Chief Executive Officer
The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Pro Bono Economics is the person responsible for the development and implementation of the charity’s vision and strategy. The CEO is accountable to the Board of Trustees, with a reporting line to the Chair.
Ten years after its foundation, Pro Bono Economics is looking to how to build upon its excellent track record and reputation over the next decade. The organisation has already made significant progress in using the power of economics to improve society’s wellbeing and has been successful in championing skilled volunteering within the economics profession, aided by its slick and effective internal systems and clear strategy. It is now increasingly looking to support the work of the charitable sector as a whole, with the vision of helping to create a world where all charities drive their social impact using data and evidence.
Although it remains a small organisation, the charity has grown significantly in scale, in particular since the current CEO took office three years ago. Expenditure in 2019 is forecast to exceed £1m, more than double that in 2017. Pro Bono Economics has developed a robust operational framework to cater for its expansion in activities.
The role requires someone who can show the leadership skills to further raise the profile and impact of the organisation. Drive, energy and passion, both for the work that Pro Bono Economics carries out and for impact measurement more generally, are essential. An empathy with the charity’s core focus, the promotion of wellbeing in society, is also important. The CEO must share Pro Bono Economics’ commitment to a fully inclusive team with diversity as an important consideration.
A strong emphasis will be placed on the CEO’s communication skills: the ability to ‘hold a room’ and leave a lasting impression across a wide range of stakeholders, including policy makers.
Pro Bono Economics is always focused on its financial sustainability. Although the trustees believe that the current situation is sound, fundraising will be a central part of the role. The CEO will need to use their leadership skills and network to continue the growth and diversification of the funding base.
Key Selection Criteria:
- Comfortable managing a small but growing organisation but with a high profile and extraordinary reach
- A strategic leader, used to working with a Board, or equivalent
- A natural and highly effective fundraiser with a live network
- Strong understanding of the importance of impact measurement and an understanding of the principles that underpin impact evaluation and analysis. Comfortable working with charity leaders and professional economists
- Experience and knowledge of running an organisation particularly during a period of change
- Highly proficient communication skills. Able to command an audience and articulate complex issues simply
- An ability to shape and influence wider debates with which the charity is engaged
- An appreciation of how to collaborate effectively with other organisations
- Technologically savvy with an appetite to explore new opportunities in digital and social media