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Executive Director

Driver Youth Trust
Remote although required to travel to London occasionally for Board & other meetings/events.
£45,000-£52,000 per annum (dependent on experience)
Closing date
17 Jun 2022
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The Driver Youth Trust is a literacy-based charity that has, for the past twelve years, been working to support children who struggle with literacy in mainstream schools, through training, advocacy, and research.

One in six adults in the UK can be described as having poor literacy skills and one in four five-year olds struggle with basic vocabulary. Early intervention is key as each year the attainment gap widens for tens of thousands of learners with dyslexia, literacy difficulties and SEND who fall further behind their peers. We believe that every child needs to be able to read and write fluently and at Driver Youth Trust we are committed to making a difference and working hard to change these statistics.

Our mission is to transform learning and inclusion in schools. The Executive Director will play a crucial role in enabling the Driver Youth Trust to promote the on-line courses we have developed over the last two years, making them available as a free resource for teachers and teaching assistants.

We are seeking to recruit an enthusiastic and dynamic Executive Director, who will work with the Board to set and drive a new strategy for the charity that delivers upon this core mission.

The post holder will be a positive, creative, enthusiastic individual with a ‘can do’ attitude, who thrives on taking responsibility for actions, overcoming obstacles, and delivering on our mission. You will become the face of DYT and have the ability to enthuse and engage others in our cause, as well as maintaining the trust of those people with whom the organisation deals, including funding bodies.

The role requires an ability to engage with schools, teachers and local authorities in a way that encourages them to take advantage of our free courses thereby training their staff, so they in turn can support pupils in their classrooms who struggle with literacy. You will be responsible for the effective management of the charity, including day to day financial management, administration of IT systems, HR, governance requirements, fundraising, KPI tracking and reporting, assisted by an Operations Coordinator, to be recruited. As part of your role, you will also manage an external team of specialist consultants.

The successful candidate will be committed to our vision and have:

  • A good understanding of the educational sector.
  • Recent experience of leadership in a charity, not-for-profit, private, or public sector organisation.
  • Experience of financial management including managing budgets and the skills necessary for day-to-day running of a small organization.
  • The ability to plan, report, and present to the board.
  • Experience of building strategic relationships and partnerships with key stakeholders.
  • Excellent communication skills (both verbal and written), presentation (digital and face-to-face) and interpersonal skills.
  • Track record of successful income generation, through trust or foundation funding or other fundraising,
  • The ability to work by themselves delivering on the mission of the charity.

It would be desirable that this individual had an established network of contacts and organisations, which may go beyond immediate educational stakeholders, who could help deliver our objectives. Experience of managing external consultants and project management would also be useful, as would evidence of forming effective local, regional, or national partnerships. However, we are eager to hear from all candidates that meet the essential criteria for the role.

Driver Youth Trust are passionate about making a difference to the lives of young people who struggle to read and write. If you would like to join a not-for-profit organisation that is committed to working together to improve learning and inclusion in schools, we would love to hear from you!

The Package

This role attracts a salary of £45,000-£52,000 per annum (dependent on experience).
Location: Remote though will be required to travel to London occasionally for Board and other meetings/events. Possibility of hub working if required.
Hours: Full time (37.5 hours) or part time – 3 days a week minimum

To apply for this role please send your CV and a covering letter stating how you match the skills, competencies and experience required and what you would bring to the role.

Closing date for applications is 17th June 2022
(Due to the nature of this role we will be reviewing applications on an ongoing basis and the role might be filled and closed before the closing date. Early applications are encouraged).

No agencies please.


Driver Youth Trust

Our Vision

We want to see a time when all children, including those who struggle with literacy, are given the help they need to learn how to read and write; when children with dyslexia are identified and supported from an early age so that their dyslexia is not a barrier to learning and they are given the self-confidence they need to succeed in whatever they set out to do.

Our Mission

The Driver Youth Trust is a charity dedicated to improving the life chances of children and young people with a focus on those who struggle with literacy, particularly children with dyslexia.

Building Partnerships – We work in partnership with other organisations to help children to access education, build their confidence and realise their goals.

Research – We commission research and campaign for policy change so that all children, including those with dyslexia, get the right support to learn to read and write and reach their full potential.  Joining the Dots looks at the impact of recent education reforms on pupils with SEND, while Fish in the Tree asks the question ‘‘Why are we failing children with dyslexia?’.

Drive for Literacy – In partnership with Ark Schools, we have developed Drive for Literacy.  This is a programme that gives teachers a better understanding of how they can help pupils who struggle with literacy and may be dyslexic.  The programme gives them the skill set to make the necessary adjustments to meet the needs of these pupils so they can access the curriculum and experience success.

Dyslexia SpLD Trust – We host the national Dyslexia SpLD Trust.

Find Us
0203 096 7711
7 - 14 Great Dover Street
United Kingdom
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