assessment of business needs and analysis of possible solutions has been undertaken and the successful execution of this transformation is a key deliverable in the first 12 months of the role.

We are a charity earning our income through commissions, grant funding, and by responding to tenders. As such, we need to think and act as a consultancy, supported by our Finance team. We are looking for a hands-on, motivated individual with a solid background in consultancy and charity finance and digital transformation.

How to apply

Please send the application form at the end of the recruitment pack, your CV and a link (or attachments) to on or before 31 May 2023

Please note that we reserve the right to close this vacancy prior to the advertised closing date if we receive a high volume of suitable applications.

The two-stage selection process will consist of a first-stage virtual interview and final stage interview and task. Shortlisted candidates will be informed on 5 June 2024

First stage interviews are currently scheduled to take place on 13 June 2024 via video-call and second round interviews will take place (likely in London) on 20 June.

The Young Foundation is an equal opportunities employer and as part of our commitment to increasing the diversity of our team we actively encourage people from Black and Ethnic Minority or other under-represented groups to apply for this role. We positively encourage applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity.

You must have the right to live and work in the UK. Applicants who require a work permit in order to take up employment will not be considered.

Please complete our online Equality and Diversity Monitoring Form. This information will not be seen by the hiring manager or impact your application.

Upon submitting your application, you will receive an automated response to say we have received your application. Please note that we review applications after the closing date and we regret that we will only be able to reply, and give feedback, to short-listed applicants.

Posted on: 20 October 2023


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