Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Harris Hill
Home based with a requirement to have a regular/fortnightly presence at our HQ in Stourbridge.
Closing date
9 Nov 2020
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This organisation is the UK-wide professional membership body for the career development sector, with a membership in excess of 4,700.  We are independent of government, employers and commercial bodies.

Our purpose is to improve and assure the quality and availability of career development opportunities for all, through the promotion of public understanding; the development and maintenance of standards of professional practice and the provision of advice to policymakers, practitioners and other interested parties. We aim to be the UK-wide voice for all career development professionals.

We provide a wide range of services to our members and has a key role to play in professionalising the sector; assuring quality; influencing strategic thinking and government policy, and promoting the economic and social benefits of high-quality career learning, career coaching, information, advice and guidance.  We are a small organisation recognised for “punching above our weight”.

With the challenging economic outlook, there is a growing awareness of the importance of ensuring people reach their potential in their working lives and to foster a resilient, skilled and adaptable workforce. At the same time, demands on our sector will grow as this need is recognised and experienced career guidance and development professionals age out of the workforce. Our work has never been more important, and so we must ensure that the organisation continues to grow our resources, activities, membership, influence, and reach.

We are now looking for our next CEO to lead us into this exciting next stage of our development, who can best use our resources to achieve our goals.

Key details

Job Title: Chief Executive Officer (CEO) - an institute for career development professionals

Salary: £60,500

Hours: Full time, with occasional weekend and evening work

Location: Home based with a requirement to have a regular/fortnightly presence at our HQ in Stourbridge.

Amongst other criteria, the successful candidate will have a full understanding of the career development sector and be committed to the values of the Institute, as well has having experience of:

  • Providing effective leadership to optimise staff performance and business achievements.
  • Developing and achieving demanding corporate strategic objectives
  • Developing and maintaining high level relationships with key strategic partners, stakeholders and Board directors.
  • Identifying and developing new business opportunities
  • Managing a business or substantial department/project
  • Experience of producing and managing significant budgets

We encourage applicants who are from underrepresented groups with protected characteristics, as we value having a diverse pool of applicants to find the best candidate.

If you would like to receive an Information Pack for this role with details on how to apply, please send an expression of interest and (optional but appreciated) a CV or professional profile in confidence to our consultant, Jenny Hills at

For an informal and confidential conversation about this position, please contact Jenny at the above address with your number and suitable times to speak.

Please note: responding to this advertisement will not in itself be considered an application. We will need a CV and a supporting statement addressing the full person specification included in the information pack.

Closing date for applications: 9am, Monday 9th November

Harris Hill has been providing the Charity and Not-for-Profit sector with high quality recruitment solutions for over 27 years. In the past year we have worked on more than 3,000 charity vacancies (approximately 2,000 permanent and 1,000 temporary) and are continuing to grow, developing new teams to respond to the strong demand for specialist charity professionals.

Our teams focus on specific functions within charities including Fundraising, Marketing/PR/Digital, Data Management & Business Support, Finance, Human Resources, Temporary and Executive-level roles.

We are committed to delivering a level of excellence to both candidates and clients alike and have an unrivalled reputation for finding talented people their ideal charity jobs within the UK's leading national and international charities and non-profit organisations.

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  • London
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  • United Kingdom
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