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  Head of Action & Outreach Unit (our ref. 9341)
Salary up to £35,000

Please find full details about the post below. Further information about the organisation is available at www.themothersunion.org

If you would like to be considered for this post please send a formal application, of no more than two typed sides of A4, which emphasises how your skills and experience match the requirements of the post as summarised in the Job Description and Person Specification (see below). Please also enclose a copy of your current CV (not more than three sides of A4) and details of your current salary.

Please either post or email your application to Judith Lovelace, Charity and Fundraising Appointments, Longcroft House, Victoria Avenue, Bishopsgate, London EC2M 4NS (enquiries@charity-executives.co.uk). If using email please send attachments in either MS Word or Rich Text Format.

Applications should be received here by 12 noon on Friday 8 June 2001.

It is planned that initial interviews will take place at our offices on 13, 14 and possibly 19 June. Final interviews at The Mothers’ Union are planned for w/c Monday 2 July.
If you would like any further information or to discuss the position, please telephone Judith Lovelace or Charlotte Wadsworth on 020 7623 9292.


Title:                    Head of Action & Outreach Unit

Location:             The Mary Sumner House, Westminster

Hours:                 35 hours per week

Accountable to:    Chief Executive

Job Purpose:

To manage the staff of the Action & Outreach Unit in order to ensure that the programmes and relevant charitable funds of the organisation are applied as part of a coherent strategy to further the Aim, Purpose and Objects of the Society.

The Action & Outreach Unit provides specialist skills and advice on projects within the parish and wider community and development programmes undertaken by members and field staff in the UK and Ireland and around the world. It is also responsible for the Society’s workers, some three hundred in number, in their continuing programmes of support for marriage and family life around the world.

Job Objectives:

1.    To develop an effective and appropriate strategy for the development work of the Society, and to ensure that this strategy fits within the overall direction for the organisation agreed by the Board of Trustees.

2.    To ensure that the Christian principles of the organisation are reflected through the projects and programme work of the Society wherever it is appropriate.

3    To plan with and supervise the activities of the Unit staff in the implementation of this agreed policy, in an efficient and cost effective manner.

4.    To work with the Unit Co-ordinator in order to engage in the membership perspective on work development strategies and in the presentation of the programmes to the wider membership and other bodies.

Main Responsibilities:
1.    To work with the Chief Executive and the Senior Management Team in the planning and implementation of the overall strategy of the organisation to the direction agreed by the Board of Trustees. Specifically to prepare and implement strategy in the area of the projects and programmes undertaken by the organisation.

2.    To ensure that the resources, both financial and staff, are deployed and controlled to best effect in the Unit.

3.    To ensure that the Board of Trustees are fully informed about the work of the Unit in a timely manner and to an appropriate level of detail through the Unit Co-ordinator, including the organisation of Unit Committee meetings and residentials.

4.    To foster understanding and support for the work of the Organisation by working with colleagues to provide information and advice on community and development projects and programmes around the world.

5.    To collaborate with colleagues in identifying and approaching external sources of funding for programme work in accordance with the Aim and Objects of the Society.

6.    To encourage, by example, staff to operate in an open and constructive style, so build upon the spirit and ethos of the Mothers’ Union as a caring Christian mission organisation, in which individuals may thrive, ideas are shared and all Units work effectively together.

7.    To represent the Society to the outside world, both by informal networking and formal representation of the Society in external working groups and associations where it is appropriate.

8.    To maintain a well-informed perspective of world issues impacting upon the Society, so as to contribute to the thinking and policies of the organisation.

Key Contacts:
Action & Outreach colleagues and staff in other units. The Unit Co-ordinator, members of the Action & Outreach Unit Committee, and the Grants Committees, the Board of Trustees.

Staff of other external, non-government organisations and mission societies, appropriate national government and international bodies, Mothers' Union leaders and workers and senior clergy.

Person Specification

Qualifications and Experience:

(A) Essential

Graduate level or equivalent.

Substantial proven management experience in a relevant field, for example community projects or international development programmes.

Experience of working or volunteering in an international environment.

Effective interpersonal, communication and presentation skills.

Demonstrable ability to play an effective role in the staff management team.

(B) Desirable

Experience of working professionally with volunteers.

Familiar with IT, especially spreadsheets, databases, presentation and WP packages.

Core Values:

The Mothers' Union aims to be 

respected in its voice and actions, 
professional yet approachable, 
clear yet not strident, and is working to 
empower the powerless.

In Christian terms we want to reflect the Kingdom of God, but never piously.

Key members of the Mothers' Union staff are expected to reflect these core values in their own personal characteristics. Post-holders are expected to be able to demonstrate:

1.    A level of competence appropriate to the demands of this post.

2.    The ability to conduct work in keeping with high professional standards and in accordance with the Society's Aim, Objects and Values.

3.    A clarity of communication characterised by warmth and openness.

4.    A collaborative and constructive style of operating, respecting colleagues and volunteers and their contribution.

5.   An active commitment to the Christian faith.

6.    A willingness and fitness to make occasional visits to the developing world on a limited budget.


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