Chief Executive Officer

The Kite Trust
£30,000 - £39,999
09 Oct 2019
13 Oct 2019
Contract Type
Part Time
We are working for a world where LGBT+ young people are fully included in society, with equal access to opportunities, living without fear of prejudice, discrimination and harassment. We are a Cambridgeshire based charity with big ambition and a voice and influence that belies our modest size. We are seeking an exceptional person to lead the team that takes the vision forward into an exciting future.

This is a great time to join a charity with a strong local and national profile, with exciting plans to expand our services to reach more LGBT+ young people across the county, increase our schools and training services and establish ourselves as the lead LGBT+ charity in the East of England. In 2020, we'll embark on a new 3 year strategy so we're looking for an experienced leader to facilitate and realise its development and delivery.

Our staff team, volunteers and trustees are incredibly passionate about The Kite Trust's work and leading our organisation will be exciting challenging and rewarding.

Our work is guided by the following values. We are:

Supportive and Guiding.

We support, encourage and care.

Positive and Inclusive.

We nurture confidence, pride and happiness. We understand and support LGBT+ issues.

We provide opportunities to learn and grow.

Safe and Friendly.

We are trustworthy, professional and confidential. We are open, fun and relaxed.

With a strong history of delivery of services, we now need to focus on continuing our core programmes whilst maintaining and growing our profile. We have a strong business development track record and we need to consolidate and develop this.

The successful candidate will lead and manage a small yet dedicated team of staff and volunteers. As Chief Executive you will provide value based, clear and mission-driven strategic leadership to the charity, ensuring financial sustainability and growth. You'll also act an ambassador for the charity and champion for young LGBT+ people.

We are looking for someone with proven experience of strategic leadership, empowering staff and volunteers, and growing programmes or services to deliver at scale. We expect you to work closely with the governing Board of Trustees to ensure the effective financial, legal and moral governance of The Kite Trust. You will need to be able to oversee programme delivery and bring the best out of the small dedicated team, delivering the strategic aims of The Kite trust in a creative and inspiring way that will engage others. Although not essential, lived experience of LGBT+ identity would be desirable.

This post is subject to a DBS check. The Kite Trust welcomes applications regardless of sex, gender, race, age, sexuality, belief or disability.

Application Information: Application form and 4-page statement with person specification addressed in detail, with examples please

Closing date for applications: 5pm on Friday 11th October 2019

Interviews: Interviews will be held in Cambridge on Monday 21st October between 10am-3pm. Please expect to join us for a full day of recruitment activities and a chance to meet young people and the team.


As The Kite Trust's CEO, you'll provide value based, clear and mission-driven strategic leadership to the charity, ensuring financial sustainability and growth. You'll be responsible for the operational delivery of the strategic plan, as well as staff leadership, management and the administration of the organisation. You'll also act an ambassador for the charity and champion for young LGBT+ people.

Key responsibilities:

Strategic Lead
  • To provide strategic vision and leadership to the operation and development of The Kite Trust within the direction set by the Board of Trustees;
  • To work with the Board to develop, review and lead the delivery of The Kite Trust strategic plan and to undertake key tasks related to its delivery e.g. forward planning, budgeting etc. This will involve providing support and information to the board through regular reports and briefings;
  • Ensure that the charitable purposes of The Kite Trust are followed and that it delivers the charitable benefit set out in The Kite Trust vision;

  • Staff management and leadership
    • To provide line management to the team at The Kite Trust and ensure it is a well-run organisation where colleagues feel valued and able to work effectively;
    • To provide coaching to the people that you line manage, to help them deliver on their role, grow and reach their fullest potential;
    • To ensure there are clear lines of accountability and responsibility across the team which foster and maintain effective working relationships for the organisation;

    Communication and representation
    • To ensure that the profile of LGBT+ youth voice and involvement is raised at every opportunity and that examples of good practice are shared with the widest possible audience;
    • To develop and implement an integrated communications and media strategy, raising The Kite Trusts presence and profile in an engaging way;
    • To support the development of The Kite Trust as the regional lead for the LGBT+ youth work Network and Rainbow Flag delivery partner;
    • To act as an ambassador for The Kite Trust, networking widely to build new and existing strategic relationships (corporate, statutory and third sector).

    Governance and legal
    • To maintain a proactive relationship with the Chair and Trustee Board, supporting them to fulfil their duties and legal and other responsibilities for the proper governance of The Kite Trust;
    • To ensure that the board receives advice, recommendations and information in an effective, thorough and timely manner, with particular reference to the legal and ethical requirements of registered charities;
    • To take overall responsibility for The Kite Trusts' management and administration within the governance and accountability frameworks established by the Board of Trustees;

    • To be responsible to The Kite Trust board of Trustees for the overall financial health of the organisation;
    • To co-produce a yearly budget with the finance lead and the treasurer, and ensure the sound financial management of The Kite Trust within that budget;
    • To ensure full and accurate reporting including the preparation of an annual report and financial accounts, making returns to Charities Commission and reporting back at the AGM;
    • To take appropriate steps to manage risks that could impact The Kite Trust; To ensure that the organisation has the right management systems and structures in place to carry out its work effectively, accountably and safely, and that professional standards are met;

    • To lead on The Kite trust fundraising strategy which will build a sustainable programme of individual, corporate, and trust donations, line managing and supporting the fundraising team;
    • To seek out and develop new income streams and products;
    • To build strong relationships with a range of potential funders and corporate partners;
    • To take responsibility of shaping and writing major bids and contracts;
    • to develop opportunities to identify and cultivate fundraising opportunities with high value donors;

    Service Delivery
    • To be responsible for leading, developing and overseeing the delivery of a range of activities and services. This includes working with service users, Project Managers and the wider team to identify new areas for delivery and working with trustees to incorporate these into future strategic plans;
    • To deliver activities occasionally alongside the operational team;

    • To ensure user engagement in the strategic planning and evaluation process;
    • To oversee the development and delivery of our 'Springboard' yearly youth leadership programme;
    • To manage the membership of the charity- to include a sign up process, on-going communications to members and membership benefits.