Harris Hill
circa £55,000
Closing date
12 Aug 2021

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Dravet Syndrome is a rare, life-long and life-limiting neurological condition, affecting one in every 15,000 people in the UK. As well as severe, difficult-to-control seizures, Dravet Syndrome encompasses intellectual disability and a spectrum of associated comorbidities, which may include autism, ADHD, behaviours that challenge and difficulties with speech, mobility, feeding and sleep. Every child or adult with Dravet Syndrome is different, with some affected more severely than others, or with a different emphasis across symptoms and comorbidities. But for all, the condition is complex and can be highly unpredictable.

We are a registered charity dedicated to improving the lives of those affected by Dravet Syndrome through support, education and medical research. The charity was established in 2008 by a group of parents who came together looking for support, resources and information. In that time we've grown significantly and now support over 500 families UK wide with a diverse support offer, world-leading educational materials and funding for cutting edge research in partnership with the likes of Great Ormond Street Hospital Charity.

With our current Director moving on to another charity leadership role, we are looking for our next leader to build on our strong foundations. It's an exciting and hopeful time for us with new treatments in development and the charity's first five-year strategy launched in 2021 with ambitious plans for further growth.

Key details:

Job Title: Director
Salary: circa £55,000
Hours: Full time, with occasional weekend and evening work
Location: Home-based, with the requirement for nationwide and occasional international travel

Amongst other criteria, the successful candidate will have:

  • Proven record of achievement in a senior position within a small charity/not for profit organisation.
  • Experience of working within a small organisation undertaking both operational and strategic duties.
  • Track record of success at securing income from trusts/foundations, alongside other means of income generation (e.g. community fundraising, corporate sponsorship, regular giving etc.)
  • Experience of effective partnership working, development and external relationship management.
  • Experience of managing, motivating and developing staff.
  • Experience of project management and service delivery across multiple functions.
  • Strong financial management skills, including the ability to analyse budgets and accounts and manage annual budgets to target.
  • An understanding of the issues affecting families living with life limiting conditions.
  • Highly developed emotional intelligence, along with being highly empathetic.

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.

Closing date for applications: 9am, Monday 16th August.


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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