Director of Play (CEO)

Seeking an exceptional leader with desire to bring about positive change for disadvantaged children and communities using the power of play

Hours – Full-time 37 hours per week including after-school, school holidays and occasional weekends

Salary – £30,451 to £32,233 plus 6% pension contribution

Contract – Permanent

Location – PGHQ at City Works, Gloucester and outreach across Gloucestershire

Holidays – 25 days per annum plus bank holidays

Website – www.playgloucestershire.org.uk

Closing Date – 31st October 2021

Interview Date – w/c 22nd November 2021

Starting Date – March 2022

About the Job Role

This is an exciting opportunity to lead a successful and valued local charity supporting disadvantaged and rurally isolated children across Gloucestershire. The Director of Play will have day-to-day responsibility for leading the charity in all aspects of work. It is a wide-ranging role – one day requiring a high-level presentation to potential funders and the next delivering community play alongside our committed and passionate Play Team in a disadvantaged community. Key components of the job include playwork delivery, leadership, operations, financial controls, governance, compliance and fundraising. The successful applicant will ensure that the charity fulfils its vision, strategy and values, supporting disadvantaged children and communities using the power of outdoor play.

About You

You are an experienced playwork practitioner with a proven track record of managing people and resources in the play sector. You hold a qualification to level 3+ in playwork with a strong desire to bring about positive change for disadvantaged children and communities using the power of play. You understand the playwork principles and apply them in your practice. Your leadership skills enable you to think strategically, manage risk and motivate a small team to deliver great results. You have the skills to be the charity’s principle ambassador and able to pursue the vision, mission and values of Play Gloucestershire with passion and commitment. You are highly organised with excellent communication and listening skills that enable you to connect with all stakeholders, especially children. A commitment to equality, diversity and inclusivity is very important to you. In return, we offer a supportive, flexible and values-led organisation, a focus on self-development and the opportunity to work with a team of committed and inspiring staff, volunteers and beneficiaries.

About Us

Play Gloucestershire is an established and respected award-winning charity that brings about positive change for school-aged children, their families, their schools and their communities using the power of play. Our vision is for happy and healthy childhoods full of outdoor play. Play Gloucestershire use a child centred approach, supporting beneficiaries through established services including open access community play, play nurture and play advocacy.

How to Apply

For further information and/or application pack, please phone 01452 505548 or email office@playgloucestershire.org.uk. Only those candidates who clearly demonstrate how they meet the person specification criteria for this post will be shortlisted.

Play Gloucestershire is committed to equal opportunities and anti-discrimination practices and positively encourage applications from people from diverse backgrounds

Play Gloucestershire is committed to safeguarding and promoting the wellbeing of children and young people and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment

All successful applicants will be required to undertake a DBS Enhanced Disclosure as part of our Safer Recruitment protocol