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Director of Finance and Services

London N1, flexibility to regularly work from home, with occasional travel to the office
£92,306 per annum
Closing date
9 Dec 2020
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Full-time (35 hours per week) job share or substantial part-time applications welcome 
Society Building, London N1, with flexibility to regularly work from home/home-based, with occasional travel to the office

Closing date: 10am Wednesday 9 December 2020
Interviews: Thurs 17th 13.00 – 17.00; Fri 18th 09.00 – 17.00; Mon 21st 09.00 – 17.00

NCVO is transforming the way it works. With a new strategic direction and leadership team, we are determined to work with our members so that charities and volunteering can thrive. As the country recovers from the Covid-19 pandemic and renews itself, charities and volunteering aren’t just vital support systems for communities in need – they’re at the heart of how people want to lead their lives.

As Director of Finance and Services, you will play a key role in the ongoing business transformation of NCVO as well as contributing to the strategic leadership of NCVO. As part of our new leadership team and a director of our trading board, you will take lead responsibility for NCVO’s income generation and financial sustainability, including managing our largest financial asset - our building in King’s Cross.  You’ll lead our thinking on how to adapt commercially to a post Covid-19 world, making best use of our technology and assets, identifying new opportunities for sustainable growth and impact. Working alongside our members and our corporate partners. you’ll also lead and shape the future of the services that we provide to our growing body of 15,000 members, helping us to refocus our digital services offer as we shift to different models of delivery.

This is a fantastic challenge at a time of considerable change and uncertainty. We’re looking for an experienced leader who can combine financial acumen and commercial awareness with an open and supportive style. As our lead financial professional you will have an accountancy qualification, allied with an ability to see the big picture, spot opportunities, and manage risk.  You will have considerable experience working at a senior level.  While we do not have preconceived ideas about what sectors the successful candidate will have worked in, it is essential that you have an understanding of and passion for the voluntary sector.

You’ll be comfortable with change, and able to inspire the confidence of staff, trustees and other stakeholders at all levels, and from all backgrounds. Like many organisations, at present, that includes being able to build and support teams remotely. We’re changing how we work in other ways too, and you’ll bring a strong commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion, as well as an open and collaborative approach that sees NCVO as part of a wider network for change.

NCVO is fully committed to equality, diversity and inclusion in our sector.  We want this to be reflected in the diversity of the people who work for us and we welcome applications from people from all backgrounds and identities.We particularly welcome applications from disabled and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) candidates as BAME and disabled people are under-represented in NCVO, particularly at senior level. As part of our commitment to employing disabled people, all disabled candidates who meet the minimum requirement for all competencies on the person specification, will be guaranteed an interview.

How to apply

Please visit our website for further information and to apply.

About NCVO NCVO supports volunteering and charities. We believe that the work of volunteers and charities make our communities stronger and the world around us better, for everyone. Our members are at the heart of our mission. We work collaboratively with our 15,000-strong network of national and local organisations. We share practical support and new insight so that people and organisations can focus on making a difference. And we work alongside our members to ensure that the essential role of volunteers and charities is widely recognised.

NCVO is an equal opportunities employer and we welcome applications from everyone. Charity No. 225922

Benefits for NCVO employees

NCVO offers attractive benefits including: 25 days’ annual leave (for full time staff and pro-rata for part-time staff) and the option to purchase up to 5 more days each year, take 35 hours of volunteering leave per year, subsidised gym membership, season ticket loan, flexible working including opportunities to work from home/off-site, generous contributions to a stakeholder pension scheme and training and development opportunities. We are located a short walk from London King’s Cross station in a modern accessible building, overlooking Regent’s canal.


NCVO (the National Council for Voluntary Organisations) is the representative body for the voluntary and community sector in England. Its mission is to champion the voluntary sector and volunteering, represent the voluntary sector to government and support all voluntary organisations, from small community groups to large charities.

Founded in 1919, NCVO now has 12,000 members, an annual income in excess of £10 million and 105 employees. It is based in King’s Cross in London.

In 2013, NCVO merged with Volunteering England and its five year strategy which began in 2014 includes a commitment to champion volunteering. The Institute for Voluntary Research (IVR) became part of NCVO in the merger.

NCVO was founded just after just after the First World War as the National Council of Social Services. It became the National Council for Voluntary Organisations in 1980. Many well-established voluntary organisations started out as projects within NCVO, including Age Concern, Citizens Advice Bureau. Community Matters, the Youth Hostel Association and Charities Aid Foundation.

NCVO’s chief executive, in post since 1994, is Sir Stuart Etherington. The body’s President is Tanni Grey-Thompson and its chair former BBC newsreader Martyn Lewis. NCVO is governed by a 12-person trustee board and a 50-strong members’ assembly. NCVO’s 12,000 member organisations make up a third of the voluntary sector workforce in England.

NCVO’s income comes mainly from member fees, services (including the use of its building as a conference venue and office rental), and an annual contribution from Charities Aid Foundation, which was originally created as an internal NCVO department before becoming independent in 1974.

NCVO is divided into seven sections. They are: consultancy, membership, external relations (including media relations and Parliamentary liaison), policy and public services, research (incorporating the Institute for Volunteering Research), volunteering and charities evaluation.

NCVO is currently working to a five year strategy which began in 2014. The new strategy reflects the fact that championing volunteering will be at the heart of its work. NCVO’s aims are to ensure the government knows the true value of volunteering and the voluntary sector and to strengthen good practice in volunteering through high quality guidance and advice.

Another strategic priority for NCVO is to campaign for a supportive legal and regulatory framework that enhances public trust in the voluntary sector. It also has commitments to develop support and advice around the effective use of resources, including mergers and collaboration, and to build stronger links with the Charity Commission so it is identified as the first port of call for new charities.

NCVO is the umbrella body for the voluntary and community sector in England. There are separate umbrella bodies for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

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020 7713 6161
Society Building,
8 All Saints Street,
N1 9RL
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