Burnley, Pendle and Rossendale Council for Voluntary Service

Burnley, Pendle and Rossendale Council for Voluntary Service

Burnley, Pendle and Rossendale Council for Voluntary Service

Job Description Chief Officer

Job Title:Chief Officer

Salary and hours: NJC Scale point PO 41(£34,894)

37 hours per week flexibly applied

Area of work: Lancashire, with a primary focus on Burnley, Pendle and Rossendale


The Chief Officer is responsible to the Executive Committee and will be line managed by the Chair.

Purpose of the Post

Responsible for:

  • Providingeffective leadership to Burnley, Pendle and Rossendale Council for Voluntary Service (BPRCVS) and its overall management, direction and development within the strategic and governance frameworks established by the Executive Committee.
  • BPR CVS delivery of a range of high quality services to build the capacity of the voluntary, community and faith sector in Lancashire, especially in the boroughs of Burnley, Pendle and Rossendale.
  • The effective promotion of volunteering, community action and active citizenship in the county.
  • Ensuring a strong voice for BPRCVS and the wider voluntary, community and faith (VCF) sector in Lancashire.
  • Developing the sustainability of local infrastructure services support through effective and positive partnership and public relations.
  • Developing and sustaining other service delivery offered by BPRCVS in accordance with its mission.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

  • To support the Chair and the Executive Committee:
  • by advising them on all policy matters relating to the operations of BPRCVS and its development;
  • in the forming and monitoring of strategic plans and targets;
  • in meetingtheir obligations including compliance withits constitution, company, charity law and other legal areas and risk management;
  • acting as Company Secretary.
  • To be responsible for all aspects of the day to day management of BPRCVS including the development and implementation of relevant policies and procedures.
  • To be responsible, in co-operation with the Executive Committee, for the overall financial management of the organisation including developing budgets, maintaining effective financial controlsand ensuring that BPRCVS meets all legal and external funding requirements.
  • To ensure the financial sustainability of the organisation through developing a range of funding streams, service delivery and income generation activities.
  • To prepare regular reports for the CVS Executive Committee and ensure that monitoring information is provided for partners and funding in accordance with the service level agreements and contracts.
  • To manage the staff team and ensure regular support, supervision, appraisal and personal development systems are in place and adhered to.
  • To maintain and enhance BPRCVS position as a leader in providing effective and innovative infrastructure support, volunteering and other services.
  • To ensure BPRCVS provides a range of high quality support, advice and information to build the capacity of the local VCF sector.
  • To represent and advocate for BPRCVS and the local voluntary sector on partnerships with the public, private and VCF sector at local, county, regional and national level and to encourage partnership and consortium working in response to local and county needs.
  • To promote and publicise the work of BPRCVS and the VCF sector by establishing and maintaining close links with members and senior officers in the public, private and VCF sector.
  • To build and maintain effective systems of engagement with local VCF organisations and to provide leadership and representation.
  • To negotiate with statutory and other funding agencies to ensure resources for BPRCVS and the wider sector in order to improve efficiency and effectiveness and involvement from the sector.
  • To participate in county wide partnerships to influence the design of public services and seek to develop partnerships and consortia from the sector to deliver those services.
  • Towork collaboratively with other infrastructure providers including as a member of Lancashire Association of CVS and ONE Lancashire.
  • To support the overall ethos, principles and practices of BPRCVS.
  • To undertake any other duties which may from time to time be required and which are consistent with the duties and responsibilities of the post.

There will be a three month probationary period. The post will involve some evening and weekend work for which time off in lieu is given.

Holiday entitlement is 23 days plus 8 statutory days per annum.

Person Specification

  • Proven senior management and leadership experience including managing people and finances and working at a strategic level. ESSENTIAL
  • Management experiencewithin the VCF Sector. DESIRABLE
  • An understanding of the legal and regulatory frameworks for managing a voluntary organisation. ESSENTIAL
  • Abilityto work effectively witha Board or managementcommittee within the VCFSector. ESSENTIAL
  • Proven track record of securing funding in a tough financial climate from multiplefunding streams. ESSENTIAL
  • Excellent networking skills. ESSENTIAL
  • A strong track record of building and maintaining partnerships within and across organisations and sectors. ESSENTIAL
  • First class communication skills, able to motivate teams at all levels and build effective working relationships with colleagues and partners. ESSENTIAL
  • The ability to negotiate and influence at a senior level. ESSENTIAL
  • An understanding of the VCF sector and the strategic, policy and funding environment in which it operates. ESSENTIAL
  • An understanding of the VCF Sector in Lancashire and the partnership environmentin which it operates. DESIRABLE
  • An understanding of the role of local infrastructure organisations in relation to supporting organisations and volunteering. ESSENTIAL
  • Experience of workingwith volunteers. DESIRABLE
  • Wide experience of working with communities and their organisations to develop services to address their needs. ESSENTIAL
  • IT Skills. ESSENTIAL
  • Commitment to the ethos, principles and practices of BPRCVS. ESSENTIAL