The latest opportunities in the NAVCA family

Head of Communications and External Affairs


Full time / Permanent

£42,025 pa, 8% pension contribution

Location:  home based


To be successful in this role you will need to be creative, imaginative, politically aware, engaged and engaging, and deeply collaborative.

You will become a senior member of a dynamic, committed, ambitious, digitally confident, agile team, one that is determined to punch above its weight and make a tangible difference for one of the most important, least recognised, parts of the voluntary sector.

Our principles are honesty; authenticity; passion; productivity. We have much to do and we don’t have time to waste …

This is a new role, and for the right person it offers the opportunity to shape our communications and stakeholder engagement function from scratch. 

We’re a small team but you’ll have the chance to help define and then recruit a new support role, and you’ll also take on responsibility for managing our current, excellent, freelance communications support. And you’ll be reporting directly to a Chief Executive who is passionate about comms and stakeholder engagement, so you’ll never feel that your role is an ‘add-on’ – it is critical to the success of our mission. 

The role is home-based so we don’t mind where you live as long as you are able to travel anywhere in England as necessary, particularly to London, and can get to Sheffield in under two hours. Our whole organisation is specifically designed around mobile and remote working for the whole team, so you’ll never feel left out just because you aren’t in the office. 

We ensure everyone in the team feels connected and supported. We get together frequently for team meetings and events, we chat by phone and online every day, and we’re not afraid to ask each other for help. Instead of commuting to an office you’ll spend most of your time out and about meeting members, stakeholders and other key audiences. 

Experience, attitude and potential mean more to us than formal qualifications – we are signatories to Children England’s ‘Open to All’ pledge, and do not specify the need for a degree for any of our current roles. We are also committed to ensuring genuinely equal opportunities by asking for ‘blind’ applications – you’ll find the details at the bottom of this information pack. Please read the details very carefully and make sure you follow the instructions in relation to personal information!

To apply for this role:

· Please download the full role profile and organisation chart

· Then email to

- a covering letter of no more than two pages outlining your ability to meet the requirements of the role – drawing on your experience in either previous paid work, voluntary roles or life experience 

- something you have written in the past twelve months – this could be a blog, a news release, a report or something else. It should be no more than 300 words, and should demonstrate your skill in telling an effective story and summarising complex information for a wider audience

- if you have other examples of your work you’d like to include, please do so either as links from your covering letter or as separate attachments

- your CV

Please note: CVs will not be included in the initial shortlisting process – they will only be provided to the shortlisting panel as background information once the initial sift has been completed. So make sure your covering letter and your samples do the work for you!

Personal information: VERY IMPORTANT

To enable us to shortlist applicants solely on ability and talent, please ensure that your covering letter, your samples and your CV do not contain your name, your date of birth, your home address or the dates of your education.

Please ensure that each page of your covering letter, your samples and your CV do include your preferred phone number in the header, footer or saved file name – this will act as your unique identifier through the recruitment process

Please ensure that your name and phone number are included in the body of the email – the recruiting staff will not see this so don’t include any other information that you feel is essential to your application

Dates for your diary

Closing date for applications: 5pm on Friday 20thSeptember 2019

Shortlisting: w/c 23rdSeptember 2019

Interviews: Wednesday 16th October 2019 (in Sheffield)

Chief Executive

Voluntary Impact Northamptonshire

37 hours per week / permanent

£45,717 - £47968

Voluntary Action Northamptonshire (VAN) is looking for a Chief Executive to provide strong and inspirational leadership for the continued development of the organisation.

VAN is a busy Countywide Infrastructure Organisation, which provides high level strategic & capacity building support to frontline Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) organisations alongside volunteering brokerage/development and direct services.

You will need:

  • A thorough understanding of the voluntary & community sector
  • Significant experience of strategic planning and management that ensures the charity’s resources and finances are well managed.
  • A proven track record of leading change and managing people.
  • Experience of positive leadership representing organisational values to stakeholders and partners

You will have the ability to manage competing priorities, deliver outcomes, attract funds and develop income generation, plus a commitment to equality and diversity.

Closing date for applications: 9am, Friday 27 September 2019

Interview date: w/c 7 October 2019

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Chief Officer

 Basildon, Billericay & Wickford Council for Voluntary Service (BBWCVS)

35 hours per week / permanent

£42,000 - £45,000

BBWCVS is seeking to appoint a Chief Officer who is a highly committed and experienced leader and who is passionate about the voluntary and community sector. In conjunction with the Board of Trustees, the Chief Officer will develop and implement a two-year strategy to transform the organisation into a thriving and financially sustainable CVS that is acknowledged as the local lead agency in the sector.

Critical to success in this role will be experience of developing positive, collaborative relationships with voluntary, community and statutory sector partners and experience of generating and managing income from a wide range of sources.

This key post requires a highly motivated, creative and energetic individual with exceptional qualities to lead and inspire – in short, a strategic thinker who is a self-starter and an accomplished manager.

Excellent verbal, written and IT skills along with strong presentation abilities are essential for this post. The ability to work under pressure as well as attendance at occasional evening and weekend meetings goes with the job.

Closing date for applications: Sunday 22 September 2019

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